Once upon a time, as far north as north can go, there lived the greatest people that this world will ever see. They are gone now, destroyed just as the world destroys all beautiful things. All that remains are these moments we call memories, moments frozen from the flow of time.
Polaris: Chivalric Tragedy at Utmost North is a game for three to five players set during the final years of the Northernmost People, just before the remnants of their civilization were swallowed up by their own Mistake.
The protagonists of the story are Knights of the Order of the Stars, beholden by ancient oaths to serve the stars and protect their people. The antagonists facing the knights are multitudinous -- demons from the mistake, doubters from the people, and even betrayers within the brotherhood of Knights.
Polaris uses a set of simple and easy-to-learn mechanics to help guide your game's storyline to an appropriate tragic ending. Each player at the table guides the protagonist in a different capacity, and the central points of the story are further shaped by the twelve Key Phrases.
This is no longer a history; this is not yet a story. This is all that remains. Whatever else is what you make of it.
Polaris is a role-playing game about the dying days of the people, about how their bravest knights struggled against the Mistaken and their sun while the very people that they defended choked themselves in in their own self-indulgence.
Polaris has several innovative game mechanics that have often been imitated by never repeated. The entire game is framed and played through use of specific key phrases, used where other games use cards, dice, or ability scores. It requires no GM or central planning player, instead relying on each player to provide those services for each other. In all, the game takes about 12-40 hours to play to conclusion, split up in 3-8 nights of play.
Seguendo le frecce colorate del diagramma di flusso potrete visualizzare le opzioni a disposizione: quali Frasi Rituali possono essere usate, se richiedono la spesa di un Tema o un tiro di dado.
This is a flowchart of the interaction of the Ritual Phrases in the conflict system of the game.
Questo foglio, comodo da tenere al tavolo le prime volte che si gioca, riassume tutte le Frasi Rituali usate nel gioco.
This is an handout that contains the Ritual Phrases used in the game resolution.
Alcune pagine del libro, per farsi un'idea del layout, dello stile dello scritto (e per vedere una delle stupende illustrazioni).
This is an excerpt from the Italian edition of the book. Something like a teaser, or a trailer, for the book itself.