RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.
Which RPG cover best captures the spirit of the game?
For this question I’ve restricted myself in two ways. First, to games and covers that I think are good. There are any number of terrible RPG covers that accurately portray the experience of terrible games. Second, to games that I have played, and thus have a stronger idea of what the spirit of the game really is.
My answer therefore is the cover of Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine by Jenna Moran, a delightful game for telling charming fantasy stories in the style of Miyazaki films. The standard setting is a sleepy fishing town called Fortitude, and the style of play is to take each day as it comes and enjoy the little things in life. It supports other genres too, but that’s the expected game for newbies and it’s the version represented on the cover: on a lovely clear day, two youngsters sit on an idle steampunkish machine, gazing out over the calm water while the birds fly and the clouds float overhead. The sketched lines and soft pencil colours enhance the impression of a gentle game.
I love this game, and if it wasn’t for all the stationery props that it needs to play, I’d definitely run it again. I’m still waiting for an app or something that’ll take the load out of prep work.