Belly of the Beast is a fantasy survival horror RPG about living inside a continent-sized beast that swallows up cities and countries. In this one shot, two scavengers take a job for their clan to secure a trade route with a nearby enclave. When they arrive at the neighboring enclave, they discover a half-mad tyrant who abuses and exploits his people. The tyrant demands they help oppress his people in exchange for his aid. Do the scavengers take the job or plot to remove the tyrant from power?
In the Not-Japan-but-still-totally-Japanese City A, a group of young girls will gain tremendous magical power, but for what reason? More importantly, can these adolescents wield such power wisely or will they cause more damage than they prevent? I ran a one shot of this anime-inspired RPG for Aaron, Heather, and Bill to find out.
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Synopsis: One-hour games have never been filled with more humor and horror, courage and cowardice, childlike wonder and childlike terror than the experimental role-playing game Puppetland. In one golden hour, you and your friends shall weave a tale none will soon forget: a tale of good-hearted puppets in a bad-hearted world. You shall rise up against the savagery of Punch the Maker-Killer with his army of Nutcrackers and his terrible Boys, sewn from the flesh of the Maker of all puppets. You shall be steadfast and true. You shall likely die trying.
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Synopsis: The last of the Three Beasts is different than the others. It is not a massive entity able to destroy fleets and kingdoms by itself. Rather, it looks like one of the Kin and it can mind control nearly anyone it encounters. Strife wishes to control all of the Kin so it has built a fleet to launch a war of conquest. In order to stop the beast, the heroes must risk everything in order to defeat it, including their own souls. The fate of the Kingdoms of the Kin lies in the balance!
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Synopsis: The second Beast, Alloy, is a massive flying war machine capable of destroying any fleet in battle. In order to fight it, the Explorer Knights must unite three powerful kingdoms into a military alliance. Each kingdom has its own unique problems which must be resolved before they will agree to an alliance. From solving economic bubbles to strategic marriages, the knights are willing to do what it takes to stop Alloy. But, even with their combined might, do they stand a chance against the ancient fortress?