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Ashcans

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Cartel | Pasión de las Pasiones | Velvet Glove | The Ward

What Is An Ashcan?

The term ashcan comes from the comic industry, when publishers would produce editions containing unlettered stories and unfinished art that weren’t intended for wide circulation. Most of the time, these ashcan copies went straight in the trash! While they primarily were used to establish copyright, the term has spread to other industries since then.

Our ashcans are works-in-progress that give you a chance to play games before they’re completely finished. We love the feedback we get from our fans, and getting such a diverse group of people to play and run these games helps us make them even better. We don’t make an ashcan for every game, but we try to release at least one a year.

This is also an opportunity for us to work with new creators, teaching them the process Magpie uses to create games and giving them a taste of what it’s like to publish your own work. Sharing the work of new creators is something everyone at Magpie Games believes in, and we hope you enjoy their work as much as we do!

 

The Games

Cartel: Ashcan Edition

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The Sinaloa Cartel is the largest drug trafficking organization in the world, a sprawling network of narcos, halcones, y sicarias that moves billions of dollars of drugs into Los Estados Unidos each year. One of their prime holdings is Durango, Mexico, a small city ten hours south of the border that’s a crucial way station for anything moving north.

But holding the city ain’t easy: either la policía gets in the way, or some foolish pendejo thinks he can pull one over on the chingados that run Durango for los jefes grande. And don’t even get me started on Los Zetas…

You want in, cabrón? Fine by me. Just know that once you’re in…there’s no turning back.

Cartel is Mexican narcofiction Powered by the Apocalypse, a combination of Breaking Bad, The Wire, and El Mariachi. In Cartel, you take on the role of a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel, trying to stay alive in an increasingly dangerous game of drugs, money, and power.

3-5 players | 2-4 hour sessions | Powered By the Apocalypse |

Creator: Mark Diaz Truman

Team:
Brendan Conway
Marissa Kelly
Justin Rogers
Thomas Deeny

 

Pasion 2017Pasión de las Pasiones: Ashcan Edition

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The music swells as Elena enters the church, her silver dress dancing around her heels. The camera zooms to her face as she catches sight of Domingo, el amor de su vida, the man she will marry in secret tonight. Elena’s eyes light with joy and she starts forward—gliding, then running—a joyful laugh escaping her lips. She catches her beloved’s shoulder… but he turns to reveal that he is her beloved’s evil twin, Juan Carlos!

Watching the television from the comfort of home, the Rodríguez family explodes into discussion and shouts. How could this have happened? And what will happen on next week’s episode?

Sit on the couch with la familia and turn on Pasión de las Pasiones, a PbtA tabletop role-playing game of desire, betrayal, and family inspired by the telenovelas of Latin America. You’ll play the heroes, lovers, schemers, and villains of the world’s most dramatic and exciting telenovela: Pasión de las Pasiones. At the same time, you’ll also play a Latino family gasping, jeering, and swooning at home.

Lies will be exposed, plots will be shattered, hearts will be broken. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even throw El Generalísimo off a boat and get a happy ending filled with flowers, dancing, and romance. Of course, never ‘happy’ or ‘ending’ enough to stop tomorrow’s episode from plunging you back into the fray.

Because if you didn’t see the body, they’ll be back.

3-5 players | 2-4 hour sessions | Powered By the Apocalypse |

Creator: Brandon Leon-Gambetta

Team:
Mark Diaz Truman
Brendan Conway
Miguel Ángel Espinoza
Justin Rogers
Shelley Harlan
Katherine Fackrell

 

Velvet Glove 2017Velvet Glove: Notebook Edition

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It’s the ‘70s. High school’s a drag, and your parents are worse. There are skeezeballs that catcall you on the street, and teachers who wouldn’t know cool if it slapped them. You live in a crummy neighborhood, and all the excitement seems to be happening somewhere—anywhere—else. What’s a girl to do to get a little money and have some fun?

Welcome to the gang. Your girls have your back. There’s drugs to be used, crime to be done, and sex to be had—if you’re willing to pay the price.

  • Get real high… and open your mind to the universe.
  • Hotwire a car… and cruise the streets in style.
  • Bring the pain… and hurt them before they hurt you.
  • State your message… and let no man silence you.

We’ve got a place for you, right now, in this gang.

Can you dig it?

Velvet Glove is a PbtA tabletop role-playing game where you play a teenage girl in a gang on the streets of 1970’s America. Take exploitation movies like Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill! and Switchblade Sisters, plus a little exploration of coming-of-age movies like The Outsiders, add in a gender twist, and you get Velvet Glove.

3-5 players | 2-4 hour sessions | Powered By the Apocalypse |

Creator:  Sarah Richardson

Team:
Mark Diaz Truman
Brendan Conway
Marissa Kelly

 

The Ward 2017The Ward: Acute Care Edition

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Good evening, Doctor.

We’ve got an FLK with PFH showing bilateral greenstick fractures in Two, a couple of puppies digging for worms on a GOMER in Five, and the Chief wants to talk to you about your charting. Oh, yeah. Your daughter also left a message saying she needs someone to pick her up from practice; I guess your ex forgot to show up.

Where shall we begin?

Life, death, and all the stress that happens in between. The Ward is PbtA tabletop role-playing game of medical drama, comedy, and tragedy inspired by shows like ER, House, and Scrubs. Players take the roles of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals fighting the good fight against the forces of chaos, juggling life and lives while trying to remain human in the face of incredible stress.

Creator:  Kevin Petker

Team:
Mark Diaz Truman
Brendan Conway
Sarah Richardson
Miguel Ángel Espinoza
Katherine Fackrell

3-6 players | 2-4 hour sessions | Powered By the Apocalypse |

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