Your latest patient has been rushed to your medical facility following a massive heart attack on a flight from Sydney to London. Can you work together to discover the truth behind Billy Kerr’s story before it’s too late?
Over the course of thirteen rounds, players must work co-operatively to provide both physical and palliative care to the dying Billy Kerr. Physical care will keep him alive for longer, but only palliative care will help you build up the trust required for Billy to tell you the stories behind his memories. Difficult decisions and careful planning come together in a race against time that plays out over ten linked Scenarios. Members of staff will work as a team to uncover new mysteries about their patient every time they play, as the story builds up to a dramatic, tension filled conclusion.
Holding On offers a very different kind of game to anything else seen before - a deep, emotionally impactful story is woven through an accessible, co-operative game where players must collaborate and support each other. Failure to do this will see their plans crumble and victory will become nearly impossible. Each of the game’s ten Scenarios encourages different approaches as you develop your relationship with Billy Kerr, discover more about his story, and even contact people from his past in a race against time. Each Scenario is also fully replayable, and the game can be reset so a whole new group can work their way through the final days of Billy Kerr. Taking an emotional, mature approach to tabletop gaming, Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr is a game unlike any other.
Why is this a Game with HEART?
They wanted to tell a very different kind of story with Holding On, one that would invoke discussion not just at the table during play, but that would stick with players long after they’d reached the game’s climax. While Billy is a fictional character, the trials and tribulations he goes through will be recognised by countless people across the world. The gameplay is accessible and focuses on co-operative play, meaning that players must work together to succeed, and emphasises the idea that Palliative Care is as vital as physical care in modern medicine. While the rules may be initially easy to grasp, Holding On forces players into making many difficult decisions as they weigh up the value of keeping Billy alive against helping him with his requests. Dealing with mature themes of loss, death and illness, this is a unique experience that is truly a game with heart.
2 to 4 Players
45 to 60 Min Playing Time
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 13 November 2018