What was the RPG Pipeline

The RPG Pipeline was a posting board to keep track of upcoming tabletop rpgs from 2015 to 2021 (this Blogger version began in 2019). It covered new English language ttrpgs and ttrpgs going into crowdfunding.

Sunday, 31 January 2021

HEOROT - Role-Playing in the World of Beowulf Beastslayer ^

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A rules-lite RPG inspired by the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf and the mythic world of the Viking sagas. - [£5,600 goal]
HEOROT - Role-Playing in the World of Beowulf Beastslayer -- Kicktraq Mini

Lighthearted, a Magical 80s RPG ^

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You're a Prep, Jock, Geek, Rebel, or Outcast, like in The Breakfast Club, except you are just about to start magic community college! - [$7,000 goal]
Lighthearted, a Magical 80s RPG -- Kicktraq Mini

Backwater: Southern Gothic Horror (TTRPG) ^

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Survival horror tabletop roleplaying game set in post-apocalyptic Louisiana, Mississippi, and southern Arkansas. Original game system. - [$2,500 goal]
Backwater: Southern Gothic Horror (TTRPG) -- Kicktraq Mini

Gods of Metal: Ragnarock ^

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A bombastic heavy metal-inspired RPG of epic proportions. Bust out the D4's, turn up the volume and live out your rock fantasy! - [$20,000 goal]
Gods of Metal: Ragnarock -- Kicktraq Mini

Yet This is Hallowed Ground [$5.00]

Yet This is Hallowed Ground [$5.00]:

It is the year 1153 and shadows lurk beyond the comings and goings in the lands of His Majesty Louis VII, King of the Franks. In Yet This is Hallowed Ground, potent legacies of the pre-Christian past endure as spires rise, commerce expands, trade flourishes and hymns echo across Christendom from the British Isles to Constantinople. You are a group of pious investigators, the finest minds that the Universal Church has to offer. You have been sent to investigate a strange happening as legates of His Most Reverend Excellency, the Bishop of Vy├┤nes. 

The game takes place in your choice of an abbey or nunnery in the blighted region of Averoigne, the creation of weird fiction author and Emperor of Dreams Clark Ashton Smith. Daily life in this house of God seems normal on the placid surface, and you are welcomed as an honoured guest. Everyone seems pleasant, if anxious. As the faithful prepare to sleep after Compline by the warm glow of candles, the illusion ends. Shadows lengthen and monstrous things ooze from the ground. Christ sits like a frost upon the earth, yet the old earth waits below, moist and hungry. You must adumbrate the mystery and purge the horrors before they consume you. 

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Yet This is Hallowed Ground is a Rooted in Trophy game by Philipp Doebler and James L. Smith written for the Dark Forest Jam combining elements of Trophy Dark and Gold by Jesse Ross and the Rooted in Trophy game Shadow Precinct by Eric Brunsell, as well as concepts from Brindlewood Bay by Jason Cordova and Cthulhu Dark by Graham Walmsley.  The rules of Trophy Gold are required to play this game.

  • New Backgrounds, Skills, Drives and Rituals
  • Eighteen Monstrous Entities
  • Procedural Generation of a Monastery
  • Random Tables for NPCs, Revelations and Investigator Goals
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Content Warnings

  • profanity
  • violence
  • body horror

Suggested Safety Tools

  • Lines and Veils
  • X-Card
  • Open Door Policy

GM Note: Ensure that you cover spiritual themes when setting out lines and veils.

Trophy™ is a trademark of Hedgemaze Press. The trademark and “Rooted in Trophy” Logo are © Hedgemaze Press, and are used with permission.

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

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

No questions asked. If you feel you need this game but do not have the means, claim a copy while they are available.

Purchase at or above the recommended price to make Yet This is Hallowed Ground available for free to someone else in need.

You will also get a copy of Yet This is Hallowed Ground.

