Itras By is one of my favorite roleplaying games in the history of forever. It does the surreal/absurdist genre perfectly, yet always ends up telling a relatable, human story.
I have honed my practice of running Itras By down a fairly concrete set of steps and I thought it would be useful to share it out wide. So… here it is!
Right now, Swords Without Master by Epidiah Ravachol is my favorite roleplaying game and it’s not particularly close. This is super interesting to me, as I think there are those people who wouldn’t even describe Sw/oM as a roleplaying game (more on that later… maybe).
Given my fondness for it (and the fact that I am hacking it left and right) I thought it would be interesting and instructive to see why it works.
So what’s so great about Sw/oM?
I’ve had the idea for a Weird West/Western Horror rpg bouncing around in my head for several years. Recently that idea bounced up against a whole passel of ideas brought up by the excellent Swords Without Master. The result is what I am currently calling Six Guns Without Master (clever, right? Well, cleverish). I got a chance to run it last week and was amazed at the story we created. Check it out for yourself below.