Discussing Vessel of The Garbage God

Orion Canning's picture

Not sure whether to place this in Plug or Discussion, but I just released a game and I would love to discuss it with people. It's available in pay what you want from Itch.io here.

Dragon of Dross

It's sort of a call to action game that tries to get people to pick up trash from houseless camps. It also asks you to imagine you're being possessed by an Elder god of Garbage. So I guess it's a LARP?

It was released as a bonus game alongside Jeeyon Shim and Jason Morningstar's compilation TRASHPLAY, on the Bully Pulpit Games Patreon.

I would really love to hear what people think of it in more detail. Feel free to ask me anything about the game or myself too. Thanks!

DeReel's picture

Hello, I haven't read the game,but the concept is strikingly beautiful.
I am a little cautious about the "housing, whatever it takes" bit because it sounds like forcing help on persons. But it probably isn't. And that doesn't affect your intention with the game.
Now I just want to play your game.

Orion Canning's picture

Thanks DeReel. I hope you play it some day. By whatever it takes I just mean to not kick people out for doing drugs or making a mess, or having behavioral problems. It comes from the belief of shelter being a basic need that is a foundation to bettering oneself, So it involves working with the individual to help them improve and not giving up on them, helping them get help with addiction or behavioral health or finding a job, "whatever it takes" until they can reach a level of self sufficiency. You can learn more here: https://endhomelessness.org/resource/housing-first/

Orion Canning's picture

I checked the page and saw the wording "whatever it takes" was from the release notes. Thanks for reading all of that! Honestly it might be longer than the game itself.

DeReel's picture

I curse my gaming group : they always clear off when I point at an occasion to clean up. I can't sell them the game... but at least they know it exists.

Orion Canning's picture

I always figured the game would be a hard sell to get people playing, and the timing of the pandemic certainly didn't help. I mostly hoped it might help some people change the way they think about the homeless or inspire them to volunteer or organize. It might be a game that people just read and it makes them think, but not many play. But if anyone does play it I would love to hear about it!