I’ve reviewed Daniel Solis’ excellent storytelling game, Happy Birthday, Robot! elsewhere on this blog, but he’s most famous for his charming family-friendly RPG Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. A FATE edition, Do: Fate of the Flying Temple, has recently been released, and Solis has produced an enviable number of tabletop and card games, as well as making some pretty great statements on inclusive art direction in his games. I pretty much want to read everything he’s ever written now! But for now, I’m reading Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, a gentle fantasy game with easy-to-grasp mechanics that don’t lack for depth, inspired by the wondrous tone of adventure stories like Avatar: the Last Airbender. Continue reading
Heroine is a story game for 3-6 players in which a young female character undertakes a magical journey and fights through obstacles to confront the antagonist…and herself. Inspired by Labyrinth, Spirited Away, MirrorMask, The Wizard of Oz and many similar stories of human girls in fantastical worlds, one player in Heroine takes on the role of the Heroine, one the Narrator and any others the Heroine’s quirky Companions who help her through her journey.
For the last few years I’ve been accruing roleplaying games without having the time to read or play them. This is partly due to the ridiculously good Bundle of Holding collections that have been coming out and partly due to prioritising other aspects of my time. However, in an attempt to actually keep up with some of the innovative work being done in RPG design, I’m tasking myself with trying to plough through and write about some of the rpgs I haven’t read.
So, Another Fine Mess by Anne Dupuis, a pre-written adventure for a fantasy setting – what makes it new and different is that the characters are sentient animal familiars to a wizard who has gone missing.