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Dangers Untold is a game about a heroic girl in a strange land. It is a beginner-friendly LARP for 3-8 players ages 12 and up.
Dangers Untold is a game about a heroic girl in a strange land. It is a beginner-friendly LARP for 3-8 players ages 12 and up.
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What is Dangers Untold?

Dangers Untold is a beginner-friendly, live action roleplaying game for 3-8 players aged 12 and up. You and your friends use the system and advice in this book to tell stories about a heroic girl in a strange land.

This game is inspired by a tabletop roleplaying game called Heroine, which enables you and your friends to tell this sort of story while sitting together, talking. In Dangers Untold, however you will act out the events of a story. It feels less like a campfire tale and more like a stageplay.

Because this is a beginner-friendly game, you don't need any previous experience with roleplaying games, live action or otherwise in order to play. For example, you don't need to know how to play Heroine in order to play this game. Just read through a copy of the Dangers Untold book, grab a few friends, and you are ready to play.

Like Heroine this book will contain art from award-winning photographer JR Blackwell and layout by award-winning layout artist Daniel Solis. Shoshana Kessock designed the game. She is a previously published LARP designer and fiction writer, as well as a graduate student studying storytelling games, LARP and otherwise. Josh Jordan, podcaster and owner of Ginger Goat, edited the book and is spearheading this Kickstarter project.

Playing Dangers Untold

One player in the game acts as the heroine, a young girl who deals with some very normal teenage problems, but who finds herself whisked away to a strange new land. Another player acts as the narrator, who challenges the heroine to and describes the parts of your story that are not represented by other players. The rest of the players act as the heroine's strange new companions, quirky creatures who are native to this magical land.

Using the system and advice in the book, you and your friends will act out these roles. A modest system of hand gestures and special handshakes helps determine who wins which conflict and who is in charge of the story at any particular point. This system is simple enough that you will probably not need to refer to the book during play, except in your first session.

Rewards

PDF of the game: You will receive a full-color digital copy of this book, including Shoshana's rules and advice, JR's photos, and Daniel's layout. Our initial estimate is that the game will be between 60 and 100 pages, includiing several half- to full-page photo spreads.

Hard copy of the game: You will receive a full-color, softcover, perfect-bound copy of the book.

Heroine, Girls Elsewhere, and Heroine of Heiankyo: These books already exist. You can find out more about them here.

Invitations, Namebadges, and Character Sheets: These hand-cut and stamped invitations are a great way to encourage your friend to play Dangers Untold. The laminated namebadges will allow them to wear their character name and player role in an easily visible way. The character sheets.will give enough information for you to play a session of the game with no prep. Each backer who receives a set of character sheets will receive eight distinct characters. No other backer will receive the same ones.

Unlockable Settings: Backers who support the game at this level will unlock an alternate setting for all backers who receive a physical copy of the book. Be a heroine or hero to the other backers! Unlock a PDF of your choice from the list below

Princess Hadassah: The heroine is a foreign girl brought to Ancient Persia. When the king makes her his latest wife, will she be able to use her influence to saver her people? Will she ever return home? 

Valkyrie and Drake: The heroine is a young Viking lost at sea. She finds herself washed up on the shores of a lost island. Will she learn to ride a dragon, or will she be eaten by one?

Samthann, Librarian: The heroine is an eighth century Irish girl sent to a convent to become a nun. Will she be able to complete her training in the library and become a rescuer/restorer of rare books?

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in a project like this is some sort of production delay. It's always possible that one of the collaborators will become ill or suffer a family emergency at an inopportune stage of game design. However, barring acts of God, I believe it is likely that the game will be completed this summer. Each of the collaborators in this project is a professional in her or his field and has completed other game design projects on time.

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    EXTRA: A full-color PDF copy of Dangers Untold.

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    COMPANION: A hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold.

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    FRIEND OF GINGER GOAT: A PDF copy of Dangers Untold, Heroine, Girls Elsewhere, and Heroine of Heiankyo.

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    QUIRKY COMPANION: A hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold, as well as eight handmade invitations, eight namebadges, and set of eight character sheets.

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    CHAMPION OF GINGER GOAT: A hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold, Heroine, and Girls Elsewhere. You will also receive a PDF copy of Heroine of Heiankyo.

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    QUIRKY CHAMPION: A hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold, Heroine, and Girls Elsewhere, a PDF copy of Heroine of Heiankyo and 8 handmade invitations, namebadges, and character sheets.

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    DISCIPLE OF THE GOAT: A Skype consultation with Shoshana and or Josh about this game, LARP, or game design in general. Also, a hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold, Heroine, and Girls Elsewhere. You will also receive a PDF copy of Heroine of Heiankyo.

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    NARRATOR: A hard copy and a PDF copy of Dangers Untold, Heroine, and Girls Elsewhere, and a PDF copy of Heroine of Heiankyo. Also, you will unlock a setting for all backers of Companion level and above.

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    HEROINE: Everything at the Champion level. We will also design a custom setting for you based on your direction. Anything goes, unless it is explicitly offensive. This setting will be at least as long as the unlockable settings, and you can decide whether to share it with other backers or not.

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    HOST OF GINGER GOAT: 5 hard copies of Dangers Untold, and Josh Jordan will travel to a town of your choice to participate in 2 days of convention or informal gaming.

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