Silver Kiss of the Magical Twilight of the Full Moon (Silver Kiss or SKMTFM for short) is a roleplaying game poking gentle fun at the myriad of young adult supernatural romance novels that have gained a lot of popularity in recent years.
It’s set up is pretty simple. You get 5 people in a room (sense of humor and ability to poke fun essential). One person will GM the other 4 will be two groups of best friends, one supernatural and the other human. Add a large dash of angsty teenage romance, shake vigorously and serve.
It’s important to note that you don’t actually need to have read the source material to get this game. Watched Buffy and seen the drama of Buffy’s relationship with Angel, or Willow’s with Oz? Ever heard of this small book series called Twilight? Then you’ll get the game. Find your inner teen, ramp them up 10 fold and make them as self obsessed as possible and you’ll be all good. The author obviously does know the source material well though, so if you want to get in the right frame of mind check out the Recommended Reading and Recommended Viewing section of the Appendix.
SKMTFM is elegant in it’s simplicity, which is actually really refreshing in a pick up game. Many other games I’ve read that are meant to be easy to just jump into generally aren’t and get bogged down by too many rules and game design discussion. It’s a small book (40 pages), but covers everything you need to know about running the game, hand outs and character sheets. There is even an intro scenario to help you out if you find the idea of making it all up on the fly a bit daunting. It’s also been very well designed, which is a plus.
I would recommend going through the whole process though, as that is a large part of the fun. Deciding on your supernaturals, who the characters are and what their secret agendas are is hugely entertaining. I’ve played it three times, twice as the supernatural love interest (a goddess of fire and a were-panther) and once as the human best friend.
Over all this is a hugely fun game for when you have players not show up, you need a break from killing orcs or want to run something at a convention.
(Disclaimer: I know the author well, game with her regularly and was given a review copy of the game.)