A downloadable game
An optimistic person might call this place a town. It has a name, a gas station, a few stores. It just doesn’t have many people. Which makes these other losers still hanging around here important. The same few people are your co-workers, your neighbors, your dating prospects, the folks you run into everywhere.
"Friends" might be a stretch, but they know you. Or at least they think they do. They know about all the stupid things you’ve done, and they won’t let you forget it. Nobody gets a clean slate here. But maybe you can shake off your reputation and become something new.
Unincorporated is a collaborative, mostly-GMless story game for 3-5 players who take on the roles of ordinary people caught up in petty rivalries, long-held grudges, intense frenemyships, and hopeless love affairs, all while trying to shake off the weight of expectations.
Players have described individual game sessions as "The best Northern Exposure episode they never made," "The Hangover, written by Nora Ephron," "A kinder, gentler Fiasco," and "Awkward Conversations: the game."
It’s designed to be played in 1-5 sessions, with no prep and a quick, easy setup. It's great for streaming, or for filling out parts of a modern setting for a longer campaign, maybe something like Copperhead County. Create character history and setting details by answering a few questions, pick a starting Plot, and try to solve it. This also makes it easy to re-skin with alternate setting playbooks.
Gameplay uses PbtA-style 2d6 +stat dice rolls. Your stats are Jock, Nerd, Prep, and Goth. You can change your dice results or your reputation -- or even add a new stat -- by spending tokens, which you earn by choosing to fail or add complications.
- Paranormal Romance
- Vigil Creek Nature Preserve
- Witchy Little Town
Alternate Setting Playbooks
If you write one, please let me know and I'll add it to the list!
- Weird Little Town: A town with a dark secret, or, more likely, many dark secrets. Want more opportunities to use your Goth stat? Here you go.
- Vigil Creek Nature Preserve: A park with rare species to protect, eccentric co-workers to tolerate, and a reputation for strange events that draws in curious outsiders.
Current Version: 0.5.1
This is a beta version, though it has been playtested quite a bit. I update it semi-regularly.
If you play it, please let me know what did/didn't work so I can improve it. And add a song or two to the Spotify playlist!
Unincorporated © 2021 by Bethany Harvey, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
This game uses mechanics inspired by several game systems, including Apocalypse World (and its many, many descendants), Dream Askew, Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars, Lasers & Feelings, and FATE Accelerated Edition. And those are just the ones I meant to steal from; I'm sure there are others.
Christopher A, Tyler C, Jacob C, Barry Cook, Jim Crocker, Shirley E, Luiz Paulo Ferraz, Kieron Gillen, Sarah Jacobson, Steven Junker, Ellie K, Maria Morabe, Mark, Cliffie Mathieson, Chris Newton, Leandro Pondoc, Adam Poppenheimer, Puckett, Elli Rhodes, Rich Rogers, CJ Sands, Eli Seitz, Steven S, Josh Wetherington, & Pearl Zare
|Updated||1 day ago|
|Tags||Comedy, Gay, GM-Less, LGBT, modern, One-shot, Romance, Slice Of Life, tabletop|
|Asset license||Creative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International|
|Average session||A few hours|
|Links||Twitter, YouTube, Spotify Playlist|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- Unincorporated Version 0.661 days ago
- Double AnnouncementMar 21, 2021
- Minor ebook repairsFeb 03, 2021
- Update 0.5Feb 01, 2021
- Version 0.4Jul 31, 2020
- June UpdateJun 29, 2020
- Updated Character Sheet / Reference for online playJun 01, 2020
- Version 0.3.1Apr 02, 2020