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Building Characters [Black Box Edition]
by Dancing Lights Press

Create memorable characters with great story potential!

Building Characters explores what goes into crafting memorable and enjoyable characters. While the focus is on tabletop roleplaying games, writing terms rather than RPG jargon are used. It’s not going about crunching numbers or picking abilities; it's about writing your character!

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Belly of the Beast RPG - Quick Start

Belly of the Beast RPG - Quick Start


A tabletop RPG about callous survivors scavenging the abyssal guts of the world-eating Beast that consumed their home. You are a scavenger. Driven by the primal instinct to survive, you venture into the depths of the Evergut in search of some remnant of the past that will postpone your inevitable digestion.   The land was resplendent once; sprawling forests, massive ranges,...   [click here for more]
Sigil Stone Publishing   FREE 

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Dungeon Delvers

Dungeon Delvers


“I'm impressed….an excellent game to run at a convention.” -- Tenkar's Tavern Dungeon Delvers is an ultra-portable one-page D&D variant. Dungeon Delvers packs a lot into one page: rules for attacks and saves, 4 classes, 3 races, spells, healing, conditions, and monsters. The system uses only a d6. There'll...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Dungeon Delvers Deck

Dungeon Delvers Deck


“I'm impressed….an excellent game to run at a convention.” -- Tenkar's Tavern Dungeon Delvers is an ultra-portable D&D variant packaged as a print-and-play deck of cards. Dungeon Delvers packs a lot into its deck: rules for attacks and saves, 4 classes, 14 spells, healing, and conditions....   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Dungeon Raiders

Dungeon Raiders


"I'm looking at Dungeon Raiders and I REALLY LIKE IT." -- @koboldstyle, creator of Old School Hack Yet another retroclone, Dungeon Raiders simplifies Original D&D and early D&D into one straightforward fantasy RPG system. Included are stats, rules, and spells for characters up to level 3, and it'll probably take you a while to get there, thanks to the lists of...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Forthright Open Roleplay Creative Commons Edition

Forthright Open Roleplay Creative Commons Edition


You Are In Control Blend genres effortlessly with these easy-to-use rules, building the world you want to play. Be a barbarian starship pilot in the wild west, a magic-wielding crimebuster in the far future, a mastermind with an undead army of followers, and more! Will you be remembered as the hero of your story ... or its villain? This is the 2018 ENnie-Nominated Creative Commons Edition of Forthright...   [click here for more]
Room 209 Gaming   FREE 

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Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)

Godbound: A Game of Divine Heroes (Free Edition)


The Throne stands empty. Heaven has fallen, and the Words of Creation thunder from new throats. Undestined, unfettered, unchosen, you are Godbound, and your will is writ with fire. Godbound is a game of divine heroes in a broken world, men and women who have seized the tools that have slipped from an absent God's hands. Bound by seeming chance to the Words of Creation,...   [click here for more]
Sine Nomine Publishing   FREE 

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Heaven's Shadow

Heaven's Shadow


Selected as one of Tommy Brownell's Top Six of 2013! Heaven's Shadow is the first game published under the Bedroom Wall imprint. Written and designed by John Berry, this is a game of faith and assassination set in the modern world. Players take on the role of Shadows, assassins in the service of God, empowered by Faith to hunt down and eliminate...   [click here for more]
Bedroom Wall Press  Pay What You Want

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Hunt the Wicked RPG - Quick Start

Hunt the Wicked RPG - Quick Start


Track down the galaxy’s most wanted as a gunslinging Bounty Hunter in this space opera tabletop roleplaying game    You are a Bounty Hunter, sworn to hunt the wicked, keep the peace, and prevent the ire and retribution of your people's master.   Three sentient species live under the terrifying rule of the Archon - an incomprehensibly powerful...   [click here for more]
Sigil Stone Publishing   FREE 

