Malandros: a game about life on the streets of Rio

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Malandros: a game about life on the streets of Rio
« on: November 15, 2015, 10:20:06 AM »
So hey. Malandros is a DramaSystem RPG that (among other things) applies the grammar of PbtA moves to its procedural resolution. There are 4 days left on the Kickstarter at the time of writing.
If you're interested, here is the link:

So far the project has funded the Malandros book itself plus:
Supernatural Creatures supplement illustrated by Claytonian JP
São Roque quickstart pack + Rio map by Josephe Vandel (of Mapforge)
The Sydney Razor Gang Wars, alternate setting
Aluminium Wars, 1990s Russia setting by Mark Galeotti

Upcoming stretch goals are...
£1200: Victorian London setting by Paula Dempsey
Take your game to the old East End of London with this mini-supplement about ne'er-do-wells and honest folk, whether Cockney born and bred or from further afield.

£1400: Other Borders by Tod Foley (a.k.a. As If)
There are borders everyone sees: the looming fence with its sporadic observation platforms, the tags claiming this block or that in the name of a local gang, or the wrought-iron fences surrounding gated communities. There are borders that are only real in our minds, like the imaginary lines that divide country from country, or one race from another. But in this sleepy little town, another border reveals itself to those who are gifted with the power to see it: the veil between the worlds. Even today, the old ways of magic are still taught, visions and transformations are still practiced, and opposing clans are locked in a daily battle that no policia would understand.

Journey into a modern world of ancient conflicts, where secret rituals, divinations, animal sacrifices and hallucinatory drugs are gateways to the other side. The people here move in two worlds, and reality is more flexible than it seems.

£1600: Gangs of Titan by Stras Acimovic
Alt-setting PDF. "A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies!" It's a new life, all right, and perfect for your old skills. Titan Station is the gateway to the galaxy - the last, best hope for peace. Home to alien ambassadors, human soldiers, spacefarers, spies... and you.?

Re: Malandros: a game about life on the streets of Rio
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2015, 04:00:35 PM »
As someone who loved Robin Law's book "Hamlet's Hitpoints," kickstarted his Hillfolk project, and was greatly disappointed by it when released, I am both curious and hesitant about your project. Kudos to you for it though.

Re: Malandros: a game about life on the streets of Rio
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2015, 01:29:52 AM »
If you want to take a look at the book, I suggest pledging for £1 and downloading the playtest document in the first update.
If it's not your cup of tea, it's easy enough to cancel your pledge (only a couple of clicks, I think).

Re: Malandros: a game about life on the streets of Rio
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 08:36:56 AM »
If you want to read Malandros, the text is available for free under a CC licence at

(You can also buy the PDF or books there, as well as some supplements, but you should probably see if it's something you'd like to play first.)