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Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars


FLOTSAM: ADRIFT AMONGST THE STARS is a roleplaying game about outcasts, renegades and misfits living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama in the Below, a dangerous world where poverty, social strife and gang conflict sit side-by-side with alien technology and supernatural weirdness.

The game is GMless and diceless, with rules that point your characters at each other and bring their relationships into sharp focus. They help you quickly create a rich setting, flawed characters, and charged relationships which develop over time. You’ll watch your characters evolve and change before your eyes.

The book includes everything you need to play, plus six varied and evocative quick-start scenarios and a teaching guide to help guide your group through the rules.

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Sean M August 10, 2021 5:21 am UTC
What am I missing? Played this with my group and we had a miserable time. We were excited to try it. We've done well with other relationship-based improv RPGs like Fiasco, Quiet Year, Dialect, etc., which leads me to believe we just flat out missed something in the rules. We found it paced very slow, and also didn't know when to end. We ended up implementing a Fiasco-like system where we went around twice more when we'd had enough to wrap things up, and that led to a satisfying conclusion of the story, but we all left with a sour taste in our mouth. Our primary complaints all came down to pacing and timing. It could be this game just isn't a fit for us, and I get that, but it seems to check so many boxes of things I and my group enjoys, and it holds a very high rating on here, that I thought I would check here to see if there's just something we missed.
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Stefan R June 14, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
How much PbtA is this?
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Joshua F July 07, 2019 3:21 pm UTC
Hi Stefan

Sorry for the slow reply. Flotsam uses PBTA-like playbooks and has a small number of basic moves; it's a GMless game but applies a principles + moves framework to doing GM-stuff. It uses tokens rather than dice (spend a token to power your moves and get good stuff, expose yourself to danger to gain a token).

So... it is definitely PBTA-like, but at the less Apocalypse World-like end of PBTA.

If you've played Dream Askew, it's a lot like that.

Hope that helps!

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Stefan R February 15, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
Hi Joshua,
I've only just seen your comment. Thanks, that sounds interesting, especially for solo-play.

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Dani J June 06, 2019 7:27 am UTC
No previews?
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Joshua F June 11, 2019 10:19 am UTC
Thanks for the suggestion Dani - I've added previews to the product page. :)
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Dani J June 11, 2019 11:02 am UTC
Thank you.
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Marco E April 12, 2020 12:10 pm UTC
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