As some of you may know, I’m releasing a free game called Social Observance very soon. A rough first batch of printed “business cards” (cheat cards for on-the-go play) is on its way to me for distribution and the PDF is near completion. It’s a small game, but one that I’ve grown fond of. I’ve mentioned it on Google+ a few times that I would love to send out copies to anyone interested, but I feel that I’d be doing the public a disservice to put a product out there without a good explanation of what the game really is.

Simply put, Social Observance is a game about people-watching. Have you ever wondered what that passerby’s life is like? Are they a mentally unstable yoga instructor, a down-on-his-luck balloon animal artist, the next Timothy McVeigh? This game allows your imagination to run wild in a collaborative story-telling environment.

The game is best when played by 3+ people, though 5 is probably a better number to start with.

No dice. No GM. No setup. All you need are people, a place that allows for good people watching, and a way to keep track of points.

Aside from being fun in its own right, this can be a good group-building game and an interesting look into how your group operates. For those looking to play Burning Wheel or any other game with an artha/fate mechanic, I would recommend playing this as a lesson in point (artha/fate) distribution to keep the flow moving during your regular gaming sessions.

If you’d like to know more about the game, you can follow me on G+ (just search for Ally Nauss) and send me a personal message! I’m a pretty accessible person and am more than happy to answer your questions!

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