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Beautifully written, piercingly insightful, painfully true. One of those rare RPGs that's not just the framework for a game, but also worth reading for its own sake.

Update: I've run a bunch of these, for various groups, and they've been a hit every time. This might be my new favorite system-agnostic resource. Can't wait for more!

I've been waiting for a game like this since I first read a Let's Play of Trails in the Sky! The best PbtA games are ones that go all-in on emulating a specific genre, and Shepherds uses the framework to make a game that perfectly captures the Trails experience, whether that's having a separate advancement track for growing into a mentor, "defeating" most recurring villains by eventually talking them down, or earning a title that will be used every time you walk into a room. It's also the first PbtA game I've seen that doesn't use playbooks at all, giving everyone the same moves and using character archetypes purely for storytelling purposes, which is really interesting.

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A clear artistic vision executed with total confidence. A rulebook that's a blast to read. This game kicks ass. (And I haven't even played it yet!)

Can't wait to try this out when it's more developed! What's already here looks great - I love the mix of cyberpunk, mythology, and anti-establishment spirit.

I love this! I feel like I could run any one of these, without prep, and my group would have a great time with it - which is exactly what I'm looking for from a prewritten adventure (or 15).

Grant has made a lot of incredible games, but this one might be my absolute favorite. The rules are so evocative that the scenarios practically write themselves - which also means you can play this GMless with no difficulty. And the results are always hilarious.

I have a love-hate relationship with isekais, so this seems like a lot of fun! One thing I'm confused by: "After that, each player writes down every Talent that every other player is either Known For or Terrible At on their sheet. They may assign a d10 to one of these; if they do, they must assign a d6 to another one. All other Talents are rated at d8." Could you give an example of this?

For best results, read closely, take the advice seriously, and give each step its due consideration.

Also for best results, don't print it.

Thank you! I'll add the link to the main page.

Yes please!

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I love this game's main mechanic! It's simple and elegant, while still allowing characters to specialize in a way that sets them apart from each other. Setting the default DC low helps make players feel powerful when they use their characters' specialties, while still giving an untrained character a decent chance at success. It seems great for introducing new players to roleplaying, too.

If I had any complaints, it would be the use of HP for monsters. Some action types seem like they would deplete HP (Fight), and some don't (the examples for Sneaky and Knowledge), and the book doesn't give the GM any guidelines for what to do if a move doesn't deplete HP. I can imagine an alternative system with something like "this monster takes 5 successful rolls to defeat" instead.

This is one of my new favorite visual novels, despite only being about 10 minutes long. It has exactly one thing to convey, and it does it brilliantly. Nothing is wasted - the sound and visuals all speak to how it feels when others find your lived reality to be inconvenient or awkward.

This looks really interesting! What makes some voyages designed for solo play and some designed for group play?

I can't wait to try this out! I love Castlevania, I love this spin on it, and I love the game concept of the cycle repeating across generations. That does leave me with a question, though: how does a campaign end?

A little slow, but the final boss is worth the trip.

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Fantastic solo system! I've seen a lot of solo games on Itch.io, but what makes this one and Flee the Flood unique is how open-ended they are - because they don't rely on specific journaling prompts for each card, the rules can be adapted to any story with rising stakes, as long as you come up with new things for each suit and each face to refer to. 

One thing I'm curious about: is there any reason the Threat is laid out in a specific way? From what I understand, you lose when you have a full set of 2 through 10, regardless of the shape they're in.

This is what indie gaming is all about - a unique, creative experience unlike anything you'd get in the mainstream. And it's a lot of fun, too!

For potential readers: This book is about anxiety, feeling comfortable in your own body, and having people in your life who love and support you for who you are. Despite the maid outfits, it is NOT about master/servant relationships, or the thrill of submission, or power dynamics at all—the book could have just as easily focused on any other women’s work uniform. 

Personally, I’m a little disappointed that that angle wasn’t there, but that’s my fault for bringing the wrong assumptions to the book. It was a fun read, and I loved the ending.

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One of my favorites from the Racial Justice Bundle! Art style and writing reminded me of KC Green's work, which is a very good thing to be reminded of.