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Darkheart Games

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Hello, all!

Been kicking around some ideas for an expansion for Midnight's Kiss. Would there be interest in a specifically polyamorous plotline?

Let me know!

Invitation to Translate: If you like this game, and you would like to translate it to share or resell, here's how to do that:

  1. Let me know!
  2. Stay true to the spirit of the game - no major changes or insertions
  3. Clearly credit me as the original creator; clearly credit the artist
  4. Send me a digital copy when you're done (please!)
  5. Keep what you make on sales of the translated version
  6. No, really: if you want to give me something, donate to help Ukraine instead

Bake bread, appease the faeries

This 8-page solo game Faerie Loaves blends divination and faerie lore with the physical act of baking. Flip a coin and roll some dice to determine what tasty ingredients the faeries want added to their offering loaf, then learn a simple Irish soda bread recipe to bake your own bread. The bread recipe was passed down from the Irish American side of my family, so this one’s perfectly timed for St. Patrick’s Day.

Explore three rich biomes to collect ingredients for an epic meal!

Written for Zine Month, Edible Plants of the Fantasy Wilds can be played as a solo TTRPG or used as a worldbuilding supplement for an ongoing campaign. System-neutral, this lavish fifty-four page zine features immersive descriptions of thirty-six distinct plants. Trees, herbs, fungi, and more await your exploration.

Rainbow Bridge is a gentle game about friendship, memories, and the process of grief.

You are household pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but your journey's just begun. Travel the glimmering mist to the next stage of existence, all the while making new friends and sharing what you loved most in life. If you're lucky, you may move on to a new life together.

Rainbow Bridge centers themes of grief and pet death in a supportive and uplifting way.  Free community copies are still available.

No worries. I realized I didn’t notice this until pretty late. But I thought I’d offer the game (it was written to raise money & awareness for the situation in Ukraine). If you do anything like this in future, don’t hesitate to reach out. 

I can't wait to see what Far Horizons does with this topic. To be honest, the instant I saw list listing, all I could think was, "I wish I could write for that!" because it aligns so perfectly with my own creative streams. And, let's face it: cults can be done poorly in fiction and RPGs. Too often they are mere caricatures of the marginalized, but I trust Far Horizons to shift that narrative into something much more self-aware and complex.

Hey, all 

I started posting games to Itchio about a year ago, but I'm just getting around to an introduction.  I go by Xosh (him/them), but folks might know me better as M. Belanger. I'm US based & a crusty old GenX goth.  

When I'm not writing or running games, I'm making books like the Dictionary of Demons or working with Osbourne Media on one of their paranormal shows.  I've done contract work for WotC, run Mind's Eye Theater LARPs in the World of Darkness at Origins & GenCon (back in the 90s when all of that was shiny and new), and written for Onyx Path, among others. 

Like a lot of you, I started gaming when I was quite young. A program at school introduced me to Dungeons and Dragons when I was nine & I've been hooked on RPGs ever since.

I favor horror and Gothic genres - like my latest offering here on Itchio, Lonely House, which is a hybrid novella and journaling game. In the past year, I've been really getting into writing one and two-page mini-games like my post-zombie apocalypse piece REMAINS.  There's a lot of freedom in creating indie games, especially ones that exist only as downloadable PDFs (for example, I can't think of a single company I've written for over the years that would have allowed me to create something so irrepressibly queer as Midnight's Kiss). Indie games can be short and sweet and quirky and exist simply for the sake of existing. I love it.

Anyway, I have to talk too much about myself for my day job, so I'll leave it at that. I like this space and am happy to have a place to share my work.

Got swamped. Thank you so much for thinking of me - I am almost out of my busy season and might have some time to dig into this. Sorry for the lengthy delay.

Hello, Midnighters.  

I have uploaded an updated file for the game. The only difference from the file you already have in your possession is a correction to the FILE NAME. Close inspection will reveal the PDF as it was initially released was saved as "Mightnight's Kiss." 

For the sake of searching your devices for the file, I fixed the PDF file name. Both files will remain - they are identical in all respects with the sole exception of the corrected file name.

Entirely fair. I’ll be uploading Lonely House for Monday. Easy enough to make the change to Midnight’s Kiss while I’m doing that. 

It took me a while to notice it, too & I’m torn between leaving it in the spirit of acknowledging the inherent imperfections of creation & fixing it for the sake of folks’ searching their hard drives for the downloaded file

Dude, I submitted on time & still didn't get in. So meh. Let it go.

Thanks for doing the work to organize this. Looking forward to when the bundle goes live.

We’re live. If you’re looking for something to keep you warm this weekend as we head into Valentine’s Day, curl up with your very own vampire lover. I hope you enjoy engaging with Midnight’s Kiss as much as I’ve enjoyed writing this romantic solo RPG.