Damned Bureaucracy! A one-shot that turns colleagues into heros. (Year 2)

The theme is simple: a day at work that goes horribly wrong.

One day, a friend said to me: “Elisabet, who knows what you will come up with. I mean you might even get us sucked into Microsoft teams with no way to escape. Wouldn’t that be awful!”

In that moment, I knew that I had to make that the premise of the Halloween-RPG that I was planning. I thought it could be fun to share some of the tools and concepts that was included to the adventure, I hope you find it inspiring to your game.

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The invite I made for the rpg session

Tools I used

  • Microsoft Teams
  • Slack & Slackbot
  • Audio from YouTube
  • Mastermind game 🔴🔵🟢⚫️ (puzzle)
  • FATE dice

Character creation

Since I want to make it as easy as possible to get started and save up time, everyone play a version of “themselves” in the game. This fits well with the story since the adventure takes place at their office and it helps the players estimate if they should roll dice. (This stone is really heavy, would you be able to lift it in real life? No? Let’s see if you’re lucky with your dice!)

I also ask them to write down a Talent and Trouble, which are creative guides that they can use if they want to. It’s also a fun way to get to know each other a little better :)

Talent: something that you are good at
Maybe you usually drop off your kids at gymnastics class and picked up some moves? Or have orientation as a hobby, and therefor have great navigation skills?

Trouble: something that troubles you
Don’t like the dark? Do you easily mix up right and left? Or maybe you’re more of an “act first, ask later” person? If the players don’t come up with anything I (GM) give them something troubling.

Item: something that you always carry
This is something that the player can use at any given time in the game. It should be something that is realistic, for example one of the players simply said she always have a pen.

Rolling dice

I told everyone to bring their Yatzy dice to the game (I’ve realised that most people have that game laying around somewhere). Rolling dice is really simple. 4 d6, (+) plus and (-) minus cancel each other out.

1–2 = Bad (-)
3–4= Neutral
5–6=Good (+)

Since I had FATE dice at home, I used them instead.
If you help a player with an action, you give an extra dice to that roll.

Setting the stage

We used Microsoft Teams for the remote call, just as we usually do at work for meetings. Once we are done with character creation, we are ready to start the adventure.

Written by

UX designer from 🇸🇪 — currently working in public service, at the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Service (UR).

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