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A downloadable game
Version 1.3 is now live, including full rules layout and PDF handouts!
The full PDF is $5; the unformatted 1.3 .txt is still available PWYW.
Exodus is a short RPG about sad trans angels on the run in a fascist dystopia, inspired by Ezra Furman's 2018 album Transangelic Exodus and based on Avery Alder's Belonging Outside Belonging system. 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, 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.
(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!
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