Dialect: A Game about Language and How It Dies (beginner-friendly)

Dialect: A Game about Language and How It Dies (beginner-friendly)

Indie TTRPG on Discord, Roll20

Price per player-session

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  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Open to all

Price per player-session

About the adventure

A community undergoing tremendous change 😢 Collaborative storytelling 🤝 Create new words 💬 Dialect is a collaborative game about an isolated community, their language, and what it means for that language to be lost. In this game, you’ll tell the story of the Isolation by building their language. New words will come from the fundamental aspects of the community: who they are, what they believe in, and how they respond to a changing world.

3 years on StartPlaying

237 games hosted

Highly rated for: Creativity, Inclusive, Teacher

Additional Details

How to prepare

Dialect is a rules-lite game. Therefore, no preparation is needed. Everything will be explained step-by-step throughout the session. A mic is necessary. A webcam is optional.

What I provide

The official Dialect Roll20 module, which includes a backdrop for us to write our new words on and a unique deck of cards for us to draw from.

Gameplay details

Dialect can be played tonally in various ways: serious, whimsical, silly or starkly emotional. At the start of the session, we will collectively decide the tone we're aiming for. Since it is a GM-less game, my role will be more that of a facilitator. We will have X-cards available so that players can play them at any point during the game if something being said makes them feel unsafe. When an X-card is played, we will rewind and re-describe what's happening in the story. We will also, at the start of the session, state our lines (content we don't want appearing in the game) and veils (content we don't want described graphically).

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Lines and Veils
  • X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work

Character creation will happen in game, not before. We will also be creating our isolated community together. To create our characters, we will each pick our archetypes and then introduce our characters to the group.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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