Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple


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Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple is a slapstick fantasy storytelling game about helping people and getting into trouble.

You tell the story of young travelers who mean well, but spend most of their time getting into trouble. You use your creativity and strategy to create a humorous coming of age story. It's like a comedic crossover between Avatar: the Last Airbender, the Little Prince and Kino's Journey.

There's a great development team behind Do, including editors Ryan Macklin and Lillian Cohen-Moore; artists Liz Radtke, Kristin Rakochy, Dale Horstman, Jake Richmond; and Evil Hat Productions, publishers of Spirit of the Century and the Dresden Files Role-Playing Game. The game also includes adventure seeds by Jared Sorensen, John Wick, Sophie Lagacé, and many more!

Reviews
"5/5 Stars. A beautifully illustrated, amazingly structured and wonderfully imaginative universe." — Ben Gerber

"5/5 Stars. One of the highest quality products I've seen in a long time." — Erathoniel Woodenbow

"This sort of collaborative story-telling game is great to get kids using and stretching their imaginations. And it’s a great way for families to spend some fun game time together!" — Game Knight Reviews


About the Universe
In Do, your stories are set in a universe of open, endless skies. Many tiny worlds orbit around the Flying Temple in the center of the universe. When a worldly person has a problem, they write a letter to the temple asking for help.


About the Pilgrims of the Flying Temple
The temple elders send young monks-in-training on a Pilgrimage, a stack of letters in-hand. The pilgrims are given a simple mission: "Leave this world with fewer problems than you found." Your stories are about the pilgrims helping people, but causing new troubles in the process.

Stuff You Need to Play
3-5 Players
1-2 Hours
Pencils and a Journal
A set of Trouble Tokens available, one for each player.
A bag containing black and white stones
  • For 3 Players: 15 black, 15 white
  • For 4 Players: 17 black, 17 white
  • For 5 Players: 19 black, 19 white
A Letter for the Pilgrims to answer, such as:
A list of Goal Words from the letter
One pilgrim character for each player, whose name is on a sheet of paper called a Passport.


Creating a Pilgrim
Step 1: Choose your pilgrim's Avatar.
Pick an object or thing. For example, "tree," "cat," or "window."

Step 2: Choose your pilgrim's Banner.
Describe that thing in one word. For example, "green," "sleeping," or "cloudy."

Step 3: Describe how your pilgrim gets in trouble and how she helps people.
Your pilgrim's Banner is a metaphor for how she gets in trouble. Your pilgrim's Avatar is a metaphor for how she helps people. With that in mind, fill in the blanks in this sentence: "Pilgrim (Banner) (Avatar) gets in trouble by _____ and helps people by _____."

For example:

Pilgrim Green Tree gets in trouble by being naive about worldly affairs and helps people by nurturing their talents.

Pilgrim Sleeping Cat gets in trouble by taking naps at inappropriate times and helps people by suddenly freaking out without warning.

Pilgrim Cloudy Window gets in trouble by having his intentions misunderstood and helps people by opening opportunities.


Turn Order
The oldest player takes the first turn. Players continue clockwise around the table. Once everyone has a turn, that completes a round. A new round begins with the player who went second in the prior round, so the player who went first now goes last.


Storyteller and Troublemakers
On your turn, you are called the Storyteller. All the other players are called Troublemakers.


On Your Turn...
Step 1: Draw three stones out of the bag.
        
        
You will draw either WWW, WWB, WBB, or BBB.


Step 2: Keep either the larger or smaller set.

For example, if you drew WBB, you would keep either the larger set (BB) or smaller set (W). If you drew WWW, you would either keep larger set (WWW) or the smaller set (which would be zero stones).

Step 3: Put the unwanted stones back in the bag.
Your choice changes the odds for every other player. For example, if you drew WWB and kept the larger set, that means there are two fewer white stones in the bag left to draw.

Step 4: Write what happens next.

