Hi everyone. Sorry if this isn't the right place for this -- I think it is, but I may be wrong. Here goes.
One of my favourite academic subjects has always been chemistry. I like how you can take a bundle of a hundred common elements or so and combine them into a billion materials. Unrelatedly, I've also wondered about games where the players get better faster than the characters do -- obviously all players improve at role-play and manipulating the systems of the game, but their characters tend to become more powerful in the game world at the same time. I thought about a game that could be played a couple of times over, with new characters every time, where the power was bound up in player skill and practice rather than character stats. Thornwatch
does something similar with its concept of knots, but I wanted something that couldn't be reduced to a token. So, I present...
...Burette and Beaker
As far as I know, it's the only game currently available where the major mechanic, beyond that of narrating actions, involves working out how to synthesize a chemical in the lab. AND it's CC-BY licensed (International 4.0), so it's free and remixable! Don't worry -- no knowledge of chemistry is required beyond the basic concepts of atoms and molecules. If you passed your GCSE, you'll be more than fine. (On that note, if the chemistry is confusing, please let me know so I can explain in more detail.)
It's also probably extremely broken. It's very, very 0.1: I'm expecting at least two or three more releases before I've got something decent. I don't have a regular gaming group or anyone properly experienced to play with, so I'm giving it to the community here to ask for feedback. Tell me what you think!Update:
version 0.2 is out, bringing improved challenge mechanics, narrative penalties for longer and more involved syntheses, and a revamped reaction list!
(This version is not backward-compatible with version 0.1, due to changes in the allowed reactions.)https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WSHPLJ8PHMVL1CaBCy_b6duUeFeS0jaS/view?usp=sharing