Hey guys! I have a special treat for you! Remember how I mentioned that I was doing a secret thing at GenCon with Jim McClure, host of the Talking Tabletop podcast? Jim McClure who has his first game ever on Kickstarter right now? Reflections: A Game About Figuring Out Why Two Samurai Are About to Murder the Motherloving F$&% Out of Each Other? A kickstarter that is in its last 48 hours RIGHT NOW (at time of posting… ish)?
Well, he made me play the damned thing. And we recorded the whole session. And you can listen to it. Right now. Below. Or download it for later listenage. Below.
Here’s the deal. Jim is a friend. Yes, I have friends. And Jim and I have become buddies ever since I was on his podcast. And I agreed to try the game and record it, but the agreement was that I wasn’t going to post the thing if I didn’t like the game. Because that’s how I roll. That’s why I don’t talk up Kickstarters often. Because until I play the damned game, I can’t speak for the quality. It’s an integrity thing. So, yeah, I’m using my website to support a friend, but only because I actually got to play the thing. And I believe in it.
I’m not going to review it or anything. This little introductory spiel is just to tell you what you’re about to listen to and warn you that Jim is a personal friend in case that flavors your view of my opinion. The game speaks for itself. Just listen to the session. And understand that I went in with no knowledge of the game and no prep. I was also freewheeling a bit because I have no knowledge of samurai story tropes. He didn’t give me much warmup. He handed me the sheet and started recording. And the session has been very lightly edited. Nothing of substance was cut out. It really does play in an hour. And the opinion I voice at the end is an honest, genuine opinion based on that session and nothing else.
Oh, one last thing: in case it isn’t clear, the “character sheet” provides some prompts for the scenes. There are mechanics. It isn’t entirely freeform. It just sounds that way. The game is extremely well structured to provide exactly the experience it promises. Anyway, enough from me. Here’s the session. Enjoy.