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Introduction

You are a Hannukah goblin. After the Goblin King destroyed the  temple, you and the other Hannukah goblins were left without a home. Although you originally didn’t believe in Hanukkah, Hershel taught you the values of Hanukkah: community, survival, and celebrating the small miracles in life. With Hershel’s trials, you now embrace Hanukkah and the Jewish culture.

Your goal now is to convince the other Hanukkah goblins in the neighboring towns to embrace the spirit of Hanukkah. You won’t be doing this alone though! You will work together with your goblin friends and have special items. On your adventure, you will meet townsfolk and other goblins. It is your job to spread as much Hanukkah cheer as you can before the end of Hanukkah.


Physical Copies Available!

In addition to the electronic copies (PDF, EPUB3, DAISY, and TXT format),  physical softcovers are available for pre-order below! 

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Who is talking about Hanukkah Goblins?

Take a look at everyone talking about Hanukkah Goblins!

The Jewish News of Northern California and The Jerusalem Post

Check out this article written about Max and Hanukkah Goblins in The Jewish News of Northern California and The Jerusalem Post.


https://www.jweekly.com/2020/12/08/take-on-the-hanukkah-goblins-in-oakland-desig...


https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/a-new-game-lets-you-play-hanukkah-goblins-and-shoot-jelly-doughnuts-651560


Café Rolistes

Kalum and I talk about Hanukkah Goblins and about Jewish representation in popular culture. I pull no punches when talking about J.R.R. Tolkien's anti-semitism and how it pervades modern representations of marginalized people. Use the following link to watch the recording!


Actual Play on @Go_Jg's Twitch Channel 

We played Hanukkah Goblins on stream with this ALL STAR cast. Use the links below to watch the recording.


Electronic Format/Accessibility

In addition to a fully accessible PDF, I have created EPUB3, DAISY, and TXT formats of Hanukkah Goblins. Most people will likely use the PDF version of the game, but I felt it important to provide a wide range of formats to meet a wide range of accessibility needs. If you want to learn more about the DAISY format, check it out here: https://daisy.org/activities/standards/daisy/


Credits

Author - Max Fefer (TwitterItch.io)

Editor - Theo Rusmore (TwitterItch.io)

Illustrator - Kali Hayes (TwitterPortfolio)

Special thanks to Adira Slattery (TwitterItch.io) for cultural consulting and Ezra Rose (TwitterItch.io) for the information on Sheyd/Sheydim.

Purchase

Buy Now$8.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Hanukkah Goblins.txt 36 kB
Hanukkah Goblins - DAISY.zip 250 kB
Hanukkah_Goblins.epub 240 kB
QuickReference.pdf 4 MB
Quick Reference Card.epub 3 kB
Quick Reference Card.txt 1 kB
Hanukkah Goblins.pdf 10 MB

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Free Copies for Marginalized People

If you are a marginalized person who cannot afford to buy the game, feel free to claim one of these free copies, no questions asked. You don't have to explain, leave a review, or anything. Everyone should be able to experience Hanukkah Goblins, regardless of economic status.

Hanukkah Goblin Stickers!

Now you can buy your own Hanukkah Goblins! 

5 pack of two-inch Hanukkah Goblins vinyl stickers with an easy-peel backing. You can put these stickers on anything!

US shipping is included in the base price; international shipping is not. Please add $1 to your payment for international shipping.




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Softcover Book


Get a softcover copy of Hanukkah Goblins, printed by Mixam. The softcover will also come with a Quick Reference card printed on premium thick cardstock fromTHikit.

You will also receive all the electronic versions of the game (PDF, EPUB3, DAISY, and TXT). US shipping is included in the base price; international shipping is not. Please add $2 to your payment for Canadian shipping, and $3 for anywhere else. 

Bulk Pricing

If you are buying this game for a non-profit organization, a Jewish group, or your synagogue/temple, you may contact me at hydroforgerpg@gmail.com to discuss bulk pricing and discounts!

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Fill out the form below so I can collect your mailing address! I can't mail you the book without your address.

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Please note that shipping is currently unavailable to the following countries  due to COVID-19: Angola, Brunei, Chad, Cuba, French Guinea, Guadeloupe, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, Myanmar (Burma), Niger, Panama, Republic of Congo, Reunion (Bourbon), Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Miquelon), Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, and Yemen.

All physical copies will be mailed out in January 2021. Note that the physical copy won't be available by Christmas, but you will immediately have access to the PDF upon purchase.

Development log

Comments

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Hanukkah Goblins is a fantastic, lively, contemplative, spirited romp of an rpg about a gang of goblins spreading Hanukkah cheer and knowledge in a small village.

The PDF is 20 pages with absolutely extraordinary art and a cover that perfectly communicates its tone and contents. It's also got a super easy to read layout,and it organizes its information in a way that makes it very user friendly.

The game takes place over the 8 nights of Hanukkah, in the same village as in the story Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins. You play as a squad of goblins looking to spread cheer and spirit to other goblins and humans, and to that end you have Goblin Types (Stealthy, Joyful, Mischievous, etc,) Special Items (which include a Sufganiyot launcher and I'm not sure how anyone resists its call long enough to take something else,) and Rituals.

The village isn't super detailed, and the group is free to give their own spin on it, but both goblins and humans live there, and both species have Jewish and non-Jewish members. There's potentially some cultural tension between the humans and the goblins due to the goblins' more chaotic attitudes, but individual groups are free to play that up or down as much as they wish.

The game's core resolution mechanic is extremely easy to learn, and it consists of a d6 plus a small bonus if your goblin type or item can be applied to the roll. Rolls are weighted towards success, sometimes without a consequence, but if your type and item both apply to a roll, the worst you can do is failure with a mild consequence.

There are some premade scenarios in the book, but while they're both interesting, complex, and family-friendly, they're more solid prompts than full adventures. Your GM (if you choose to have one) will need to be fairly proactive in laying out the tracks ahead of the squad and steering them towards the story.

Depending on how your scenario goes, the group may find themselves needing to perform a Ritual. These are prayers and activities, and they both provide specific mechanical bonuses and help to anchor the game in its central holiday.

Both in the Ritual section and elsewhere in the text, Hanukkah Goblins specifically calls out that non-Jewish players are invited to play it. There's also a glossary of terms at the back of the book, and *lots* of pointers to material where you can read or listen further scattered throughout.

Overall, this is a fantastic game with great art and a tone that, for me, is ultimately difficult to define. It's celebratory and thoughtful and energetic, and I'm super glad it exists. Check it out if you can.


Minor Issues:

-Page 1, Content Disclaimer, the last sentence cuts off

-Page 2, Introduction, "after the goblin king destroyed the temple" raises a bunch of questions. Admittedly, I haven't read Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins since I was super young, so possibly this is answered in the text, but I wish I had further context here.

-Page 3, Goblin Type, "with townsperson" with a townsperson

-Page 4, Special Item, the second and third paragraphs both end with the same reminder to question everything.

-Page 5, Diverse celebrations of Hanukkah, the C in celebrations feels like it should be capitalized, also the second sentence ends as a fragment with "and others yet"