What Is Lucid?

Lucid bridges standard role-playing and storytelling games with a unique mechanic that incorporates the best of both. 

In most role-playing games, there is a Game Master (GM) who has created or bought an adventure to run the players through. The GM is responsible for laying clues, playing supporting cast characters (called non-player characters, or NPCs) and adjudicating combats and skill challenges. Role-playing games allow the players to chose what their player characters (PCs) do, within the bounds of the rule system, but the overall plot is in the hands of the GM.

Storytelling games do away with the single GM and focus on cooperative storytelling between all the players. No one knows where the storyline will wander or how it will end. Storytelling games allow everyone to participate in building the story in some way, whether by playing themed cards, rolling dice or simply using their imaginations. Unlike a role-playing game, typical storytelling games don't use player-characters and tend to have limited structure—the price of taking your imagination anywhere.

As a storytelling game, Lucid removes the single GM and allows each player to take turns as Director. Unlike most storytelling games, though, every player in a game of Lucid has a character to play (referred to as a Main Character) and the story follows a framework derived from the Three Act storytelling structure used in many plays, movies, TV shows and novels. During their turn as Director, a player introduces story elements that complete one of the Plot Points that make up the Three Acts, guiding the story to a satisfying and exciting finale!

Why play Lucid instead of traditional RPGs or Storytelling games?

Lucid has a simple and fast-paced mechanism for character creation that takes minutes to explain to new players. If you’re an experienced role-player, Lucid is a perfect way to introduce your family and friends to the concept of role-playing without them reading a complex system of rules and invest hours in character creation to play a single night. The color-coordinated polyhedral dice make the game easy to moderate for those not familiar with standard sets of RPG dice, and the highlighting mechanic allows new players a visual reference to how good they are at a task. Both work great for introducing kids to the game as well.

Lucid Accelerated allows new players to jump right in, while the rules you’ll find in the Lucid: Storyteller advanced set provides numerous plug-n-play options that allow players with different skill levels to customize their characters however they want, without detracting from the story. Lucid: Storyteller also introduces long-term campaigns, called Series, that allow characters to develop over time. Enjoy your one-shot Lucid game and want to see what happens next? Fold in the Series rules and see what happens in the sequel.