Hi! I really love this game and enjoy playing it! I wanted to print a copy but wanted to check that I have permission to print it before doing so - I think I'd be doing it through Lulu since I'm not 100% sure how to print a square book otherwise!
i'm sorry did you say street magic
A downloadable game
An archipelago-based fishing town, separated by its various islands, gathers annually to celebrate the turn of the harvest.
A collective of magical artists embarks on an ambitious project: a guerrilla public transit system powered by enchanted street art.
In a sprawling metropolis decades from now, breakthroughs in biotechnology offer citizens superpowers far beyond mortal ability.
This city that we call home has a magic all its own. It is wonder, and joy, and spirit — and with that spirit, we breathe life into our city together.
i'm sorry did you say street magic is a GMless city-building story game for two to six players, that runs three or more hours. Discover and imagine a city filled with life and vivid detail, packed with a myriad of neighborhoods, landmarks, and residents. Discover their true names, and the ways that they intersect—then set events in motion that will change or alter their relationships.
- Rules PDFs in full color and black-and-white options
- Printable cheat sheet for easy rules reference
- Easy Streets quickstart decks, for pre-generated city exploration
for more on true names, check out street magic's sister game, there are names here more powerful than our own.
The illustrations in this game are from You Canʼt Get There From Here, a zine by Shannon Kao. Images used and edited with permission.
Layout by Caro Asercion, with additional layout consultation by Quinn Vega.
iʼm sorry did you say street magic was originally conceived as a hack of Microscope, by Ben Robbins.
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for every $10 above the base price, I'll add another as well (donating $40 will add two community copies, donating $50 will add three, etc.)
community copies of i'm sorry did you say street magic are free on an honor system basis to those who cannot afford the game at its listed price.
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Thank you for reaching out! If you're looking for a printed copy of the game, I would ask that you pick one up from my distributing partners at Heart of the Deernicorn or Floating Chair Games. Buying an official copy is a better deal for both me and my distributors, and I can vouch for the quality of those zines in a way that I can't with a third-party/unlicensed printing service.
Is there a possibility of a full color print of the game? If that is not offered, do you mind if i get it printed full color? Because the full color/art of the pdf im in love with and inspires me. Haha
this game was delightful to play with friends over a voice call and a google doc! very chill, but the mechanics were also engaging and really encouraged us to make creative worlds. I also personally love the art and how the whole thing looks.
I've played this game with friends to build a city for a campaign I'm running and to say that this game is amazing to facilitate worldbuilding is an understatement
I don't have a Twitter account. Any chance to get a community copy by asking for it here?
Hey, thank you for reaching out! Unfortunately due to the way download keys work, I can't share a community copy in the replies (it would go to the first person who claims the key, rather than link to your specific itch account). If you don't have a twitter account, feel free to message me via email (caro.asercion @ gmail) and I can send you one that way instead!
Absolutely beautiful from the pictures to the concept. Not only is it great for world building for other campaigns, it's also really strong standalone and I love the vibe of the art! The creator's work in general is also very creative and I'm really blown away by the kind of ideas they keep coming up with.
Definitely worth trying out with an RPG group !!!
Hello! Im interested in this game, but i can not figure how this game work without seeing the Trailer. And i think it was a problem in most Board game i found itch.io
Can you make the Trailer?
It will help people to see how this game work, and maybe buy it!
Thank you for your answer! 😀
Hello, and thank you for reaching out!
I don't have an official "Trailer" in the way that many digital games on itch.io do, but if you would like a preview of the game, here are a couple of links:
- A review of the game by Kurt Refling, talking about its design origins
- An actual-play podcast featuring me and Jeff Stormer as we play through the game
- Another actual-play podcast, Rules and Roles, had a two part series: in the first part they played the game, and in the second part they discussed what they enjoyed about the game.
Hope that these links help! I will spend some time embedding additional links to make these previews more readily accessible.
I absolutely love this game and so does the RPG group I introduced it to. We play it regularly now to come up with cities for the settings we play in.
I had so much fun with this game! My friends and I (3 of us) made this incredible world and it was so delightful. We didn't stick too closely to the 'requirements' (and even those were pretty loose) and sort of drifted where our conversations and excitement took us. We had all played D&D together before this, so I think that helped a lot in picking up vibes and knowing everyone else's mood. We used post-its instead of index cards as that's what we had, and if you do that I suggest using multiple per round as the handwriting gets a bit squished haha. We did 4 rounds and felt like we really achieved a great game. I've attached an image of some of our post-its.
