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Miserable Secrets
Publisher: Fantasy Heartbreaker
by Jye N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/12/2018 18:56:21

The investigation mechanics are fantastic; the pacing, the thematic linking of secrets to card suits and the town generation system were a huge help to me as a GM. It's not the sort of thing I've had a lot of success running in the past but Miserable Secrets turned that right around.

Combat is very cool and has synergy with investigation play (there are resource interactions via the cards that represent secrets, and both PCs and NPCs' powers always have explicit in and out of combat applications). It's a little different to most tactical games in having a very mobile, hit-and-run style (inspired by Castlevania, if you didn't get the reference in the title), but the thorough examples should set you straight.

Also you can play an alchemist who makes golden whips from her blood, or a Wolf of God, so that's pretty cool :)

Rose's Patreon backers have had a month to enjoy this game already; the version you're buying here is fleshed out from our feedback. Having run the Patreon version I am super keen to get this expanded version into play, and I've bought copies for all my players so that we're good to go for next week!



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A Tragedy in Five Acts
Publisher: Growling Door Games, Inc.
by Jye N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/12/2013 05:12:28

A very cool machine for producing Shakespeare-style tragedy in play. Well worth a look for anyone interested in seeing a game take on theatrical tragedy the way Fiasco takes on its particular genre (though Ti5A has its own mechanics, more strategic than Fiasco's and well-fitted to their purpose).



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curse the darkness
Publisher: Growling Door Games, Inc.
by Jye N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/12/2013 05:07:54

The setting/premise is compelling - a creepy post-apocalypse wrought by a power fantasy taken to its logical conclusion.

The mechanics are evocative - memory points earned by reflecting on fallen PCs competing in an economy with Beyond points gathered by the GM.

At this price, a must-have.



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