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Lovely to hear! And I adore that stretch goal; I don’t think anyone here needs to be told how poorly Romani culture has been handled in tabletop for ages.
@Lex, that's a good idea. We definitely can include a little more detail about the basics. I'm also hoping that the zine stretch goals get funded, which will allow us to include some contributors with different perspectives on aspects of the history (like, first up, Caren Gussoff Sumption on the Romani).
Is there any chance Dream Apart will have a brief guide to historical context in the full book? I know history homework is every gaming group’s worst nightmare (as someone who’s made the mistake of trying to drop folks into some settings more than one time), but it might be nice to have a one or two page brief to run over for folks who want some guidance for getting things right.
Thanks Avery. This sounds amazing.
@Kris, I won't be there personally, but there's a solid chance that at least one or two people will have a copy of the playtest version of one of the games in their backpack. You can also print off a copy of the playtest/preview kit and run it yourself! Just visit https://buriedwithoutceremony.com/belongingoutsidebelonging, pick your game, and find the link to the game at the bottom of the respective page. There's a rules overview one-sheet included. If you need more than that to figure out how to make the game sing, send me a message and I'll share with you a draft copy of the first chapter.
Any chance this will be run at Origins this year?
@Tasha Turner, additional copies of the book will probably be another $38 CAD ($29.50 USD), but the added shipping cost will be quite minimal (if anything).
Excited to come across this. It’ll make a great gift for a number of friends. Do you know what extra copies will cost?
@Davide Inghilleri After the campaign is finished, you'll be sent a survey via Backerkit (or a similar pledge management thing). It'll get you to confirm your shipping address, as well as giving you the opportunity to upgrade your pledge: adding additional copies, upgrading to hardcover, and so on.
@Lex It's a made up example game that's used throughout the "Designing New Games" chapter of the book, to illustrate how the design process works. It's there to clarify the design process.
I used a similar tactic in the section of Monsterhearts 2 about designing new skins, in a smaller way: the example follows someone in designing The Good Boy, a dog-person. That one was a little more light-hearted and silly obviously.
How can I upgrade to hardcover book?
I just realized you mentioned Dreams Incarcerated. Is this something we haven’t heard about yet?
Just here to say, as a cishet dude, the Arrival really feels like a way for me to explore non-binary queer culture naturally so thanks for that and i'm really looking forward to playing this <3
Would you have any estimate of the shipping costs?
Sounds like a dream come true, thank you!
@Lex, there is an entire chapter of the book about designing your own games of belonging outside belonging. We talk about designing from a place of lived experience, finding the right balance of agency and need in how you portray your community, how to design each component of a play kit, and what to watch out for as you deviate from the established mechanics. The chapter is complete with a running example, following Shaun as he designs Dream Incarcerated - his striving toward balanced representation, choices made and then retracted, and so forth. I think you'll like it!
Any chance of a “here’s how you build your own hack on this ruleset” advice as a stretch goal down the line? Ever since the playtest kits went out, my friend group has been full of ideas.
Congrats y'all!!!!! <3
Congratulations on the successful campaign! Your work is a touchstone of modern role-playing, and I am so excited to introduce these games to my players!
Congratulations for reaching your initial goal in he first 8 hours!
Thank you for the detailed response!
@Axel While the book currently has some coverage of how to collaborate with non-marginalized players who might be nervous or uncertain, there isn't yet a specific section addressed to them. I'll add one in. Thanks for your question, it helped hone the project.
As for what's meant by "hot to pitch these games to your friends," the text covers the basics of how to pitch a game, includes a concise + comprehensive pitch for each game, supplies that need to be gathered, and how to create a comfortable and nourishing environment for players. It's pretty simple and straight-forward, but it's something I feel like games often miss: advice on how to host well.
The campaign description mentions, "It's also a guide for how to pitch these games to your friends, create a welcoming environment to play them in, and support healthy boundaries at the gaming table."
I'm curious about 'how to pitch these games to your friends'. Is that referring to getting non-gaming friends to try this as a game? Pitching the themes or system to gaming friends used to more traditional games? Both? My ongoing gaming groups are (as far as I know) all cishet players, and I find the idea of a game entirely about queer identity and community intimidating to pitch or play, while I know others feel similarly intimidated by a game about Jewish identity and community (and I'm very excited about that aspect, but I don't know if my non-Jewish players would be).
So, I'm curious, will the advice in the book address non-marginalized players that are nervous about being ignorant or appropriative in play? (While I also realize that non-marginalized players don't need to be addressed if they're not a target, and definitely don't need to be centered)
Been really looking forward to this launch! Glad to see this project come into it's own on the main stage.
This is such an awesome project! <3
Congrats! Very excited to see this finally launch (to the point I had an actual dream about it last night)!
My group played four session of Dream Askew back in January, and we wound up crying every single session. I liked it enough to commission art of my Torch. You’ve made something pretty exceptional here, Avery, and I’m excited to see it thrive.