As the nerd world gears up for San Diego Comic Con, gaming communities gear up for Gen Con, the early August gaming convention in Indianapolis that serves as an annual hub for creators and fans. Here on Gizmodo, we’re looking forward to all the big reveals that will happen, but until then, here are some amazing games ranging from conspiracies to pulp romance, and even a game inspired by The Umbrella Academy.
I was excited for The slow knife Since the Kickstarter went live earlier this year, and now that the full game is out on itch.io, I’m thrilled to be able to shout about it in public. Players take on multiple roles as they seek revenge for their main character, who had been sorely despised in their youth.
Think Count of Monte Cristo; a long revenge fantasy that takes decades to come to fruition. Players reenact the pursuit of justice by creating a physical bulletin board of players, events, and setbacks, developing a massive conspiracy with a playing card guide. Sounds cool, that’s because there’s nothing cooler than pinning an article on a wall and jotting down notes in red marker. Undeniably cool.
Mousehole Press is also well known for its sci-fi games, Orbital and bucket of bolts, both of which are available in print. Orbital is a token-based game on the Belonging Outside Belonging game engine, about a ragtag group of space station dwellers who must repair their home before disaster strikes. bucket of bolts is a single-player journaling game detailing the story of a ship and its (in)famous captain.
New releases: The violation, Molotov College, the office and the shopping center
“The violation is a game set in a dystopian retro future. Inspired by the great science fiction novels of the 70s, The violation will propel you through time and space, discovering infinite parallel worlds, called Paradoxes. As an observer, you will be called upon to collect data and information to discover the secrets hidden in the endless universes.
“Molotov College is a super powerful drama TTRPG. Inspired by superhero media like Umbrella Academy, X-Men and Titans, you play as former students of a school of superheroes. The heroes must deal with villains, ghosts, authorities, and the impending apocalypse, all while having to come to terms with their past trauma and overcome their differences. This game uses the Belonging Outside Belonging system, which is GM free. It uses a token economy instead of dice, and the characters have no numerical stats.
“Both Office and The shopping center are the dungeon explorations for liminal horror. In The Bureau, journey into the bowels of the Monolith, the labyrinthine headquarters of a government organization tasked with controlling the paranatural. A corrupting Shadow has entered the halls of the Bureau, compromising the organization and threatening the existence of life on Earth.
The shopping center is a wet, gooey, hands-on TTRPG adventure set in a mall 199x out of time and space. The inhabitants of the mall are trapped inside with a creature that is not bound by any form. He slips among them now, preparing to assimilate and emulate his victims until no one is left and he can open a rift between his home dimension… AND EARTH!
Crowdfunding: Broken, Hieronymus, Moonlight on Roseville Beach
“Broken is a tragic two-player romance, tabletop role-playing game and memoir by Ben Wallis. Broken is a ritual-driven game about a slowly breaking relationship and finding meaning, hope and healing in the midst of grief. Broken uses unique and creative rules to recreate the experience and feeling of going through a breakup. At the heart of this game is a ritual breaking of ten objects on ten stages.
“In Hieronymus, you play as a group of refugees fleeing an astral terror known only as the Follower. As he chases you, you make your way through reality into strange worldscapes inspired by the paintings of medieval artist Hieronymus Bosch, the Disciple just steps away.
“In Moonlight on Roseville Beachyou play as the amateur sleuths protecting this 1979 queer beach town from cosmic horrors, vindictive necromancers, fantastical beasts and conservative politicians.
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