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https://willjobst.itch.io/ghosts

let me know the start locations and planned destinations! if you took some pitstops along the way, let me know! if you took screenshots, i wanna see them! 

last sunday we started in Omaha, Nebraska on the way to CARHENGE! we stopped at a weird gas station, a donut shop, and a rusted out weird car that was for sale. we didn't make it to carhenge, but next time

this game is a thoughtful, desolate exploration of toxic masculinity and folly, into the worst place in the world. eli seitz and eli kurtz have struck a perfect balance between historicity and presence, making me eager to learn  more about scott's 1912 exploration but leaving me comfortable in the details provided. for historical roleplaying, this is the magician's trick, and the they nail it every time.

it's a game with a second act turn so good, i wish i didn't read it. i wish i ran this game blind, in late winter, in my apartment with no-good heat wearing a too-big sweater. i want to strategically hit my head so i forget the second act turn. i obviously won't spoil it here.

the layout is fresh snow clean, and the map design is exemplary. the tone of the work is communicated throughout.

the last place on earth explores futility and lost hope, moreso the absolute rejection of hope, that it's hope's fault for getting us into this, this deep, in this part of the year.

i'm... not even sure what this means? do any itch.io geniuses understand?

thanks for the suggestion--this is on our minds!

this feedback extremely rules, thank you!

i really appreciate the feedback! absolutely concerned with making this as accessible as possible, and my plan is to get a plaintext version up by this time next week. additionally, the next update to the game will include step-by-step server creation instructions as you suggest!

here's a pretty good video guide!

lmao

this is a great suggestion, i'll get one up this weekend!

https://willjobst.itch.io/ghosts
https://willjobst.itch.io/black-mass
https://willjobst.itch.io/shipwrights

thank you, and great q! they should be chosen from the open communal pool as posted in the frights channel.

gathering feedback is exactly our goal here, so it's more than welcome! thanks for playing and for your words here. there's a feedback link in the PDF, but if you'd like to directly email them to me, DM me on twitter (@will_jobst) and i'll give you my email address!

wow, that's great to hear! this is something we're thinking about--but as long as you had fun, it sounds like a proper game!

this is a freeform game played through a discord server, so the pdf and a group of people are all you need to play!

really great questions!  a big part of the game experience is that information overload. notifications are blaring with hauntings, investigators are themselves narrating what they're seeing, and ghosts are hopping in and out of rooms with their haunts. to play this game is to embrace the huge chaos of a haunted house. there will be quiet moments and loud moments that emerge naturally. as a player, it's impossible to know everything that's going on, and it's a feature!

if multiple investigators are in the same room, in playtesting, they settled and focused on the haunt, working together to see what the deal was with the haunt.

the note about dominant players is a good one, and that's a problem that arises at any game, especially a really freeform one like this. for that, why not institute this (in development rule): when a ghost is typing, and an investigator sees "ghost is typing...", the investigator may not speak.

another in development optional rule is that if a ghost @ mentions an investigator to a new room, the investigator may not speak until they leave the room.

those are a couple strategies for the game to manage dominant players, but in my experience, simply leveling with them and saying: hey this isn't going to be like a traditional game, you need to be listening as much as you are speaking. weirdly, having push-to-talk enabled is a neat externalization of "me time" and makes every word (for me at least) intentional.

great question! this game is freeform without a game master. the flow of play, in testing, ramps up as investigators go to new rooms, ghosts establish their haunts, and the house becomes a labyrinth. at the midway point, the game is chaotic, like the act two of a ghost story: notifications are popping off, investigators are panicking, haunts are bleeding into each other. when the end is neared (if that's an agreed-upon time or the game is moving toward a culmination), the final pieces come together (the malign and bloodlines, the stories of the ghost), it's up to the investigators to attempt to release the ghosts.

i'm happy to answer any questions here or on twitter!

it's our absolute pleasure. everyone is going through the real one out there, so hopefully this game provides some kind of relief during the realest of real ones.

i also get to increase it to whatever amount i want so it's been fun for me too