Shared Imagined Space
|The Big Model|
Whatever is spoken aloud during a role-playing session which is heard by the others present, then available for use and treated as a touchstone for what anyone may say next. "Imagined" is intended as the participle, not as an adjective, to connote the verbal and communicative qualities of the term. We share this content in order to imagine what is going on.
It is not the totality of whatever a single person imagines, but rather the common and acknowledged information upon which everyone may build their personal imaginings.
The term applies to and includes all spoken input concerning the fictional material.
Not to be confused with the term "Shared Imaginary Space" as variously used regarding other media.
Shared Imagined Space (SIS) is a near or total synonym for Exploration and in practice, seems to have replaced it as the primary term.
The term "Transcript" as a summary of the SIS after play didn't catch on.
From 2004, the Glossary: The fictional content of play as it is established among participants through role-playing interactions.
Moreno Roncucci's historical summary, 2009 Who REALLY coined "Shared Imagined Space"?