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List of Belonging Outside Belonging games

A topic by fadingroots created Mar 16, 2019 Views: 5,132 Replies: 19
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So I know a few games in the system on here:

Feathers by Remi Permann is a game about fallen angels looking for meaning and comfort in our world;

Before the Spire Falls by Ponder Games is about a group of witches traveling to reclaim your world from the Nothing;

Lovers in Freefall by Brandon O'Brien is a #sadmechjam game about lovers in wartime.

Does anyone else have any? I desperately want to play more.


Well there's Exodus by Erika Shepherd, a game about trans angels on the run in a fascist dystopia, which had quite the successful Kickstarter.


oh that sounds cool as hell you should tell me more about it some time

Brandon O'Brien just posted another project in this style as well, Evokers' Pact, though it looks like it may not be a full release yet.

I like it quite a bit though there are some pieces that could be clarified.

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I mean. Dream Askew/Dream Apart deserves a mention, at least, I think


I wrote one for ReCo2k19, inspired by Anais Mitchell's Hadestown.

Heaven in the Dust is a GMless roleplaying game about flawed Greek gods struggling with scarcity and mortality down in the dust and dirt of a hostile world. It charts the gods' messy relationships, their tangled feuds, their old flames and new loves, and their decisions as they attempt to build community and find happiness on a foundation of shifting sand.

It gives us lonely roads and towering smokestacks, empty bellies and heavy hearts, fireside camps and strangers' barns; old grudges, swift infatuations, messy loves, precarious community; lilting folk songs and raucous jazz, and always The Fates singing in the back of your head, asking "what are you gonna do now?"


oh wow shit how did I miss that it sounds amazing

Right? Dustbowl poor but also Hera... so cool.



is that on itch now?

Ah, no. I thought we were just listing games


aw dang I was hoping, I'm really excited to see it but I don't think it's available yet


Well this has me interested. I have copies of Dream Askew / Dream Apart coming, but haven't read it yet. Is there an SRD-like document of the Belonging Outside Belonging rules?

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I don't think there is! but Exodus has a .txt "demo" available if you want to read how it works with the structure, and Before the Spire Falls is pwyw (but you should pay something for it!). The thing is, it's such a simple and elegant framework that I can't really think about what an SRD would look like? like, there's not enough.. mechanic to make an SRD for. The basic thing is super simple: you gain a token if you make a weak move and can spend a token to make a strong move. there are also Situations, which players pick up and make moves from when you engage with those elements of the setting, and put down again when you're done. those all change between the games, though, so there wouldn't be much to put in an SRD style thing i think?

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That txt demo of Exodus was precisely what I was looking for. Thanks a bunch. I absolutely see how, without context, there's not much in the way of mechanics to BOB.

EDIT: My copy of Dream Askew / Dream Apart just arrived last night. Woot!


While there's no SRD-document, the final chapter of the Dream Askew / Dream Apart book is dedicated to a step-by-step breakdown of how to design your own games in the Belonging Outside Belonging framework, with focus on both the mechanical and thematic elements.

Thanks for pointing that out. I haven't had a chance to thoroughly read my copy of DA/DA yet, but I will definitely take a look at that last chapter.


I just released Dream Alone, a solo Belonging Outside Belonging game about wishing you were part of a community, primarily from the perspective of being an assigned male at birth nonbinary person. 

I'm referring to it as a "Not Belonging Outside Belonging Outside Belonging" because I'm a silly person.

Hi! I shared a list of 112 belonging outside belongin / no dice no master games. I probably missed some