A cooperative storygame for lovers of silly music quizzes


Role: Writer/Designer

Mixtape is a storygame unashamedly based on 80s college-rock movies and 90s British music quizzes. It's short (fits on the front + back of an A4), its light, and possibly even bodacious.

For Fans of:

Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Shooting Stars, the Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, High Fidelity, Singles, Wayne's World, Easy-A, Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist, The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Mixtape downloadable here

Mixtape is about a group of friends trying to make the perfect tape to impress someone. You and your Gang mime, mumble, and garbage-sing a tune and your friends have to guess what it is. That's pretty much it.

What's All This Stuff About Storygames, Anyway?

Storygames are like, totally rad. There's no real definitive answer to what one is, apart from that old chestnut 'you know one when you're playing one'. They've been called Fiction First games because they're all about telling a simple story, with the least amount of rules. In play, I guess they're somewhere between roleplaying game, party-game, and theatre improv, so some games see you backpacking through the wilderness, or on an expedition to Mars, or as a bunch of geek-college-trash trying to score a date (*cough)...

Mixtape v1.2 is by Ian OReilly, 5/2018. Please feel free to download, share, remix or tinker with the design all you like. If you have any comments, then please get in touch!
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Mixtape Unofficial Playlist

00:00: Pretty in Pink - The Psychedelic Furs.

00:05: Heroes - Because. David Bowie.

00:10: Walk Like an Egyptian - Better than you remember it being. The Bangles.

00:15: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Do I really have to tell you.

00:20: Going Underground - The Jam.

00:25: What's Goin On? - 4 Non Blondes.

00:30 Grease Lightning - I know, but c'mon. I felt the same way about it at your age.

00:35: Like A Bat Outta Hell - Meatloaf.

00:40: Mickey - Toni Basil.

00:45: Birdhouse in your Soul - They Might Be Giants.

00:50: Walking On Broken Glass - The Eurythmics.

00:55: Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles.


Status: Completed
Updated: May 14th 2018

Tagged: Storygames



  • Make a game that fits on a regular A4 sheet, can be printed and played anywhere.
  • Make a game that is fun for a group of mates to play. That you can have as little or as much investment in as you want. That would make a great party-game, or as a group-builder in awkard social situations XD
  • Channel some of those bittersweet coming-of-age, end-of-the-summer, college-rock vibes.