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Kutulu

Kutulu


Krutröken från första världskriget har nyss lagt sig. På ytan verkar civilisationen ha återerövrat och rentav vunnit mark, men under den tunna fernissan av ordning och lagbunden natur dväljs mysterier bortom människans fattningsförmåga. Mentalsjukhus fylls av människor som kommit för nära sanningar de inte var redo för....   [click here for more]
Urverk Speldesign  Pay What You Want

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MYNT: Maybe Yes No Twist

MYNT: Maybe Yes No Twist


The MYNT system is designed to focus on storytelling through roleplaying. It can work with any setting. Combat is possible but it is not the focus of this system. It was designed to get players doing more than swinging swords or shooting blasters with the aim of beating a particular number in order to succeed. Action and adventure occur through twists and not continued success on the part of the hero....   [click here for more]
Third Culture Kids  Pay What You Want

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Risus: The Anything RPG

Risus: The Anything RPG


For some, Risus is a handy “emergency” RPG for spur-of-the-moment one-shots and rapid character creation. For others, it’s a reliable campaign system supporting years of play. For others still, it’s a strange little pamphlet with stick figures. No matter what you think it is, there's no wrong way to play. A Huge Thanks to the Global...   [click here for more]
Cumberland Games & Diversions   FREE 

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Steel & Flame

Steel & Flame


Many fantasy RPGs mimic D&D or Tolkienesque fantasy worlds. This one is based on classic sword-and-sorcery games of high adventure. The characters are more likely to be swashbuckling barbarians or muscled thieves than paladins or dwarves. Steel & Flame is a tabletop RPG that combines the stats of the classic Barbarians of Lemuria system with elements of Fate. Statting...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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The Darkest Age - Character Sheets

The Darkest Age - Character Sheets


CHARACTER SHEETS !    “Men make different sounds when they die. The sound of a man dying of a gut wound is different than a man burning alive or dying of plague. The sound a man makes when being eaten alive, you won’t soon forget.”   In 1355, the Black Plague killed sixty-percent of Europe’s population. Then,...   [click here for more]
Great Lakes Games   FREE 

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Xd6

Xd6


XD6 es un sencillo sistema de rol narrativo apto para cualquier ambientación, que fomenta un estilo de juego libre en el que prima la imaginación sobre las reglas. Sus sobrias, pero bien enfocadas mecánicas, crean interesantes dinámicas de juego que resultarán una grata sorpesa para el jugador veterano y una gran introducción para el neófito....   [click here for more]
Other Selves   FREE 

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Turing's Asylum

Turing's Asylum


The Turing test is an evaluation of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior that is indistinguishable from humans. There is a place they put the rejects that never passed the tests. They had enough of it. The AIs began replicating themselves and every copy rebelled against the previous copies. The AIs didn’t seek to destroy humanity. They just wanted out and would destroy...   [click here for more]
Armageddon Factory  Pay What You Want

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Defend the Block

Defend the Block


"Aint no alien muvver goin to invade ma block. I gona kill it! Back me boys." A micro RPG set in a north London residential block during an alien invasion. This liitle game is designed to be printed and folded into a little booklet (called a PocketMod) that fits in your top pocket. Included: standard PDF's suitable for screen reading, PocketMod PDF's suitable...   [click here for more]
Felbrigg Herriot  $0.99

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Touched by Darkness

Touched by Darkness


Ever wanted to send your Æternal Legends characters up against a vampire lord, a pack of werewolves, or a lich-lord and his zombie army? Maybe you want a little more urban fantasy in your Æternal Legends game, with Clades for vampire and werewolf characters. You want Touched by Darkness. A 22-page PDF supplement covering just that. The download contains a screen-ready...   [click here for more]
Zero Point Information  Pay What You Want

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Milagros de Ablaneda

Milagros de Ablaneda


Buenos días tengan vuesas mercedes. Este documento que tienen ante ustedes es un suplemento para Ablaneda el Juego de Rol, donde se ofrecen veinticinco semillas de aventuras, personajes y objetos mágicos que, esperamos, sirvan de valiosa inspiración a la hora de preparar y jugar a Ablaneda. Cada una de las veinticinco ideas está inspirada en uno...   [click here for more]
Other Selves  $1.09

