The Art of Darkness

My Life with Master

June 30th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Half Meme Press creates odd little role-playing games with names like Acts of Evil, Bacchanal, and The Valedictorian’s Death. Their most recent is My Life with Master, in which you play the minion of, um, a master.

Imagine a gothic countryside burg, like the quite Bavarian steppes where Victor Frankenstein might have lived, or the brambly swamps of Dracula’s castle. We’re talking Eastern Europe before communism, when science was just kissing the brittle lips of superstition and stable poverty. The game begins by the group collectively designing a “Master”, the otherworldly antagonist who dwells in some archetypal castle or haunted house or ancient catacomb. This master has some kind of M.O. – discovering the secret of eternal life, rejuvenation, astral projection, or maybe just a nice skin suit, get creative. Then the players design their characters, minions of this master, complete with a tragic flaw and constrained power. Then the real game begins.

I like the idea of a game that lets me unleash my inner psychopath.

Here’s Play This Thing’s review of the game. You can buy it in downloadable or dead-tree form at the Half Meme Press site.

(via BoingBoing)

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