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...The rigid abstemiousness runs the risk of putting him at a dietary distance from an American electorate that still binges on carbohydrates and, after eight years of a tea-sipping president, craves a relatable eater in chief...

...She denies him pies these days...

Serious Reading is the only game inspired by the brow furrowing and spine shuddering evoked by opinion columns. 

It is a comedy-focused, solo journaling RPG where you take on the role of a grossly overpaid opinion columnist who probably should have quit years ago, as most of them should have if we could only be so lucky. You'll use two tables of prompts to write headlines for fictional opinion pieces, ostensibly about very serious topics, and excerpts from those articles that reveal nothing about their supposed topic but everything about the bizarre, broken life of your columnist character.

UPDATE (Jan. 10, 2022): A new expansion is now included with your purchase: Seriouser Reading. It adds first and last name roll tables for your columnist character and a full second set of Headline and Write About tables, more than doubling the content in the original game. If you already have Serious Reading, just redownload the PDF, and you'll have both! 

Using a bit of William Lentz's Second Guess System and made for the Second Guess Jam, Serious Reading ensures every columnist character will gradually wane in their relevance until they rightly fade into obscurity as culture passes them by. 

With your purchase, you get a hyperlinked PDF and a printer-friendly alternative that eliminates the background art for you to save on ink and increase readability.

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January 09, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on July 13, 2021.