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The Queen Smiles is a cosmic horror fairytale noir game, which makes extensive use of a new mechanic added to the base system of Succession and Chamber+Circle, as well as the supplements Book of Sand and Substitute Reagents.  And The Queen Smiles merits a supplement of its own.

The 'One Red die' mechanic applies an orthogonal piece of information to the usual two dice, used for Goals and Dangers.  The Queen Smiles uses this independent piece of information to help a group define and present the mindset and values of The Queen, an unknowable being with an alien mind.  Every time players roll dice, in addition to determining success and side-effects, the group also adds a detail of The Queen's priorities and values.

But adding a new axis of information to a dice-roll can accomplish a lot more than that.  In One Red, you'll find an elegant and efficient way to reflect complicated effects like madness or demonic or alien possession, ways to generate unexplored regions and portray a multitude or 'the public at large' as a cohesive character, and three simple but playable games each showcasing a different way to use 'One Red' in the context of a complete rule system.

The book principally uses examples framed from Succession, but is just as applicable to Chamber+Circle, or any of the genres or combinations from Book of Sand.  Its added mechanics and ideas can sit easily atop any existing product of consilium games, and several ideas can even find use in entirely different systems, such as a game for dynastic empires, or even structuring non-linear, discontinuous stories.  After reading One Red, you'll understand just how much you can do when one of your dice is special, and more importantly, how to do it well.

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This title was added to our catalog on August 10, 2018.