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Bear is a solo roleplaying game, where the player takes on the role of patron to a lone adventurer in another world, on another plane. You must identify where they are, what challenge they currently face, and how you can best help them. Over time, as you revisit the game, you build up the story of your adventurer's journey, how they've changed, and how you've helped them.

It is designed to be played anytime, anywhere, and doesn't require any materials such as pen/paper/dice to be played, simply a player.

Available as pdf or plain text word document; preview copies are available for free, which contains the first page-and-a-half of the game.

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Bear - plain text version.docx 10 kB
Bear update.pdf 29 MB

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Bear is a solo rpg about watching over an adventurer from another plane.

The PDF is 4 pages, with a clean, readable layout.

You play through biofeedback---taking your pulse, noticing where you are carrying tension, etc---and the game consists of short, private sessions whenever you decide to make time for it.

This is a neat framework, and it gives Bear a feeling sort of like a mindfulness exercise. Bear doesn't ask for any hard commitments in terms of storytelling, record keeping, stat tracking, or anything like that. It merely requires each session to be important to the character you are watching over.

Overall, I think Bear is a really solid concept, implemented well. It doesn't rely on dice or other props to randomly generate elements---everything comes from the world around you---and it isn't difficult to memorize. It's portable, it's effective at telling stories, and I think it's memorable. If you want a bite-sized game with some weight behind it, I'd recommend picking up Bear.


Minor Issues:

-The last two pages are gigantic, way larger than the first two. This isn't really a problem, but it did feel like a bug.

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Glad you enjoyed the game so much! (Re the last two pages - don't know how I didn't clock this when publishing the game, but was first time it has been flagged so just uploaded a copy that doesn't have comically large pages at random!)

All good! I have missed *weird* errors in my own stuff, so I always try to comment when I notice things.

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just played my first session and look forward to playing again. i felt so much empathy for bear. i really like the first little story i made with them, and want to make more. i really liked the step for bringing yourself into a specific "space" for playing the game, and i really loved that you play the game with nothing but your own body, basically. that really fostered the sense of connection for me. i think this is a wonderful game and will recommend it to others.

I'm so pleased you had a good time playing the game, hope you enjoy the future stories with Bear just the same!

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!! this is such a good rpg, i just played it and im looking forward to playing more :) It really calmed me down, and I didn't even know I wasn't calm. Its such a soothing experience

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aw, thanks so much! Really delighted that it was able to help you out like that, hope you enjoy your future sessions!