If your pilgrim is out of trouble...
...and you keep 0 stones:
  • Your pilgrim gets in trouble.
    • The Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim getting in trouble. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list. As long as you are in trouble, keep a trouble token in front of you.

white stone
black stone
...and you keep 1 stone:
  • Your pilgrim gets in trouble, but quickly gets herself out of trouble.
    • First, the Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim getting in trouble. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list. As long as you are in trouble, keep a trouble token in front of you.
    • Then, you write a sentence about your pilgrim getting herself out of trouble. You may not use a Goal Word. (Or, if you do, just don't cross it off the list.)

white stonewhite stone
black stoneblack stone
...and you keep 2 stones, you have two options:
  • Your pilgrim helps a worldly person, then gets in trouble.
    • First, write a sentence about your pilgrim helping a worldly person. You may use a Goal Word. When you do so, cross it off the list.
    • Then, the Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim getting in trouble. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list. As long as you are in trouble, keep a trouble token in front of you.
  • Your pilgrim helps another pilgrim, then gets in trouble.
    • First, write a sentence about your pilgrim getting another pilgrim get out of trouble. You may use a Goal Word. When you do so, cross it off the list. The rescued Pilgrim is now out of trouble.
    • Then, the Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim getting in trouble. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list. As long as you are in trouble, keep a trouble token in front of you.

white stonewhite stonewhite stone
black stoneblack stoneblack stone
...and you keep 3 stones, you have two options:
  • Your pilgrim helps a worldly person.
    • Write a sentence about your pilgrim helping a worldly person. You may use a Goal Word. When you do so, cross it off the list.
  • Your pilgrim helps another pilgrim.
    • Write a sentence about your pilgrim getting another pilgrim get out of trouble. You may use a Goal Word. When you do so, cross it off the list. The rescued Pilgrim is now out of trouble.
If your pilgrim is in trouble...
...and you keep 0 stones, the Troublemakers have two options:
  • The trouble changes.
    • The Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim's trouble getting worse or changing in some way. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list.
  • The trouble continues.
    • The Troublemakers do not write a new sentence, instead choosing to pass this turn.

white stone
black stone
...and you keep 1 stone:
  • Your pilgrim gets herself out of trouble.
    • Write a sentence about your pilgrim getting herself out of trouble. You may not use a Goal Word. (Or, if you do, just don't cross it off the list.)

white stonewhite stone
black stoneblack stone
...and you keep 2 stones, you have two options:
  • Your pilgrim gets herself out of trouble, but then gets in trouble again.
    • Write a sentence about your pilgrim getting herself out of trouble. You may not use a Goal Word. (Or, if you do, just don't cross it off the list.)
    • The Troublemakers write a sentence about your pilgrim getting into a different trouble. Troublemakers may use a Goal Word. If they do so, cross it off the list. As long as you are in trouble, keep a trouble token in front of you.
  • The trouble continues.
    • You do not write a new sentence, instead choosing to pass this turn.

white stonewhite stonewhite stone
black stoneblack stoneblack stone
...and you keep 3 stones:
  • Your pilgrim gets herself out of trouble.
    • Write a sentence about your pilgrim getting herself out of trouble. You may not use a Goal Word. (Or, if you do, just don't cross it off the list.)

Step 5: Pass the bag to the player on your left.
The player on your left becomes the next Storyteller and starts her turn from Step 1.


How the Story Ends
If a player has 8 stones or all the Goal Words are used at the end of a round, that is the last round of normal play. Continue to the Epilogue.


Epilogue
Step 1: Each player writes one last sentence in which her pilgrim gets Parades or Pitchforks.
  • If all the Goal Words are crossed out, you get the Parades ending. Your sentence will be about how your pilgrim is given a hero's sendoff. You may also describe how the world and any worldly characters changed because of your pilgrim.
  • If all the Goal Words are not crossed out, you get the Pitchforks ending. Your sentence will be about how your pilgrim is chased away by an angry mob. You may also describe how the world and any worldly characters changed because of your pilgrim.

Step 2: Each player changes her pilgrim's name.
If this is the end of the Pilgrimage, you can skip this step. Otherwise, proceed.
  • If you kept more black stones, change your pilgrim's Banner. The events on this world changed how she gets into trouble. Write a new sentence describing your character.

    For example: "Pilgrim Tattered Card gets into trouble by looking like someone unsavory and helps people by taking chances." becomes...

    "Pilgrim Friendly Card gets into trouble by talking to people he shouldn't and helps people by taking chances."
  • If you kept more white stones, change your pilgrim's Avatar. The events on this world changed how she solves problems. Write a new sentence describing your character.

    For example: "Pilgrim Fancy Tablet gets in trouble by being too elaborate and helps people by making them feel better." becomes...