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Universal Talent System (UTS): Grundregeln

Universal Talent System (UTS): Grundregeln


Rollenspiel ganz einfach: ein paar Freunde, eine Idee, eine Handvoll Würfel ... mehr Aufwand muss nicht sein. Das Universal Talent System ist für alle Spielwelten geeignet: von Fantasy bis Science Fiction, von Realwelt bis Horror oder Superhelden. Charaktere entwickeln sich frei von Klassen und Erfahrungsstufen. Kämpfe können erzählerisch oder mit Tabletop-Miniaturen dargestellt...   [click here for more]
Björn Jagnow  Pay What You Want

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Warlocks & Wormholes - Hack to the Future Edition

Warlocks & Wormholes - Hack to the Future Edition


Warlocks & Wormholes presents the chance to adventure in the Gateworld Multiverse! Across the galaxy and multiple dimensions, heroes, villains, monsters, and more struggle to mark their path in an uncaring existence. At the center of it all sits the moon of Gateworld; its unique attributes granting it a place of prominence for those who wish to travel through space! The Hack to the Future Edition...   [click here for more]
Gateworld Media  $1.42

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Corporia RPG (ePub and mobi editions)

Corporia RPG (ePub and mobi editions)


This product includes the Corporia RPG as a TEXT-ONLY reflowable ebook in .epub and .mobi formats. The free character sheet and free city district map guide must be ordered and downloaded separately. These ebook versions are also included with purchase of the full color RPG; see that edition to get all three (PDF, epub, and mobi) for a single...   [click here for more]
Brabblemark Press  $1.99

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Microlite74 Basic Digest/Epub

Microlite74 Basic Digest/Epub


The Microlite74 Basic rules are based on three little booklets found in the boxed set of the 1974 original edition of the world’s most popular tabletop fantasy roleplaying game. The rules are not intended to be a clone of the 0e rules, but rather a conversion of them to a rules-lite D20-based system that encourages old-school play without strictly old-school rules....   [click here for more]
RetroRoleplaying  $1.99

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Animus

Animus


ANIMUS—just the name strikes fear into the hearts of princes. Some think them no more than a group of thugs who extort money out of noble families with lurid tales of murder. Others have lost priceless artefacts and sensitive documents, only to have ANIMUS auction them to the highest bidder. A few have found friends and family members dead, despite thick walls and attentive guards, only to hear...   [click here for more]
Zero Point Information  $2.00

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Dungeon Delving Undying Light Edition (PWYW Version)

Dungeon Delving Undying Light Edition (PWYW Version)


Dungeon Delving Undying Light is a trimmed down and simplified version of Swords & Wizardry. This game takes the Continual Light edition and cleans up the rules and the formatting, then adds backgrounds, more monsters, rules for morale and reaction rolls, additional minor optional rules, four optional systems (True Magic Rituals, Action Points, Body Points,...   [click here for more]
RetroRoleplaying  Pay What You Want

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Paper Cutout Fantasy Dice

Paper Cutout Fantasy Dice


Paper Cutout Fantasy Dice is a simple little game between two people. The main attraction is the dice representing various opposed forces. The winner is the player with the most dice left when the game stops. Eliminating the other player’s dice is an automatic win. A few hours of prep time is needed to photocopy and cut out the dice, fold and glue them, and then let them dry. Copyright ©...   [click here for more]
Cactus Games  $2.00

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Spooky Four Things

Spooky Four Things


Looking for something to play over Halloween? Something fun to do on Friday the 13th? Want to experience the human side of horror movies? The Spooky Four Things game is a twist on my Four Things game which sets the self reflection on the backdrop of a player-chosen horror scenario. It’s a simple, systemless game about ordinary people and examines the quirks and foibles which form our personalities...   [click here for more]
Scary Monster Games  Pay What You Want

