There are days when it almost breaks my heart to consider the extraordinary art form that RPGs represent, and I realize how few in the world truly experience and understand this. John Scott Tynes’ Puppetland represents one of those landmark games that takes you places you never thought roleplaying could go.
THE SKIES ARE DIM ALWAYS SINCE THE MAKER DIED
In one golden hour, you and your friends shall weave a tale none will soon forget: a tale of good-hearted puppets in a bad-hearted world. You shall rise up against the savagery of Punch the Maker-Killer with his army of Nutcrackers and his terrible Boys, sewn from the flesh of the Maker of all puppets. You shall be steadfast and true. You shall likely die trying.
Puppetland is a storytelling game. You play a valiant puppet who speaks aloud every word you say. You speak for your puppet and the Puppetmaster says the rest. You surprise each other at every turn, collaborating moment by inspired moment to unlock your own creativity and find the puppet within. This lavishly illustrated edition of Puppetland has been significantly revised and expanded. It includes a grim storybook fable of the Maker’s foul murder; the true story of the creator’s life in Puppetland; and new Tales ready to be played, written by a brilliant collection of authors:
- “Boys at Play” by John Scott Tynes
- “The Great Sage OF, the Mountain!” by Arnold Cassel
- “The Missing Peace” by Fred Hicks
- “Overtime in the Factory” by Ross Payton
- “Punch and the Beanstalk” by John Scott Tynes
- “Punch Dammed It!” by Arnold Cassel
- “Punch Village” by Jason Morningstar
- “Puppet Masters” by Matt Forbeck
- “The Rhyming Ritual” by Ross Payton
- “The Terrible Fire” by John Scott Tynes
- “Vada Wolley Rex” by Kenneth Hite
- “Visions of Sugar Plums” by James Wallis
- “The Lost Giant” by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
- “Pretty Polly” by Arinn Dembo
- “The Box” by Arinn Dembo
- “The Bottler” by Arinn Dembo
Your puppets are ready to take the stage. But speak softly, lest the Nutcrackers hear — and come to call with a sharp rap-rap-rapping at the door.