Scene Thieves is a theatrical roleplaying game where players collaboratively “write” a play while simultaneously choreographing an elaborate heist in the background.
During the game’s pre-show, players create a band of thieves who use theatrical performances as cover for their crimes. Players also establish broad strokes for the game’s show before writing down a variety of props on notecards. Then, it’s showtime. In Act I, everyone draws prop cards from a pot and incorporates them into the progression of both the play and the heist. At Intermission, players take note of whether the evening is trending towards comedy or tragedy. In Act II, they have a final chance to reverse their fates before the end of the game.
To play Scene Thieves, you’ll need:
• Two or more players
• A coin
• Writing utensils
• A six-sided die (optional)
• A stack of notecards (3” x 5” recommended)
• A pot for collecting and mixing cards, like a hat or a bowl
Scene Thieves is 25 pages long, and modifications are included for online play.
Scene Thieves is illustrated by Pol Clarissou, a filthy little creature who beguiles the unwary eye with mystifying devices such as “Art,” “Videogames,” and other such tricks. You may gaze upon his wretched designs at polclarissou.itch.io or polclarissou.com, and find him on Twitter as @polclarissou.45%
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