Original review posted here, with pictures.
Ok, now this is a fun one. At least it made me smile.
Reimagined: Fanfic Role-Playing Game
Reimagined is a "fanfic RPG" in which you take some other world and run with it.
If you have ever read (or written) fanfic or have a personal "head-canon" (or even know what that is) then this might be the game for you.
The author, Katarzyna Kuczyńska, comes in with some solid street cred, just different than what I have seen in the past. This is a good thing.
The game is for two players using the X-Card system (a system I was not very familiar with).
You decide on the fandom, what level of romance you want (Gen, Lime, Lemon and Smut), what sort of story you want (lots listed) and who the charaters are and what the themes are.
Now you and the other player work out your do's and don't (or yeses and noes) and move on the storyline.
You have some tables you can roll on with a d6 (which makes it a game and not a series of collaborative storytelling). The tables will depend on the tone of your game and type of story.
The players go back and forth being the "actor" and the "director". I think with some tweaking it could be modified to accommodate more people and thus more characters. This is one of those games where people that really know each other is where it would work the best.
There is also an example of play given and some examples of the worksheets filled out. I love the example card shown of "Captain Carol and the God of Thunder" a Superhero story with Lemon (aka steamy) levels of Romance and tension. On the Noes are "Children being hurt", "torture" and "alcohol" ok, fine and on the "yeses" are Dragons!
Among our themes are "Superheroes Showing off", "Passionate Foreplay" and "Space Battles" you know...I am enjoying this one more and more.
The main storyline, "Heroes team up to save an alien planet using their powers and spaceship."
Seriously, how does that not sound like fun?
Seriously off the top of my head, I came up with about 30 fandoms this would work with. Even some I wish I hadn't (gives the Mallfoy-Granger shippers some side eye).
I'd have to try it out. You need the right group to do this game with, but I think it would be fun. This is a very different sort of game for me and I want to try it out.
The PDF is full-color at 39 pages. There are also extra sheets included.
All for $3.00. That's pretty good really.
Plays Well With Others: BlackStar
Of course, this got me thinking. If this works well like this, maybe I could use the Story generation functions of this game in my other games. Sit down as a Session 0 to determine what we all want to do out of a series. IF that series is media-tie in, say like Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, or anything, then it might be a good starting point.
So. Let me try it with BlackStar.
BlackStar is part of the Star Trek Fandom, but it also has heavy doses of Cthulhu.
It's going to be Dark, but Gen. Sorry, there won't be time for romance among the stars for this crew, I'll save all of that for the Captain and the Thunder God above.
It is an Alternate Universe and partial crossover.
The only character I know right now is Captain Valerie Beaumont. BUT she is not in charge of the ship. She was supposed to be, but it has been taken over by NPC Commodore Taggart. He is the project leader and a complete dick. So that will make up some of the interpersonal dynamics.
I want to cover the themes of "Horror in/of Space", "We are not alone", "Science as a Candle in the Dark" and "Adventure! ...but don't go insane."
I am saying yes to Monsters, Insanity, Death, and Visions of Hell.
I am saying no to Vampires, Klingons (sorry!) and no to Deltan and Betazeds. Not because I don't like them, I love them, but empaths will have a really bad time here.
Yeah. This sounds like fun.