Or The Whale is a collaborative roleplaying game, where players enact their characters’ journal and letter extracts. The story is of the crew of a New England Whaleship and the Great Tragedy that befell them while hunting sperm whales in the Pacific Ocean.

 The ruleset focuses on the sailors’ relationships onboard and evokes the pressures of a small group of people confined for a long time, and social groups growing within. Players will be faced with the constant struggle for personal, social well-being over choices that benefit the crew and the other players. If they can work well together they can work well.

We won’t avoid our fate, but we can make the best of it, if that’s the story we choose to tell.