25 days ago
– Sun, Jun 07, 2020 at 11:17:55 PM
First up - it's been a tough week for anyone who cares about social justice and the fight for a better world. The cruel and racist actions of police departments across the US have cast into stark relief the urgent need for change - across the US, but also further abroad. If you care about the stories Voidheart Symphony is here to tell, I'd ask you to pay close attention to what's happening right now, listen and learn from the folks on the ground, keep pushing for justice even as the system cracks down or offers meaningless compromises and scapegoats, and give what you can to the groups working on all of this and putting together a dream of a better world. Here's some suggestions:
- Black Lives Matter: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019
- The Black Visions Collective: https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/
- National Police Accountability Project: https://www.nlg-npap.org/
- The Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/programs/blmp
- The Black Trans Fund: https://groundswellfund.org/black-trans-fund/
- The Centre for Black Equity: https://centerforblackequity.org/
And if you want to grab some games while you send money to good causes, this bundle is a ludicrously good deal: https://itch.io/b/520/bundle-for-racial-justice-and-equality
That all was weighing heavily on my mind as I wrote this draft of the Penitent. This playbook presents a character who has realised the horror of the system they're complicit in, and dedicated themselves to its destruction - but their immersion in the castle still stains their actions.
How do you unpick the assumptions of a life of privilege? How do you wield the power you still retain, without causing collateral damage? Can you hold onto the fervour and compassion that lead to you taking a stand, or will you end up taking the easy way out?
And - I'm writing all this as someone who's white, university-educated, and British. I don't have the answers for how to be a good person who's completely cast off the mindset of white supremacy, colonialism and systemic inequality - only that the work is important, and the work is never done. If there's something in this that doesn't read right to you, or leaves a bad taste in your mouth, get in touch.
This is a pretty complex one, mechanically - a lot of its is mechanics are focused around twisting your options in the city, and governing the balance of penance and moral transgression. But then, it's also a pretty complex character thematically, so I'm ok way that. If you want to play this character, it's important to be clear about what you're going for with them, what particular abuses you've inflicted before the story starts, and be sure that your group is alright with that.
Download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nh64bbd3qd5vcre/The%20Penitent.pdf?dl=0