Polaris/Bliss Stage sale!November 20, 2010
Ben’s one of my favorite designers- all of his games sharply hit on the human condition, and none of them are like anything else out there. Go check’em out!
Polaris is a game about a dying society at the North Pole. Their world of perfect harmony collapses under corruption and in-fighting while armies of demons gather without.
You, one of the last knights protecting the land, with a sword of starlight and an oath of honor, you will see who and what, if anything, you can save, before you also fall in battle or fail in your heart and turn to the demons.
It’s a GM-less game where the mechanics are resolved primarily through specialized “key phrases” that turn conflicts into bargaining – “I kill the Demon King”, “But only if you are captured in return”, “But only if I am unharmed”, “And so it was.”
Aliens have come and conquered the Earth… through our dreams. Everyone over the age of 18 has fallen into a stasis-sleep, “The Bliss” and the kids who have survived the last 7 years have finally cobbled together a means of fighting back.
Jumping into the dream world, you construct giant robots made of your love and care for those closest to you- to fight the aliens and hopefully free our world. But in doing so, your risk your relationships- damage to your dream-mech is damage to your relationships… can you protect your friends? Can you save the world?
Bliss Stage is a post-apocalyptic anime soap opera. You jump between scenes of bonding and friendship… and terrible nightmare worlds of the aliens. Think Satoshi Kon meets Evangelion and you won’t be far off.