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You can order the Printed Zine here via Mixam.

In Behind the Magic, you’ll create a fantasy mockumentary by playing a group of incompetent adventurers on a quest to save the world.

Players take turns setting up and acting out scenes in character. These scenes are interspersed with reality-television style "confessionals" with the Bard who is documenting their journey.

Key Facts

  • Players: 4-7, no facilitator needed
  • Time: 2-3 Hours
  • Preparation: none, though one player should be familiar with the rules
  • Location: A single large space where players can move around and act out scenes
  • Materials needed: A printed copy of the rules, at least one chair, nametags (optional)

The game starts with ~30 minutes of setup where you select a quest, build the setting, and create your characters. Then you'll spend 60 - 90 minutes playing out the adventure and seeing if the heroes succeed... or at least don't make things worse.

The scenes themselves feel like structured improv, without an audience. Each scene has a question or tension embedded in it and players act it out until they're satisfied. Example: The party tries to calm down the mayor after accidentally burning down the town.

People are saying great things about the game:

Every time I've played Behind the Magic it has been the ideal combination of brilliant, stupid, and adorable. It feels like the perfect D&D session brought to life - a parade of calamity and failure with lots of heart. – Jason Morningstar
Even in alpha, this game made me laugh until I cried at several points. It's such a delight. – Ash Kreider
Randy’s game “Behind the Magic” is some of the most fun I’ve ever had playing a LARP. – Jeeyon Shim 

The rules are written for embodied play, walking around the room in character. However, there are variant rules for playing it at a table. The game has been playtested thoroughly with beginner and advanced storytellers and works well for players of all skill levels.

You can order the Printed Zine here via Mixam.

Updated 9 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(29 total ratings)
AuthorRandy Lubin
GenreRole Playing
Tagscollaborative, Comedy, farce, LARP, mockumentary
Average sessionA few hours
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Behind The Magic PDF (2019) 6 MB
Behind the Magic - Handouts 414 kB
Behind the Magic Zine - Single Pages 4 MB
Behind the Magic Zine - Spreads 4 MB
Behind the Magic Plaintext 25 kB

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The timing on this update is nuts: I’m scheduled to run the game in three days! Looking forward to seeing what’s new! <3

Nice - Enjoy the game!

There aren't any major content changes in the zine version. It's mostly layout and minor tweaks.

Good to know. But even just splitting the handouts out into their own file is an improvement.

Facilitated this lovely gem of a game now three times, and it was always a total blast. Rarely have I laughed so much!


This sounds so fun! I'm going to try to convince my family to try it out with me

Let me know if you do, and how it goes! I've played with siblings and in-laws and even first-time larpers took to it quickly


my role in my local friends group is the Designated Extrovert And Hostess and i haven't shut up about how this game is the FIRST party i'm throwing once we're allowed to throw parties again, i don't know if we could handle doing it virtually but i'm SO excited to play this game and SO grateful you've brought it into the world


Aw, thank you - that means a lot! I hope you're able to safely play it before too long...