By Hook or by Crook, or The Gilded Cage
A downloadable game
"We all live in our own Prisons, Brendon."
- Coach John McGuirk
"By Hook or by Crook, or The Gilded Cage" is a smallish tabletop role-playing game designed to simulate stories based specifically around the "gilded cage" trope. This trope is probably best exemplified by both the 1967 and 2009 versions of The Prisoner, albeit the two variants have very different takes on the concept. Basically, your protagonists are trapped in a strange but superficially pleasant and accommodating place (which can be physical, metaphysical, or something in between) by a sinister entity or organization with unclear motivations. Their goal, usually, is to escape and/or find out what the heck is going on.
This game requires two or more people to play, plus some tokens (any small thing of which there is a multitude will do, or you can just use tick-marks on paper), plus at least one ( preferably more) six sided die. Obviously, digital die rollers are totally fine too.
SPECIAL NOTE: This is the "ashcan" version of the game. It's provided as is, free of charge, and may not be perfect just yet...I'll probably be putting some more art into future versions, redoing layout stuff (I kind of just threw the current layout together just to have it done), and quite possibly amending the rules themselves. Or I might just let this sit online forever. Feedback is very welcome, so long as you are nice and constructive about it.
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