If one needed a single representative of the 1990’s, one only need to look at the SNES. You had bright colors, new ideas, and a strange proclivity towards clay styled art. And few deep cuts of the decade existed like Earthbound, a quirky spin on the RPG formula that had you bashing in tiny UFOs or crazed hippies with baseball bats or your psychic powers. And it seems that a TTRPG is here to capture that zany magic with Suburbia, The Envy of a Million Spheres.
Built for the Troika TTRPG system, Suburbia plants you into a land of green lawns, white picket fences, and a whole lot of weirdness. The Friendly Neighborhood Watch slays evil on a daily basis. The Fiesta Corporation rules over the land with the iron fist of consumerism. Robot manual laborers seek liberation from their organic overlords. And housewives are actually part of a secret society that would make Dune’s Bene Gesserit blush with envy.
All presented in glorious clay art.
Suburbia began life on itch.io as part of a game jam for Troika (you can actually get the prototype here). But in a trend we’ve seen before, creators Age of Ages have recently launched an (already-successful) Kickstarter to give this TTRPG a makeover. A physical copy option. More art. A new layout that the art school part of the my brain can already appreciate.