The Greatest Kingdom In History is facing certain destruction, and while they can’t save the place, they can save the people. Of course, to do so, someone has to stay behind to close the doors after everyone else has left.
A society living on the endless sloping face of a Megastructure, where heading downhill is a matter of balance and a platform with wheels on it, and where they have no idea whether there’s anyone else out there. And if you’re stuck on the surface of a Megastructure, with no immediate ability to escape & a strong desire not to attract the attention of the builders of that Megastructure, how far will you have to travel to collect the parts you need without anyone noticing?
Questlandia is a game where we build a world together, then play out a turning point in its history. We each take on the role of someone living in a fantastical kingdom. Whether our characters are kings or merchants, warriors or gardeners, they’ll attempt to pursue their own dreams while the society around them falls apart. We don’t play as heroes seeking to save our kingdom, but by the end of our story, our actions might change the world.
You’ve no doubt heard Ben mention Questlandia on the show. The makers ( Turtlebun ) have, as it were, ‘done it up’, and are running a Kickstarter for the Updated/Expanded edition, so … here’s the link?
The World Is Over, You Survived – The world ended, society, civilization, and the basic fabric of the land have shattered, and an enormous amount has been lost, including the knowledge of what actually happened. Figuring it out will involve traveling to the scattered fragments of the world, each of which has its own soundtrack.
We’re All Lost In The Fog, And We’re Not Alone – A medieval town is isolated by a thick shifting fog, and threatened by the creatures roaming around inside that fog. But the fog itself seems to be trying to hide the townsfolk, and while people are reporting seeing strange creatures of legend & myth moving around town, they seem to be just as trapped and scared as everyone else.
Kids On Grav Bikes – The adventures of the kids on a Starfleet Ship as they encounter and investigate the sort of things that the Crew just don’t take seriously, occasionally assisted by the mysterious proprietor of the lower deck bagel kiosk.
Action-Packed Bagel Delivery – They’re the best bagels in the known universe, and your job is to deliver them. Anywhere. Any time. No matter the odds, the bagels will get through.
Pot-Luck RPG – You’re not the great big heroes, you’re having to do the heroic stuff anyway, and the goal really IS to play with your food.
The Bagel Is Everything – For some reason, bagels are locked out of starship replicators. All starship replicators. Nobody knows why, but your orders are to find out, no matter what it takes.
Secretive Bagels – The Starfleet Bagels chain provides delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. It also provides intelligence data to Star Fleet.
Yes, But Can The Crew Eat This? – Going to new places, finding new things, and trying to work out whether they’re edible. And assuming that it’s edible for enough of the species in the Federation, getting that food supplied to ships in all the strange places Starfleet ships tend to go.
Hero Roadies – Your job is to make the Hero look good & to not get noticed, which gets more difficult the more heroic their actions become
Just Make Me Look Good – Maybe the Hero’s power is fading, maybe their powers are drastically oversold, or maybe they were just lucky at the right time. No matter what, they need you to keep them in the spotlight, to keep them relevant, and to keep them alive
Laser Plated Hero – What condiments do you want on your enormous high-tech sandwich?
Hearts & Minds On Mars – Trying to effect political change in a high-tech serfdom
The Sphere of Various Dooms: Terrible things are locked away for a reason. World-destroying remnants of technology are put where they can’t get out. And now the only hope to save yourselves lies somewhere inside the one place that nobody wants to go.
OAP Apocalypse World – Retirees with limited funds, mobility, and current-day knowledge venture out into the modern world, in search of adventure, or just something better than the retirement home.
Little People, Giant World – Miniature humans exploring the world outside of their home discover the truths & the misunderstandings of their own past.
Combat Xenoarcheology – Looking for relics of previous civilizations, battling other xenoarchaeologists, and trying not to to let the things you find kill you or destroy the galaxy.
“Plated” has a very different meaning in the Culinary world
For this game, we’ll be playing the “Punk” settings. Every one of them. All at the same time.
I have battled my super-powered nemesis on multiple occasions, and have defended this city for many years, but somehow I can’t shake the feeling that a month ago we both worked in a Starbucks.
Someone has etched the circuitry for superpowers into your skin, and you have no idea who or why. Or even what your powers are.
Will wrote a game based on Ben’s pitch, and kindly allowed us to share it; I’m Sorry, We’re Out Of Stilton (ISWOOS) ( How did this happen? How did we achieve gaming relevance? It certainly wasn’t what I signed up for. ~ T. Jones )
Emerging from the shelters and expecting to find a world ravaged by centuries of disaster and destruction, the bunker-folk instead find themselves in the overgrown gardens of a apartment block megastructure; An impossibly tall vertical city, clearly damaged by whatever catastrophe people headed underground to avoid, but still standing, and with some work, still habitable. And not entirely uninhabited.
Your role in society is both necessary & tightly proscribed. What you do is vital, and part of a bigger system of interlocking roles, but the Gods are capricious, and success can be as much a matter of luck as of skill. If everyone would just cooperate, things would be fine, but … That’s really not how people work.
Housing Project: The Managing These innovative community dwellings will greatly improve the lives of the people who’ll live in them, and if the embedded AI systems can organise the right resources and deal with the problems encountered along the way, maybe they’ll get the chance. Of course, with the number of things that’re going wrong, some of those embedded AIs are starting to wonder whether there’s something else at play here.
The new ( and only ) residents of an apartment block find themselves trapped by vanishing hallways & bewildered by the regular deliveries of lumber, paving stones, hay, and … sheep? If they can combine their resources, maybe they can find a way out, or at least move the damn sheep into the inexplicable fields in the apartment next door.