Aces Ahoy [Free]

Aces Ahoy [Free]: by @emilyjankowski2

You are the all asexual crew of the pirate ship Siren's Sorrow. Over time you have built a fearsome reputation, venturing into even the most monster-filled waters for the right price. Sail the high seas, take on risky jobs, explore mythic shores, and possibly engage in some piracy in Aces Ahoy!

This Lasers & Feelings hack was written for Ace Jam 2021 and inspired by ace culture, especially tumblr posts arguing about whether aces would be immune to sirens and/or mermaids. I hope it's a fun way to indulge in adventure and your favorite ace touchstones all at once.

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Enter the Survival Horror [66% Off] [$5.10]

Enter the Survival Horror [66% Off] [$5.10]:

Enter the Survival Horror is a Forged in the Dark survival horror tabletop RPG that seeks to capture the drama and stress of the golden age of survival horror.

What's included?

  • Core rules
  • Blank character sheets
  • 12 premade characters

Coming Soon

  • Adventures!
    • The Mansion Incident
    • Last Escape
  • Custom clocks!
  • Roll20 tools!
Resident Evil 3 remake font created by and used with permission from Peter Jonca.

Based on Blades in the Dark, a product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Buy Now$15.00 $5.10 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5.10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

These are intended for members of the Forged in the Dark community, and for members of minority or disenfranchised groups. If you're in need and can't afford a copy of the game, help yourself to a community copy. Every sale contributes more copies to the pool.

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YOLO - Last Bullet Edition. [Free]

YOLO - Last Bullet Edition. [Free]: by @MiskatonicUK

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This game was written to satisfy my desire to roleplay in a high action, post apocalyptic, zombie infested world. It is inspired by my love of action-hu- mor-horror movies where everyday heroes face larger than life challenges and generally speaking come out on top. For inspiration you can draw upon any Zombie movie, but for me it was the “Shaun Of The Dead”, “Cockneys vs Zombies”, “Zombieland”, “Dead Snow”, style of movies that I wanted to emulate for my players, maybe with a dash of the “Resident Evil” franchise thrown in to gloss things up a little!

The Zombie survival genre is incredibly wide ranging and gives you the game master huge scope for one shot, quick games or continent spanning campaigns, or indeed anything in between.

It is also true to say that there are plenty of perfectly good Zombie genre RPG’s out there today, but I was looking for something rules light. Something story led and simple to play, with lots of heroic action, the stuff that movies are made of. Hopefully that is what I have achieved with YOLO.

YOLO provides a simple background and rules set to allow you to play highly cinematic games without the need for huge amounts of preparation. Everything you could possibly need, with the exception of pencils, paper, six sided dice, some simple counters and a few friends is included in this book. 

YOLO uses the Open WUSHU system created by Daniel Bayn under license.

YOLO IS A NON-COMMERCIAL PRODUCT AND IS INTENDED TO BE FREELY AVAILABLE - YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ASKED TO PAY FOR A COPY OF YOLO. 

Dungeon Goons [Free]

Dungeon Goons [Free]: by @jac0b_f

Dungeon Goons is a classic fantasy hack of Nate Treme's Tunnel Goons. It takes inspiration from other systems like D&D Basic/Expert, World of Dungeons, The Black Hack, and mashes it together for a more crunchy, but still fairly rules lite, system . 

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Somninauts [Free]

Somninauts [Free]: by @CullopGeoffrey

Travel into the shared subconscious of dream space to experience surreal adventure and drive back the nightmares seeking to enter our waking world. 

Somninauts is a rules-light RPG that uses a simple roll-under d20 mechanism to support imaginative play in the realm of dreams. 

Inspired by books like The Lathe of Heaven, comics like Sandman, and movies like Inception, Somninauts is a tool kit for you to explore the surreality of dream-based adventuring at your gaming table. 

Somninauts is in development. This version is the basic core rules. 

Somninauts will launch on Kickstarter in April 2021.  The Kickstarter will allow us to get more awesome art, as well as more gameable content, including pages and pages of world building, encounter-creating rollable tables, starter adventures, and more!

