kill puppies for satan
kill puppies for satan is an indie role-playing game first published in 2001. In kill puppies for satan, characters kill puppies (and other pets and wild animals) to earn “evil points”, which are used for casting spells, engaging in rituals, and other evil acts.:175–176 Players portray people who do evil things (like killing puppies) so that Satan will give them supernatural powers.
The manual is flippant, full of swearing, and bereft of both capitalization and art. Character generation takes about two minutes, and includes scores such as how many people hate your character. The manual suggests a way to start that avoids the storyteller having to come up with a creative way to force the players to cooperate.
After Vincent Baker had recently left a job so that his wife Meguey Baker could keep working, he got out his anger on paper in the form of a role-playing game called kill puppies for satan (2001), the first game design he made available to the public.:175 Baker described the game as a "scream of rage" against the state of roleplaying development at the time, and did not playtest it as he intended to make a political statement rather than create a playable game.:176 Baker also wrote a supplement to kill puppies for satan called cockroach souffle (2002).:176 As a result of encouragement from members of the website The Forge, Baker turned kill puppies for satan into a PDF and began selling it around December 2002, listing "lumpley" email addresses and URLs in the game; Baker had used the name Lumpley on various online systems and it soon became the name of his indie publishing company, making kill puppies for satan the first game for Lumpley Games.:176 kill puppies for satan generated significant hate mail, much of which Baker reprinted and mocked on his website; this publicity helped the game, encouraging Baker to print copies of the game to sell at Gen Con Indy 2003.:176
It is no longer available in print or as an individual PDF, but is currently available as part of a collection of other Lumpley Games PDFs.
- the lumpley games library on Lumpley Games' website.
- "kill puppies for satan (an unfunny roleplaying game)", RPGnet Capsule Review by Jonathan Walton on 23/10/02.
- "Review of Kill Puppies for Satan", RPGnet Playtest Review, by Lev Lafayette, January 21, 2008.
- "The Forge: kill puppies for satan", Reviewed by: Ron Edwards.
- "kill puppies for satan", session description by Maurice Forrester, The Forge, October 24, 2002.
- "kill puppies for satan", RPGnet Playtest Review by Neel Krishnaswami on 16/02/03
- "we killed puppies for satan", session description, The Forge, by Clinton R. Nixon, September 12, 2002.