Flotsam: Adrift Amongst the Stars is a roleplaying game about outcasts, renegades and misfits living in the belly of a space station, in the shadow of a more prosperous society. You play through their everyday lives, interpersonal relationships and small-scale drama in the Below, a dangerous world where poverty, social strife and gang conflict sit side-by-side with alien technology and supernatural weirdness.
Imagine the Belters of the Expanse watching as Earth and Mars shape their lives, the civilians in Battlestar Galactica living with the decisions made by the military and the folk of Downbelow in Babylon 5, abandoned to destitution and squalor by those who built the station. This game is about characters like that.
The game is GMless and diceless, with rules that point your characters at each other and bring their relationships into sharp focus. They help you create a rich setting, flawed characters, and charged relationships which develop over time. Youíll watch your characters evolve and change before your eyes. Itís really cool.
FLOTSAM IS A GAME FOR 3-5 PEOPLE AND TAKES 3-4 HOURS TO PLAY.
The game needs 3-5 people to play. It gives everyone a Primary character to play and a Situation to run the rest of the time, so youíll be fully engaged in the game at all times, and every scene will harness the full creative power of the group. Clean, simple rules enable you to juggle those roles without difficulty, even if youíre not used to playing without a GM.
Your Primary character might be:
The Thunder, a gang leader or law enforcer
The Spider, a trader, spymaster or criminal
The Voice, a cultist, community leader or demagogue
The Cast-Off, a drifter and freelancer
The Sybyl, a prophetess with uncanny powers
The Hybrid, a blend of human and something else (AI, alien, god)
You could push forward a Situation like:
The Communityís social strife and internal divisions
The relentless effects of Poverty
The Gangs who run things down here
The Above, a more prosperous and powerful society
The Spirits who inhabit this place
The people and things that come and go from Outside the station
Flotsam is all about the way your charactersí personal issues and relationships develop over the time. And itís designed to unleash the creativity of your gaming group to produce a completely unique setting. As such, itís at its best when played as a campaign, so youíve got time to make those things happen.
However, the game also includes quick-start scenarios which enable you to leap straight into a tense social situation full of charged relationships, perfect for one-shot play. You can play a satisfying Flotsam scenario in 3-4 hours.
Released: 13 August 2019