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Exodus is a role-playing story game about being on the run in a society that has turned against you. It's a story of angels on the road, making community as they go, and trying to find somewhere better. It's a game rooted in a time, an autobiography and a plan and a dream and a fear all in one. Exodus tells that story.

Based on Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging system, Exodus is inspired by Ezra Furman's 2018 album Transangelic Exodus, itself a "queer outlaw saga". The game is for 2-4 players, with no dice and no GM, and takes usually 3-4 hours to play. Players will create characters, draw a road map of their journey as they go, and take turns playing setting elements (known as Situations) as they travel. 

Play as one of four playbooks:
The Guardian: When they came for yours, you had the plan, the escape route already mapped. Your bags were already packed. You knew that this world is no place for a creature like you. And when the time came, you hopped in your vehicle and you tried to get the people who matter to you to safety. 

The Traveler: You've done this before, a dozen times, a dozen ways. You've been fleeing your whole life, ever since you could fly. This is the last time you'll run, if you have the strength for one last journey. You may never reach a promised land, like the one you tell stories about, but you'll find a home, if you can make it one.

The Dreamer: For years you've dreamed of wings. One day you'll spread them, you say. Other angels, they know, they recognize their own, but they would never presume to carry you skyward before you're ready to fly. But you couldn't stay where you were, could never spread your wings there, and when the time came, the angels had a seat for you, too. 

The Artist: For a while,  your art and your charm kept you safe and commodified. But when things started to get bad, you knew whose side you needed to be on. But you couldn't just give up your creativity - you took it on the road with you. You'll need art, where you're going, but more importantly, you need to show the world what this is you're going through, even if some people won't understand.

As you travel, the players draw their journey's landmarks on their Road Map, and, when the story calls for it, take over one of the four Situations: Locals, The Road, Supplies, and Authorities. By making moves from the situation sheet, whoever holds that Situation pushes the rest of the group on their journey and presents challenges along the way, and then puts it down when their character needs to interact with that Situation.

Upcoming content, unlocked via our successful kickstarter:

Nora Blake, with The Fallen: You remember flying. You were grand and powerful and you leapt to the heavens and soared without a care. That was a different time. Before the guns and the walls and the armored patrols. You fell a long way when you lost your wings. 

Sasha Reneau, with The Ophan: You make a joyful noise. You don't match what an angel is supposed to look like--by anyone's standards. Wheels encircle your ribs where wings might sprout; eyes, painted or blinking or lensed, peer out where feathers ought to be.

Riley Hopkins, with The Present: You hit your hand against the dashboard in rhythm to the song. The windows are down, your friends are singing. This moment is all you need. The past doesn't have anything you want to answer and the future can be dealt with tomorrow. This might not last long, but you're all here for now. 

The playbooks are still being written, but everything so far says that they will be an incredible supplement to the game! 

Along with those, I will be releasing a bonus PDF from the road, of Quickstart scenarios, play tips, an additional bonus playbook (The Lover, based on the playbook from Feathers by Remi Permann), an essay on Transangelic Exodus, and more. You can expect the 1.4 update, and the bonus PDFs, by May at the latest!

Art by Emil N. Tót

(Current version is 1.3 as of 1/12/19. )

Anybody interested in helping to playtest or looking for folks to play with, we would love for you to join our discord server at discord.gg/tsV3Qgp!

Updated 9 days ago
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CategoryPhysical game
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Authorfadingroots

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the re-ordering is really helpful!