“The skies are dim always since the Maker died. Once the golden lights of Puppettown were the brightest beacons in all of Puppetland but now they gutter under blood-red glass. Once the sun and the moon moved their normal courses through the heavens but now they are fixed in place, the faltering moon above and the cracked and peeling sun somewhere down below. The rise of Punch the Maker-Killer has brought all of nature to a stop, leaving it perpetually winter, perpetually night. Puppets the length and breadth of Puppetland mourn the loss of the Maker and curse the name of Punch — but not too loudly, lest the nutcrackers hear and come to call with a sharp rap-rap-rapping at the door.”
An expanded, full-colour, hardback storybook edition of Puppetland, a storytelling game with strings in a grim world of make-believe. This new edition features a gorgeous cover painting by Alejandro Terán, color interior paintings by Samuel Araya, and sketch illustrations by Raven Mimura and Hannah Kennedy.
Puppetland is a diceless tabletop RPG in which the players take the roles of puppets in a fairy-tale paradise gone bloodily wrong. It's Punch & Judy taken to its logical extreme: Punch has killed the Maker of all puppets and transformed peaceful, magical Puppetland into his personal nightmare realm.
Puppetland is a storytelling game with strings in a grim world of make-believe. In a land of puppets created by a benevolent Maker, the usurper puppet known as Punch has murdered the Maker and taken his face. Now Punch rules Puppetland as a violent despot, opposed only by a ragged band of freedom fighters led by Judy, who loved Punch once and now wants to see him fall. And maybe, just maybe, she can bring the Maker back to life.
Players take the roles of puppets in this strange world: finger puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, and shadow puppets. With their limited abilities and boundless enthusiasm, they do their best to survive Punch, his nutcrackers, and his terrible Boys. Helping other puppets, having adventures, and maybe even overthrowing the Maker-Killer — not bad for a pack of fools in motley.
In 1995 Puppetland was a pioneer in the indie RPG movement. Now it returns in a beautiful full-color hardback edition with art by Alejandro Terán, Samuel Araya, Raven Mimura, and Hannah Kennedy.
It wasn't just diceless; Puppetland sidestepped most notions of RPG game mechanics and went straight for the jugular of pure collaborative narrativism. It was reprinted in the British games magazine Arcane in 1997 and then expanded and reprinted by James Wallis's game company Hogshead in 1999.
It's now been out of print for about a decade. Punch & Judy and the Nutcrackers and Punch's Boys have been moldering, dusty and forgotten, in a shadowy attic.
It's time to bring them back to hideous life!
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Released: 10 January 2017