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Now a 2023 ENNIE Judges' Spotlight Winner!

Also an Indie Groundbreaker Awards nominee for Most Innovative!

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Speak into the Void

Night after night, you sit alone with your thoughts, your music, and a microphone. Whether you come to your radio show with somber attitude or joyful spirit, you use the music that moves you to etch something fleeting and beautiful into the big empty.

You never know who is listening

There are other voices in the darkness. With a deck of cards, a six-sided die and a stack of music, you will build a playlist, invent and interact with Callers to your show, and evolve their stories over as many broadcasts as you like. No matter their motivations, they simply must be heard. In that way, you are very alike.

VOID 1680 AM includes rules for single-session and ongoing play, instructions to have your show broadcast on the airwaves as an Affiliate, and even a way to add your voice to a library of Callers that other DJs can use in their own games.

In this game, you can...

  • Build a 12-song playlist
  • Invent and interact with Callers
  • Evolve the stories of your Callers over multiple shows
  • Have your show broadcast on AM and YouTube
  • Add your voice to an archive of Callers for others to use

"Voices in the Void"

Some desire a Caller experience where the strangers are a little bit.... stranger. This free expansion replaces the Caller sheet in the main game with tables that have a weirder edge to them. The nature of that strangeness - supernatural, purely human, or something else entirely - is up to you.

Press, Interviews, Actual Plays and More

Tune in to official broadcasts hosted by either the Program Director or Affiliate stations.

"Fill the late-nite airwaves with music and meaning in playlist-building solo RPG VOID 1680 AM," Dicebreaker

"VOID 1680 AM creator talks comic books and tabletop RPG similarities and exploring the lonely airwaves," Dicebreaker

"7 indie tabletop RPGs released this year that you shouldn't miss," Dicebreaker

An End of Year selection on Dice Exploder's 2023 Year End Bonanza

"10 TTRPGs We Want To Play in 2024," The Bad Spot podcast

Check out my interview about VOID 1680 AM's origins and various play styles on EN Live's Not DnD show!

Watch Black Dragon Dungeon Company's Lonely TTRPG Actual Play!


VOID 1680 AM is a 28-page zine written by Ken Lowery, with cover art by Jordan Witt and custom radio diagrams by Dylan Todd

VOID 1680 AM by Ken Lowery is licensed under the Creative Comrades License Agreement 1.0.

StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(30 total ratings)
AuthorBannerless Games
GenreRole Playing
Tagsplaylist, Singleplayer, solo, Tabletop role-playing game
Average sessionAbout an hour

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

VOID 1680 AM - Pages v1.0.pdf 6 MB
Void 1680 AM - Plain Text.pdf 215 kB
VOID 1680 AM - Spreads v1.0.pdf 6 MB

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Community Copies

You've all been very kind in your reception of VOID 1680 AM, so I'm throwing out a few Community Copies to say thanks. If for whatever reason you can't (or shouldn't) pay full price, just grab one of these.

And if you like the game, please consider leaving a comment, rating, and/or review! That really helps people find it out there in itch-land.

Pre-Order Print Edition + PDF (U.S. SHIPPING ONLY)

At this level, you'll receive the 28-page  print edition of VOID 1680 AM with full-color cover and black & white interiors, in addition to the PDF. The print edition is expected to ship in mid April.

This reward only applies to U.S. addresses. Please do not forget to enter your address!

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VOID 1680 AM - Voices in the Void v1.0.pdf 4 MB

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have fallen in love with this game and been listening to the affiliate broadcasts while doing desk work at my job. it has inspired me to try my hand at doing my own broadcasts and releasing them for others to hear!  

I love hearing this, and if you're ever willing to share, I would love to hear them. 

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Got to play this on my podcast/on stream! Had such a great time, I'll be playing again.

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Hi, my name is Johannes, I'm from the Rollenspielverein Biberach e.V. rpg club in Biberach, Germany. We want to play it perhaps with publishing the results of the play and writing a review on our homepage. I contacted Ken via Instagram and he lead me to this site. May we use the cover page and/or other pictures for our article? Many thanks in advance!

our homepage is rollenspielverein-biberach.de (all in German unfortunately...)

