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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.

Whether you like them or not, 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 dramas, long-held grudges, intense friendships, 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," and "Awkward Conversations: the game."

It’s designed to be played in 1-4 episodic sessions, with no prep and a quick, easy setup. 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.

Credits

Creative Commons License

Unincorporated © 2020 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. And those are just the ones I meant to steal from; I'm sure there are others.

Playtesters

Thanks to Barry Cook, Jim Crocker, Luiz Paulo Ferraz, Sarah Jacobson, Maria, Mark, Chris Newton, Leandro Pondoc, Puckett,  Rich Rogers, Eli Seitz, Steven S, and Pearl Zare.

Actual Plays

Want to see the game in play? Check out these actual play videos on Youtube:

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.

Current Version: 0.4

This is a beta version, though it has been playtested quite a bit. I update it semi-regularly.

It's Pay What You Want until version 0.5. Paying any amount gets you all future updates, including the final digital version. (If there's ever a print version, that will be a separate thing.)

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!

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Unincorporated (pdf) 251 kB
Version 0.4
Unincorporated (kindle) 507 kB
Version 0.4
Unincorporated (epub) 988 kB
Version 0.4
Reference Sheets (pdf) 111 kB
Version 0.3.1
Reference & Character Sheet (Google Drive)

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