CLEVER GIRL + PDF
Welcome to Dinotopia, a dinosaur theme park ravaged by escaped predators.
You don’t know what caused the incident that set the dinosaurs free, but it was catastrophic. A pack of highly intelligent and oddly fixated raptors are hunting
the last surviving human in the park. Will these prehistoric predators claim
one final victim or with the cunning human survive long enough to be rescued?
Clever Girl is a game about the extraordinary lengths someone will go through to survive in the face of crushing odds and terrifying circumstances. It is a game about loneliness, fear, and the will to live. It is also a game about trauma and revenge, and how a burning desire for retribution can become your downfall.
HUMAN EDITION: You play the solitary survivor of a devastating failure of park security. The dinosaurs are loose. You’ve seen people torn apart by merciless killers and trampled by herds of colossal beasts. You may not have done any killing yourself, but you certainly caused deaths in your haste to find shelter. Who might still be here if you had just stopped to help?
RAPTOR EDITION: You play as the leader of a raptor pack, newly freed after a massive park failure. You and the rest of the dinosaurs have claimed the park for yourselves, driving the humans out or destroying them. While others were running away you were rushing back in, tracking the one human who did you the most harm.
HUMAN VS. RAPTOR: You and a friend will each play one side of the story in a tense race for survival. Intertwine the stories of a human trying to survive long enough to go home and a raptor fueled by grief and revenge. Requires two tumbling towers and one deck of playing cards.
COOPERATIVE PLAY: Play together with a friend as human companions supporting each other or as raptor hunters out for blood. Will your bonds remain strong through the hardships and trials this island has in store?
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The talented Sam Leigh has created a wonderful playlist for Clever Girl that you can listen to during your games. It's tense, dramatic, and perfect for that one last block pull. Listen to it on here.
Clever Girl features themes of death, violence, loneliness, isolation, guilt, revenge, and abuse. It is a game intended for mature players and may evoke strong personal emotions. If you are unsure about how you will respond to the content of the game, please feel free to message me with questions or concerns and I'll be happy to help you decide if this game is right for you.
"Really tense and immersive, been having a lot of fun
slowly dying playing it!" - ayolland, March 26, 2021.
"A fantastic Jurassic Park inspired game that is easily playable with a simple ruleset and which can be played alone. A gameplay session for me took about two hours before I got eaten alive by dinosaurs, and I don't regret a single minute of it." - Creatively Queer Press, March 7, 2021.
"The game certainly captures the tense ambience of Jurassic Park, and is bound to be popular with fans who are looking for something they can do at home currently." - Jurassic Park Podcast, June 27, 2020.
Writing by: Matthew Gravelyn
Layout by: Ruby Lavin
Art by: Michael Beachy, Thomas Novosel, Mars Pinkelman, Madelyn Vagott
Photos by: Stephen Packwood & Amy Baugess
Clever Girl comes as a set of two A5 zines - A Raptor Edition and a Human Edition, each containing 28 B&W pages. Not included but required for play:
- One 6-sided die
- A 52-card deck of playing cards (jokers removed)
- a tumbling block tower (two if you're playing with a friend)
- 10 tokens (shark teeth, small rocks, or similar)