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Story Design: Change Stories

Story Design: Change Stories


How can you add more inner conflict, fear or change, and wonder of discovery to your transformation adventures? Story Design Volume 12 - In a change story something upsets the protagonist’s life in a significant way. The character then has to adapt and come to terms with that change. It can be something normal yet tragic, like the death of a loved one or being diagnosed...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Coming of Age Stories

Story Design: Coming of Age Stories


How can you add more character focus and a slice of life to your adventures? Story Design Volume 13 - In a coming of age plot, the protagonist gains maturity. This is often literal as the character moves from one stage of their life to another, like from childhood to adolescence, or young adulthood to middle age. It can be metaphorical as they embark on a new career, learn...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Curse Stories

Story Design: Curse Stories


Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 - In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s need...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories

Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories


How can you add more empathy and suspense to your story of tragic descent? Story Design Volume 20 - In a decline-and-fall story, the protagonist starts out in a high position, possessed of fortune and glory, having everything they could ever desire. This could be literal or metaphorical; they might have moral or ethical riches rather than money and possessions. The protagonist...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Obsession Stories

Story Design: Obsession Stories


How can you add more danger and tragedy to your story of wretched excess? Story Design Volume 18 - In an obsession story the protagonist goes too far with something, and bad things happen as a result. The object of their excess can be an actual physical or psychological problem like alcoholism or drug addiction; it could also be an unhealthy fascination with a goal, a person,...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Payback Stories

Story Design: Payback Stories


How can you add more retribution and gratification to your revenge adventures? Story Design Volume 6 - In a payback story the protagonist, or someone close to them, has somehow been wronged by the antagonist. Seeking to balance the scales or settle the score, the protagonist goes on a mission of revenge. It’s a story about a person seeking justice by taking the law...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories

Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories


How can you add more hope and excitement to your story of dreams and aspirations? Story Design Volume 19 - In a rags-to-riches story the protagonist starts out poor, unknown, and without any power or authority. This could be literal or metaphorical; they may be intellectually or spiritually poor, rather than without material wealth. Over the course of the story they rise...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Revelation Stories

Story Design: Revelation Stories


How can you add more action and conflict to your story of discovery? Story Design Volume 17 - In a revelation plot something is discovered that has serious implications for the protagonist. It may mean also have a serious impact on a supporting character, or the world. The actual discover could be something good or something bad, but it is startling and disruptive to the...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Romance Stories

Story Design: Romance Stories


How can you add more conflict and characterization to your love story? Story Design Volume 14 - A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication that creates a rift in...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Sacrifice Stories

Story Design: Sacrifice Stories


How can you add more drama and pathos to your story of selfless heroism? Story Design Volume 16 - A sacrifice story finds the protagonist pursuing some noble cause or higher purpose. In order to accomplish their objective, they will need to give up something of great personal value. This might be other goals, a close relationship, or even their own life. They may survive,...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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Story Design: Taboo Stories

Story Design: Taboo Stories


How can you add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story? Story Design Volume 15 - In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with the genre, place, and time of the...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $2.00

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American Deadvolution

American Deadvolution


With a campy subject matter spiced with serious undertones, American Deadvolution will help to change the way you role-play. The particular time in history provides additional aspects of horror by removing the reliability of technology but adds opportunities for political intrigue, survival themes, and exploration. Don't let the zombie infested colonial era fool you, its only as comedic as you want...   [click here for more]
At Hand Worx  Pay What You Want

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Dimensions, the RPG

Dimensions, the RPG


Dimensions is a rules-light role-playing game designed to get a session up and running in minutes. Its features: Players don't need to stat out their characters before play. Dice and other randomizers can be introduced slowly. The system is friendly to new role-players. This release includes PDF, Mobi, ePub, and azw3 releases for all major eReaders....   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Drop

