On the Shoulders of Dwarves

Interesting Indies (Episode 93)

On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Interesting Indies (Episode 93)
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A while back we asked our listeners what topics you want us to talk about and **Sivan Kotek** said “can you talk about new non OSR indie games”? Well, Sivan, yes, yes we can. # Kiss Her Before the World Ends (03:23) by **Alice Grizzle** Alice on Itch.io: [https://itch.io/profile/tafkat](https://itch.io/profile/tafkat) On the cover: *Your world is ending. There's no hope of saving it, and you know that. The others do too. They might pretend otherwise, but they know.* *None of that matters though. What matters is that you can hear her through the wall: crying. All you want to do is hold her in your arms and tell her that she's not alone.* *So do it.* Kiss Her Before the World Ends is a GMless, diceless, single session RPG for 2 to 4 players about the things we desire from relationships, how we negotiate getting those things, and making the most of every second life gives us. What I liked: the game is set up for a quick run, with time estimation for each phase. It’s a GM less game # Michtim (07:40) By **Georg Mir** A Fluffy adventure! The game: [https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/105250/Michtim-Fluffy-Adventures](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/105250/Michtim-Fluffy-Adventures) # Spring on me (14:30) by **Ben Chong** (also known as Flowers) Ben on itch.io: [https://swords-and-flowers.itch.io/](https://swords-and-flowers.itch.io/) Spring on me: [https://swords-and-flowers.itch.io/spring-on-me](https://swords-and-flowers.itch.io/spring-on-me) On the cover: *Spring On Me is a prompt-based rpg about messy dates, funny surprises, and being together. In it, you will play characters who are intertwined, awkward and connected as they meet and date in Spring. But time is short, so what will you say to each other before the season's gone?* This is a tiny 6 pages game (2 of which are the covers) that packs a real punch. It’s a prompt based game, so it’s a lot easier for new players. You just need to answer questions and not think about all the possibilities. I’m in love with the coin toss mechanic. You should know that [Epistolary Richard](https://twitter.com/richardauthor) have a roundup of GM less games, just look up [#GamesWithoutMaster](https://twitter.com/hashtag/GamesWithoutMaster) on twitter. # DeScriptors (18:30) By **Matthew Bannock** On dtRPG: [https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257706/DeScriptors-RPG-Definitive-Edition](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/257706/DeScriptors-RPG-Definitive-Edition) Your character is a descriptor and a number of adjectives. A big part of the game is succeeding thanks to having an adjective, or choosing to fail in order to gain a new one, with a negative connotation. The story continues to the next location after the current's location Refresh number - how many adjectives can be picked up in it - is spent. Puns and synonyms are encouraged, and the book provides five suggestions for settings (the rules are just a single page), with tips on how to use the system to create their specific genres. Not sure I'll ever play this, but it's worth a read, despite the awkward layout. # Summary (23:10) Indie games are amazing. Trying out a few may very well expand your mind regarding what games can do and what subject matter they can tackle. ---- # Taking the load off (27:45) - Uri - In my regular “masks a new generation” game I used the prompt, “what is your character anxious about?” and it changed everything. - Eran - play test: “Shed Not a Tear, Oh Princess” --- Email us at [show@dwarfcast.net](mailto:show@dwarfcast.net) with questions, topic suggestions, and comments, and check out [our Facebook group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/dwarfpodcast). We have a [Patreon page](https://www.patreon.com/dwarfcast), in case you'd like to support us in a monetary fashion. Also, most links to [DriveThruRPG are affiliate](http://drivethrurpg.com/?affiliate_id=29668), which means we get a bit of money if you buy through them, with no added cost to you. Intro and outro based on On the Shoulders of Dwarves by the Cliches Duo. On the Shoulders of Dwarves is shared under [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
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