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Ahhh, it's so nice to finally have some peace and quiet, and spend some time together.  Oh, I know it's tight, but . . . oh, I shouldn't--the last time I loosened your gag, you just kept screaming . . .

Lovesick is a psychological horror game focusing on desperate, unstable romantics--and with a very unique twist.  Your group will play as the obsessive, dangerous, and painfully sincere main characters in a story of doomed courtship and warped romance.

Lovesick uses a narrative, lightweight system similar to Succession, Chamber+Circle, and The Queen Smiles, however its mechanics focus principally on mundane (but hardly 'normal') individuals in a world much like our reality.  In particular, the rules give distinctive ways to ply for someone's love, acceptance, or obedience, as well as characterizing and mechanically relevant mental damages, for each of the damaged romantics that your group will play.

Lovesick provides extensive, clear guidance on how to use its rules to tell this kind of dramatic and character-driven story.  The book features three character archetypes to use as inspiration, a detailed example of scene and conflict resolution, and guidance on tone, genre, and frank, friendly approaches to sexual content and graphic or disturbing events.  Since the game deals with themes of obsession, stalking, abuse, and worse, your group might find these short prompts for discussion very valuable.

Also featured in this book:

  • clear, simple guidance on smoothly handling (unavoidable) conflict between main characters, and ensuring that such conflict is engaging no matter the outcome
  • distinguishing Damages which allow main characters to act against one another in a fraught but fluid way
  • quick side-character creation, including ways to relate and tie them to main characters and to each other
  • a table for fleshing out groups, locations, and recent events
  • suggestions on adapting Lovesick for several different genres while retaining the obsessive fixation on obsessive fixations

Like other titles from consilium games, Lovesick assumes collaborative narration, without a designated game manager.  Every player is intended to play a main character, even when those main characters come into conflict.  However, if the guidance on sharing game-manager duties doesn't appeal to your group, the rules will work with a conventional desginated game manager.

So, what would you do for love?

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December 25, 2018
This title was added to our catalog on October 25, 2018.