2017 Submissions

Here's a list of the games submitted in 2017. Links are available below for those shared by the designers.

  • A Beginner's Guide to Government Action by Alex McConnaughey
  • Alchemy (and Feelings) by Eleanor Tursman
  • Among the Mortals by Randy Lubin
  • At Arm's-Length by Tayler Stokes
  • Back of Beyond by J. Walton
  • Beastfucker by Wendy Gorman, Julian Hyde
  • Burning4 by Lorenzo Trenti
  • Campfire Magic by Elizabeth Stong
  • Canned by Alex Rowland
  • Cryptid Couples Counselling by Luke Hawksbee
  • The Dishwashing Game by Gavin White
  • Dirty Laundry by Jason Feldstein
  • Down the Line by Laura Wood
  • Galatea's Mirror by Joie Martin
  • Go Forth Foul Creature by Shawn Stokes
  • Gran Corazon Unmasked In The Main Event! by Jeff Stormer
  • Group Therapy by Natalie Zina Walschots
  • Homunculus by Anna Kreider
  • hoʊˈmʌŋkjʊləs (homunculus) by Clark B. Timmins
  • The Hydra Artist's Masterpiece: Mourning Acid Breath by Kitty Stoholski
  • In the Death Throes of Passion by Jeremy Alva
  • In The End, There Was Kindness by Josh Zugai
  • The League of Senseless Superheroes by Clint Ladd
  • The Long Drive Back from Busan by Clio Yun-su Davis
  • Long Time Listener, Last Time Caller by Jeff Dieterle
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl X Career Woman by Dymphna
  • May December May by Paul Beakley
  • No Fascist USA by Kate Hill & Chris Dragga
  • One Year by Jenn Martin & Todd N.
  • Our Friday Night by Carrie Deal
  • Party of One by Martin Tegelj
  • A Pirate's Life by Jay Treat
  • The Residents by Suzanne Schenewerk
  • Rev It Up by Tim Hutchings
  • Sitting Shiva by Susan Weiner
  • Such Joyous News by Stephen Dewey
  • This Week by National Organizing Group
  • To Abu Sami: Wages of Devastation by Evan Torner
  • Troll by Jack Graham
  • Under a Broken Flag by Jefferson Lee
  • The way of the couch by Guilherme DR
  • White Sheet by Francesco Rugerfred Sedda & Beatrice Sgaravatto

  • A Beginner's Guide to Government Action

    by Alex McConnaughey

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play

    Beginner's Guide takes place after a protest against police brutality. You are a small group that experienced the protest together, and have gathered in a local diner after the protest was forcibly dispersed. It is about trying to capture the sense of boundless possibility that adrenaline and community combine to create.

    Tags: protest, activism, speeches


    Alchemy (and Feelings)

    by Eleanor Tursman

    https://tursmanor.github.io/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Alchemy (and Feelings) is an introspective two player game about the budding relationship between the alchemist's apprentice and newly created homunculus. Players develop and pace the narrative by collaborating on drawings during each scene.

    Tags: alchemy, drawing, relationships, two-player


    Among the Mortals

    by Randy Lubin

    https://diegeticgames.com

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play

    You and a friend will play ancient deities, engaging in a proxy war for the fate of humanity. The game is played in a public space and you will take turns describing the mortals and controlling their destinies.

    Tags: People-watching, gods, fate, destiny


    At Arm's-Length

    by Tayler Stokes

    https://theactapart.com/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    about platonic physical contact between men and boys

    Tags: masculinity, relationships, touch


    Back of Beyond

    by J. Walton

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    Two fictional backpackers—nicknamed Razz and Jules—disappeared in the wilderness and were never seen again. Did they perish in some tragic accident or run off together to pursue other adventures? We’ll never truly know, though the game may provide hints. Through play, 5 to 15 players will imagine and act out a short documentary about them.

    Tags: wilderness, backpacking, relationships


    Beastfucker

    by Wendy Gorman, Julian Hyde

    http://thejhyde.zone/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    Beastfucker is a tale of duty, family, and fertility.

    Tags: Dark, horror, body horror, NSFW


    Burning4

    by Lorenzo Trenti

    http://www.valis.it

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    “One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work.” The gist is that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two. This story game starts with this quote from a David Sedaris article. And that's what we'll test in this game, trying to answer these questions: what are you burning for? And, was it worth it in the end? We’ll have a last scene of hope - but what will happen that gets us to it?

    Tags: sacrifice, choices, life


    Campfire Magic

    by Elizabeth Stong

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Summer camp is a unique time of self-discovery, where new friends are made while roasting marshmallows and lifelong friendships are severed over cups of bug juice. This is a game to explore the nostalgia of summer camp, the rituals people build, and how friendships are made.

