DIEGETIC GAMES

Build Worlds, Tell Stories

About Diegetic Games

Diegetic Games is Randy Lubin's game design studio. This site features story games meant to help players build rich worlds and narratives. All of the games on this site are free to print and play; many are free to remix.

The games toward the bottom of the page are playable but still in development. Feel free to send feedback and play reports to [email protected].

"Diegesis" is Greek for narrative or plot. In stories, something is diegetic if it exists within the fiction; diegetic music might come from a character's headphones. These games are all about creating compelling stories and immersive worlds - enjoy!

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Hackers and Hustlers

A rules-lite RPG that throws players into a high tech farce. Set in near-future San Francisco where something has gone horribly / hilariously wrong.

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Hackers and Hustlers: A Silicon Valley Misadventure

Across the Border

A game played while hiking where the characters are covertly crossing a border with the help of a local guide. For the Game Chef 2017 competition.

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Across the Border Storytelling Game

Plotypus

A collaborative storytelling game that enables any group to tell an epic story with a riveting plot. Players draw setting and character cards for inspiration and narrate the story through eight pivotal chapters.

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A gallery of Plotypus cards

Condemned

A collection of three games designed for "The Power Broker" game design competition. Includes The Idealist, a story game about selling out one's values for power and two other games that have players engaging with local government.

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The cover of Condemned - a collapsed bridge over a river.

Exosolar

A narrative-focused RPG about robots trying to survive on a harsh alien planet. Created for Game Chef 2016 and free to download.

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Exosolar: a solar powered robot in a harsh environment

Maccabees and Menorahs

A collaborative game where 2-5 players retell the story of Hanukkah. When an outcome is uncertain, players spin a dreidel to find out what happens.

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Maccabees and Menorahs Storytelling Game

Among the Mortals

A people-watching freeform larp where you vie for the fate of humanity. Designed for Golden Cobra 2017.

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Among the Mortals, a people watching larp

Game Drafts

a city, face, and adventure map - the logo for Premise

Premise: Setting, Character, and Plot

A collaborative worldbuilding game where players build on each other's ideas to create novel stories.

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a network, the logo for the story game It's All Connected!

It's All Connected!

A quick game where players generate a conspiracy using a blackboard and newspaper.

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a panorama, the logo for the story game Panorama

Panorama

Collaborative game where players work together to fractally build a world. Take turns creating its essential locations, groups, and individuals.

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A map with a travel line on it.

Make Haste!

Collaborative game where players draw a map and tell the story of a group going on an adventure.

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A TV Camera, the logo for Good Morning Magicland

Good Morning Magicland

Collaborative game where players create a fantasy world by roleplaying the hosts and guests on TV talk shows.

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