    "Pilgrim Fancy Voice gets in trouble by being too elaborate and helps people by engaging in diplomacy."
  • If your stones tie, pick which word to change and write your

Step 3: Record how many black and white stones you have at the end of the game.
  • For each black stone, add one World Destiny point to your passport.
  • For each white stone, add one Temple Destiny point to your passport.
If you plan to play with these pilgrims again, keep your passport and start a story with the group at a later time. Otherwise, this is the last leg of the pilgrimage.

Step 4: If this is the end of the Pilgrimage, write a sentence about your pilgrim's destiny.
  • If you have more World Destiny Points, write a sentence about what your pilgrim does after she loses the title of "Pilgrim" and takes on a worldly life.
  • If you have more Temple Destiny Points, write a sentence about what your pilgrim does after she becomes a monk and leaves behind worldly concerns.
  • If you tie, your destiny is in your hands. Write a sentence about what your pilgrim does with the rest of her life. She is free to choose a life in the temple or out in the worlds, not tied exclusively to one or the other. Indeed, she might have a grand cosmic destiny in store...

Credits
Designed by Daniel Solis

Edited by Ryan Macklin, Lillian Cohen-Moore

Art by Liz Radtke, Kristin Rakochy, Josh Roby, Dale Horstman

Playtesting by Ralf Achenbach, Jen Armstrong, Lenny Balsera, Chris Box, Jeffrey Collyer, Myles Corcoran, John Cottongim, DeWitt Davis, Jonathan Davis, Rob Donoghue, Adam Dray, Haggai Elkayam, Alex Ferguson, Matt Gandy, Kaylee Goyer, Brett Grimes, Rory Grimes, Shannon Haggard, Jesse Harlin, Fred Hicks, Liz Hooper, Shane Jackson, Marie Lane, Peter MacHale, Ryan Macklin, Samantha Mullaney, Megan Raley, Shreyas Sampat, Kate Sheehy, Greg Stolze, Remi Treuer

Thanks to Jonathan Walton, Kynn Bartlett, Doug Pirko, Peter Aronson, Jen Armstrong, Ben Woerner, Patrick Shulz

Kickstarter Backers
The Reverent Keeper of the Exalted Tome: John Hopper

The Four Giant Flying Turtles of the Universe: Matthew Bishop, Russell Hoyle, Rick Neal, Anders Smith

Twin Dragons of the Cosmos: Scott Acker, Nick Bate

Venerable and Wise Transcendent Masters: frosty, bbmeltdown, nathan, 2percentright, Joe Beason, Shaun Bruner, devi brunsch, nelson cambata, Grant Chen, Robert Cooper, Don Corcoran, Raven Daegmorgan, Steve Dempsey, David Elliott, Chris Gunning, Eric Johnson, Jason Johnston, Garrett Jones, Aaron Leeder, Flavio Mortarino, DivNull Productions, Josh Rensch, Sean Riedinger, Tim Rodriguez, John Rogers, Eric Smailys, Paul Tevis, Edwyn Tiong Yung Ron, Bruce Turner, David Tyler Hunt, Aaron W, Tim White, Jennifer Wong