    Tags: friendship, nostalgia, story-telling in the round


    Canned

    by Alex Rowland

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A game about the cruelty of productivity standards and the importance of workers supporting one another in the maw of capitalism.

    Tags: Serious, harrowing, emotional, bleak


    Cryptid Couples Counselling

    by Luke Hawksbee

    Cryptid Couples Counselling - Easy Reading version

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Tabletop

    Fantasy creatures go to couples counseling.

    Tags: Cryptids, relationships, therapy


    Dirty Laundry

    by Jason Feldstein

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gcam1ksi7asze64/Dirty%20Laundry%20v4%20Final.pdf?dl=0

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp, improv game

    Dirty Laundry is a game of awful relatives being horrible to each other, over a Passover, Thanksgiving, or other

    Tags: psychodrama, awful relatives, improv


    Down the Line

    by Laura Wood

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/12kdA8e4VhqzxJrcTyns4hN-cMAL21uJ5SEEfF3yAkrA/edit?usp=sharing

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play

    You're travelling home, the morning after a gathering or party, with a group of friends that you attended with. Last night things didn't go exactly how you planned and now you're trying to deal with the repercussions of that. You want to preserve the group dynamic as much as possible, but at the same time, you need to deal with what happened last night. This game is set on public transport, such as a train or coach. It can be played either privately or on public transport.

    Tags: Dynamic, Status, low-key


    Gran Corazon Unmasked In The Main Event!

    by Jeff Stormer

    https://jeffstormer.itch.io/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A freeform LARP about the unmasking of a legendary luchador, as told through brief scenes with the people closest to the luchador--their great rival, their opponent for the evening, their lover, their manager, and others.

    Tags: wrestling, scene-based, conversational


    Group Therapy

    by Natalie Zina Walschots

    http://nataliewalschots.com/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A game about couples counselling, group therapy dynamics, and what you are willing to lose for love.

    Tags: therapy, change, forget, trauma, relationships


    Homunculus

    by Anna Kreider

    http://www.peachpantspress.com/games

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    Freeform larp, Larp

    Homunculus is a game about death, technology, and saying goodbye to loved ones when they die. It takes place in a near-future setting where technology has been invented to use data scraping of social media profiles to create artificial intelligence duplicates of people who have died in tragic accidents, which are then implanted into human-seeming clones. One person plays the duplicate, and everyone else plays loved ones. The game ends once everyone (excluding the duplicate) has decided whether they think the duplicate should continue to exist.

    Tags: death, technology, sentience, memory


    hoʊˈmʌŋkjʊləs (homunculus)

    by Clark B. Timmins

    https://rpggeek.com/user/ctimmins

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play

    Homunculus is a game about death, technology, and saying goodbye to loved ones when they die. It takes place in a near-future setting where technology has been invented to use data scraping of social media profiles to create artificial intelligence duplicates of people who have died in tragic accidents, which are then implanted into human-seeming clones. One person plays the duplicate, and everyone else plays loved ones. The game ends once everyone (excluding the duplicate) has decided whether they think the duplicate should continue to exist.

    Tags: quick, simple, charades


    The Hydra Artist's Masterpiece: Mourning Acid Breath

    by Kitty Stoholski

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Play as the heads of a many-headed Hydra, who race to finish painting their Masterpiece while coordinating changes to their collective body!

    Tags: Painting, Collaborative, Family, Monsters


    In The End, There Was Kindness

    by Josh Zugai

    Styles of Play: Pervasive Game/Public Play, Storytelling

    A collaborative audio log creation game

    Tags: Storytelling collaborative public


    The League of Senseless Superheroes

    by Clint Ladd

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    The League of Senseless Superheroes is a tragicomedy freeform larp for 3-5 people and a Game Master (GM) that lasts approximately 2 hours, including character creation and debrief. It follows a group of budding heroes with unconventional superpowers, as they try to convince a talent evaluator that the mega superhero contracting firm, HeroCorp, needs to hire them.

    Tags: superheroes, job interview, tragicomedy


    The Long Drive Back from Busan

    by Clio Yun-su Davis

    http://www.cysdavis.com/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A freeform game about a male k-pop group struggling to fulfill the demands presented by the Korean entertainment industry.

