"I really love the way the spotlight can shift between everyone so fluidly, allowing for everyone to be both player and gamemaster based on connections and drama within the shared imagination." ~ Scaryridge Creative House
Incarnis is a tabletop roleplaying game about apantheon of gods who are all about interfering with each other's lives and with the world they created. Think of Disney's Hercules, Terry Pratchett's The Gods Trilogy and Neil Gaiman's AmericanGods. The gods are people; prone to being emotional and very interdependent. They just happen to be the almighty incarnations of raw creation as well. So, as your gaggle of gods pursue their individual needs, the world trembles in their wake, forever changed.
The 38-page, A5 booklet contains all the rules and flavour you need to create your own myth in a single session. It lets you switch the role of the challenger (much like a game master) between each scene, and helps you string your myths together into a wider mythos. Just add some markers, a stack of index cards and a bunch of six-sided dice (32 to be precice), and you're good to go. The game features god creation rules, emotional tensions between them for you to explore, additional deities for to play as your mythos unfolds, and interesting modules you can use to create an epic.
"The best part of RPGs - for me - is looking back at how the players changed the world. Incarnis is basically that, The Game." ~ A Tale of Dice, Youtube Channel
Incarnis lets you create your own origin myths by forming bonds between the gods. These bonds lead to drama that createsthe world. With each myth, the world will become richer and more real. "Ocean and Earth were lovers, until something happened between them. Now they are in a terrible fight, and risk splitting apart." A simple premise like this can form the basis of myths such as how parts of the world became land, and other parts became ocean.
Your myths can grow into mythology. At the core of the game is the idea that each resolution creates its own complications. What if Ocean and Land reconciled their differences and merged again? What would happen to all the civilizations that formed on dry land? And will another god rise up to prevent this from happening? The game is built around this kind of drama and lets you spiral out an interesting overarching mythology by asking questions and searching for answers. Gradually, that abstract world you started out with becomes a place to call home.
This section will be filled with more recurring questions once they come in.
Q: Is there a printer friendly version available? A: Currently there is no printer-friendly version of the game. We designed Incarnis with the intention of creating very vibrant spreads, and made no compromises in this regard.
Q: Can I play this as a 2-player game? A: Incarnis was play-tested as a 3-5 player game. However, the game's designer also enjoys playing it 1-on-1 with his wife. If you try a 2-player game, you'll have one tension towards the other player, and that player will have another tension towards you. Typically, that leads to both tensions becoming prominent in your shared scenes. Because Incarnis aims to give each tension 3 scenes, this means that it makes sense in a 2-player game to just play 3 scenes in total. This makes it a much quicker game (around an hour).
I tried playing Incarnis solo and it worked pretty well. I created three characters/tensions and played three scenes, one for each pair. The included tables were helpful to randomize characters and landmarks.
I have two questions:
What is the card layout for landmarks? Are mundane landmarks just landmarks without domains?
Does the magical creature’s dwelling landmark behave as a landmark or creature? When the gods interact with the creature, should I be creating a new card?
I've copied the reply to your question from the kickstarter comments below. I think you added a question on creating a new card here. The creature card represents the creature itself, so you can treat it as such. When the gods interact with it, you may change it to reflect any transformation it has undergone, as you would with any other creation.
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Incarnis was not designed with solo play as a core focus, but it is something we want to encourage and support, so any feedback in this regard is much appreciated. The module Feuding Pantheons on page 34-35 includes automa which we think can be dropped into a solo game nicely to add some agency outside of your own control.
You are exactly right about the landmarks. In Incarnis, Domains are what make things mythical. So a 'mundane' city has a form (this could simply be 'city'), but does not have a domain yet. As you say, it can receive a domain during play and become something mythical. A Sky city, an underwater city or even a new god.
Fabled creatures are first and foremost creatures rather than places. During playtesting, we received feedback that it was confusing to call a creature a landmark, so we phrased this as a creature dwelling. Either way, the intention is simply that you create fabled creatures and give them a place in your play area. Feel free to move and change your creature around as your fiction demands!
We hope you have fun with the game. Please feel free to message us if you have any more questions or feedback.