Pilgrims of the Flying Temple: maelic001, Chris, Cgeist7, Saladdin, ronbunxious, FelTK, Rocha, Lucias, Catherine, ShamZam, Kevin, Kobal, Buddah, Loretta, greatkithain, Marcelo, Colin, Mendel, Reed, deadlytoque, Michael, darkliquid, Morgan, melibabe, divaD27182, ringmaster, Emelyn, eggdropsoap, craigp, Dominique, Matt, Heuhh, Sebastian, Tucker, AmyMGarcia, anderland, Jonathan, arajski, Aaron, Amaquieria, Albert, Yragael, Zack, Jimhug, Windmilling, john, John, Temoore, Jordan, junloud, ayvalentine, JackFractal, Ishmael, HiddenJester, HPLustcraft, aufrank, James, Arvor, David A Hill Jr, David A Wendt, Vasco A. Brown, Angus Abranson, Scott Adams, Brendan Adkins, Ariele Agostini, Joe Aguayo, Clint and Cassie Krause, Sandy Antunes, Peter Aronson, Ken Arthur, Scott Askew, George Austin, Jared Axelrod, David B, Candice Bailey, Giulia Barbano, Harrison Barber, Dana Bayer, Brian Bergdall, Karsten Blechpirat, Antoine Boegli, Scott Boehmer, Adam Boisvert, Julia Bond Ellingboe, Logan Bonner, Travis Bryant, Laura Burns, Tom C, Geoff Carr, Susie Carter, Robert Cawley, Daniel Cetorelli, Dave Chalker, Edwin Chan, Bay Chang, Stuart Chaplin, Joanna Charambura, John Chatham, Donnie Clark, Wayne Coburn, Patrick Coleman, Stephen Cooke, Brian Cooksey, Chris Costello, Colin Creitz, Josh Crowe, Mike Curry, Matt Cushman, Matthew D. Gandy, Justin D. Jacobson, Mikael Dahl, Neal Dalton, Guillaume Daudin, Jesse David Wan, Adam David Pinilla, Tracy Davis Hurley, Jonathan Davis, Mark Daymude, Jim DelRosso, Mark Delsing, Scott Dierks, Jonathan Dietrich, James Dillane, Richard DiTullio, Mario Dongu, Rob Donoghue, Cédric Jeanneret, Josh Drobina, Rasmus Durban Jahr, Richard Durham, Herman Duyker, Jeff Eaton, Corvus Elrod, Jack Everitt, Keith Fannin, Metal Fatigue, Scott Favre, John Fiala, Kristin Firth, Wilhelm Fitzpatrick, Daniel Forinton, Evan Franke, Eric Franklin, Jeremy Friesen, Iacopo Frigerio, Leslie Furlong, Brendan G Conway, Marcella Ganow, Bryan Gerding, Brandon Gollihue, Marcello Gorla, Grégory Bernal, Stephen Granade, Jonathan Grimm, Jacqueline Gross, Jack Gulick, Michael Harnish, John Harper, Michael Harrison, Seth Hartley, Ed Healy, S Hefley, Chris Heinzmann, Jim Henley, Darren Hennessey, Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions, kitt hodsden, Jonathan Holmberg, Quentin Hudspeth, Dan Hust, James Husum, David Inacio, Jonathan Ingsley, Brian Isikoff, Tim Jensen, René John Kerkdyk, Seth Johnson, Aaron Jones, Jonathan Jordan, Cecil Juan Robinson II, Clay Karwan, Jeremy Keller, Sean Kelly, patty kirsch, Andy Kitkowski, Adrian Klein, Matthew Klein, Jody Kline, James Knevitt, Jon Knight, Shane Knysh, Jeremy Kostiew, Mischa Krilov, T. Kurt Bond, Annie Kwan, Jason L Blair, Mur Lafferty, Wade Lahoda, Leo Lalande, Justin Lance, Rusty Larner, Nora Last, Sage LaTorra, Matt Logan, Davide Losito, Rob Lowry, Kurt Loy, Connie M. Allison, Steve M., Daniel M. Perez, Matt Machell, Marc Majcher, Griff Maloney, Josh Mannon, Amichai Margolis, Tiago Marinho, Mr. Mario, Manu Marron, George Martinez, Rick Mason, Gregory Matyola, Jonathan McAnulty, Luke McCampbell, Kyle McCowin, Michael McDowell, Shane Mclean, John Mehrholz, Ezio Melega, David Miessler-Kubanek, Diego Minuti, Nicky Moore, John Morrow, Julian Murdoch, Skeeter Murphy, CE Murphy, Liam Murray, Ilan Muskat, Lukas Myhan, Mary Neff, Piers Newman, Maxim Nikolaev, Christian Nord, Herb Nowell, João Mariano, olven_oil, Ryan Olson, James Orr, Michael Ostrokol, Jim Pacek, Stephanie Pakrul, JF Paradis, Simon Parker, Brian Paul, Michael Phillips, Brian Pilnick, Jason Pitre, Yan Prado, Geoff Puckett, Jesse Pudewell, Dev Purkayastha, Tim Quinn, Clinton R. Nixon, Renato Ramonda, Erin Ramos, Ross Ramsay, Nick Reed, Luca Ricci, Carl Rigney, Jorge Rodríguez Araya, Fraser Ronald, Kristine Roper, Sean Rose, Aaron Roudabush, Keith Rowe, Nathan Russell, Tim Ryan, Pj Saad, Robin Sanford, Arthur Santos, Anne Sarver, Rennie Saunders, Ernie Sawyer, Crystal Scott, Greg Sewell, Mark Sherry, Mark Shocklee, Simon Silva Jr, Robert Slaughter, Scott Slomiany, Justin Smith, Bob Smith, Monica Speca, Popov Square, Charles Starrett, David Steiger, Mike Stevens, Irene Strauss, Cameron Suey, Matthew Sullivan-Barrett, John Swann, Jim Sweeney, Seth T. Blevins, Tara Teich, Gail Terman, Doyce Testerman, Jesse Thacker, James Thatcher, Owen Thompson, Ken Tidwell, M.Tip Phaovibul, Brian Todoroff, P Tracy, Chris Tulach, Alan Twigg, Julian Tysoe, Scott Underwood, Tyson Vanover, Alan Venable, Jonathan Venezian, David Walker, Euan Walker, Amy Waller, Steven Watkins, Craig Wayling, Greg Webster, Paul Weimer, Greg Weir, Wayne West, Daniel Westheide, Donald Wheeler, Heath White, Chris Wiegand, Harry William Bullen IV, Brian Williams, Victor Wyatt, Joshua Yearsley, Roy Zemlicka, Daniel Zenon Klein, Reed Zesiger

