Cubicles & Copiers takes you to the dangerous world of white-collar office work.
With an absent HR department, this is your chance to bring down the B-Liev Corporation from the inside.
Beware the machinations of your boss, whose malice is only countered by their incompetence.
See if you can get the sentient copier on your side before it all goes down.
– Description from author
WARNING from reviewer: Sexual Themes and swearing
These are the goals you want to achieve during the mission:
- F**k around
- Find things out
- Sabotage your company’s operations
- Just have fun with it
- Don’t get caught
- Keep friends close and enemies closer
The Push System
Cubicles & Copiers is based on the Push gaming system.
Push games use a single D6 dice to resolve decisions and the rules fit on both sides of a single sheet of paper.
Instead of using stats, the Push engine allows you to take a risk to avoid complications and change a weak success into a complete success.
But you need to be careful, because if you push too hard, you may fail altogether and face a misfortune.
The rules come with everything you need to create a character, deal with complications, set scenes, and run a small campaign.
To learn more about how Push games work, refer to my post on the Push SRD.
Creating a Character
When it comes time to create a character, you will select traits from 6 different tables.
The traits fall into the following general categories:
- Quirk – What is your main personality like
- Profile – How do you fit into the company
- Experience – How did you get the job
- Cubical Decor – What do you keep in your cubicle
- Friends – Who do you hang out with
- Boss – What is your boss like
Types of Complications
All of the complications are from the standard Push system list.
Things can be become difficult, or a character can be affected in some way.
Full of action and humor, the 36 prompts are things that could happen in an office. However, these are not your run of the mill events, they are unique, funny, and unexpected.
You wont need to spend a lot of time trying to interpret the meanings.
Every prompt is unique to the game and theme. Many of them are quite funny and give plenty of ideas to think or write about.
By combining the matrix prompts with the challenge options (barrier, task, fight, trap, chase, debate, contest, mystery, negotiation, endurance, threat, puzzle) a whole range of additional scenarios come to mind.
Instead of providing you with a predefined mission, the rules suggest that you create your own inciting incident that requires immediate action.
You can set things in motion by using format “X wants Y so you must Z otherwise W”.
Fill in the blanks and run with that, or you can refine the idea further by including some mystery and real-world elements.
A very funny game.
Refreshing, different, and well worth getting.
Even without a good imagination, you will have lots of fun.
There are more than enough unique ideas in the matrix for you to create additional missions when the first one is done.
There’s only one or two swear words in the rules, and one sexually related term. Most people would not be offended by the way they are used, and they are not key to playing the game. If you don’t like the words, you can always change the prompt slightly before you start to play.
Verdict : VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
This game includes themes of comic mischief, swearing, sexual themes, and corporate bulls**t.
Keep in mind that you can take a break or stop completely at any time. Your mental health is important, and this is just a game.
If you ever roll a prompt that makes you uncomfortable, discard it and roll again.
Remember that you can change, ignore, rewrite or abandon any part of this game that you want.
How to get it
Designed by Silver Lantern Games
Download from : https://americanspaceprince.itch.io/cubicles-and-copiers
Note: I don't post actual prompts in my reviews. This is to protect the IP of the designer. You will need to buy the game to read the actual prompts.