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Epidemic 2020: Panic! at the Piggly Wiggly

Epidemic 2020: Panic! at the Piggly Wiggly

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The world is facing it's the biggest epidemic in recent history. A state of emergency is declared and families are told that their children's schools are closing for the next two weeks to help stop the spread of the viral apocalypse. Your family needs a hero to brave the shopping markets in search of the world's greatest limited resource ... toilet paper!

Embark on a virtual journey where you will get to fight with strangers over basic essentials. Can you make it back home without contracting the disease and with any cash left in your pocket?


It started with a question in a Dungeons & Dragons community on Facebook at 4 AM, “Quick please help! My husband and his brother want me to DM a short story. Any suggestions? His brother is remoting in.” 

I don’t know why I was awake. It was probably the Lovecrafian level existential dread I had been feeling since the shut down. My mind swam with images from years of watching dystopian media. I found myself staring at my phone at this ungodly hour. 

When this question came up, I quickly typed a one-shot scenario of brave souls trying to get supplies in the first couple of days during the 15 day national quarantine. I’ve been writing stories, mysteries and living games for our company, Mastermind Adventures, for many years. With the ample recent photographs to use as reference (lines around the block at the grocery store, empty store shelves and news reports of people hoarding supplies) it came together easily.

For years, our company has been encouraging face to face interaction with tabletop role playing games, board game meetups, live action role play and mystery dinners that serve entertainment, educational and therapeutic purposes. For the first time, we are pivoting to providing an online format, since this viral apocalypse will likely last several more months. 

The next morning, I posted it to my personal Facebook page, and my husband emphasized that this needed to become a playable one-shot adventure. And thus, Epidemic 2020: Panic! At the Piggly Wiggly was born and offered as a free download from our company’s Facebook page and was met with much enthusiasm.

In this *fantasy* scenario, you can fight with strangers over toilet paper while practicing appropriate from the comfort of your own home by using apps like Discord and Roll20. T

We hope this little bit of metagaming will bring a smile to people and an ironic diversion while we face our own dystopian futures.

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Jes D March 23, 2020 8:37 pm UTC
Mine is only the title page?
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Jason C March 23, 2020 9:03 pm UTC
Oh, sorry about that! I will fix it. This is our first upload. How can we get it to you?
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Jason C March 23, 2020 9:04 pm UTC
You can email us at and we will send you the full pdf while we fix this
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Jes D March 23, 2020 9:13 pm UTC
email sent! Thought you'd want to know sooner rather than later :)
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Jason C March 23, 2020 9:57 pm UTC
Got it! Sent the pdf to you via email and updated the download. Thanks so much for your patience!
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Jes D March 23, 2020 10:43 pm UTC
Received! Can't wait to read through this!
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Jason C March 24, 2020 2:38 am UTC
We hope you enjoy it. Stay safe out there!
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