Queering Spacetime

Joyce Lin

Queering Spacetime is a queer girl-girl dating sim card game where players roleplay destined lovers across the whole of space and time. Set in a pastel desert town and liminal spaces like a playground in full moonlight, it focuses on whimsicality, sentiment, and a tinge of magical realism.

The goal of the game is to craft a series of enjoyable dates for two to four characters. Players draw character cards which detail personality and love languages (Are they introverted or extroverted? Lean or buff? Do they enjoy touch, time, knitting, or decoding alien languages?) When they are ready, one player draws prompt cards and reads it aloud. Each player decides what action choices would best suit their character. Once everyone reveals their choice, they can choose to compromise according to what would spark the most joy for all characters involved.

The twist is before each turn they must roll a D10 or higher, and if they roll a 1, time shifts and players begin another life. Each person with a character card must draw a new character card, and another round begins. The game is as long or short as players want it to be. Players win the game if they are smiling and happy and enjoying themselves, having crafted and experienced by proxy an experience that takes care of both/all of them and is wholesome and good.

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