Being a game designer is hard.
I've always been fascinated by games; all kinds of games - especially tabletop role-playing (roleplaying?) games. I've played games for a long time - especially tabletop role-playing games. Play games long enough and you might even try your hand at designing games. Over the decades I've tried my hand at designing games. The fact that no game lists me as a designer tells you how successful I've been.
But the drive to design games must be in my blood, 'cuz I seem to have passed it on to Giovanni. Taking an idea that started as a Master's project, Giovanni has now turned that idea into a game that is ready for testing. I've helped out with some project management and acted as sounding board and editor, but Giovanni has done all the heavy lifting.
Now we're at the point where we can use your help with Score!!
If you haven't guessed by now, its an RPG (of the tabletop variety) about the drama of being young athletes. I'll let Giovanni tell you about it.
"Score!! is a tabletop roleplaying game based on sports media, from movies and anime to comics and manga and everything in-between. In Score!!, players take on the role of a team of young athletes who work together to win tournaments by beating their opponents in dramatic sports matches. Athletes will develop relationships with both teammates and rivals, learn new skills, and reach ever-greater heights in their efforts to make it to the top. The interpersonal drama between athletes is key to Score!! Spirit and teamwork matter as much as the final outcome."
What does Score!! play like?
Score!! plays like Forged in the Dark, Powered by the Apocalypse, and Fate Core games. Players will each choose an athlete playbook and customize it to define their character. They will also select a group playbook to define their team. The team playbook will impact the stories they tell about their athletes. At the heart of the game are Beliefs; athletes and their rivals have them, even the team has them. Athletes will put their Beliefs on the line both on and off the court. Best of all, Score!! is designed to work with just about any team sport.
How can you help?
Right now Score!! is in it's second beta iteration. We have six athlete playbooks and two team playbooks. We need to do a full court press and see how all of these moving parts work with each other. You can help out by:
- Downloading the game at https://gladiolus-games.itch.io/score
- Playing it
- Providing us feedback using the questions and contact information in the packet
The Score!! download has everything you need to playtest the game. Feel like chatting with us to learn more about the game? Reach out to us through the contact info in the download for an invite to our Discord server.
Next time I'll take a look at a key inspirational media for Score!!