We’re playing Brie Sheldon’s sort of Apocalypse World -derived game Turn and it does this really fun thing. You play shape-shifters, and basically have a pair of playbooks – one for your human archetype and one for your animal form. And they are in conflict! When you try to do nice human things your animal form wants to fuck it up. The things that are good about being an animal, your animal stats, become penalties. So maybe you want to treat a delicate, fraught situation with finesse, but aw hell no, the beast is there goading you on. So you roll 2d6 minus the animal trait Forceful. And that’s a hard roll to make.
If you incorporate your animal side somehow and increment stress (more on that in a second), you get to roll a third “turn die”, so 2d6-2 becomes 3d6-2, a much more approachable goal. It is surprisingly elegant in play.
But about that stress – you have a very short 5-point track, and when it fills up, you flip forms involuntarily. And there are lots of other ways to accrue stress, and few to reduce it. And once you flip out in this way, you might be in beast form for months. It’s pretty serious. It is delicious.
Last night our Showoff/Wolf, a reprehensible drug-dealing asshole named John “Johnny Nails” Wilson, Jr, got thrown in the drunk tank for punching an old man. And later that night two stoned dudes join him after trying to clock a Sheriff’s deputy, and they start bragging about the high quality oxy they got from Eve Seerley, bad girl scion of a family of plutocrat snake shifters, and Johnny Nails realizes that she is selling his product and, well, it is time for the Have Restraint move. And here’s the fun part:
Have Restraint does not allow you to use a turn die, and is -Primal, which means Johnny’s player needs to roll a 12 to avoid adding stress. And he’s already got four stress.
So he rolls, and fails, and adds stress, and turns into a very pissed off wolf inside a jail cell.
Turn is Very Good. The playtest document is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CwOD8I2sAL5c0U5-HvZ5GW_gsCb61WRVzK1BU5Ul2N4/edit?usp=sharing