This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-05-31 23:00:00 to 2019-06-22 16:00:00. View 29 entries

Legacy Jam is an analog RPG jam exploring ideas of succession, consequence and time. Submissions are due on June 22nd!

Whether it's transitioning between Ages in Dialect, time passing in Kingdom or downtime & entanglements in Blades in the Dark, mechanically exploring the consequences of 'time passing' is an exciting and potentially under-utilised tool in analog RPGs. What changes, what doesn't, how actions affect the world and its inhabitants - all these questions are narrative gold!

Additionally, time often highlights the passing of generations, and the inheritance of traits, assets and expectations. Masks does a great job of having its characters feel the weight of previous generations, and several playbooks explicitly focus on concepts of legacy and mentorship.

As the seasons roll on, let's make some short games that explore the different consequences of time passing.

Rules & Guidance

Create a complete, short analog RPG (tabletop, larp).

  • 'Short' is probably 2-10 pages of text & images, though legibility & accessibility are ultimately more important than page count here.
  • The game should stand alone (as opposed to a supplement for an existing game), but hacks of existing systems are encouraged.
  • Most of the work for your game should be done within the 3-week period of the jam, but feel free to pick up languishing designs you might have to use them as a starting point!

Your game must explore ideas inspired by legacy.

  • This could include; inheritance, succession & bloodlines but also; consequence, aftermath and repercussions.
  • Core to both of these interpretations is the passing of time.
  • These suggestions are not prescriptive! You do you.

Be mindful (and critical) of how you represent systems of power and those they oppress, especially if lineage and inherited privilege are featured.

  • Hate speech is not permitted in jam submissions, in any form. Don’t use, promote, or normalise language that intends harm based on the rights and respect of physical and mental ability as well as racial, cultural, national, gender, and sexual backgrounds. (edited from the itch.io TTRPG forum Code of Conduct, the wise words of @DC).
  • Beyond that, if anyone has a resource that they think would be useful reading for this topic, hit me up.

Look after yourself!

  • If this jam is making you feel anxious or burned out, let me know. I'm happy to permit late submissions.


This jam is organised by Jack (@mouseholepress / mouseholepress.itch.io). Feel free to contact me with questions or comments!

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A game of legendary items & transient heroes.
A tarot deck building game about influence, symbols and the legacy we leave behind.
no community is a monolith
Tarot & Magical Girls Come Together
A solo TTRPG about discovering the secrets and stories within the Tower before it falls
A 1+ player TTRPG about how we influence the world around us.
A Dying Earth game for 2-5 players
a potent spell, a game that countless others have performed, LARPy/artsy
a map drawing mini-game about things that get left behind
Uncover the secrets of the occult and use its magics to gain power, fame, and fortune.
Telling the story of a weapon from its creation to when it stops being used
a two-player spindlewheel mini-game about an immortal prisoner on a paradise island and their various visitors.
A storytelling RPG about an underground people that live for a single day on a quest to find the sun
A game about empowerment through introspection
A game about destroying history. A submission to the Legacy Jam.
A game about haunted houses, and the things you don't want to inherit
Explore the empire of a great khan, draw its map, and tell your stories
Collaborative Nation History Building Game
a game of memetic language and the persistence of internet
A game of longswords, longships, and lasting legacies.
The Blind Lady is a mini role playing game focused on collaborative narrative at the heart of a fictional purgatory.
A short RPG about hate, history, and liquor
A storytelling game about 2 generations of a family, for 2-4 players
What will you leave, when you know all will end?
A TTRPG About Trolls looking for love and eating people
save your ancestral spirits, raise your blood's legacy
A game where the heroes loose and a new generation must carry the torch.
An escape-room puzzle which you can play only once, leaving clues for the next players.