--Indianapolis An accident at the Indianapolis Zoo yesterday claimed the life of a promising young game designer, in town for the annual Gen Con Indy gaming convention.
Crispin Macavoy, 32, of White Plains, NY, fell over 20' into the zoo's Grizzly Pit after a loose guardrail gave way. Macavoy them found himself face-to-face with a 12' tall enraged Alaskan Grizzly, but refused the frantic rescue attempts and offered rope thrown by zoo workers.
"[Macavoy] just wouldn't stop talking to that bear", bystander Rashida Johnson recalled. "He kept saying stuff like 'OK, we're shifting stances, bear. OK, bear, we need to dictate story to push the conflict. Bear, you need to relinquish control. This is a safe place to explore this theme, ok, bear? Now, bear, the narrative structure is...'"
"If anything, I think it just made [the bear] angrier".
Police now believe Macavoy was attempting to gain what he called "narrative control" over the situation, by dictating to the animal what should have been happening in the "scene" of the Grizzly Pit. Detective James Portnose was one of the first responders on scene.
"Witnesses say he kept try to 'frame the scene' to the bear. He kept saying, "Look! I use 2 levels of Resolve to add a tranquilizer gun in easy reach!'. Of course, that didn't stop the animal from almost immediately disemboweling him with his claws", Portnose added.
Macavoy was known as being very dedicated to the "craft", which on his personal blog he wrote about using to explore what it meant to alternately be a Holocaust survivor, a pedophile grocery store clerk in a small Bulgarian town in the 1960's, and on at least 4 separate occasions, a Gypsy lesbian dealing with personal financial ruin in postwar Prague.
"Even as the bear was gnawing on his face, he was still shouting something about the bear being a Gamist", friend Lorenzo Ackman recounted.
"I knew Crispin, and he would have wanted to die if meant avoiding the deprotagonization of one of God's creatures".
Macavoy had recently been named as one whose small, eccentric games "rocked out", according to comments found at the gaming website StoryGames.com. His most recent game, Ennui, was a 16-page look at the jaded life of married college intelligista that alternately asked players to roll 20-sided dice, plums, and clippings of their own hair to gain control of the story.
His friends described him as an intense fan of gaming, who would have been grimly satisfied with the emotional impact his death would have upon their game.