This game was an incredible way spend a rainy Sunday. We played online using a shared google doc and it worked wonderfully. The built in "rest stops" were amazing for online play and people were able to drop in and out depending on their energy levels. I loved the way this game created a space for you to flex your imagination, rather setting up goalposts you needed to aim for.
"I'm sorry did you say street magic" is an amazing collaborative city building TTRPG, i have tried it with some of my friends, and the city that we built are so incredibly evocative and lively.
I cannot thank you enough for making this game, Caro. I love this game so much.
I have enjoyed playing this game so much! I've played it three times with different groups of people over the last week. Have written up a review and a brief summary of our first play here.
this game is absolutely beautiful and allowed me to create a setting with a friend that i now hold incredibly close to my heart. thank you so much. <3
Stunning writing that really blew me away. I've played once (so far) and made such a rich and beautiful city... it's honestly breath taking. A really beautiful game written with such grace and care, please play street magic!
My friends and I love this. We've used it to create settings for RPG campaigns, novels, and just to fill out random ideas we had. By just offering a light framework but with clear goals and imagery, it makes for a powerful expressive tool while staying very simple.
Played this with a friend and it was a blast.
Just played my first game of this with some friends and I'm honestly so glad to have this in my library. We were only able to get through two rounds on our first play because we just kept getting absorbed into new conversations and deepening things, and I can't wait to pick our little city up again and keep building it out!
How have people set up their Google Docs for online play? Any template ideas?
The easiest way to play in google docs is probably just a blank page that all your players can edit, with different indentation for Neighborhoods/ Landmarks/ Residents, but if you want something with a bit more polish:
If you want to play in google sheets, Kurt Refling has made two templates that are super easy to copy over — one that you can modify manually, and one that generates formatting using an automatic script.
If you want something with more of a flowchart quality, Miro and Coggle are two mind mapping/flowchart apps that I've found work alright for online play. If you want something that’s a little more structured than a flowchart but not as linear as a google doc, I’ve heard of folks playing in Gingko and Trello. I haven't played a session in either firsthand so I can’t speak to their quality, but they seem like sensible options.
Hope this helps!
These are some terrific tools and resources! Thank you for sharing!
This game is fantastic! I've used it a couple of times now as a worldbuilding prelude to other games, and it works like a dream. It works wonderfully on virtual platforms. In my experience, it takes a bit longer in that format, so you may want to plan to play for multiple sessions. Get this game!
My regular group played this a couple weeks ago when one person wasn't able to make it, and I was surprised how much story emerged. I expected a lot of fun with worldbuilding, but the way it led us to a compelling narrative was really cool and much less expected. Thanks you for creating this!
Would an actual play be helpful? I just recorded a session for the Gauntlet.
Here is a link to the actual play I ran:Here is a link to the Google Doc so you can see how I used tabs/notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xg2zGb6UhWG9E7Z8UTfT5b-Ht5mg-47t8CeSw1gP1W0/...
🇮🇹 Italian review:
I’m Sorry Did You Say Street Magic è un gioco di Caro Asercion, il cui sviluppo è iniziato nel 2019 e si è concluso con la pubblicazione, nel 2020, grazie a una campagna di successo su Kickstarter.
Si tratta di un gioco di narrazione e di creazione di mappe con elementi di gioco di ruolo, che nasce come hack di Miscroscope (Ben Robbins, 2011). Sono previsti da 2 a 6 partecipanti; le partite durano solitamente una sessione, ma è possibile giocare per più sessioni; le autorità narrative sono ripartite equamente tra tutti i giocatori.
In particolare, I’m Sorry Did You Say Street Magic è un gioco di creazione di città. Questo significa che i partecipanti daranno vita a una città fantastica, partendo da una lista di tre ispirazioni ed elementi condivisi, decisi all’inizio della partita. Oltre a questo, all’inizio, si stabiliscono anche alcuni quartieri e luoghi per non cominciare a giocare su un castrante tavolo bianco.
