Ennie Award 2020 nominee for Best Writing
Visigoths vs. Mall Goths is a tabletop roleplaying game and dating sim about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and 20th century spooky teens, set in a suburban Los Angeles shopping mall during 1996. There are a lot of bisexuals. Imagine a surreal combo of The Craft, Empire Records, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Clueless. The game features:
- Easy-to-learn rules.
- Detailed mall setting: 2 maps, 17 stores, and 24 NPC clerks.
- For 4-6 character players and 1 facilitator player (“The Mallrat”).
- Simple to play online via video chat.
- Strange sense of humor required!
The plot structure of Visigoths vs. Mall Goths resembles an open-world videogame RPG. Designed for either one-shot or campaign play, each adventure episode offers several quests that you may choose to pursue (or ignore), and the mall setting is packed with many strange retro marvels to discover. Or you can just replay the game over and over to kiss all the kissable clerks. Also a LARPer-friendly introduction to tabletop.
Bonus: you can also use this setting and these supporting characters (NPCs) in other roleplaying games! Expand your universe with goths!