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!


  • 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)


This jam is organised by W.H Arthur (@Aryl_Ether / and Flowers (@swordsnflowers / Feel free to contact them with questions!

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


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