Recently, I've been thinking about a new project - combining a minor blog fixation, Engine Heart, with a major blog fixation, the GLOG, along with bits of recent Zine Quest release Scurry! and vague, wrong ideas of what PbtA games look like according to someone who hasn't actually read one.
You play as a group of utility robots, alone and hoping to either make your way back to home or build a new one. The setting is going to be mostly undefined - maybe, like Engine Heart, humanity has been destroyed by an apocalypse. Maybe you just fell off the back of a truck, and need to get back to the factory. Maybe you're on a starship around Neptune, trying to get your rights as workers.
|by Locheil, who is cool|
Creating a Character
The stats are Strength (STR), Speed (SPD), Dexterity (DEX), Comprehension (COM), and Mirroring (MIR).
The first three are self-explanatory, but the other two are stranger. Comprehension is your ability to understand things you weren't designed for - will the stack of crates fall over if I move this one? Why is this on fire?
Mirroring is sort of like Charisma, but is more accurately described as your ability to act like a human. People like it when you can talk like them, and some robots could be tricked into thinking you're a person if you say the right words. You could also roll Mirroring to understand what someone is doing.
Some Parts can also give you Power dice, which can be added to any check.
Your stats are chosen from this array: 4, 3, 3, 2, 2.
Sprinter Wheels (legs)
lightweight magnesium wheels allow you to rush along flat surfaces, but smooth tires cripple your handlingInvest [speed] and check the [sum]:10+: you hit highway speeds immediately, in a straight line7-9: you begin to accelerate, and will reach top speed next turn6-: the tires spin and screech, unable to grip the ground
Others are more similar to GLOG spells:
Lifter Arms (arms)
a pair of massive pistons connect to a narrow platform in front of you, just barely able to reach above your head
Invest [strength], and lift the platform up to your head-height with up to [sum]*100 pounds on board.