A downloadable zine

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Forking Paths is my ongoing RPG zine spanning a variety of content. The theme for this second issue: Lost in Dark Halls

The core of this zine is Labyrinthine, a self-contained storygame inspired by Greek myth, for solo or group play. Using prompts on maze tiles, you’ll tell the story of a protagonist worthy of myth as they make choices and handle consequences. You won’t explore just one series of events from beginning to end, though: you’ll traverse many branches, returning to earlier decisions to make new choices and see how events play out from there. Labyrinthine supports one to four players, with a game length of one to three hours.

  • 52 maze tiles with unique prompts, falling into 6 types based on layout: Crosses, Branches, Halls, Turns, Ends, and Shrines
  • Alternate method of play using a deck of playing cards, using the keyed prompts
  • Card-based oracle for quickly generating protagonists (also available in handy digital form)
  • Overview of the classical myth of the Labyrinth, Minotaur, Theseus, and Ariadne (and exploration of the myth’s conflicting accounts)
  • Separate download of maze tile PDF ready for DIY printing

The zine’s cover and the bundled PDF of print-at-home maze tiles are in color; all other art and illustrations are in B&W. The PDF is in single-page layout format. Need it another way? Let me know!

I've also uploaded a PDF of blank maze tiles as a free download for anyone wanting to customize the existing set of tiles, or make their own set! There's a French version of the game rules & maze tiles as well, generously translated by Emojk.

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In order to download this zine you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Forking Paths issue #2 (color, single pages).pdf 2 MB
Maze tiles for Labyrinthine (color).pdf 1 MB

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Blank maze tiles for Labyrinthine (B&W).pdf 1 MB

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I have never seen the concept of revisiting a story used quite like that in a RPG before. Excellent work, wrapped up in a very interesting treaty on the Myth of the Minotaur!

Labyrinthine really begs for hacks in different universes, someone get to it already! ;)

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Thanks Emojk! I totally agree about Labyrinthine being flexible to adapt other concepts & settings. I've uploaded a (very basic) blank set of maze tiles as a free PDF, for one way to customize the game. If any other assets would be useful for folks wanting to make their own maze tiles, or other stuff for a hack, let me know!