I’m on a study project to improve my understanding of roleplaying games. To this end, I already have two reading projects, A Game Per Year and An Adventure Per Year. This is the third, with the goal of reading or playing 52 games made in the last few years. Originally I considered making this “A New RPG Per Week” and that’s where the number 52 comes from, even though a weekly schedule is probably not within my abilities.
An elegant, minimalistic design by Riverhouse Games, Let These Mermaids Touch Your Dick Maybe has one of the best titles I’ve seen out there. It captures the essence of the experience, which is about mermaids touching your dick. Maybe.
It’s a seven-page game in which someone plays a person with a dick and the others play mermaids. Obviously, anyone can play any role regardless of real-life bodies or identities. There’s a game mechanic involving a dildo, bananas and glitter, among other things.
The mermaids first resolve who gets to be the principal dick-toucher and then that character goes to town on the dick. (Using the banana prop.) Then there’s another round.
Let These Mermaids Touch Your Dick Maybe is a simple game of erotic exploration. I like the way it brings its sexual subject matter to the fore with such a light, poetic touch without obscuring its physical aspects.