È previsto che ogni giocatore, a turno, stabilisca una “bussola”: qualcosa da esplorare in quel determinato turno di gioco. Ogni giocatore ha tre tipi di azione: può introdurre un nuovo quartiere, un nuovo luogo o una nuova personalità. I luoghi sono sempre legati ai quartieri e le personalità ai luoghi. Le personalità vengono introdotte tramite delle brevi scene, giocate da tutti in concerto.
Ogni elemento della città è rappresentato da un cartoncino sul tavolo di gioco, e i cartoncini si raccolgono tra loro, per quartiere, attorno al nucleo della città. Ma la rappresentazione della città sul tavolo di gioco avviene non tanto per continuità geografica esatta, quanto piuttosto per associazione di idee.
I’m Sorry Did You Say Street Magic strizza volutamente l’occhio al concetto di geomanzia, che sia il feng shui cinese, l’etrusca disciplina o qualunque altra forma di magia legata alla terra, e lo fa in maniera evocativa. Il concetto di creazione magica è rinforzato anche dal fatto che ogni elemento riceva una sensazione o un dettaglio come “vero nome”.
I've played a few games of Microscope and this was a delightful variation. I really enjoyed the streamlined scene-making rules and the opportunities to riff on each others' creative juices. 10/10 I will be absolutely be playing this again.
This game was a delight. My group played in a google sheet and had a lot of fun building mood boards for various parts of the city. The rules are great for creating opportunities for colorful and creative collaboration whilst keeping tight enough focus that nobody felt lost and we finished with a very complete feeling city.
One of the coolest things I ever backed on Kickstarter! Love it as a session zero for RPGs set in cities and towns...
i'm sorry did you say street magic is a surprisingly beefy one-session city-building game about the spirits of places.
It's got gorgeous and charming art and a simultaneously bold and soft layout that makes it super inviting to read and engage with, and it specifically builds game breaks into its flow in a way that I really dig.
Also, by the end of a session, you'll have a fully realized and vibrant city. This is fun in its own right, but probably doubly valueable to writers and designers and folks who benefit from having fully realized imaginary places on standby.
The game does tend to have one speaker defining facts about the setting at a time, so if your group likes very collaborative, discussion-based world-building, you may want to be a little looser with the game's structure. That said, there's also an extensive GMing advice section, so you'll have a lot of support for any other changes you want to make.
Overall, if you like games like Microscope and Quiet Year, or if you want a worldbuilding tool that will supply you with an extremely organic and lived-in feeling place (you could even use it for a dungeon ecology), get this game.
I missed the kickstarter for a physical copy - will there be opportunities to acquire one in the future?
when/will the supplement easy streets be available?
Thank you for your interest! Easy streets is well underway — some of the contributing writers have been dealing with health concerns so we've had to push back the PDF release to aggregate all of the work in one place, but I've been formatting and laying out all of the finished decks so far. I'm aiming for an intended release as soon as we receive the final text; barring any drastic upheaval it should almost certainly be finished by the end of the summer.
that’s amazing and I hope everyone is on the mend!!! Thank you for the reply!!
Hi there!! Been super out of the loop! I tried searching but can't seem to fin any sort of update on this, sorry to pester but I was curious about release/development? hope all is well!! :-D
this game was delightful and my first role playing game !! I’m a city planner and I loved building a beautiful city with my partner in the first session!! This would be such a cool workshop for planning schools!! Thank you
I'm so grateful to hear that you had such a great time playing! Thank you for the kind words :)
Street magic has it all, the rare game that allows me to be on my creating small human scenes bullshit and my girlfriend on her grand world building bullshit at the same time.
The different steps are really easing us into the environment of the game : everything oozes coziness and brings us closer to the place that is happening. Bewitching work !
This game is like a finely and tightly wound clock. Each piece is a delight, and the overall structure snaps together so cleanly. When I think about the future of ttrpgs, I'd like to see games as welcoming as this one in terms of balancing instruction and complexity. The text is spaced out so that you can learn as you play, taking in one new part of it at a time.
I often find ttrpgs vibrant, beautiful, overwhelming, and well... exhausting. I find myself floundering or burning out over the course of a session. This is a game where I can keep filling in details round after round, switching between different modes of play to rest and recuperate. I hope to play this game many times over the course of my life, it's an absolute treat.
This game is delightful! Great to play with friends over a video call, with our City in a shared Google Doc. We made a wholesome but surreal metropolis and had a blast creating places & people. I highly recommend this!
I didn't know that Community Copies was a thing. How cool.