Join me as I continue to raid the vaults of independent roleplaying games, seeking out precious gems that have enriched the hobby. Think of this as a kind of Indiana Jones expedition in quest of hidden, neglected, or lost treasures from the vast kingdom of rpgs.
This month, we will be playing My Life with Master (2003) by Paul Czege. The game uses a seemingly simple dice pool mechanic to weave complex stories of hubris, horror, and revolt.
Players take on the role of minions who serve a diabolically cruel master. The master orders and forces you to carry out brutal plans involving unspeakable acts. You might resist, but often those attempts seem futile. At the same time, you are attempting to gain the love of a someone in the village, but those efforts often seem fruitless and pathetic.
Some days you wonder whether you might carve out a better life. What would it take to overthrow your master? More importantly, what can you do to win some sign of affection from your beloved? How can you get someone to see through your hideousness to notice the small pulse of beauty that beats inside of you?
Please note: My Life with Master is a game about villainy, self-loathing, abuse, unrequited love, and dysfunctional relationships. Narratives tend to veer into disturbing territory. If you have questions about the game and whether it is right for you, please ask me before signing up.
Each session will be three hours. Attendance at all four sessions is encouraged, but not required. You must RSVP to each session you wish to attend. Rules will be taught. Sessions will be recorded.
We will have a pregame discussion of lines and veils as well as employ the X-card during sessions. We will observe the Gauntlet Inclusivity Policy.
Session 1: 2019-06-04T01:00:00Z → 2019-06-04T04:00:00Z
Session 2: 2019-06-11T01:00:00Z → 2019-06-11T04:00:00Z
Session 3: 2019-06-18T01:00:00Z → 2019-06-18T04:00:00Z
Session 4: 2019-06-25T01:00:00Z → 2019-06-25T04:00:00Z