appy Pride! If you didn’t know, June is Pride Month in the US and StartPlaying.Games wants to introduce you to some fantastic works made by LGBTQIA+ TRPG creators.
Neverland - The Impossible Island
Inspired directly by JM Barrie’s novel Peter Pan, Neverland: The Impossible Island creates a D&D 5E setting that harkens to childhood adventures while creating an incredible world and in-depth story. Diana Gaeta has developed a tale that defies the tropes of D&D 5E and allows players to explore new and fresh concepts. This setting includes familiar faces as NPCs and villains, the Figment monster type, and a level 1-3 adventure! Discover the power of faith, trust, and pixie dust while learning what dark secrets might be hiding in Neverland. Gaeta’s love of JM Barrie’s work shines through this setting and will leave you flying to the second star to the right and straight on till morning.
Do you love the Great British Bake Off? Do you love baking? Do you like woodland creatures? Well then, let me tell you about Candied Violets by Monroe Soto. Candied Violets is a rules-light TTRPG where the players get to take on the roles of animals baking in a competition on the day of the Spring Equinox. The system uses d6s and focuses on baking, judging, and competition. Players are encouraged to be cooperative and be kind to each other throughout the game. Win or lose, this is a relaxing game you can play with a nice cup of tea and snacks.
Dream Askew/Dream Apart
A queer enclave during the apocalypse, Dream Askew, explores the lives of marginalized people living in a dangerous world. Dream Askew uses the “no dice, no masters” system, which focuses on the players, their choices, their relationships, and the struggles they face. The system comes with all the information you need to run the game, a guide to belonging outside belonging games, a guide to creating your own belonging outside belonging games, and a second game called Dream Apart, which focuses on a Jewish shtetl in Eastern Europe. Made by Avery Alder, the creator of the Quiet Year, Dream Askew/Dream Apart allows players to tell stories that challenge the norms and expectations of society.
Heaven Nor Hell
Brought to you by Kienna Shaw, one of the Gold-Ennie Award Winning Co-Curators of the TTRPG Safety Toolkit, Heaven Nor Hell explores the relationship between two (or more) immortals as they pass through time together. Using a d10 prompt-based system, players dive into the battle of love & destiny as the world changes and evolves. Your immortals will experience any number of events, including heartbreak, surprises, warnings, and possibly even true love. In the end, they know three things to be true.
1. They love each other
2. The powers that be would not approve of their relationship
3. There’s only one place that’s safe to meet: Earth.
Decide their fate and possibly the fate of the world in Heaven Nor Hell!
In A Week
Love, loss, mortality, and the memories we hold in our hearts. In A Week by Sinta Posadas is a GM-less TTRPG where players take on the roles of four animal spirits guiding the souls of recently dead lovers into the afterlife. During this journey, you discover their story from beginning to end, and as Keepers of the Realm, your powers determine the memories that stay with the lovers as they approach the Fountain of Souls. This game is filled with emotional depth, diving into subjects that many games choose to avoid. The game comes with an X-Card and encourages players to use safety tools, asking players to take care of each other and be sensitive. While these are heavy topics, Pride is not just a celebration of living proud but also a memorial for the ones we’ve lost.
I hope you enjoy these games and support LGBTQIA+ creators! Happy Pride, stay safe, and roleplay with protection!