I have been looking through the various hacks of Alone Among the Stars, designed by Takuma Okada. I realized I wanted to play a hack that would let me tell a Tom Hanks in Castaway story but I couldn’t find one that fit what I wanted to play.
So I decided to make one.
Again, I made this for my own personal enjoyment and all the hard work was done by Takuma Okada. So here it is:
Alone as a Castaway
You are a castaway, the lone survivor of a shipwreck who has washed up on the shore of a tropical island. You need to island and do what you need to to survive. This island may be your home for the rest of your life.
Look, this is a blatant hack of Alone Among the Stars by Takuma Okada. Not going to pretend otherwise. It follows almost the exact same rules except for one. You don’t roll for multiple cards for each scene. A Robinson Crusoe island is small enough in scope that I think one card is enough for each scene. Essentially, the island is treated like one planet in Alone Among the Stars but you can use more than six cards.
Okay. Alone as a Castaway is writing/journaling game. Each scene/journal entry, you will draw a card to determine what discovery the scene/journal entry is about and roll a die to establish how you came across that discovery. The suit of the card will establish the nature of what you have discovered and he rank will establish where the discovery was made.
While I created this with a Tom Hanks in Castaway story in mind, you can bend it however you’d like. It can be modern day or set in the 16th century. It can be extremely realistic or full of magic and fantasy. There is no wrong.
Okay, here go the rules:
Roll a die to determine how you came across the discovery.
1-2: it took a lot of work to find it
3-4: you came upon it suddenly
5-6: you were on break.
Now draw a card to get some details about what you discovered.
Diamonds - Some essential resource you need to survive, be it a natural one to the island or sometuing washed up
Clubs - a danger that you need to be wary of
Hearts - wildlife
Spades - a natural, breath taking beauty
A - in the waters of the natural bay the reefs form
2 - on the beach
3 - on the cliffs
4 - in a shallow cave
5 - on the mountains
6 - in the grassy fields
7 - in deep caverns
8 - deep in the jungle
9 - in the swamps
10 - by a stream
J - at the volcano
Q - in an isolated pool
K - ruins