Two good friends. They're "just" friends, you know. But there's of course a misunderstanding with the family of one of themâ€¦ And now, things are about to get socially awkward.
Awkward is a family-comedy role-playing game for 5 players which purports to be the "New Wave of Italian Freeform". Whatever that means.
Present time, real world, just a regular evening.
There are two characters who are good friends, but â€“ for whatever reason â€“ canâ€™t often spend time together. Youâ€™ll give them a name when you play, but in these rules we just reference them as â€˜Xâ€™ and â€˜Yâ€™.
X and Y are both adults, currently single, and they are or at least appear to be (according to the society at large, no matter how they feel themselves) of different genders. Thereâ€™s no romance going on between them: theyâ€™re just good friends.
There are two more characters to this story: Xâ€™s parents, whom Y is just about to meet for the first time. For whatever reason (the details are left for the players to establish), both friends are going to spend the night â€“ or possibly multiple nights â€“ at Xâ€™s parentsâ€™ house. This game is all about the awkwardness of that first evening together, when Y has just arrived and is getting to know Xâ€™s family.
Itâ€™s awkward because of course the parents are incorrectly assuming that X and Y are actually a couple!
Rules of the Game
There are two main rules to adhere to:
1. Itâ€™s just regular everyday life
Donâ€™t try to come up with anything contrived or overtly dramatic. Think small. No laser-sharks.
2. Theyâ€™re just friends
Maybe they share a storied past, but right now X and Y are â€œjustâ€ good friends, and thatâ€™s what theyâ€™re going to stay throughout play. Itâ€™s against the rules to change their relationship to a romance (or enmity, or anything else) during the game.