The Drifter’s Escape is a tabletop RPG that breaks down how society reinforces kyriarchy and oppression. And you make a damn good story while you do it.
The author, Ben Lehman, has the free download here, and the description about the game here.
One player plays the Drifter, you’re just trying to make it through. One player plays The Devil, and the Devil wants you to cause harm. One player plays The Man, and the Man wants you to conform.
Whenever you do anything in the game, you draw a poker hand, and so does the Devil and the Man. The Devil and The Man will offer to trade hands with you… if you agree to do something they want you to do. Most of the NPCs are controlled by The Man, or the Devil- society’s evils are all too obvious and all too often inflicted on you- the outsider.
Here’s the thing - you don’t actually know if the hand they’re offering you is good, or if they’re lying, until you take the deal.
Sometimes you try to work with the system and it still fucks you. Sometimes you say Fuck It and do something wrong, hoping you’ll get something decent out of it, and you get jack shit. And sometimes, sometimes it’s exactly what they said, and then you got to live up to your part of the bargain, and then you find yourself deeper in a hole.
At the end of every game, the question is, “Who owns the Drifter’s soul?” and that’s not answered with rules or mechanics, but the story you made and the compromises and the choices you made as a Drifter.
It’s amazing and terrible and brilliant. One person said, “It’s the only game that people play that honestly deals with racism because the default assumption is that everyone is evil until proven to be decent human beings.”
It’s free. Go download it.