Ribbon Drive

Ribbon Drive

I’m going somewhere, and I want you to join me. It’s a place that always seems just past our reach. A mixture of myth and reality. This place, it smells familiar, and yet it beats the heart like first times do. It’s wedged between a mix tape, a throw-away comment and a shifter. It’s going to take a lot of open road to get to. But open road’s all we’ve ever really got, anyway.

In Ribbon Drive, we collectively create a story about a road trip. We do this in the comfort of a living room, over the course of 3-5 hours. We each create a character, one of the people going on this road trip. These characters are our individual jobs; each of us will roleplay one character’s decisions and actions. We’ll share the responsibility of narrating the obstacles and scenery that comes up all around us. Music mixes guide our journey and shape the story as it unfolds. Ribbon Drive creates stories about letting go on the open road, and we all work to both further and complicate this agenda during the game. It draws inspirations from road movies like Wristcutters, Everything Is Illuminated, y tu Mama Tambien, Little Miss Sunshine, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things and Thelma & Louise (and, to a lesser extent, Two Lane Blacktop, The Doom Generation and Wild At Heart). Our ultimate goal is to create a thought-provoking, meaningful experience. We let the music guide us. We let the road throw us curves. As our characters, we rethink our attachment to the future.

A game about road trips, music, and self-discovery.

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A twenty-four page PDF (available in singles and spreads).

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Hacks and Remixes

Radion Accelerator Drive lets you use Ribbon Drive to tell stories about last-chance adventurers in frontier space, borrowing on Firefly as the chief inspiration.

A picture of a cowgirl smoking.

Slashed to Ribbons lets you use Ribbon Drive to tell stories about the desperate survival, at all costs, of a group of young beautiful people trapped in the sights of a deadly killer. It’s my love letter to the super problematic slasher genre.

A picture of a bloody handprint with the words "Slashed to Ribbons"

Reviews and Actual Play

Actual Play: Somewhere In Kansas… (pt. 1-4).

Reviews: Claw/Claw/Peck (Bryant Durrell)Yaruki Zero (podcast, episode #10).

What Folks Are Saying

So… Ribbon Drive. The most emotionally touching con gaming experience I’ve ever had.
-Christian Griffen, author of Anima Prime & Beast Hunters

If you like music or driving, trees or memories, small towns or long silences, people’s faces, or summer roads that stretch on more endlessly and elegantly than language can give credit for — this is the game for you.
-Daniel Wood, author of My Daughter, the Queen of France

I’m not sure I can write about my Ribbon Drive experiences. I treasure them; I’m not sure I can bear to part with them.
It’s that sort of game.
-Ben Lehman, author of Polaris and Bliss Stage

I have had some of my deepest roleplaying experiences playing this game. While at its heart it is ludicriously simple this simplicity hides a core that just allows you to easily create stories that focus in on the important stuff and throw away everything else.
-Mik Reed, satisfied gamer

I endorse this game as one of my absolute favorites.
-Raffaele Manzo, satisfied gamer