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The Kick Inside

Participants: 4 players


✏️Kristoffer Lindh
✏️Martin Rother-Schirren


PDF GM booklet [English] (0.4 MB)
PDF Players booklet [English] (0.5 MB)
PDF Floorsheets [English] (0.1 MB)


Identity – Choices – Acceptance

The Kick Inside explores different stages in life. We get to meet Agnes, Marcus, Olivia and Thomas as teens, in their mid 30’s and when retirement is getting closer. The three stages are played in parallel, using different techniques for communication between the different stages.

Even though there is room for sadness and darker themes, the game is designed to explore positive feelings of love, friendship and hope. Central themes are identity, choices and acceptance, the longing for children and coping with things that don’t go according to plan. Who am I and what choices do I make in life? Who do I choose to love and why?

The Kick inside is not a game of big drama. Instead, it focuses on nuances in relationships. Drama is achieved through connecting with your character rather than through dramatic events. The entire game takes place in cabins that are curiously alike.

Played at

Stockholm Scenario Festival (2013)

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