This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-04-18 23:00:00 to 2019-05-20 22:59:59. View 75 entries

UPDATE: Due to some confusion about time zones, we have reopened submission until 20th of May 23:59 BST.

Folklore Jam is a tabletop RPG jam on folklore, myths and the people in them. Submissions due May 3rd 19th!

Rules

  • Write a short tabletop role-playing game. ‘Short’ should ideally be under 10 pages, and no more than 20 pages.
    • It should be a full/standalone game, and not a module for an existing one.
      • Being standalone means that the game can be played by itself (with accessories like pen, paper, dice, etc.). A hack of an existing game is allowed as long as you include all the rules needed to play it.
      • Hacks of pre-existing games are 100% allowed to be submitted.
    • The writing and design should be done within the 2-week period of the jam but you are free to come up with ideas beforehand.
  • Your game must incorporate elements from folklore and myths.
    • Folklore and myths from around the world can be used. However, be sensitive and respectful if you are writing about folklore and myths from another culture. Do your research!
    • Interpret the ‘elements’ of folklore and myths as your see fit, but this could include: small local myths and urban legends; religious tales, epics, worship, rituals, rites, traditions; relationships between higher beings and humankind; cryptids, ghosts, monsters and classic beasts; magic, powers, hidden worlds, etc.
  • Have fun!
    • Don't push yourself too hard. There are lots of game jams going on, and it's totally okay to take a break.

Additional guidelines on using myths from another culture

  • Follow these guidelines if you have decided to write about myths from another culture:
    • Find a sensitivity reader from the culture you are writing about. Ideally, you should do it before you start writing, not as an afterthought.
    • Do not use cultural stereotypes and slurs as a description of the characters.
    • Do not use your game to criticise a culture your don't belong to.

Here are two good articles on how to role-play characters from another culture, which is equally applicable to game design:

“May I Play A Character From Another Race?” by James Mendez Hodes (on race issues)

A reply to "Tips and thought leadership on playing other ethnicities/genders/minorities" by Diana Moon

Best Practices For Historical Gaming by James Mendez Hodes (on history and religion)

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This jam is organised by W.H Arthur (@Aryl_Ether / https://aryl-ether.itch.io/) and Flowers (@swordsnflowers / https://swords-and-flowers.itch.io). Feel free to contact them with questions!

Find other people talking about the jam on Twitter at #FolkloreJam

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A ttrpg of tricksters, lessons & desires.
‘What is Here?’ is a game about building a myth around a being through a community’s eyes.
A role-playing game about how legends evolve over generations
a GM-less, 2-player game about cross-cultural connection through storytelling
Robin Hood vs. Vampires. Mask up. Spill blood. Drink the Rich.
A storytelling game where you play children visited by a divine spirit. Written for Folklore Jam
You wake up on a world that is not quite your own. Now you have to find your way back.
A trpg about helping passengers get to where they gotta go.
You're owls with a particular set of skills: alien impersonation
A tabletop RPG where you carry out heists as supernatural foxes
A horror larp for 3+ people, played with minimal supplies.
one for sorrow, two for mirth
An investigative tabletop roleplaying game about Old Norse Magic
A tabletop RPG rewriting the roles of women in folklore, fairy tales and mythology.
A coming-of-age game told through the dreams of a single character, La Malinche.
A Game of Storytelling and Being Forgotten
A two person larp about a selkie, a human, and the vise-like grip of domestic life.
A GMless duet TTRPG about communication and trauma
a tabletop roleplaying game of poetic folklore
A diceless tragic game about the end of elven civilization.
a game of a year foretold, played with cards and silence
Can you best the mountain troll(s) in a game of chance in time to complete your quest?
A Saturday-morning cartoon style RPG featuring legendary women from around the world.
Your scout master has gone missing; maybe those campfire stories were true?
A pervasive horror dare that shows you the dangers of not believing
a cryptid rom-com simulator for two players
A fairytale game about what you find in the woods and what you become there.
A trpg about love and loss
A game of twisted, desperate werewolf families
a storytelling game about songs about death
A game of folklore adaptation
A group storytelling RPG of online folklore for 3 players over 40-60 minutes
Attempt at an anti-colonial OSR dungeon crawl
A Game of Frozen Memory
GM-less TTRPG about unlikely heroes bringing magic back to the world
you take a train with a mysterious figure, an unknown entity of unknown power
A fairy-tale role-playing game for 1 player & 2 volunteers
Light rules and setting for adventuring parties.
A TTRPG for many about the funeral of a Jewish Beggar
A TTRPG of Demigods, for 3–6-ish players
A PbtA game set in the fantastical Scandinavian woods of Astrid Lindgren's Ronja, the Robber's Daughter.
A conversational rpg about ghosts, family, and atonement
a story game about canonizing a very good boy indeed
A 1-2 player game about a selkie finding their skin and returning to the sea.
a variant of Werewolf where the monsters aim to rid their town of wickedness
A game of manipulative fae and the unwitting mortals they control
A freeform RPG about a (formerly) captured selkie and their family deciding whether the selkie should return to the sea.
A gang of weirdos protect the townsfolk from nocturnal monsters, until the coin dries up.
A GMless game based on Celtic folk ballads
A wacky extraterestrial road trip from Nevada to Ohio.
print-n-play rpg about ghost trains and their passengers
A small game about cleaning up a mess, maintaining friendships and sharing your feelings
A one-shot RPG based in Jewish textual tradition
a single-player prop-based tale-telling game
A game of collaborative balladry (and uncollaborative murder)
An adventure game full of fun, poetry, and gobbling humans.
A shortform collaborative and competitive game in which you play a Bard looking to prove their skills.
Tale of the Naga is a GM-less story game about creating living folklore and how others remember us after we are gone.
An RPG about Spiritual Growth, Enlightenment, and the Five Elements
Only when you face the rumours can you find the truth: a game of suburban moral horror.
an exploration of cultural assumptions through the medium of roleplay
A trpg about a boat that's a shop full of wishes for the curious enough to look.
save sun's daughter from the land of the dead
A GM-less TTRPG about remembering the dead.
Jewish Liches resist against Lawful Good Paladins
A game of curses, consequences and conflict for a GM and 3-6 players
a ttrpg were you play golems
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