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INTERVIEW - Kotaku UK: How Carly Rae Jepsen Inspired One of the Best Tabletop RPGs of the Year
(by Benjamin Cook) - 18/7/2019
"Whether or not you are a dedicated fan of the synth-pop stylings of Canada’s greatest living pop star, it’s difficult not to be struck by the earnest and positive approach that Cummings has taken after his game's success. It’s clear throughout our conversation how much these are labours of love for him, and that's probably why they resonate with people."
Kotaku AU: PSA: There's Another Carly Rae Jepsen RPG (by Alex Walker) - 8/7/2019
"First there was the sci-fi heist to break out all of Carly Rae Jepsen's unreleased songs, and now there's a cultist RPG. Where all your mutations are based off Carly Rae Jepsen lyrics.

It's called Black Heart, and it's a one-shot RPG from the maker of that Carly Rae Jepsen RPG called Boy Problems. It's the second one-shot tabletop RPG in a trilogy that's themed after the Canadian pop star, but instead of being about her music, it's ... much darker."
"This is an incredible premise, and more importantly, it shows what depths RPGs can explore. These are all created from Carly Rae Jepsen’s music, and each takes on a wildly different genre, theme, even play style. All of this highlights both the transcendant nature of CRJ’s musics, and the deeper truths they speak upon, while also showing us the beauty of RPGs. They’re about playing pretend and you can make them about anything. And people do. 

That’s the same spirit of inventiveness and creativity that kicked off this game. And when you look around at all the big releases, for instance, Gen Con this year is chock full of licensed IP games from big publishers and sequels to smash hit games. These are safe choices that deliver an experience that, while enjoyable, is the same basic experience we have been having since 1974. We need games like the Jepsen Triptych to capture that weird, experimental feeling that drives humanity ever onward."
"I know it's a tough world out there, but at least we have this. Hold onto it folks; keep it sacred."


Kotaku AU: There's A Carly Rae Jepsen Tabletop RPG (by Alex Walker) - 6/3/2019
"It reminds me a little of the setup for the David Bowie-themed one-shot RPG, where you're trying to bring glam rock music back into the world. Absurd as fuck, and a great way to burn an afternoon or an evening with friends."
"Unfortunately, the 200 hymns of Carly Ray Jepsen that Boy Problems is based upon remain inaccessible to our plebeian ears. Hopefully, one day, we will be deemed worthy and finally ascend."
"Funnily enough, Carly Rae Jepsen actually does have a stash of 200 unreleased songs, so there you go. Boy Problems is designed as a one-shot RPG, meaning you either succeed or you fail in the one session, but will have a mad time either way. You can get a feel for the rules in the sheet below."
"I don't know you, Colin, but just know that I really, really, really, really, really, really like you."

Checkpoint Gaming: Somebody has made a Carly Rae Jepsen heist tabletop RPG (by Elliot Attard) - 6/3/2019
"There’s a headline I never expected to type out."
Scout Mag: This RPG game is about a heist for unreleased Carly Rae Jepsen songs (by Giselle Barrientos) - March 2019
"Crime. Betrayal. Mystery. Carly Rae Jepsen.
If you find all of the above intriguing, then boy, do we have the sci-fi tabletop RPG game for you."
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