I just tried Montsegur 1244, and it did not really sing for us in this group because we did take long time framing scenes, the scenes were quite discussion-heavy and correspondingly lasted quite long.
I know aggressive scene framing, jumping in medias res, thinking of scene stakes and ending the scene quickly when the stakes are settled is hard, and even with good prep and in a system I am very comfortable with I have difficulties. How do I incentivise and get my co-players (and myself!) to keep scenes short, interesting and active?
Do you think a sand timer – how long? – or other unobtrusive countdown to remind players of the fact that scenes should be fast might improve this, or would it be distracting and breaking the freeform nature of the game?