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Hakawati is a 2+ player game about keeping the art of oral storytelling alive, and how narratives change depending on who is telling them. There is no maximum amount of players or finite ending condition.

Named for the Arab tradition, Hakawati is about bringing your own stories to the table and passing them on to others. History might be written by the victors, but it can be spoken by anyone. And sometimes speaking your story out loud is the only way it will be remembered.


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hakawati is a great narrative game that everyone should play, or at least read. It's also a resource I wish I had when I ran my very first TTRPG session.

hakawati is also...

  • a fantastic guide for structuring and maintaining the flow of conversation during game sessions.
  • a well-designed game and educational resource on a form of traditional Arab storytelling. (Please watch the linked video under Resources, it beautifully demonstrates the narrative principles in this game.)
  • a rules-lite and accessible introduction for newcomers to TTRPG's. This is now one of the first games I'll probably think of if I want to show what role-playing is about.
  • a well-crafted document that takes into account accessibility concerns regarding font size, layout, and readability. I'd describe the content as "concise and precise" with how it doesn't waste your time and instead enriches it.

Overall I congratulate Jenna Yow for making a gem of a game. I look forward to their next TTRPG.

if this isn't on a top 10 list in the near future I will scream