I haven't played it yet but we will, I will force everybody to play this game with me. I have yet to discover the works of Eric Silver and cannot wait. However if this Mischa Stanton is the one I think they are, this game will be a real treat. Thank you both so much for your hard work!!
Clear Eyes / Full Hearts
A downloadable game
This is your year. The seniors may have said that last year, but they had no idea what they were talking about. This year, this team, right here, you’re going to make it. You’re going to League Finals, then States, then Regionals! And you’re winning it all.
Build your high school persona and work through the drama of the football season and the town around you.
Clear Eyes / Full Hearts is a GM-less TTRPG for 2-6 players. Co-created by Eric Silver and Mischa Stanton
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:
- Version 1.1Sep 08, 2020
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Clear Eyes Full Hearts is a GMless trpg about the epic highs and lows of high school football.
The PDF is 9 pages, with a solid, consistent aesthetic and an easy to read layout.
Despite being GMless, there is a bit of mechanical crunch here, and it has a Lasers & Feelings-y vibe to it. You have two stats, Clear Eyes and Full Heart, and one's for planning while the other's for rushing in. That said, you can't min-max them. After using one you have to use the other, ensuring you can't just stay in your comfort zone and crush rolls.
Gameplay is built around the structure of a teen sports drama, and split up into phases. You play through off the field drama, then the next match, then the fallout from the match.
There's a built in narrative spotlight system, where one player is the Main Character for each episode, and the focus is on how they engage with the episode's problem. There's also a season-long narrative arc and branching paths depending on whether your team makes it to the playoffs.
The writing throughout is stellar, and the game has a very good sense of atmosphere. As long as there's at least one person in your group that's enthusiastic about the subject, I think it'll be hard not to be pulled into caring about the narrative.
Overall, if you even sort of like the themes of desperation and struggle and high drama and emotional conflict that make up the teen sports drama---or if you maybe want to get a little wackier and have a werewolf on the team?---you should check this out. It's easy to learn, easier to like, and it effortlessly captures the spark that makes the genre appealing.