Nathan Paoletta has this contest where two people write a game with different constraints but the same title. My game is called The Plant and my constraint is “suitable for solo play”. The game I designed mandates solo play. Right now it is a little emo but I intend to re-write the fiction pieces – I think the mechanical pieces are just fine.

Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

It should play in twenty minutes or so. Basically this uses the Mountain Witch trick on you in a programmatic sort of way. My friend Remi pointed out that the really cool piece of the trick is the reincorporation by the GM of your input, and this cannot do that (I think it could, actually, but it doesn’t). I am enjoying Nathan’s thought-provoking exercise.

The Plant
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5 thoughts on “The Plant

  • October 23, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    This looks really interesting. I will give this a try before the month is out. Thanks!

  • October 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

    That’s great, Matthew! I look forward to hearing what you make of it.

  • October 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, my friend Dan played today and gave me some notes. THREE DENSELY WORDED PAGES OF NOTES. I love Dan so much.

  • October 30, 2009 at 7:11 am


    This game is meant to be played by one’s self, is that correct?



  • October 30, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Yes, my constraint was “design a one player game”. So it is intended for solo play.

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