Jul 27

Kickstarting Downfall: Where Society Collapses


DownfallI think this is the last of the July wave of Kickstarter projects I want to recommend to you. This is the end of my list, but I am such a big fan of Kickstarter, that another could come along at any time.


However, the current final project is Downfall, by Caroline Hobbs. This is a collaborative game, where the Players build a world, then watch it collapse. The campaign page describes the game as follows:


Downfall is a role-playing game that explores the collapse of a society, a cataclysm brought about by a fatal Flaw at work within it. First you sit down and build your world, then you destroy it. You tell the story of a hero who tries to save their home. But in Downfall, the hero fails.


The game works in any kind of setting, from mythical fantasy to the real world to high-flying science fiction. It’s made to tell a whole story in a single 2-4 hour session and doesn’t require preparation, dice, or a GM.


Yes, ANOTHER collaborative game.


Given my fondness for collaborative setting creation, this is an obvious game for me to back. The scope is a lot narrower than Microscope, as Downfall’s society is doomed to collapse. Yet, I can still see a use for this game. We jump around a lot in my Tales of the Hero Wars campaign, and I have found the Players engage with the game a lot more if they are involved with the creation of the setting.


Downfall offers me yet another tool for my setting-creation Interludes.


Funding for Downfall closes early Tuesday, 11th August. This campaign has stormed past the initial funding goal. It is destroying the Stretch Goals, which add genre-specific guides to aid the creation process.


Back Downfall for a collaborative game building doomed societies.


Happy Gaming



The previous Kickstarter I recommended was Microscope Explorer, an expansion for the worldbuilding game Microscope, by Ben Robbins.


NB This is also my 600th post to Tales of a GM. As I will be celebrating two years of blogging in August, this is a decent productivity rate.


Go me!


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