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The Spider and the City


You are the Spider. This is the City.

You are a criminal mastermind. You are the spider lurking in the shadows. In a city that was held in the vice grip of Celestial Law, you have never followed a rule that you didn’t write.

You are your own master - a leader of a hard-bitten crew, holding court in the seedy underworld that thrives below your city’s paper- thin facade of order and normality. The rich don’t believe you exist. The poor know you all too well - your justice is often the only one they can access.

But now the city of Inquilad - your city - is free. As the kingdom lies in ruins, the people of Inquilad have seized power and now seek to build a utopia. You understand freedom. And you wonder how long their freedom will last...

There are rumours that the Right Men, General Piyadasi’s army, march toward the city. A little bird tells you that they might reach the city walls as soon as 2 months from now.

You thought you understood how the world works. But if your city can be reborn, what about you?

About the Game

The Spider and the City combines high stakes resource management and prompt-based journaling. Like in videogames such as Darkest Dungeons or tabletop games like Band of Blades, you allocate resources to missions, trying to giving yourself the edge to help you succeed. Using mechanics inspired by Blades in the Dark, you build the strongest dice pool you can ... and then let the gods decide how the bones fall. Like in indie hit Thousand Year Old Vampire, you respond to the prompts that the game throws at you, telling the lonely story of a criminal mastermind in a rebel city. Your decisions might not change history but they matter - and you're in charge of how much. When the game ends, take the journal you've written and read it as a historian and write the "real" story of your tragic character.

Good luck! Let your heart not break on these tumultuous shores.

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Gary B August 06, 2022 5:39 pm UTC
How I love this game!
I imagine a vaguely steam/clockpunk French revolution, but really it's up to you - world building is part of the game.
So, The Great Empire has recently collapsed and various city-states have declared independence. Your city (The City) is in the throes of a people's revolt. You are The Spider, a criminal mastermind? Spy-master? machiavellian advisor? Varys?
The game takes place over a three month period; each month has four weeks, each week requires that you complete a random (3-5) number of missions. The question is are you doing it for yourself or for the good of the people?
Missions are created by the standard 'oracle' method, giving you Who, What and Where, your imagination fills in the details and gives the Why.
(As a house-rule I determine all of the mission details, for that week, and THEN allocate them to a sequence - I am a criminal mastermind, working to a devious plan, not an opportunist reacting to random circumstance).
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This title was added to our catalog on August 02, 2022.
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