Survival stories are some of my favorite to do in RPG’s. To me, a good RPG story is about heroes. Not the kind who rise from some place in the middle of nowhere to become the ‘chosen one”. I prefer a story of regular people caught in unexpected situations and despite the hopelessness of a situation, they drag themselves and others through it. Fighting when the fight is almost insurmountable, is what heroes and drama are all about. Perseverant RPG seems to create this kind of game. It creates one shot adventures of people surviving against all odds by making tough choices.
Here is the pitch from the Kickstarter:
Perseverant is a tabletop roleplaying game about the struggle to survive in a brutal wilderness.
To start, players collaborate to create the Wilderness, its significant locales and deadly challenges, how their characters are connected, and why they traverse this hellish landscape.
Throughout play, the characters will confront both the Wilderness and each other, haunted by the grim specter of betrayal and sacrifice. It’s unlikely that everyone will survive.
The game works with any kind of setting–from the arid Silk Road to the vastness of space–so long as there are people determined to pass through an inhospitable environment.
Perseverant is designed to create an entire story in a single session lasting two to four hours. Since it’s a collaborative story game, it doesn’t require a GM or any preparation; you’ll start creating your desperate journey as soon as you sit down to play.
If this type of story game is your thing you need to check it out here.