For my MA thesis I designed a tabletop role-playing game, based around the fundamental design-aspects of accessibility and possibilities. The result was this unconventional RPG, set in a world overrun by massive walking islands and the anthropomorphic character that live on them.

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Each of the five main races visualizes one of the five attributes used by the core mechanics: bears for strength, frogs for agility, foxed for charisma, tortoises for intelligence, and mice for perception.

The society is governed by three major factions, with the players belonging to a neutral fourth faction. Each walking island–org Gargan–has its own habitat and cultures, allowing for concise fields of exploration and adventure, with clear boundaries.

The game uses 5 unique dice for its action-mechanic. Blue action dice increase the chance of success; added based on the tested attribute. Green skill dice upgrade actions; added if proficient. Red defiance dice increase the chance of failure; indicate difficulty. White benefit dice and black detriment dice show advantages and disadvantages.

Dice show icons instead of numbers. Success-icons are counted against failure-icons to determine the outcome of an action. Advantage-icons are counted against hindrance-icons to see to what degree the action passed/failed, and there are some more icons that relate to exhaustion and the passing of time.

Art of a gargan.

Art by Isabella Koelman.

Categories: RPG