I’m way too domesticated to handle the rough streets of a real city, so tonight’s game is going to be a modest hack of Urban Shadows.
The factions are:
HOA: power-hungry control freaks who must be immortal because they have way more time than you do. They’re always on the streets. Watching. Judging. Playbooks are The Retiree, The Fundie, and The Yuppie.
Grownups: An uneasy alliance of ostensibly responsible adults. Playbooks are The Teacher, The Parent, and The Childless.
Kids: They’re everywhere but invisible, darting through your property and staking out their territories. Playbooks are The Preschooler, The Teen, and The Prolonged Adolescent.
Work: All-encompassing and omnipresent, this nightmare faction seeks to crush the dreams and efforts of all the other factions. There is no live-and-let-live; either you give your life to Work, or Work does its level best to make sure your life isn’t worth living. Playbooks are The Manager, The Drone, and The MLMer.
A sample of common moves:
When you leave the recycling bin out, roll +Responsible. On a hit, you remember to get it back in before Wednesday at noon. On a 7-9, any HOA faction member can submit a trouble ticket to the association management office anyway. On a miss, you done fucked up and left it out after noon. The MC will tell you what happens next.
When you are fundraising, roll +Breeder. On a hit, you raise the funds. On a 7-9, pick two: you don’t alienate everyone around you, you don’t make your child hate you for some reason, you don’t have to spend your own money on crap you don’t want.
When you discover someone you know from work lives in your neighborhood, roll +Networking the first time it happens. On a 10+ hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 1. Spend holds to: discover something weird and uncomfortable about your coworker; hide something weird and uncomfortable from your coworker; obligate your coworker to a social or fundraising event; escape from a social or fundraising obligation.
And so on.
Don’t know about Corruption moves yet, but they’re definitely part of the game.