Tabletop Game: Golden Sky Stories
Heart-Warming Role-PlayingGolden Sky Stories
(Japanese: Yuuyake Koyakenote
) is a heartwarming, non-violent Tabletop RPG
from Ryo Kamiya and Tsugihagi Honpo. It is translated by Ewen Cluney. If this does not ring a bell, Ryo Kamiya is the one who brought us much weirdness
in the form of Maid RPG
While Golden Sky Stories
has its own share of strangeness, compared to the above works, it is much more tame in comparison. (In fact, it is recommended for ages 10 and up.)
The players take on the roles of henge
(pronounced: hen-gay), magical animals who live in a small town, helping the local residents solve their everyday problems. There is no over-arching quest to save the world and usually no fighting or anything that could be traditionally called a villain.
That does not mean that the stories get boring. On the contrary, the honesty of the small everyday occurrences will touch your heart
and reinvigorate your spirit.
It is pretty much Iyashikei
in RPG form.
It has an English supplement, The Colors of the Sky
, featuring additional character types, scenarios, stories, and more, combining translated Japanese GSS material not collected elsewhere with original English material. It also has three untranslated Japanese supplements, which further expand the available player options (mononokenote
, elder henge
, and humans respectively)
The English website can be found here
Provides examples of:
- Actual Pacifist: Almost all henge, as encouraged by the system: any violence will result in a reduction of relation with the town they are in regardless of reason. Everyone in the default setting are these as well.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: the goal of the players is to achieve this.
- Cute Witch: Rules for playing one of these, or variations upon the concept, are introduced in The Colors of the Sky. It directly mentions that in a lot of ways they're actually more like the mononoke introduced in a later supplement, but the rules treat them as a special type of henge so you can use them with just the corebook.
- Functional Magic: Henge and mononoke have magical abilities, most of which cost Wonder.
- Iyashikei in RPG form.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Fish henge, introduced in The Colors of the Sky, have a mermaid form as their least costly transformation, with Little Bit Beastly and human forms requiring increasingly more Wonder.
- Power at a Price: At character creation, henge choose from 1-3 weaknesses from a list for their type, each of which comes with a corresponding power.
- Slice of Life
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: The henge can take multiple forms from the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism, including:
- Talking Animal: The henge's true form.
- Little Bit Beastly: The henge can opt to retain some of their animal features for a less costly transformation.
- Human: The henge can spend Wonder to take on a human form.
- Warm And Fuzzy Feeling the game.
- Youkai: The player characters in the corebook are all various kinds of henge, although from the more benign variety. Mononoke are introduced in a later Japanese supplement.