This game is actually super hard to review because it is really super different! It’s beautifully and simply laid out, though it may seem hard to follow. It starts with a section to read along and internalize as part of play, then moves on to establish the game, where it came from, and what its purpose is. It states specifically that it’s about queer people struggling with self image, struggling with doubt, and struggling with feeling enough. It also notes it’s based on Sword Dreams, too, which is really rad. There’s a lot of great stuff going on in the establishment of the game!
I really appreciated this quote:
“You’ll Find A Rainbow encourages you to fight yourself and to love yourself. It explores combat as a tool to highlight your invincibility and strength. It asks you not to ignore what hurts you, but to realize that the hurt is what makes you perfect and indestructible.” – Riverhouse Games, You’ll Find A Rainbow
As a queer person who is constantly living the Struggle™, I really enjoyed this game. You need about fifteen minutes to an hour, two sets of polyhedral dice (one that brings you joy, one you despise), something to prove, the rules, contact information for a friend, and optionally the album “Rainbow” by Kesha. You play CosmiQueers, space-faring adventurers “haggard from the empty sadness of space” who are adults of all kinds. You roll on a table to define your Space Magic, including things like Nova Nonbinary and Quantum Queer.
As you play you roll dice to set up where you’re playing in space, adding elements like “freefall from a great height” or “migration of millions moving toward something unseen,” including items like “footprint that shouldn’t be there,” “life where it should not exist,” and so much more – there’s endless creative possibility in these varied prompts. You then have four aspects – pride, vibrancy, heart, and resiliency. You use the stats with dice rolls when the time calls, and your aspects and the dice that represent them are affected through play, including when you roll the dice you despise and when you roll the dice you love. Over time you lose Pride, and you confess your true feelings to your contact person. There is a broad list of questions you answer when you tell your friend that you’re playing the game and share these results. It’s very fascinating! I do recommend getting consent from your contact person first before sharing, as some of this might be intimate or emotional and we all deserve that consenting respect.
Overall I think this is a really beautiful dream and I do recommend it! Flowing through it does take some throwing away of structure many players might be used to, but if you’re a queer person seeking some positive and passionate vibes, I think it’s absolutely worth checking it out. If you’re not queer, playing it could be enlightening to some emotional vulnerabilities you haven’t had to give a shot before.