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Yes that's me, I'm Ken! You can find assets for use here, it's all a free download and there is also a dropbox link with the same files: https://bannerlessgames.itch.io/void-press-kit

Awesome, you're the best!

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I've played three sessions of these and during my second official session, things got really heavy while I used the Voices in the Void sheet. I didn't expect myself to breach those topics for myself but it's cathartic in its own way. I honestly love the whole "continued broadcast" bits and it really is a good way to stimulate my creativity and to show not only the humanity in people's stories but to let out some feelings. Seriously a visceral and beautiful game.

Side note: Do you plan on having an expansion for music prompts? I kinda feel a bit restricted, but at the same time, I think that's the point? Hahaha.

Thank you for your very kind words!

I have, in fact, debated that very question. It's a tough line to walk: I want the prompts to be specific enough to get your mind searching (without being overly prescriptive) and broad enough that they're open to endless interpretation (but not so broad they're basically useless). I think I erred on the side of the former, which is fine for a single session but obviously gets constraining over time.

Before I settled on the suits/song blocks format, I wanted to use cards to sort of build a "formula" of songs reacting to the previous songs on the list, but couldn't quite get my head around it. Still thinking about it.

Either which way, I'll see what I can do - more supplemental material is on the way!

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Firstly, congratulations on the recent piece at Dicebreaker.com for VOID 1680am! Shame that I have just missed the Community Copies refresh but hopefully the exposure from Dicebreaker will bring additional sales. All the very best and thank you for your wonderful creations!

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Okay, so I cannot afford your game as of today. BUT. I wanted to say thank you for the great broadcast I've heard up until now, it makes me smile and relax :)

Much appreciated. I just put up 20 community copies - please take one with my compliments.

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This is one of the most unique games out there right now (and well deserving of its newly awarded ENNIE!). The interactivity across the airwaves evokes play by post/epistolary gaming in a really cool audio medium. I looked up "unique" synonyms when writing this post because I've never seen something that does what this game does and I want so much more of it in my brain.

 I'm excited to dig into Voices in the Void and see how weird and creepy this game can get.

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Such a great Game. had the pleasure of playing and being an Affiliate Broadcast already and I cant stop talking about it to my gaming friends. such a cool game 

it was a great show!

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Probably the coolest audio-log format solo game I've ever read. Anything that leaves a real world artifact of play is awesome, but the tone coupled with the performative aspect has me itching to give this one a go. 

Hope you're alright with transmissions from space.

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Just been tuning up the tower, ready to receive signal...

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"Nothing but Blues and Elvis, and somebody else's favorite song." 

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Hell yeah Steely Dan

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“An independent station 
WJAZ 
With jazz and conversation 
From the foot of Mt. Belzoni 
Sweet music 
Tonight the night is mine 
Late line 
Till the sun comes through the skylight”

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ahh sad I discovered this so late!  missed out on the print edition

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just the pre-order - print copies will be available soon via Knave of Cups and Indie Press Revolution! I expect mid April.

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This is a unique game that uses music and prompts to build a classic late night radio style feel.
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Having now read through the PDF I'm looking forward to dipping my toe into solo games with this once I find the time!

You mention you stream broadcasts on Youtube (for as long as Youtube allows it) - do you have a link for where on Youtube they're streamed? Or is this an ad-hoc thing?

Great concept, great execution, great game all around! 

Sure do - it's at https://youtube.com/@bannerlessgames. A few of the first broadcasts are there, but copyright makes keeping them online a tricky proposition. 

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I've been scrolling through the PDF.  Hella excited to get set up and play! Now I just need to organize some songs well enough to draw a library from.   

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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i can’t wait to start playing this! Ive been getting into cassettes and music more lately so this feels like a natural extension? amazing concept. btw, how can i make sure i get the physical copy that i ordered?

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Glad you're excited! I'll be ordering the print run next week, and if you entered your address you're set. If not I'll email you to get it. I expect these will ship mid April.

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Just picked this up today, a quick read through and I am excited to play. Real solid idea, and I am curious to see what sort of things cone from yhe community of this game.

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Me too! Thanks so much for checking it out, hope you like it!