106 – One Child’s Heart

Designer Camdon Wright, Kate Bullock, and Jennifer Kathleen join Andi to play through One Child’s Heart–currently on Kickstarter!

In One Child’s Heart you play child welfare officers going into the memories of a traumatized child to teach resilience and create emotional connections. Join us to meet Cayla, a 13 year old girl in the foster care system. She has to deal with situations such as getting arrested and refusing to see a therapist. Since these are memories, the situations can’t be changed; but Cayla will remember what our players say and do. It’s our goal to help Cayla deal and hopefully give her strength for the future.

This game can be intense on feelings and focuses on hope. There’s a lot of content warnings (see below) because this game touches on so many possible triggers. The audio has been edited, so if things go too fast for you please feel free to take a break. If you need to skip this episode for self-care or safety reasons, please do. We go over the content notices and through safety tools in the audio to give you a better idea of what you’re in for.

Content Notice: child neglect, mental health, alcoholism, abandonment, poverty, possible racism, medical condition, profanity, child labor, worthlessness, mental health stigma, removal of agency, ableism, injury

3 Replies to “106 – One Child’s Heart”

  1. Another excellent episode. Very intriguing concept – reminds me of the institute from The Cell. And thank you. This episode helped unlock my writer’s block for my current RPG project. Looking forward to the next episode.

    1. I’m super glad you’re enjoying! I think One Child’s Heart is beautiful and important, and I think it’s key to show how hope is the aim of the game, not just suffering.

      1. Definitely agreed. I hope we can capture that in our current project – although with horror, the tightrope between hope and despair becomes much narrower.

        Thank you again!

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