Last week, I needed something to run as a one-shot in place of my regular game, and this crazy idea popped into my head. I created a kind of one-sheet thing with my notes for the game, and then added a second page with some simple resolution rules, inspired by Vincent's Otherkind dice. Then I rounded it out with a few pieces of inspirational art grabbed from the interwebs.
When it was done, I had what I needed to run the game. Then I looked at it and wondered: Could someone else run a game with just this? It's kind of like an Oracle -- there's just enough to inspire, but it only presents questions; it doesn't answer them. You have to play it to get at the answers.
So, I'm calling it an "Oracle Game." It's got bits of color and situation like an oracle, plus a compact resolution mechanic. This one is called GHOST/ECHO and it looks like this:
Are you game to give it a try? If so, download the pdf
and give it a go. I know what this material sparks in me, so I'd love to see what interpretations you and your groups bring to it.
I'm also interested in talking about the "oracle game" concept. In chatting with Judd about it, he had a great idea for a 2-page D&D version. What do you think? Is this bare-bones, micro-game format something you've seen before? Is it functional?