A card-based roleplay that takes the players through a romantic relationship from the first sparks of attraction to when the love dies out. An intimate story for two players where each side has their own goals.

Keywords: Card driven – selfish relationship – intimate experience

The cutest person you’ve ever seen sits down across from you in a coffee shop. They’re not the Tinder date you’re waiting for–that person never showed. — This could be interesting, and maybe the true love you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to let your most charming self take control. Keep them interested. Keep them committed. And don’t fuck it up.

To the Bitter End is an intimate, two-person experience about the lifecycle of a relationship, from the first blush of love to the wrenching, messy end. Two sets of cards guide you through the story as you spark, nurture, and ultimately destroy a romance between two characters. One provides scene prompts, the other behaviors to riff on during each scene.

Those behaviors shift over the course of the game from the cosy (“Twirl your hair”) to the downright awful (“Use crying as a weapon to get what you want”).
The game features an intense ride through a soon-to-be doomed relationship, includes some physical contact, and rewards you with an appropriate but horrific end.

About: the authors:
Bjarke Pedersen & Lizzie Stark are a Danish/US writing team who previously collaborated on Romeo & Juliet: A Larp, created jointly with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. They hail from larp and freeform, and have created games that cover everything from Shakespeare, breast cancer, and submarines to vampires and feminism.

About the scenario:
Number of players: 2 players and no GM
Play time: 2 hours
Age limit: 16+
Language of player materials: English
Language of GM materials: English
Amount of reading: 1 page

A GM will introduce the game and the rules, but will not participate. There will be short texts in English, but the players can play the game in another language if they wish to do so.