Written for the Unearthed Expansions Jam, Metanarrative is not, primarily, an expansion for a game but an expansion for a book about games and the stories that we use games to tell. Metanarrative mechanizes Alexander Swords’ Forest Paths Method while introducing to it a layer of randomness. As such, Metanarrative is a game about the making of game narratives (thus the name).

Play is one-on-one, gm-less, and story-focused. It only requires a deck of cards (including jokers) to play. Metanarrative utilizes the basic structure of War, but with a new set of mechanics layered on top. This makes Metanarrative a ttrpg expansion for War as much as it is for the Forest Paths Method.

This is very much a “version zero.” Feedback welcome!

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