Original ruleset, written + designed by Colin Cummings
Inspired by video games like The Yawhg, Unavowed, and The Shrouded Isle, comes Black Heart, the second release in the Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG trilogy following the successful Boy Problems.
Work with your fellow cultists, investigate a village and the dark secrets it hides, gain power as the veil between worlds weakens, and finally: summon an ancient god.
Over the course of a week you will discover all sorts of weird creatures and magic slipping through the weakening veil to threaten the town. By gaining power in your three core stats (Heart, Soul & Mind) you will face these challenges and grow, including gaining a mutation of great power that will change you forever.
Will you succeed in summoning the god? Many have failed before you, learn from their mistakes.
Kotaku AU: PSA: There's Another Carly Rae Jepsen RPG (by Alex Walker) - 8/7/2019
"First there was the sci-fi heist to break out all of Carly Rae Jepsen's unreleased songs, and now there's a cultist RPG. Where all your mutations are based off Carly Rae Jepsen lyrics.
It's called Black Heart, and it's a one-shot RPG from the maker of that Carly Rae Jepsen RPG called Boy Problems. It's the second one-shot tabletop RPG in a trilogy that's themed after the Canadian pop star, but instead of being about her music, it's ... much darker."
Kotaku AU: The Best Games From Itchi.io’s Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality (by Leah Williams) - 12/6/2020
"Remember that Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG Kotaku Australia told you about last year? Well, it’s in the itch.io bundle. In fact, it might just be the most important game in there. So go on, what are you waiting for? Purchasing the bundle just for Carly Rae wouldn’t be crazy."
Bell of Lost Souls: There’s Not One But TWO Carly Rae Jepsen RPGs And They Are Weird And Wonderful
(by J.R. Zambrano) - 17/7/2019
"This is an incredible premise, and more importantly, it shows what depths RPGs can explore. These are all created from Carly Rae Jepsen’s music, and each takes on a wildly different genre, theme, even play style. All of this highlights both the transcendant nature of CRJ’s musics, and the deeper truths they speak upon, while also showing us the beauty of RPGs. They’re about playing pretend and you can make them about anything. And people do.
That’s the same spirit of inventiveness and creativity that kicked off this game. And when you look around at all the big releases, for instance, Gen Con this year is chock full of licensed IP games from big publishers and sequels to smash hit games. These are safe choices that deliver an experience that, while enjoyable, is the same basic experience we have been having since 1974. We need games like the Jepsen Triptych to capture that weird, experimental feeling that drives humanity ever onward."
Destructoid: In your Black Heart is where you'll find the newest Carly Rae Jepsen TTRPG
(by Wes Tacos) - 19/7/2019
"I know it's a tough world out there, but at least we have this. Hold onto it folks; keep it sacred."
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11/6/19: v1.2: This version includes the 3 & 5 Day mechanic along with some other small fixes. This is a small adjustment to the numbers that allows you to run shorter games if you want! Also B&W version completed.
30/4/20: v1.3: Small updates and fixes, adjusted QR code, added Tome of Knowledge, a world building and session guide