Hi there Adira! I recently bought The Machine and am currently preparing to play it with some of my friends, but we have a question that I feel needs to be answered; is it possible for any of the characters to finish the machine, or would that ruin the premise of it?
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So when Fen and I were writing the game, the continual downfall and failure was incredibly important to us. If you decide together with your friends to tell a different story though please let us know how it goes!! Someone finishing the machine is a wildly different game for that player in particular.
I found this game via a mention on youtube from the folks on Dicebreaker. They supplied alink and I came on over and purchased a copy.
I also found a random card generator on line and sat down and gave the game a whirl. I am reporting...LOVED IT! Thanks for such a creative way to get the imagination going.
I have passed on the journal to a friend of mine as I drew three face cards in the first 8 days! Yeah crazy bad luck...
Is this a game that one could play alone? Or is it something that has to be passed on? I don't know anyone who does creative writing, but I love this idea and think it would make a fantastic writing prompt/series sort of thing to get my muse going. I just want to make sure it's something I could actually use before scraping the money up for it.
Yeah you could definitely play it alone! You can "pass" the journal to a new character, making it a series just with yourself
Found out about this last night, and was immediately drawn into it!
Similar to someone else, I have decided to start a post thread about my story! Rather than passing the journal along, I am going to create new characters for each pass time.
I have created a quick site that will document the journal of the Machine! Check it here
I also have a twitter I plan to use to promote and any help would be greatly appreciated! Machine Twitter
Excited to get started!
Is there a subreddit for The Machine or something similar? I would love to actually trade a journal with someone but I'm the only person I know whose into creative writing like this
There isn't one, but you could consider making a thread on the tabletop games community forums here on itch!
Do you think this could work as a shared Google Doc or file on a USB or would that damage the feel or tone too much? I only ask as my penmanship is so uttery dire (and a likely fellow player's is even worse) that, componded by my dislexia, people have had trouble telling that I wrote in English, no joke.
Needing to change the game for accessibility reasons is always okay. A file on a USB drive sounds lovely, or you could even print out pages and staple them together. Maybe with a typewriter font haha
Hey, I love this! Just a bit curious, what format would you recommend for the journal and the pamphlet? A5? A4?
A4 should work for the pamphlet, it was designed with American 8.5×11 in mind but that's the closest size. The size of the journal is based on how you plan to pass it from player to player, as a large one would make it hard to mail. A5 sounds great to me!
Hi! I hope you don't mind a couple of questions...
- Is the machine supposed to be a musical instrument? There are lots of references to music and notes, but it's not 100% clear whether that's because the machine literally makes music, or instead whether the curse just sounds like music in your head.
- Is each person supposed to be drawing pictures or diagrams with their entries?
Thanks! Can't wait to start!
1. The machine definitely shares a lot of characteristics of musical instruments, but the machine could be a lot of things. If you decide not to make it a musical instrument that is AOK! What matters is that you build.
2. Diagrams are not required, but definitely on theme!!