Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bluebeard's Bride (First Looks)

Another great find on Kickstarter is Bluebeard’s Bride.  Some roleplaying games are big, and full of epic adventures and cover many different types of stories.  Bluebeard’s Bride takes that idea and says “no.”  It focuses on one specific story that it can tell over and over again, rivalling a 1,001 nights in terms of depth and interaction.  I have been reading and playing roleplaying games for over 25 years, and i think that i’ve seen a lot of the different ways that you can present roleplaying games.  Then i see something like this and it just blows my mind.  Let’s take a look at Bluebeard’s Bride.

Bluebeard’s Bride is a horror roleplaying game that focuses on the Dark Fairytale of the newly wed bride to the Blue-bearded Man.  The bride is given the keys to her new husband’s home while he attends to business and is forbidden access to one room in that house.  Curious about what her husband could hide from her, she opens the room and the horror of her situation crashes down on her.  

From the jump the premise is interesting, and it grabs you.  I am definitely curious about the story elements and i want to know more.  THat’s a wonderful feeling to have about any product, and for a roleplaying game, it’s refreshing.  I like the idea that this game focuses on that story and tells it with as many variations as it possibly can.  In the same way that you can play a game like Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Bluebeard’s Bride has an enduring quality to the versatility and depth of its storytelling capabilities

One thing to note, this game features a predominantly female aesthetic, and that’s also refreshing in a rpg.  It’s from the wonderful folks at Magpie Games, and their other works have always pushed the idea of what an RPG is, and this is no exception.  It’s an excellent piece of writing.  If you’re looking for an insight to the female perspective this is a fine addition to that body of literature, because a role-playing game gives you the opportunity to assume the role of a character and try to adapt to the situation from that perspective.  I think it’s an excellent opportunity to step outside preconceptions on what an RPG is, and for that, Bluebeard’s Bride is going to be a wonderful game.

They've all ready met their funding goal, so Bluebeard's Bride is going to ship.  They're currently blazing through stretch goals, and still have 32 days left on their campaign.  If you're looking for a different idea on what roleplaying is, check them out. 

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Game On, Game Fans

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