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Humanities influence over the earth has vanished and in it’s wake we have been freed. Excitedly, we stare over the edge of a new epoch and ask: What will we become?

Touchstone: What if Nier Automata was happier?

Of Bodies is a TTRPG for 3-5 Players running on a D6 basis. Play a group of robots journeying through the post-Anthropocene, change your body and grow stronger with each memory you make with it. Let your imagination be led by a prompt based campaign, engage with passionate robot communities and break the chains of your design.

Features:

  • Zero prep sessions enabled by a campaign map and extended location prompts
  • Pbta inspired, easily personalized move system to guarantee comfortable play
  • All Character Players starting with the same Playbook
  • Create your own appendages, change and even trade them with other players
  • Dicepools based on the number of memories you've made with your appendages and friends
  • This is a ready to play beta version. By supporting it now you will give me the ability to polish and grow it. Feedback is appreciated!

Availeble in 3 versions:

  • Demo: This version contains the Playbooks and the Map, so everything you need to play as a Characterplayer, but no further explanations and no extended prompts to build locations from the Map.
  • Full Price: This version contains a detailed explanation to playing the game and the extended Map prompts in addition to everything in the Demo version.
  • Community Copy: These limited free versions are availeble to anyone who is not able to budget for the full price. Buying the game at full price will help restock these.

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Of Bodies is the second game in a series of games about robots life in the post-Anthropocene. Take a look at the first game Of Pieces, which stands in conversation with this one.

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Of Bodies - Playtest v1.pdf 2 MB

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Community Copies

If you want to play this but can't budget for it for any reason feel free to take one of these copies ❄️ But please rate the game!

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Of Bodies is a 26 page rpg about post-humanity robots exploring their world and growing as they come to understand it. It's loosely PbtA, but customized to the point where I don't think I'd call it the same engine. The game can be played without ever touching the dice, but there's also dice and luck linked to some moves if your group wants to randomize what happens next.

To be clear, this is not a game about overcoming mechanical opposition. It's entirely within the players' power to just declare that they have all the resources they need to win any conflict.

However, it also has some extraordinarily cool mechanical flourishes, ones which I think would work on a crunchy game too.

For example, two major components of player characters are appendages and memories. Appendages are things like sensors or processors or mobile limbs. PCs can trade them between each other when they wish. Memories are parts of a character's composite identity, and they can be damaged.

There's also a complete sandbox scenario to get players started, and this is extremely welcome---especially in a setting that can feel kind of alien---and it adds lots of flavor.

I think for folks who like playing nonhuman characters, digging into character drama, and discovering things about the setting, Of Bodies is going to be a blast.

Alternately, for folks who already like the PbtA engine, this does a bunch of cool different things with it, and is worth checking out on those grounds alone.


Minor Issues:

-Page 3, para 1, "characters" character's

-Page 3, Divided Responsibilities, "protagonists interaction" protagonist's

-Page 9, World Card, "protagonists memories" protagonist's

-Page 10, Agenda, "protagonists life", "protagonists actions", protagonists' life, protagonists' actions

-Page 10, Moves, "when a protagonists interacts with it" protagonist

-Page 10, Moves, "obstacles difficulty" obstacle's difficulty

-Page 11, Locations, "locations name" location's

-Page 13, Preparing locations, "Character player will want" Character Players

-Page 13, Balancing Action, "the protagonists actions" protagonists'

-Some section headings are in caps, a lot aren't, and the inconsistency feels a little odd visually