There’s A Carly Rae Jepsen Tabletop RPG

There’s A Carly Rae Jepsen Tabletop RPG

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.

It’s called Boy Problems, and it’s absolutely a real thing, as is Jepsen’s unreleased trove of around 200 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.”

Image: Boy Problems

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.

(Thanks, Fergus!)


  • But can we play as someone trying to keep the vault sealed?

    Like the classic tale of trying to stop great evil being unleashed onto the world.

    • Why on earth would someone want to stop us from getting that many more CRJ songs? That sounds like heaven.

    • Yeah you’re talking like someone who didn’t hear E•MO•TION. The contributor talent for that album is crazy.

      If you turn your nose up at all pop, then there’s no hope for you liking it, but if you’re the type of person who like to think of themselves as open-minded, listen to Warm Blood, co-written and produced by Rostam from Vampire Weekend.

      • For what it’s worth, my comment was largely just a joke.

        As to whether I actually like her music or not… I jumped onto Spotify and went through a number of songs from the album you mention, Warm Blood included, end result is that it’s simply not my thing.

  • If the creators aren’t at least crediting ‘Lasers and Feelings’ for this its overt plagiarism considering its pretty much an exact copy with an added theme.

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