I’ve been busy working away writing scripts, so the blogging has suffered of late. But I wanted to share this link to The Mountain Witch Kickstarter.
The Mountain Witch is very much in the tradition of “story-games” so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But it is a terrific design with a terrific premise. I want everyone who might be interested in it to be aware of it.
First published in 2004, it became a major influence on indie RPG game design. The author has thought about the game a lot, streamlined some stuff, and is getting ready to publish a new version after it not being in print for a decade.
It’s “Seven Samurai” meets “Reservoir Dogs” in this tabletop RPG about trust, betrayal, and confronting one’s fate.
The Mountain Witch is a self-contained role-playing adventure in which players take on the role of ronin in mythical medieval Japan. Outcast and unemployed, these samurai accept a job that no one else would take—to assault and kill the dreaded O-Yanma, the Mountain Witch of Mt Fuji. But can these individuals—who are haunted by their pasts and by dark fortune—be trusted? Can they overcome their differences and move together against the Witch? Or will dark fate overwhelm them?