Monday, January 10, 2011

RPG Solitaire Contest Entry

So, my interest continues into story games. Over at the story-games site last month, I noticed that there was a contest starting up for the first half of the first month of the new year. Of course, I didn't notice the later posts where they listed various challenge goals (as noted in the post I linked to). And so, I feverishly worked out something, went to post it, and found out about the challenge goals the hard way. Ouch. So, I don't know if I even qualify.

There's a saying in poker that if you can't spot the sucker at the poker table, you're the sucker. That's sort of my feeling I get at the story-game site. It's fun feeling like being the "idiot in the room," as I know very little about this type of game, and the people on the story-game forums seem to know a lot about their hobby, and have quite a literate discussion of things. Which is quite different than some of the board game design-y discussions you usually wind up having.

But I digress...

Anyway, the allure of the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" still holds me in sway, going back to my first BGDF game design competition entry five years ago. My RGP entry is called "Replaced," and has you trying to get out of a small town with your loved ones while the town members are being replaced around you with (potentially) alien clones.

It was a nice change of pace to work need for coming up with a component list, or worry about game balance (well, it a different kind of game balance, I suppose). More about creating leads into a story for the player to follow, some of the leads being false in the worst way...after he has decided to follow them.

You can download my entry here.

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