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"Do I want her, or do I want to be her?"

The Admirer is surrounded by amazing, wonderful people who inspire them by being themselves, but doesn't yet have a strong sense of self. Their central conflict is distinguishing between self-discovery and budding feelings.

Despite the name, the Admirer is not about being in romantic love. The Admirer is all about seeing what's good or cool or interesting about other people, and trying it out for themself. It also asks what it is that draws them to those traits in others — is it admiration or attraction?

With the Admiration mechanic, the Admirer takes on and tries out moves based on those that inspire them. With each use of an Homage move, the Admirer learns more about who they want to be.

Ultimately the Admirer playbook is about experimentation and self-discovery. By embracing what it is about others that fascinates or inspires them, new ways of being open up to them. 

New in version 1.2.0: 

  • Homage Move Quick-Picks, a guide to make it easy to find moves that inspire you

Every purchase includes:

  • 9-page PDF including the playbook, relationship questions, GM moves, play guidance, and Homage Move Quick-Picks
  • Printable playbook sheet (with and without artwork) and Homage Move Quick-Picks handout
  • Plain text .txt

My greatest thanks to April, Christie, Michelle, and Morgan.

Thirsty Sword Lesbians™ is a trademark of April Kit Walsh.

The Powered by Lesbians Logo is © April Kit Walsh, and is used pursuant to the open licensing terms at poweredbylesbians.com.

Updated 5 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorDarling Bat Games
Tagspowered-by-lesbians, thirsty-sword-lesbians, tsl, Tabletop role-playing game


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In order to download this playbook you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Admirer v1.2.0.zip 36 MB
Admirer - Singles.pdf 17 MB
Admirer - Spreads.pdf 17 MB
Admirer Playbook.pdf 1 MB
Admirer Playbook (No Artwork).pdf 798 kB
The Admirer.txt 10 kB

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Hi there - just thought I'd flag up that the v.1.2.0 zip doesn't seem to be working when downloaded? I found this through the bundle it's in right now and it wasn't working? It's probably nothing to worry about :)

Oh, thank you so much for letting us know! We'll check it out asap!

Thanks again for raising this issue! The zip file should now be fixed!

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This playbook is a stand-out auto-include for TSL. The way the temporary Admiration/Homage moves build upon the Smitten mechanic and the journey of Self-Discovery really connect the mechanics and the metaphor of Thirsty Sword Lesbians in a way that sings!


Aw, thank you so much for trying out the playbook, and taking the time to leave this lovely review! 💜

Hello! This review still means the world to us, thank you so much for posting it 💜

We're coming up on the 1-year anniversary of the Admirer's release, and we want to feature some character concepts shared with us (with credit, of course!) Would you be willing to share your Admirer? 

If you're interested, reply here or DM us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/darling_bat