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To the Bitter End

(AKA: The Bitter End)

Participants: No GMs, 2 players

By

✏️Bjarke Pedersen
✏️Lizzie Stark

Description

A card-based roleplay that takes the players through a romantic relationship from the first sparks of attraction to when the love dies out. An intimate story for two players where each side has their own goals.

Keywords: Card driven – selfish relationship – intimate experience

The cutest person you’ve ever seen sits down across from you in a coffee shop. They’re not the Tinder date you’re waiting for–that person never showed. — This could be interesting, and maybe the true love you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to let your most charming self take control. Keep them interested. Keep them committed. And don’t fuck it up.

"To the Bitter End" is an intimate, two-person experience about the lifecycle of a relationship, from the first blush of love to the wrenching, messy end.

Two sets of cards guide you through the story as you spark, nurture, and ultimately destroy a romance between two characters. One provides scene prompts, the other behaviors to riff on during each scene. Those behaviors shift over the course of the game from the cosy (“Twirl your hair”) to the downright awful (“Use crying as a weapon to get what you want”).

The game features an intense ride through a soon-to-be doomed relationship, includes some physical contact, and rewards you with an appropriate but horrific end.

About the authors:
Bjarke Pedersen & Lizzie Stark are a Danish/US writing team who previously collaborated on Romeo & Juliet: A Larp, created jointly with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. They hail from larp and freeform, and have created games that cover everything from Shakespeare, breast cancer, and submarines to vampires and feminism.

Et kortbaseret rollespil, der leder spillerne igennem et parforhold fra forelskelsen begynder at spire til kærligheden bukker under. En intim fortælling for to spillere, hvor hver part har sine egne mål.

Played at

Fastaval - Otto Under the Sea (2019)
Stockholm Fringe Festival (2019)
Stockholm Scenario Festival (2019)

Awards

Fastaval - Otto Under the Sea (2019)

Nominated, Juryens Specialpris [+]
Nominated, Bedste Formidling [+]


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