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Henshin! is a storytelling tabletop game where a group of teens transforms into masked heroes! It is inspired by the Japanese sentai genre, filled with high-energy action sequences and fantastic special effects. The PDF is free-to-play so that you can henshin right away!
In Henshin!, players narrate episodes about a team of heroes with dual identities and awesome power. Most participants play a Color, a hero designated by archetypes as described in their playbook. One participant is the Narrator, describing the world and all other characters as needed, in addition to guiding each episode through a satisfying arc. You and your friends can play only one episode, or a series of episodes over time that are part of a season.
This game is a love letter to sentai, the pop culture medium of Japanese superheroes. In Japan, these tropes are central to long-running television programs like Super Sentai or Kamen Rider, and you may be familiar with North American adaptations like Power Rangers. These live-action shows have teams of color-coded masked heroes using cool suits, weapons, and giant robots to defeat monsters in a display of special effects.
You don’t need to know anything about the sentai genre to start playing. To get a taste of how it all works, download the basic playset below and listen to the actual play podcast!
What People Are Saying About Henshin!:
DMed my first tabletop game with some friends. We played Henshin! and used a heavily modified version of their Monster Freak Module. Our Green Henshin, @spankzilla85 did some sketches based on the play session. Can't wait to play the next ep! Thanks for a great game, @SlamKusek. pic.twitter.com/741cIHtac8— John Sitton (@johnsitton) February 12, 2018
I have been searching and searching for a game like this! I'm so delighted! I thought I was gonna have to make it myself! (I ran a Sentai game in Fate and it didn't really work so very excited about this!)— Hamish✨Ridley✨Steele (@hamishsteele) December 4, 2017
Tim is an educator and avid role-player who organizes games in Portland, OR. Tim is Blue because he is focused, points out the obvious, and can construct something dangerous.
Sam makes things happen, whether it's managing a website build or running a booth at a comics convention. Sam is Green: odd, wonderful and usually bringing people together with a wisecrack or two in the face of danger.
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Evan Palmer, who created artwork for the website, the basic playset and Gold & Silver Playbooks. Evan's work can be found at http://www.evanpalmercomics.com.
Emmett Helen, who created the artwork for the Monster Freak! Module. Their work can be found at www.emmett-helen.com.
Our playtesters include Matt Levine, Stephanie Hocutt, Mark De Vera, Noah Jay-Bonn, Klint Finley, Leon Andersen, Arthur Lender, Matt Thogerson, Ben Jamin, Kyle Townsend, Ian Campbell, Will Coon, Tim Carroll, Kate Morris, Robin Tafoya, Amanda Arias, Joe Compton, Michael X Riojas, Chris Kindred and Sam Johns.