Fun fairs, circuses and amusement parks are magical places. The lights and colours, music, performances and wild rides carry the public away from everyday drudgery for a while.
All the glitter has its flipside. Entertaining the public is hard work, and there is rootlessness in the circus life. The people who create the magic of the show are weird and different and might not fit in the outside world. Sideshow freaks used to be popular attractions – giants and dwarves, bearded or tattooed ladies, wolf children and Siamese twins.
In the Tivoli roleplaying game, the players take on the roles of these weird people, balancing in the space between the magical amusements and the prejudices towards people who are different. The characters are also in touch with the real magic of the world – what that magic is like will be up to your game group.
Tivoli is a beginner friendly roleplaying game for a group of 4 to 6 people. One of the players will take on the role of the game master or facilitator, who helps the group make the game world alive, asking questions and bringing forth challenges. Tivoli is a character-driven game. The GM might create the situations, but the main point is character co-operation and internal character development. The main themes of the game are diversity and facing weaknesses, friendship and co-operation. Even though the group might face challenges and adversaries, the most important conflict is an internal one: facing the character’s weaknesses, processing them and turning them into strenghts.
The rules system is PbtA or Powered by the Apocalypse -based.
The game was originally published in Finnish in 2022. The Swedish and English translations were published in 2023.
You can order the game from the author by email at email@example.com. The prize of the physical book is 26 €, which includes postage to Finland (economy letter). If you want to purchase both the physical copy and the pdf, the combined price is 29 €. Please mention this in your order.
Shipping costs outside Finland will be calculated separately. Currently (2023) the economy letter pricing to the EU will be approximately +5 € and to the rest of the world +7 € for one book. Note that letters do not include tracking.
For a retailer bulk order (minimum of 5 copies), contact firstname.lastname@example.org for retailer price and tracked shipping cost.
You can also find Tivoli in English at Booky.
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