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Passing: Ashcan Edition


The year is 1956. A decade ago, Earth received its first confirmation of extraterrestrial life when the spaceship Ocean-Seeker crashed to the ground. Since then, two more ships came from the planet Sun-Lost, trying to rescue those who were stranded. You were on one of those ships.

All rescue missions have failed. Now, all you can do is try to survive. 

Welcome to Walnut Hills, a quiet suburb near DC where you and the other members of your alien Cell live in human form, trying to avoid suspicion. You look like an upstanding member of the community: you go to work, you chat with your neighbors, maybe go to the Sunday potluck and talk about the government’s new alien eradication policies (wouldn’t want those scary aliens taking over our planet, who knows what they’ll do?). But when no one’s looking, you’re sneaking through the alien testing facility to release your captured family, or maybe you’re trying to infiltrate the Alien Eradication Unit in what the humans would call “covert ops”.

Every day the world becomes more dangerous. How far are you willing to go to stay alive?

Passing is a PbtA tabletop role-playing game where you play shapeshifting aliens in the suburbs of 1950’s American. In Passing, you play out stories of alien fiction: desperately trying to keep a balance in your double life while you undertake dangerous undercover missions in the midst of a world that would rather have you dead.

3-5 players | 3-4 hour sessions | Powered By the Apocalypse | Ages 14+ |

Creator: Sarah “Sam” Saltiel

Mark Diaz Truman
Brendan Conway
Nathan Paoletta
Katherine Fackrell

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January 3rd, 2023
I really, really enjoy the basis and focus of this game. It feels like an innovative way to explore themes as nuanced as transitioning, queer experiences, trauma, politics... If you're not new to Powered By the Apocalpyse, it's really easy to [...]
September 8th, 2019
Like substantially all games from Magpie's developers, Passing offers a really deep and moving experience for under-represented and marginalized people. But even if you strip those elements out, you have a unique and highly-engaging premise with rules [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on August 01, 2019.