I wrote a short ##ttrpg for kids about jungle animals dealing with dysphoria in a light and merry way for a French RPG design competition and (somehow) won. 🥳
All of the 30 submitted games are available for free under CC BY-NC-SA, so if you can read French, do have a look, one of them might be up your alley:
First-person factory-building and automation #VideoGame. Great co-op experience but can be tedious and repetitive at times. Walking through the factory I built, coffee cup in hand, is incredibly satisfying, I’ll gladly replay it all over again once it’s out of early access.
9. Dragonheist remix
Awesome rewrite of a mediocre D&D module, making for a really nice heist-focused fantasy #TTRPG campaign. I’ve remixed this remix to adapt it to my Shadow of the Demon Lord campaign to great effect, a pleasure to read and run, unlike the sub-par original adventure.
7. ARC: Doom Tabletop RPG
Beautiful #TTRPG in which we try to cancel the apocalypse before it’s too late. The clock is ticking in real time, putting some pressure on the players without being too stressful. The rituals to regain spell uses are charming and often involve meta-game actions like sending personal messages to your fellow players. A good time all around!
5. 5D Chess with Multiverse Time Travel
I’m not into chess, but this #VideoGame provides just the right level of zaniness to keep me interested. Sending pieces backwards in time to create alternate chessboards, from which to coordinate an assault into a single target board to checkmate a past version of the king makes me feel like a genius whenever I pull it off, it’s definitely a recommend. Only 5th on this list because it has 4 dimensions, not 5.
The co-op #boardgame, not the TTRPG (which is also great, though). Lots of tokens and cards, but not that hard to understand and play since everything is guided by an engaging and easy to follow narrative. Building the castle, securing the surrounding area, and solving the villagers’ little problems, all while handling the crazy events each story deck is throwing at you can be quite the challenge, but beating it as a team is great!
3. Heat Signature
Fast-paced tactical action #VideoGame with active pause. Play a rogue agent in space, infiltrating ships to steal sci-fi devices, free prisoners and murder people. Full of tense situations that require careful planning and clever improvisation. Nothing compares to the satisfaction of shattering a cockpit to eject everyone in the void of space then remote-controlling a ship to pick oneself up as well as the target right before either suffocate.
#VideoGame in which everything can (and will) be destroyed. Liquids and powders react left and right in a lethal dungeon that must be survived using custom-built magic wands that are even more dangerous than anything else found down there.
Endless hours of fun, even if the endgame can be tedious at times. Fiddling with wands to experiment new deadly spells combinations proves surprisingly deep. Permadeath makes for a brutal challenge. Awesome all around.
1. Ultraviolet Grasslands
Had already played it before but only really delved deep into it this year, with 30+ game sessions in 2021.
It’s a #TTRPG about the travels of a merchant caravan along a techno-oniric silk road inspired by prog rock and Mœbius. It’s dripping with flavour and inspiration, each new location is a new world to discover, truly the best of the best.
Thread of my top 10 games of the year 2021, across all categories. Not necessarily published in 2021 (in fact, most weren’t), just games or extensions that I enjoyed playing last year.
I’ll start with number 1 and not 10 because screw suspense, lets get to the good stuff right away. 🌠