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Humanity disappeared, ages ago, and the world was inherited by our vermin: rats, roaches, crows, cane toads, raccoons and geckos. They evolved to live in our homes and feed off our trash, and when we left, they flourished, becoming intelligent species in their own right, curious about the world they grew up in.

Synanthropes Lite is a very light story game set in a post-human world. Players will each portray a different species of Synanthrope and confront an Artifact--a piece of trash that the humans left behind.

Synanthropes Lite can be played in fifteen minutes. It's meant for three to six players, and has no GM or advanced preparation. The only items you'll need are the cards and a Human Artifact, which can be anything you pull out of your pockets, which you'll discuss as if you'd never seen it before. It's an exercise in applied anthropology, as you experience a familiar object through alien eyes (or ears, hands, feelers, whatever the case may be).

The print edition contains ten cards, which includes six illustrated species cards. These are 3.5" by 2.5" poker-sized cards produced by DriveThruCards, printed on high-quality cardstock. Synanthropes Lite can be tucked into a pocket or dice bag, so you can be ready to get baffled by human refuse at a moment's notice.

The PDF includes the illustrated cards, as well as a black-and-white print-and-play set, which can be printed on a single sheet of letter-sized business-card paper (such as Avery 8820). 

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February 26, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on February 26, 2017.