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A jam submission

Yokai Hunters SocietyView project page

A rules-light pen & paper RPG 
about monster hunters in Meiji Japan.
Submitted by Chema (Punkpadour) (@chema) — 13 days, 23 hours before the deadline
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Ranked from 19 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Yokai Hunters Society gives you everything you need to run a fun supernatural game in Meiji Era Japan. A rules light system, which mixes a bit of PbTA and a pinch of The Black Hack, it gives everything you need to run several fun game sessions!

Submitted

This game accomplishes a lot in such a little amount of space. I can easily see myself using the mission generator and the yokai table in so many different settings. I really like the cursed die mechanic. It adds a push-your-luck element that lets you get a "succeed but with consequence" effect. 

Submitted(+1)

I love that completing missions adds a background note that can be used for advantage in the future, this is a brilliant way to inject the story INTO the mechanics which encourages continued play and makes the character's history into an important element of the game.

Submitted(+1)

Clean, crisp, classy. I can't highlight enough the layout and the idea of having two different pamphlets for players vs GM. I can imagine a table having their own little screens while playing. 

Theme and gameplay (based on the what I read) fits like a glove. Amazing game! 

Developer

Thanks, John!

Submitted(+1)

This is some great graphic design and a neat format! I also appreciate the variant on item bonuses, which I imagine would lead to less hunting on your sheet for as many items as possible to work in, and encourage you to boost what might otherwise be a "dump stat" in a game that emphasizes hunting monsters. 

Developer

Thanks! I like the idea of two hunters shopping for katanas in the same store: one of them getting rip off while his partner finds a sweet Hatori  Hanzo jajajajaja Also the standard difficulty is kind of high, so they really need to put their equipment to good use, or find smart ways to get advantages.

Submitted(+1)

That curse die mechanic is *chef kiss* molto bene. Beautiful and elegant disruption of an already pretty great task resolution system.

Developer

Thanks! I just hope it’s not too overpowered. I limited the number of points just because of that. 

Submitted(+1)

Not really my genre, but it is a really well designed game - love that it is a trifold, and seeing it printed on brown paper just makes it look so down to earth and pastoral (which goes well with the theme of the game).

Developer

Thanks a lot!

Submitted

Oh, I also run into this bunch ofpublic domain Japanese woodblock prints from fairy tales. Maybe you'll find some use for them if you ever want to expand Yokai Hunter.

Developer(+1)

Awesome!

Submitted(+1)

Incredible on all level: Expands the mechanics to embrace the theme. Amazing layout (love pamphlet systems). Style and aesthetic set the tone nicely. Love it.

Developer

Thanks!!

Submitted(+1)

Major jealous of this.  Not only your layout/design which is top notch, but I've had a similar idea I haven't been able to work with.

Great work.

Developer

Thanks a lot! Let me know how it goes if you give it a try.

Submitted(+1)

I'll be honest, this a nice looking game.

Developer

Thanks!!