Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hillfolk - Encore

Thanks to the generous backers of Hillfolk, there are two books full of pitches from some of the biggest and best names in tabletop game design. Pelgrane went farther than that in the Kickstarter. They're releasing a new pitch each month this year. My first pitch, Mafia Century, is part of the main Hillfolk book, which just released as a PDF. My second pitch, Encore, is up this month.

This is a series centered around the jukebox musical. These are musicals that center around an artist's songs, like Mama Mia, or around a specific genre of music, like Rock of Ages. The series follows a cast that criss-crosses the country made up of the dreamers, the has-beens and the never-will-bes. It includes rules for incorporating musical numbers into your game, with suggestions for tables full of karaoke sharks and others who couldn't carry a tune with a Girdle of Giant Strength.

Encore is near and dear to me because I did a lot of theater in high school and college. I made a lot of friends backstage, during rehearsals, at cast parties and beyond. Many of those talented people gave up those dreams when real life called, and a lucky few are on the road or making it work alongside a day job. Many of those folks ended up in the Random Names list as a tip of the hat. Running games allow me to get a small taste of that thrill again, while writing remains my true love.