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Upcoming: Purification

Some time last year I was driving home with my flatmate and we were talking about the possibilities that horror movies can create for roleplaying – for deep character stuff.

I mentioned the Purge movies, which I had read about but not seen. He wasn’t familiar with them so we talked about the premise and started riffing on ideas for characters and set up.

He wrote a ton of notes based on that conversation and I finally got around to typing them up and making them more game shaped a couple of months back. It’s been through a few drafts now and I think I’m nearly ready to playtest. Here’s a sneak peek:

You had a plan, you were going to be safe and sound for the Purification… but there’s a spanner in the works, your plans didn’t work out, and now you’re stuck in this place with people you don’t know and cannot trust. Can you survive the night?

In this game your characters are in a safe space during the annual purification. Some of you have hidden agendas, some of you want to protect someone and some of you just want to survive. 

Game play is conversation based. You play your characters and have a conversation about what you want, who you are and what the group should do. Although there will be action, violence and death, the game is really about exploring who your characters are and what is most important to them.

In terms of character creation I’ve gone super simple – using archetype cards. Inspired partly by the incredible Until We Sink by Magnus Jakobsson

Players pick a type of character such as Opportunist, Hunter, Thrillseeker, Parent or Teenager, answer a couple of questions and then game play can start. If that character dies, you can just pick another character card and join back in.

As I said this game hasn’t yet been playtested, so although I’m feeling pretty good about how the latest draft is looking I’m not too sure how it will work in practise. Watch this space, I’ll be aiming at playtesting it sometime soon!

Published: The Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon

silver kiss jenni sands

A long time ago now, there was a book called Twilight and it was sort of controversial and people were talking about how much they either loved or hated it. As a long term fan of  Young Adult supernatural romance  I enjoyed the resurgence of interest in the whole genre.

So…I wrote a game (I wrote a novel too but that’s a different project altogether), and it was the first game that I ever published. I have print copies in my house even!

My game is fondly named after several different young adult supernatural romances and is designed to be a parody. The set up is more of a convention game or one off than a campaign, (Monsterhearts is better for a campaign).

It rocks at conventions, me and my best friend Sophie sometimes run this game as a double feature with two groups in the same room playing interconnected games which is a really fun and raucous way to play.

The Silver Kiss game is designed for four players and one facilitator. Two players play a pair of supernatural best friends and the other two play ordinary humans. Roles are set, so one of the supernaturals and one of the humans falls in love as soon as they see each other and then the game plays out with everyone dealing with the romance and their own secret agendas.

The Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon 

I wanted to encourage silliness and fun so I added in an instant XP system, where if a player uses one of a pre-printed emo quotes in the game then they get a piece of candy. It works pretty well to get the players invested and energised.

Keen on giving it a go but not super familiar with the genre? Here’s some recommended reading:

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause which is a great book and in my opinion better than Twilight, she wrote a fantastic one about a girl werewolf, boy human relationship called Blood and Chocolate as well.

Wicked Lovely by Melinda Marr is a great romance about how absolutely awful faeries can be, and how intoxicating.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters if you have trouble imagining zombies in love.

Recommended watching:

I am Number Four is a pretty hilariously corny movie about sexy alien boy and human girl

Beautiful Creatures is an underrated piece of awesome about a witch girl and a human boy. Very Southern Gothic and pretty.

Got any extremely Silver Kiss reading or Watching suggestions to make? Please comment, we can make a master list…

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