Here’s a combination of words I bet you didn’t expect to see today: a tabletop sci-fi RPG about raiding a vault to retrieve unreleased Carly Rae Jepsen songs.
So it’s actually a real cool idea for a heist, if you think about it. Boy Problems is designed as a one-shot RPG, with players picking from a set of predefined roles and whether they’re more attuned towards lasers (science, technology, being calm under pressure) or feelings (diplomacy, investigations, intuition and other people-based interactions).
“Hired by an anonymous sponsor, your team of highly trained individuals will raid a well-defended location to retrieve said item,” the game description says.
“From planning to set-up to execution, you will see this heist through to its completion, whether that be a success or failure. There will many twists and turns along the way, and don’t always trust the specialists by your side.”
A sampler, along with a printable PDF, can be found here. It’s all adapted from the Lasers + Feelings space RPG, which all runs off a 1d6 for the most part. (There are some instances where you roll multiple 1d6, but generally, you pick a number between 2 and 5 at the start of the game and try to roll over or under that amount depending on the situation.)
The full rulebook will be uploaded sometime in the future, along with a sampler scenario. It reminds me a little of the setup for the David Bowie-themed one-shot RPG, where you’re trying to bring glam rock music back into the world. Absurd as fuck, and a great way to burn an afternoon or an evening with friends.