Category Archives: PbtA

Rovers

A while ago, my friend Marcus introduced me to World of Dungeons: Turbo, a streamlined version of Dungeon World with a quirky setting, in which blue-collar heroes fight against monsters, take their stuff and destroy incursions of other realities into our own.

WoD: Turbo looks like it could be easily hacked into other genres and so I was delighted to hear (but not that surprised) that Catherine Ramen of Aviatrix Games created a WoD: Turbo hack which is basically a Traveller hack with the serial numbers filed off.

It’s called Rovers, and it’s available for free as a 7-paged PDF on Aviatrix Games’ website. It contains a character creation system reminiscent of Traveller’s in which the player decides how many terms the character wants to be enlisted. Each term grants a new skill, but ever term after the first causes a scar. Before the character can go on adventures they also get mustering out benefits depending on how many terms they served.

The core rules fit on just one page and like many other PbtA games you can probably run it with no prep at all. The game even contains rules for creating your party’s starship, which almost becomes a character in its own right, and a world generator, which is of course not as detailed as the one in Classic Traveller (or later editions) but it should serve it purpose just as well – especially when considering the narrative nature of the game. By the way, did I mention that Rovers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike license?

Since the game is free and only 7 pages long, I highly recommend you check it out!

World of Dungeons: Turbo–Breakers

Wow. That’s a mouthful. The long name is especially funny when you realize that the rules of the roleplaying game with that name is just 4 pages long. And the last page consists mainly of the names of Patreon patrons who helped fund the project.

So what is WoD: Turbo – Breakers (I’ll call it just Breakers from here on out) all about? It’s a roleplaying game written by John Harper based on World of Dungeons also written by John Harper which was a streamlined version of the popular game Dungeon World which itself is based on both D&D and Apocalypse World. Breakers is also pretty awesome. The setting can be summed up in a few sentences: our world and a fantasy world are colliding at various places all over the world and the so-called Breakers are sent into these zones to destroy the crystal which binds the alien reality to ours and while doing so they try to find valuable artifacts and kill monsters.

Like in Dungeon World (and other games with similar mechanics) Breakers makes use of Moves, or rather in this case of one Move. Whenever you try something risky, you roll 2d6 and add the relevant attribute. Results of 6 and below are failures, 7 – 9 means, you were partially successful and 10 or higher is a success. Bam!

If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you download Breakers right now (I did mention that it’s free, right?) and check it out. I could write countless words on how much I love the game, but since it’s just four pages long, I guess it makes more sense to just point it out to you. You should also have a look at John Harper’s other work. He has created quite a few exciting roleplaying games, some of them are also available for free.

Breakers is probably not for everyone, but I just love it because of its awesome concept, the simple rules, and its hackability (is this a word?). I am pretty sure we’ll see quite a few Breakers hacks in the future, and I already have a couple of ideas myself.

P.S.: Thanks to my friend Marcus for telling me about this game in the first place!

#RPGaDay2017 Day 22: Familiarity breeds ease of use!

We’re going into the final stretch of #RPGaDay2017. Only 9 days to go this year. The question for today is:

 August 22: Which RPGs are the easiest for you to run?

Not to sound like a broken record (or damaged MP3 would be a better analogy?) but… Well it’s D&D. My take on the common phrase that gives this post its title summarizes how I feel. D&D, the D20 system, in all different variations, is so familiar, that I can run it easily. But… (and you knew there was a but coming!) Continue reading #RPGaDay2017 Day 22: Familiarity breeds ease of use!