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What if Earthbound…But A TTRPG?

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.

Dude, if David Lynch made a TTRPG....
Oh, and David Lynch is an influence too. Couldn’t you tell?

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.

I think there needs to be more creepy clay miniatures.
I’d say not to look it in the eyes….but I’m pretty sure it’s already too late.

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.

That one on the left has a look that says “have you cleaned your room” and “if not I’ll hide under your bed tonight.”

The block party will keep going until August 4th.

About the Author
Went to film school instead of real college. Writes stuff, animates things, and programs whatchacallits. Currently playing a rogue/cleric (trickery) warforged that's basically a life-sized Victorian porcelain horror doll. You can find more of her stuff at kerahildebrandt.com, including D&D modules/such!

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