Dream Askew

A game that queers the post-apocalyptic genre, exploring how the apocalyptic process could impact our sexuality, genders, livelihoods, experiences of marginalization, and experiences of liberation.

Imagine that the collapse of civilization didn’t happen everywhere at the same time. Instead, it’s happening in waves. Every day, more people fall out of the society intact. We queers were always living in the margins of that society, finding solidarity, love, and meaning in the strangest of places. Apocalypse didn’t come for us first, but it did come for us.

Gangs roam the apocalyptic wasteland, and scarcity is becoming the norm. The world is getting scarier, and just beyond our everyday perception, howling and hungry, there exists a psychic maelstrom.

We banded together to form a queer enclave — a place to live, sleep, and hopefully heal. More than ever before, each of us is responsible for the survival and fate of our community. What lies in the rubble? For this close-knit group of queers, could it be utopia?

Excerpt: 

Welcome to The Enclave

Circle 3-5 visuals
an abandoned complex, individual homes, shanties + tents, a bustling market, overgrowth, glass + concrete, swamp, reclaimed green space, community gardens, tunnels, moldy tarps, rust, quietude, wreckage, wilds, blockades, squalor, outdoor kitchens, shrines, splendor, high-rises, heavy industry, a train station, trailers, bonfires, remnants of war, the ocean, wastelands, scrub, flooding, mutant plants blooming, farmland, raging parties, piles of trash, eerie warning signs, running water, repurposed plastics, coarse fibres

Circle 3 things that are in conflict in the enclave
psychic privacy, gender abolition, goddess cults, religious customs, revolutionary fervor, racial identity, indigenous land rights, mutants, scarcity thinking, politics of the void, hedonism, need for purity, party culture, barriers to access, food justice, womens’ spaces, the use of violence, trauma, the limitless possibilities of queer sex, known abusers, desiring a return to society

Author: 
Avery Alder
Game Type: 
Roleplaying Game
Collaborative Story
Powered by the Apocalypse
Crunch: 
3 - Mildly Crunchy
Players: 
3-6
GM?: 
No
Free?: 
Yes