Beautiful and sad concept. Emotive to play. Well worth buying.
Your Dead Friend
A downloadable game
You are taking a walk with a friend the day before they will die. You know they will die because you keep getting transported back to this day, over and over, and today is the day you decide you’re going to give up on trying to divert their fate by warning or dissuading them from what will happen. You are going to savor the time you have and enjoy looking at the trees and the birds with them. You are going to say goodbye.
A short, elegaic LARP for two players about the grief and beauty of impermanence as reflected through your connection to each other and to the natural world around you, witnessed on your final walk together.
Tone: warm, intimate, melancholy
What are people saying about Your Dead Friend?
"Your Dead Friend is such a wonderful examination of friendship and it feels perilous and affirming all at once to imagine playing it with someone you care about." — DongWon Song, literary agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
UPDATES, 10/21/19: I uploaded a re-edited version of Your Dead Friend that anyone who's previously purchased the game should be able to access. It has updated mechanics and game notes that, in my opinion, streamline and improve play. If you're having trouble, please message me a screenshot of your previous purchase invoice and I will send you the file directly!
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Community Copies of Your Dead Friend
Each copy of Your Dead Friend that you buy helps someone in the community obtain a free copy if they can't afford it. For every 2 copies of Your Dead Friend at normal price, I will offer a community copy for anyone to grab if their budget can't accommodate the cost!
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Do you NEED to play the game with another person? Or is a singleplayer experience?
This is a transcript of a twitter thread I wrote in response to this game:
Your Dead Friend is 110% my jam, but maybe not any of my meatspace friends' jams, so I just read it and meditated on it. It's a time loop game, of building friendships, exploring and reading poetry.
It's what I call a liturgical game, in the sense that it teaches you and provides you with the rules to participate in a ritual that places you in a certain spiritual space; in this case, one of love, melancholy and longing.
It speaks very deeply to enjoying the small touches in your life, and to appreciating the time you have, both with your loved ones, and in your own experience.
And in the most elegant twist, the end cannot ever be discussed, only ever the present. You can only speak in terms of what it is that you love and what you appreciate, never it terms of loss.
Anyway, this game: Buy it. Now. If you're interested in ritual play, emotional play, if you're interested in life or death or longing, if you're interested in poetry and exploring simplicity and presence in place, this is a game for you.