First Day Out: The Abyss of Freedom

First Day Out: The Abyss of Freedom
  • Sun Oct 14, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Rick Dean
  • First Day Out
  • Adult Themes
  • Prison, Confinement, PTSD
  • X-card, Open Door policy
  • 572 (20)
  • 2
  • 2 of 12
  • Created at the table


First Day Out is a short slice-of-life game about a released prisoner’s first day out of prison. One player plays “the unbound”, while the others act as “the world”, creating situations for the unbound to encounter. Each game takes 20-30 minutes including rules explanation, but players may play multiple sessions so each player that wishes to can portray the unbound.

This game has some heavy overtones but also has the potential for humorous, hopeful, and heartfelt moments. It is greatly indebted to Jackson Tegu’s “Morning” in that the game is played out in brief, unconnected glimpses and impressions throughout the unbound’s first day out. Sprawling narrative and fantastical occurrences are absent, replaced by brief flashes of emotion, sensation, and thought.

First Day Out is a meditative game about sensing the real world in new, bewildering ways.

Tags: Collaborative, Drama, Emotional, GM-less, Melancholy, Modern, Potentially triggering*, Serious Realism, Slice of Life, Poetic

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