Suspicious-Looking Troublemakers: mitchw, Jeanne, Madu, Motipha, Scott, Omer Ahmed, Jens Alfke, Daniel Bayn, Eric Behrens, Sam Brown, Jonathan Campbell, Doug Daulton, Jason Dettman, Ben Durie, Steve Ellis, Michael Hill, Amy Houser, Justin Koopmans, John Loughlin, Duncan Merkert, Guy Shalev, Michal Smaga, Alden Strock, Robert W. Calfee, Michael W. Mattei, Nick Wedig, Paul Worthen

Learned Scholars of Worldly Fauna: Tronk, Michael, Xavid, MtFierce, Zencore, Ralf Achenbach, Vincent Arebalo, Maggie Arroyo, Renee Aubuchon, Luke Bailey, Russell Bailey, David Bednar, Nathan Black, Noah Bogart, Ian Borchardt, Nick Brooke, Samuel Carter, Francisco Castillo, Ross Cowman, Alan De Smet, Nick Desimone, Mark DiPasquale, C. Edwards, Sven Folkesson, Daryl Gubler, Derek Guder, Rick H, Gilbert Isla, Eric J. Boyd, Ignatius Jopy, Josh Jordan, Max Kaehn, Stephen Klein, Bess L. Walker, Kit La Touche, Eloy Lasanta, Daniel Levine, Erich McNaughton, Scott Messer, Marshall Miller, Mike Olson, Maurizio Paoluzi, Wes Price, Denis Ryan, Mike Sands, Andrew Smith, Alfredo Tarancón, Derrick Vidal, Christopher Weeks, Brad Wilke, Alexander Williams, Kam Wyler, Derek Yap, James Yasha Cunningham, Mike Zwick

Groundling with a Heart of Gold: Aaron Poeze

The Teeming Masses: lovekickstarting, Harold Taylor, James Scriven, Jhenne Tyler Beauford, Jim Ryan, Kathleen Donahue, Overflow Cafe, Patrick Gingrich, Rainy Day Games, Roland Bahr, Stephen Parkin, ThatGuy

Video Credits
Music: Matt S. Wilson

Voices: Fred Hicks, Mur Lafferty, Megan Raley, Anders Smith, Jenn Wong

Handwriting:, Ralf Achenbach, Rin Aiello, Tresi Arvizo, Matt Bishop, Alden Bradford, Ezra Bradford, Lola Bradford, Joanna Charambura, Donnie Clark, John Cocking, Jen Dixon, Rob Donoghue, Matt Gandy, Clay Gardner, Brett Gilbert, Michael Harrison, Amy Houser, Quentin Hudspeth, Justin Jacobson, Chris Kirkman, Jonathan Korman, Chris Leader, Marc Majcher, Chiara Marchesi, Flavio Mortarino, Lyndsay Peters, Renato Ramonda, Corey Reid, Josh Roby, Tim Rodriguez, Anders Smith, Greg Stolze, Craig Wayling, Matt Widmann
Daniel Solis
Art Director by Day. Game Designer by Night.