An odd bundle this time from Bundle of Holding, featuring a range of two player RPGs. Yes, it turns out there are two player RPGs. Go figure.
Unsurprisingly, given my surprise, I’ve not heard of many of these games, but I’m intrigued to see how two player roleplaying will work. That said, let’s jump to the bundle!
As I mentioned above, I really don’t know any of the titles in the first tier, which is priced at a reasonable $7.95. The title that interests me most is Mars Colony, which sounds really interesting, particularly from the political angle. A Single Moment sounds interesting too, and I like systems that use playsets, like Fiasco. The whole lot looks like this:
- Romance Trilogy (Black and Green Games, retail price $10): Newly updated versions of Breaking the Ice, Shooting the Moon, and Under My Skin, the groundbreaking “Three Quick Games About the Human Heart” by Emily Care Boss.
- A Single Moment (TAGSessions, retail $8): A life-and-death narrative battle between samurai, and the past events that brought them here. Additional playsets translate the drama to the Wild West, medieval England, and even romantic comedy. Includes Five Single Playsets (Riverhouse Games, retail $1), which adapts the system to new settings.
- Stories From the Grave (Spectrum Games, retail $10): Anthology-based horror (think EC Comics, The Twilight Zone, and Creepshow) for a GM and one foredoomed protagonist.
- Mars Colony (TCK Roleplaying, retail $8): A political struggle for the salvation of an isolated outpost. (Originally presented in our September 2013 Indie Treasure Trove.)
The second tier is priced at a threshold which, at the time of writing, is sitting at $17.37. The only title I am familiar with is Don’t Rest Your Head. I have it and have read it, but I’ve not yet played it. I do love Evil Hat, so I’m sure it’s great. Macabre Tales looks really good too, with the domino-based system looking particularly intriguing. Showdown‘s card system seems cool, too. The entirety of this tier consists of:
- Scarlet Heroes (Sine Nomine Publishing, retail $15): Both a standalone old-school game and an overlay for your favourite retroclone, Scarlet Heroes lets you run any published fantasy adventure, unaltered, with just one player. From Kevin Crawford, designer of Stars Without Number. (From the November 2014 Old School Revival +2.)
- Showdown (Dark Omen Games, retail $15): A tense card-based confrontation between longtime enemies where victory always brings great cost. (New in this offer.)
- Macabre Tales (Spectrum Games, retail $13): A Cthulhu Mythos experience that uses dominoes to create a tense, fiercely accurate simulation of HP Lovecraft’s stories. Dominoes not included. (From the October 2014 Bundle of Tentacles +2.)
- Don’t Rest Your Head (Evil Hat, retail $5): An insomniac in Mad City struggles against monsters both real and imagined. (From the October 2013 Bundle of Nerves.)
- Beast Hunters (Berengad Games, retail $5): Stalk and fight monsters that threaten your people. When you defeat them, use their blood to ink tattoos on your skin and gain their power. (From the March 2014 Fantastic Valor collection.)
The bundle is an interesting one, and features some quirky and interesting titles. If you decide to buy yourself a bundle, a cut of the proceeds will go to support Human Rights Watch. So, you know, you can play and tell yourself you’re a good person! Yeah, lies, I know.
Pick up the bundle over here!