The Name of God
A downloadable game
The Name of God is a dark little game inspired by such works as Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, American Gods and Anansi Boys. And The Prodigy's song Narayan, which more or less means "The Name of God". And also to my undying love for the traditional rpg Unknown Armies.
The game is a cynical trip into a bizarre metropolitan hole, filled with homeless people, weird omens, dangerous situations, and ritual chanting. No, seriously, you will have to intone the words, or you will never find your true self again!
The PDF presents a printable deck of about 30 full colour cards in both poker and tarot sizes. A few explain the rules of play. The other 24 each represent a unique Fetish, a character archetype inspired to some grim urban item, location, stereotype or concept.
Every card has been illustrated by artist Julia Roth.
Every fetish has been developed by an amazing team of 15 indie designers, whom I heartfully thank for helping bring this game to life and growing it into so much more than it's original scope. They are, in alphabetical order...
Becky Annison is swimming in The Lake
Meguey Baker is weaving The Thread, and rolling The Stone
Caitlyn Belle is causing The Glitch, and tending The Garden
Stephanie Bryant is pitching The Song
Emily Care Boss is soaring as The Leaf, and rattling The Bones
Dana Fried is forging The Anvil, and erecting The Wall
Wendy Gorman is giving us The Shiver
Elsa S. Henry is conjuring The Corvid
Renee Knipe is picking up The Broken Bottle, and lighting The Candle
Kira Magrann is hatching The Serpent, and piercing The Veil
Megan Pedersen is burning up The Match
Ariana Ramos is spinning The Spider
Brianna Sheldon is weeping The Tears, and awakening The Kraken
Heather Silsbee is aiming The Arrow
Manuela Soriani is dreaming up The Butterfly
...and my original four Fetishes:
TNoG was born in 2013 out of the 200 Words RPG Challange.
It was successfully Kickstarted in 2013, becoming a gorgeous and much expanded deck of cards.
Then in 2019 the rules were completely rewritten to benefit from seven years of actual play and experience, all collected into the Deeper edition. This is a 13 pages PDF explaining in the most clear and accessible way possible all the ins and outs of the game, fixing a few minor problems, answering frequent questions and offering variant game options.
The itch.io package includes both the KS cards and the Deeper rulebook.
The itch.io package is a multi-language PDF of all the cards, plus the English-only Deeper rules. It's a fine print-and-play version of the game.
But for those who would like a nicer card quality there are language specific print on demand versions available on the DriveThru websites:
|Genre||Card Game, Role Playing|
|Tags||GM-Less, Horror, unplayablegames, urban|
|Asset license||Creative Commons Attribution_ShareAlike v4.0 International|
|Average session||A few hours|
|Languages||German, English, Spanish; Castilian, French, Italian, Polish|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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