One Child's Heart is an RPG that's not like most of the ones you see out there. Players take on the role of child welfare professionals who use a new scientific technique to head into a kid's psyche and see what sort of issues are going on in there, helping to rectify them wherever possible.
Yeah, it's... deep. And it's upon Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
There are pivotal moments in every child’s life that shape who they become. One Child's Heart is a tabletop roleplaying game that invites players to take the role of child welfare professionals participating in a new mental health care memory exploration experiment. The Central Limbic Engagement Recovery System (CLERS – pronounced, “clears”) brings characters into the memories of these key moments to give support and guidance to a child who needs both.
Professionals help create connections and teach resilience to children who desperately need someone to care.
This is not a game about trauma or an invitation to tragedy tourism. One Child’s Heart is intended to be an empathy-building experience with a message of hope and human connection. It’s a game where the characters’ only goal is to support and love an imaginary child who is struggling with their life circumstances.
I wrote this game as a love letter to the child I was, a message of hope for my own children, and a reminder of the power of empathy to everyone that plays it.
The campaign's more than 3x funded with 16 days left to go.