Steal Away Jordan
Steal Away Jordan is a vehicle for players to tell a collective story of the lives of people who live inthe shadow of slavery. The emphasis here is on the people, not the place or time. The institution affects everyone, from the child born into bondage to the man who owns him. Steal Away Jordan is a role playing game written in the spirit of neo slave narratives like Margaret Walker’s Jubilee, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Octavia Butler’s Kindred. Like these fictional accounts of slave life, players explore the social and psychological implications of life in a society where people can be property. Ultimately, players consider slavery’s long-term impact on a society and on the descendants of slaves and slave owners.
Here are some nice things people have said about Steal Away Jordan:
“Excellent writing… and really compelling subject, brought to life in an interesting and novel way. I think lots of people will enjoy playing this.” -Christine Andrews, Visiting Assistant Professor, Smith College
“Steal Away Jordan is an astounding game” -Joshua A. C. Newman, author of Under the Bed and Shock: Social Science Fiction
“Everyone talks about the power of this book’s premise and presentation (as well they should), but Julia’s game also has clever and compelling mechanics, too.” -John Harper, author of Agon
Here’s a character sheet for you to download and use: saj_character_sheet
Steal Away Jordan: Stories from America’s Peculiar Institution by Julia Bond Ellingboe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.