    Tags: k-pop, ambition, friendship, sacrifice


    Long Time Listener, Last Time Caller

    by Jeff Dieterle

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/hacky56jkc7pozb/long_time_listener_last_time_caller.pdf?dl=0

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp, Chat/Online

    Long Time Listener, Last Time Caller is a short freeform game for 4-10 players about a talk radio show at the end of the world. Players collaboratively create a cataclysm during the course of play, and the conventions of radio are gradually abandoned in favor of moments of genuine human connection. Inspired by spontaneous moments of transcendent radio, the game can be played with minimal prep, and includes rules for both VOIP and in-person play.

    Tags: Radio, apocalypse, online


    May December May

    by Paul Beakley

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxZk7ypnJt47eDNpZ3NmYzlPY0

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Two players pass through several interlocking generations of relationships

    Tags: Time, Couples, Supershort


    No Fascist USA

    by Kate Hill & Chris Dragga

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxQLcvCLokwDTjlFRU05V09sOXc/view?usp=sharing

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    In this larp, players explore how groups nominally working on the same side (in this case, left leaning causes in the United States) often disagree and have to overcome serious ideological and methodological conflicts to work together. When they can, however, they may create a powerful, united effort in which each group plays a role. Using the game mechanic of weaving, players work together (or not) to deal with the white supremacist rally happening in their town.

    Tags: organizing, present-day, realism


    One Year

    by Jenn Martin & Todd N.

    http://www.jankcast.com

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    One Year is about a community of people trying to create something beautiful. You will come together to have meetings about and execute a project aimed at making your small space of the world a little bit better.

    Tags: community, project, hope


    Our Friday Night

    by Carrie Deal

    http://parallelurl.com

    Styles of Play: Larp, Tabletop

    Sitting down with friends and watching a movie that turns out to tickle everyone's fancy is a special experience, but in this game, a TV isn't necessary (and neither are preexisting friends) as players work together to build a movie that's uniquely fun for the whole group.

    Tags: Movies, friendship, storytelling, genre


    Party of One

    by Martin Tegelj

    https://wizvisibleink.wordpress.com/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Pervasive Game/Public Play, Story Game

    Party of One is a game for 3-4 players each of whom play the role of the same time traveler albeit at much different stages of their life. Together you will expand on the story of the time traveler, the decision they have made along the way and passing judgement on those choices.

    Tags: time travel, reflection, soirče


    A Pirate's life

    by Jay Treat

    TreatGames.com

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Explore the seas as part of an elective family of pirates.

    Tags: piracy, family, love, acceptance


    Rev It Up

    by Tim Hutchings

    https://timhutchings.itch.io/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A silly con game for lots of people that looks at motorcycles, masculinity, and metal lyrics.

    Tags: motorcycles, poetry, bikers


    Sitting Shiva

    by Susan Weiner

    http://www.aegames.org/larps/

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    Sitting Shiva is a game about mourning, family, connection, and silence. In Jewish tradition, when someone dies, the members of their immediate family sit shiva for them. Other family and friends will come visit, bring them food and be present for the mourners. Some players will play the mourners and be present the whole time, while others will play a few different visitors over the course of the game.

    Tags: Family, mourning, silence, Judaism


    To Abu Sami: Wages of Devastation

    by Evan Torner

    http://guyintheblackhat.wordpress.com

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    Play political factions, malevolent spirits, towering mecha, and resolute refugees in a protracted conflict over an urban area. Players experience both the fighting and its dire consequences. The game is dedicated to Abu Sami, an academic and survivor of the Syrian Civil War.

    Tags: Politics, War, Survival, Mecha


    Troll

    by Jack Graham

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A victim of online harassment has located her troll, has him tied up in a chair, and is live streaming the ensuing dialogue. Twitter is responding to the video stream as it unfolds. Players: 2 leads and a chorus.

    Tags: freeform, chorus, twitter


    Under a Broken Flag

    by Jefferson Lee

    http://www.turnofthecard.com

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Tabletop

    You are a leader of a nation being ravaged by the effects of Climate Change. As your nation falls apart, how will you and your peers deal with insurmountable changes ahead?

    Tags: single-page, environmental, political, cooperative


    The way of the couch

    by Guilherme DR

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp

    A game about sharing couches and experiences

    Tags: Couchsurfing , Dice games, Making friends


    White Sheet

    by Francesco Rugerfred Sedda & Beatrice Sgaravatto

    http://www.rugerfred.com/

    https://www.minimedifferenze.com/beatrice

    Styles of Play: Freeform larp, Larp

    White Sheet is a game about the relationship between a Novelist and their Characters. How do the Characters, acting in the Novelist's mind, help resolving the Writer's Block? One of the player will play the Novelist while the others will be the Characters of the book.

    Tags: Writer, Block, Story

    Posted 23 September 2018 Updated 13 October 2018