I’m looking for a game (preferably PbtA) all about political machinations and interpersonal drama, i.e. A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, House of Cards, etc. Bonus points if it’s somewhat setting-agnostic.
I have The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power, and while it seems pretty cool, it also seems (1) to bring in more of a focus on magic and outright physical violence than I’m looking for at the moment, (2) to be one of the closest to AW of all the PbtA games I’ve seen, and we’re already playing that game at the moment, and (3) to be a bit clunky with lots of text.
I love Monsterhearts (it’s my favorite RPG), and that handles interpersonal obligations and drama better than anything I’ve seen, but I don’t want to exclusively play as monsters and/or teens for this campaign.
I also like Urban Shadows, but it’s too spread out and violence-focused for the campaign idea.
I’m thinking of making a hack of Monsterhearts for my purposes, but I’d love to know if there’s anything else already out there. The problem, as I see it, is that political machinations tends to lead towards PvP, secret-keeping, and a sense of “winning”, all of which aren’t typically features of the PbTA scene. Any thoughts?