HomeGames Writing & DesignWho Heck Richard?TwitterE-Mail Me

Not Tonight

Rue Britannia

Person of European Heritage #112: Welcome to Relocation Block B, your new home. Your designated role is ‘Bouncer’. Work hard, stay out of trouble, and we might let you stay.

In an alternative Britain where Brexit talks have collapsed, an extreme far-right government has taken power. Citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. Forced out of your previous life, you find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy, fighting to scrape by and return to the city you call home. Not Tonight is a post-Brexit management game, fusing a time-pressure RPG with a politically charged story where every decision matters. Will you join the resistance and fight the regime - or simply keep your head down and try to survive?

About This Project

Yes, it’s Papers Please, Brexit style. Though funnier than you might think, since I very much wrote it up as a comedy. Often very dark comedy - there’s a gag, for instance, that TV’s Big Brother has been cancelled in favour of a gameshow based on Sophie’s Choice - but still comedy. I’m not sure if this dive into dystopian Britain changed any minds, but it got quite a few laughs from people who played it… and had some desperately funky tunes, as I believe the kids like to say. What’s that? Oh. Apparently they don’t and never have done.

Nice Things Said About Not Tonight

“Fun, smartly written, and incredibly provocative.”
GamesTM

“Finally, a game made by limp-wristed slackjaws who passionately hate democracy.”
Steam Comment

“Future generations will probably hold “Not Tonight” as a prime example of media built on a propagandist distortion of Brexit, similar to how modern people see “Reefer Madness” as a comical distortion of marijuana use.”
YouTube Comment

Screenshots

More Games Writing & Design

The Long Journey Home
Sunless Skies