From promotional material
Bhaloidam is an independently-published tabletop storytelling platform inspired in equal measure by Umberto Eco's essays on semiotics and Russian Formalism, as viewed through a Commedia dell'arte lens.
Bhaloidam relies on gorgeously-produced gameboards called Lifewheels to track each Story-Spinners' influence upon the shared narrative. Stacks of tokens represent Spinner's attributes and track their investment in desirable narrative outcomes, as well as the energy with which they achieve them.
Stacks of tokens never need to be taller than three high, making the comparative math needed easily visualized and comprehended.
Using colorful iconography, the Lifewheel depicts every single rule you need to spin storyworlds with Bhaloidam. It may look daunting at first sight, but once you grasp the core set of compact rules, it will become one of the most fluid and adaptable storytelling platforms you'll ever use.
To further help new Spinners understand the relationships between the visual elements on the Lifewheel, the Bhaloidam handbook also uses a visual medium - a comic book.
The Bhaloidam Skein Pack contains the first edition of the handbook, which exists online as a living document, as we add new supporting material to clarify trickier concepts and offer new tips for play.
Bhaloidam relies on visual-kinesthetic learning and we strongly encourage new Spinners to read the handbook with a Lifewheel close at hand. Run your fingers along its surface, tracing the path of tokens as moves are depicted on the pages of the full-color comic.
Bhaloidam is designed from the core out to help you tell stories collaboratively in in any genre, with any theme, at any length. In other words, Bhaloidam focuses on the storytelling, not on the story being told. Bhaloidam encourages a Skein (a group of Spinners) to work collaboratively, to build trust and expertise, and to take risks and explore new approaches to storytelling.
Bhaloidam assumes that every Spinner at the table is a willing participant who will play fairly and discuss their ideas - and their concerns - openly. The rules are even structured to encourage Skeins to discuss the interpretation of results and encourage them to build on the core rules to meet the needs of their individual storyworlds. Bhaloidam actively encourages exploration and creative interpretation of its rules, guiding Spinners towards a mastery of their own storytelling style.
Great care and attention went into ensuring the physical edition of Bhaloidam is of the highest production quality. Our materials were manufactured by Panda GM, who did an incredible job of ensuring each component feels just right and will last a lifetime. Additionally, Bhaloidam is also available as a free digital download. The handbook, Lifewheels, tokens, and all supplemental material we produce going forward will be freely available under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 3.0 license.
But don't just take our word for it. Visit Bhaloidam.com to read our customer testimonials, the FAQ, and - of course - to peruse the online edition of the handbook. You can also watch demo videos and Like my official Facebook page or Google+ Community to ask questions, share your experiences, or schedule your own online demo with Corvus.