[Dev Log]I Considered an Oeuvre

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So, my medium of choice is  tabletop RPGs. My last Wizard Jam attempt, a procedurally generated, mega-dungeon crawler Twenty-Year-Old Weird House, is as of yet unfinished, so I'm trying a different tact.


I Considered an Oeuvre is a collection of small, single-session RPGs. I'll be aiming for one game per day, but who knows how that'll hold up.

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Day 1 game: Fundamentally Dangerous to the Notion of Culture.


For 3+ players. The gist i that you play as members of a small, midwestern town council. You all go around in a circle proposing ideas to help the town, but one of you is secretly an alien whose proposal will lead to the destruction of human civilization.

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I've been busy the past couple days, but have been working on rough ideas in the meantime, like: Manipulated Through Time, players face off as dueling time travelers, who can use time travel to give themselves an advantage in the fight, but doing so will make it more likely that they erase themselves from reality via a paradox; or there's Up On a Boss, where it turns out your house was built on the shoulder of a sleeping giant, who has risen to destroy the world, and now you must find your way down safely.


But, before I finish those, I want to show the general idea of what to expect from these games, so here is the text of Rolling With the Pope:


'Sup cool kids? Sorry to bother you, but there's some geezer wandering around... Wait. Holy shit. That's the goddamn pope! He's slipped the Swiss Guard and wants to experience a day in the life of a regular cool kid! I'm gonna leave him here with you, do not fuck this up.


Actually, before I go... All of you, what are your names? Yeah, ok. Everyone give the pope something to disguise himself with. Good.

What? You have stuff you were going to do today? What could be more important than rolling with the pope? Give me two examples each... Okay, yeah. That does sound dope. But take the motherfuckin' pontif with you, he could even help out. I don't know, he can buy you liquor, or some shit. How about this. You can ditch him after one of you does whatever you wanted to do today? Whoever does that first, get's bragging rights.


You should also know that the pope is both Chill and Pious. If there was a sliding scale, of say, six with one being Chill and  six being Pious, he'd be a solid three at the moment, but if he becomes aware of earthly sin, he might slide one of those points into piety. He also seems excitable, so if you do something rad, he might add a point to his chillness. Getting him do do what you want to do? That's a roll of the die. Do you need him to act pious or chill? Being young's about taking risks. Roll that die, my dude and see what side of that line it lands on.


What if it doesn't work? Then something bad might happen. Roll a die and pick one:
1. The pope wanders off
2. The Swiss Guard shows up
3. The pope gets recognised
4. Cooler kids show up
5. The pope wanders off again
6. The Dean of Students comes to drag you back to school


A'ight, got it? Peace out. No, I can't take him, my break's over and this Arby's needs its manager.

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