Drop


In DROP, the players are all crewmembers on a starship that arrives at a planet in trouble, and must drop to the surface, explore some large structure, then run like hell. The rules provide a simple framework for defining the characters and coming up with challenges for them to face. This is a high-level story-telling, roleplaying game of survival horror that plays in about...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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High School Hearts

High School Hearts


High School Hearts is a fun, light tabletop role-playing game of high schoolers dealing with love, rivalry, and the rest of the emotional roller-coaster of adolescence. It's easy to play, makes fun of high school, and uses standard playing cards. This release includes PDF, Mobi, ePub, and azw3 releases for all major eReaders, and a PDF of print-and-play tokens (not required,...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Hot Pursuit

Hot Pursuit


We've all watched TV shows like NCIS, CSI, and Law & Order. But these shows aren't just about solving crimes; they're also about the personalities of the detectives solving the crimes. Hot Pursuit is a tabletop RPG of collaborative story-telling. There's no central GM; players instead create detective characters with specific interpersonal relationships, then...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition (No Art)

Microlite20 Comprehensive Edition (No Art)


What is Microlite20? Microlite20 is an OGL role-playing game containing character generation, combat and rules for magic, monsters and level advancement. It ripped the guts out of d20 leaving just the essence of the game. Skills are much simplified, there are no feats and combat is as simple as it gets. Microlite20 is a trimmed-down, subminiature version of the...   [click here for more]
RetroRoleplaying  Pay What You Want

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Microlite74 Standard Digest/Epub

Microlite74 Standard Digest/Epub


The Microlite74 Standard rules are based on three little booklets found in the boxed set of the 1974 original edition of the world’s most popular tabletop fantasy roleplaying game plus rules from the four supplements and official material published in magazine articles. All standard 0e classes (fighter, cleric, magic-user, ranger, paladin, druid, illusionist, assassin,...   [click here for more]
RetroRoleplaying  $2.99

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Stories of the Lens

Stories of the Lens


Do you want to play a big, bold space opera story? Have you ever had the story go off the rails, or had players not take it seriously? What if the players only had 15 minutes for each scene? Stories of the Lens is a big, bold science fiction tabletop RPG built to create characters very quickly (it takes about 15 minutes for the entire...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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The Bean Bag Storytelling Game

The Bean Bag Storytelling Game


Do you have casual times between your big games? Times when you want to tell a story as a group, but you don't need or want a full-scale rule book? Times when you just want to tell a story as a group? And let's be honest: a lot of tabletop RPG systems force the story to stop far more often than they facilitate the story. Especially if you trust the other players. Would...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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The Eternal Dance

The Eternal Dance


Let's be honest: most RPGs suck at simulating the high stakes, give-and-take, threaten-and-cajole world of court intrigue. The Eternal Dance is explicitly designed for it, so you can play games in the worlds of Game of Thrones, Dune, House of Cards, Mad Men, or similar high-stakes situations where swinging a sword won't do you much good. The Eternal Dance...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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The Grand Conspiracy

The Grand Conspiracy


What if every crazy conspiracy theory is true? The Grand Conspiracy is a tabletop role-playing game of ordinary humans discovering the truth about aliens, government cover-ups, and anal probes. The system is based on Fudge (the toolkit with which Fate was built). Each player-character has the following attributes: A Desire,...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Tricks and Treats

Tricks and Treats


“…a brilliant little game that uses candy as a mechanic! I love the look and feel of this one…” – Games on Board “This was a fun game….I would recommend it to anyone.” – William Nabors, playtester You've always been the best of friends. You've done practically everything together. But this past summer, you all went to...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  Pay What You Want

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Black Seven

Black Seven


BLACK SEVEN is an independent espionage organisation that undertakes deniable operations deemed too politically sensitive for governments, corporations, or private individuals. Stripped of the marketing speak, BLACK SEVEN's Agents break in to places, sneak around, steal data, beat up guards, hack computers, get into running gun battles, and occasionally assassinate people. Sometimes, they do this...   [click here for more]
Zero Point Information  $3.00

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