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Chrysalis Cycle Rebirth! is (or will be) a tabletop role playing game that takes the magical girl genre and shines it through a queer, neurodivergent prism. I am writing this game specifically from an autistic, chronically ill, bi/pan, polyplatonic, arospec, ace spectrum viewpoint, because that is who I am. I wrote this game to fill a niche that I feel still needs to be filled. While I know there are games out there that encourage unapologetic queerness, I feel like I’ve never seen a game that encourages autistic and other neurodivergent people to #TakeOffTheMask and not be ashamed to be their authentic selves? 

In my own experiences as a queer, autistic gamer, I feel like I’ve gotten so much out of roleplaying games especially. Mostly LARP, but also tabletop games. They are a safe place to try out different social expressions and relationships without real world consequences. Messing up helps you learn, and can help to tell an entertaining story. I’ve also met so many other autistic and other neurodivergent people through LARP and tabletop communities. I think we’re attracted to these kinds of games more than the general population. So where are the games that celebrate us and help us grow without patronizing us? Where are the games that even mention us specifically and not as defective or limited? I feel like there’s so much possibility here, so I created the Neurodiversity in Games Jam as an excuse to make this game, and in the hope that other neurodivergent people could continue this conversation. Because this is just the beginning. 

Also, the magical girl genre is awesome, and is especially attractive to the queer community, particularly femme people. A lot of personal meaning can be derived from the idea of transforming into a magical being and fighting evil with the strengths inside ourselves. We can change the world for ourselves and for others. We can become something greater than what the nagging voices in the back of our minds and outside ourselves say we can be. Our femme can be powerful. 

The main concept of the game is the metaphor of the CATERPILLAR, CHRYSALIS, and BUTTERFLY. The CATERPILLAR in the metaphor is people whose identities push them to the margins of a society that isn’t built for people like them. They hide who they are in an attempt to survive, not living as their true selves. But the potential for their true selves to manifest shines within them, attracting magical energy. They have the potential to chrysalize, and to eventually become a BUTTERFLY, a magical celestial being who can travel among the stars and be accepted as their true selves. Some of the former humans who have already gone through this transformation seek out and mentor those in the CHRYSALIS stage in order to ensure they can become a BUTTERFLY. These BEINGS are called MENTORS, and are non-player characters represented by the game master (GM). The CHRYSALIS (MAGICAL GIRL/GUY/ENBY) stage is the time of transformation, during which powers manifest. They must use these powers to fight evil and become their true selves, using the magical energy they pull inside themselves in this process to eventually ascend to the stars. In the CHRYSALIS stage MAGICALS are able to project their magical self outside of their body while asleep or otherwise unconscious. This avatar allows them to fight evil in whatever form it takes without any threat to their life... unless the location of their physical body is discovered...

This game is a work in progress, but I’ll be uploading drafts and asking for feedback as I go, so people who have pre-ordered the game can see it grow and even help it grow. There will be a version of the game in a dyslexic friendly font.

The current draft is at ~30 pages and counting (plus lots of tables that need to be filled in), and the finished game will be somewhere between 60 and 100 pages. I hope to eventually run a Kickstarter for a print version of the game and for a zine of supplemental content written by other queer neurodivergent ttrpg devs.

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