A worker-owned game design co-op
Hi! We’re Soft Chaos, a worker-owned game design cooperative that creates critically-engaged, intimate, vulnerable, and unique interactive experiences. Our work includes experimental videogames, tabletop games, larps, art installations, and interactive performances.
As award-winning designers, we draw on our lived experiences as members of marginalized and underrepresented groups to bring radically playful perspectives, positive social impacts, and [randomized trait from a cheeky list]1 to our work.
In short, we create cool stuff while modeling alternative practices to the exploitative working conditions in the game industry and encouraging others to do the same.
1The Cheeky List: a lot of glitter, sushi parties, large, cumbersome brass instruments, claymation, strong opinions on Britney Spears’ conservatorship #freebritney, well-sung musicals, mandatory dance parties, raw sexiness, rock and/or roll, cosplay enthusiasts, the most queerness, quantum entanglement, all your diversity penance money, fully automated luxury gay space anarcho-communism, a long gaze into the abyss, a passion for CSI Cyber, fibre arts, four or more cats, anime hair
Welcome, welcome! The Soft Chaos Cooperative is excited by all of you who have decided to join in on the chaos so far! Thank you. We can't wait to share cool stuff with you!
We wanted to let you know what you can expect from us on here in a bit more detail. In a nutshell, the more support that we have, the more that we'll be able to make! For now, you can expect a written post from us every two weeks about different topics related to design, from behind-the-scenes development diaries to retrospectives and reflections on past projects, starting with this post explaining our future plans for Comradery.
From here, we plan to create target monthly funding goals that will allow us to pay ourselves a fair wage to create cool things for you. Here are a few of the goals we have in mind so far!
When you help us hit a specific monthly funding goal, you are helping to unlock that content for the whole community! Anyone who pledges a dollar or more with us will have access to all locked content that we distribute through Comradery. So, when you give us a little more, you're helping everyone who supports us enjoy what we're able to make as a direct consequence of your generosity!
For now, the one exception that we foresee in the future is when it comes to physical rewards. For those folks who want physical rewards, there will be tiered options to cover the cost of making the physical goods and shipping them. Those will come out when we have something that we want you to be able to hold in your hands!
Meanwhile, more and more features are about to go live on Comradery, and we'll be exploring what we can do with those as well. We also just started a new creative project last week that we're looking forward to sharing details about in the next little while!
Look out for our next update in two weeks!
We're ecstatic to announce that as part of the Pervers/Cité festival, which is part of Montreal Pride, we'll be running Strangers on the 'Net on August 26th and September 2nd 2021. This two-part interactive theatre piece features wonderful facilitators with a ratio of one facilitator to three players. It's a live-action online game that takes place entirely over text in Discord.
Get ready to gossip, roleplay, flirt, fight, fall in love, confess your secrets, explore your identity, and confront what it meant to be a teenager online in the 90s.
In this two-part live-action online experience, the adult audience participates as 16-to-18-year-old teens in 1999 who absolutely love two things:
1) a well-known and beloved fictional fandom (in this case, Buffy the Vampire Slayer*), and
2) text-based roleplay on a chat server called RPFreak.net.
*In-depth knowledge of Buffy is not required -- watching a YouTube compilation or two of your character or watching an episode or two of the show is plenty!
Tickets are available here but no one will be turned away for lack of funds, so reach out if the ticket cost is a barrier and we'll hook you up! We'd love to see you there.