Open Play 41: Steal Away Jordan, Under the Bed, Bhaloidam, In A Wicked Age

20 Mar

6pm – 10pm

Tuesday, March 12

Guardian Games

303 SE 3rd Ave at Pine St

It’s time for another round of story gaming madness!
Here is how this works:
6:00pm – Chit chat, socialize, make merry.
6:10pm – Introduce the games and facilitators, sign up sheets go out.
6:15pm – Game on!
10:00pm – Any and and all who wish go out for drinks and/or banter, probably at the Green Dragon.


Steal Away Jordan:
Steal Away Jordan is a vehicle for players to tell a collective story of the lives of people who live in the shadow of slavery. The emphasis here is on the people, not the place or time. The institution affects everyone, from the child born into bondage to the man who owns him.

Steal Away Jordan is a role playing game written in the spirit of neo slave narratives like Margaret Walker’s Jubilee, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Octavia Butler’s Kindred.

In this game, players are unlikely but certain heroes.

Like these fictional accounts of slave life, players explore the social and psychological implications of life in a society where people can be property. Ultimately, players consider slavery’s long-term impact on a society and on the descendants of slaves and slave owners.

under the bed
Under the Bed:
“The stuffed animals, toy trucks, and action figures of your childhood did more for you than you remember. They were your guardians, advocates and friends, putting their lives on the line for you.

“Do you have what it takes to be a toy?”

You will play as Toys: green army men, fire trucks, dolls, a sticks shapped like people, a favorite stone. They are each responsible for the well-being of the Child that owns them, but they are not responsible for the well-being of eachother; quite the contrary, in fact: they are in competition for the affections of the Child and will do anything to gain it.

Bhaloidam is an independently-published tabletop storytelling platform that is used for the spinning of collaborative and character-driven storyworlds. In some ways, it is similar to RPGs such as Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Burning Wheel, and Fate. However, it differs from traditional RPGs in many significant ways as well.

The most obvious difference is that Bhaloidam uses individual gameboards called Lifewheels instead of character sheets. Spinners (players) place and move stacks of tokens on the Lifewheels to track their influence on the storyworld. Stacks never contain more than three tokens, meaning the comparative math needed to play is easily visualized and comprehended.

Using colorful iconography, the Lifewheel depicts every single rule you need in order to play Bhaloidam. It may seem daunting at first, but once you grasp the core gameplay, it will become one of the most fluid and adaptable storytelling platforms you’ll ever use.

This weeks scenario is The Conspiracy: A group of shadowy conspirators gather to finalize their plans to assassinate a person of great importance.

In A Wicked Age:
In this wicked age…

…Gods, demons and mortals contend with one another for power…

…Law and civilization are new, and no one is their master…

…A simple midwife can set in motion the downfall of tyrants and great empires…

…Your birth is not yours to choose, but your fate is what you make it.

In a Wicked Age is a sword & sorcery roleplaying game of high drama and churning history.

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