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Ganancia [50% Off] [$1.50]

Ganancia [50% Off] [$1.50]: by @caberlitz

Another day under the hard sun, another day of discovery and to fight Ganancia.

The world is at an end, resources were used without parsimony.

A minimalist tri-fold pamphlet game on a word plagued by scarcity and the result of our current society. 

"Society, have mercy on meI hope you're not angry if I disagreeSociety, crazy and deep

I hope you're not lonely without me"

- Society, Eddie Vedder

Buy Now$3.00 $1.02 USD or more

In order to download this Trifold-game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.02 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Support this Trifold-game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

If you're in a less than comfortable financial position and can't afford a copy of the game, help yourself to a community copy.

Every sold copy contributes to an extra community copy available (I will update it at least at every 10 sold copies).

If no Community Copy is available, it means that all were already claimed and more people need to pay for the game to unlock extra Community Copies. However, if you are in a hurry to check it out and can't afford it, hit me up in a DM on Twitter or wherever and I will be more than happy to fix a copy to you.

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With Teeth Like Stars [$7.00]

With Teeth Like Stars [$7.00]: by @ostrichmonkey

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The galaxy is vast, bright, and beautiful. The reach of the Dominion spans the galactic arms. But now, the Emprex-Demiurge is dead. Murdered on their throne-world. The Dominion Throne-System swallowed up by the black hole left in the wake of their death throes. With the screaming event horizon gleaming off the bow of your starship, you bore witness to this destruction.  Perhaps you were close enough to have seen the Emprex-Demiurge die. Maybe you were even the one to hold the blade, to slip it between the their ribs. Was it your hands that were stained with blood that glitters like the dark empty tapestry of space?

With Teeth Like Stars is a Rooted in Trophy role playing game about reaching, grasping, burning your way to the top. Characters are caught up in a wide, sweeping struggle as the galaxy begins to unravel in the wake of the fall of the Dominion galactic empire. 

Play as characters driven to fight for and amass immense power; whether they seek to protect and defend their home, or to slake their thirst for ever greater might. They know that to get what they most want, they must fill the void left by the Emprex-Demiurge, and they cannot do it alone.

Spin webs of intrigue, command fleets of starfighters, forge alliances, defeat rivals as you risk extinguishing your brightness in a galaxy of gothic ornamentation and glittering glamour. 

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With Teeth Like Stars features;

  • Nine unique Paths, with their own skills and special abilities.
  • Modified Trophy Gold combat rules for stellar combat.
  • Random tables for sparking ideas and populating your table's galaxy.

With Teeth Like Stars was made for the Dark Forest Jam. Make sure to check out the other entries!

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This work is based on Trophy, product of Jesse Ross and Hedgemaze Press, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Trophy is adapted from Cthulhu Dark with permission of Graham Walmsley. Trophy is also based on Blades in the Dark, product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Trophy™ is a trademark of Hedgemaze Press. The Rooted in Trophy Logo is © Hedgemaze Press, and is used with permission.

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

When you buy a copy of With Teeth Like Stars you help someone else get a free copy. For each copy bought, one copy gets added to the community copy pool. One copy is also added for every additional $3.00 over the regular purchasing price. 

If you are unable to purchase With Teeth Like Stars  for any reason, please grab a community copy!

Rawdeal - The Playing Card RPG [Free]

Rawdeal - The Playing Card RPG [Free]: by @MiskatonicUK

Rawdeal is an simple core RPG system that came about by accident. A quiet holiday sitting playing with a pack of cards and reading a fantasy novel. I didn’t have any game books with me and no dice, but I really wanted to generate some characters based the novel, and well one thing led to another. The result was the Rawdeal system. 

It's been available as a free download on miskatonic.co.uk for some time and has clocked up enough interest that I thought I'd make it more widely available.  It was a fun project for me to create - I hope it will be a bit of fun for you too.

Characters are defined by four basic attributes each linked to a card suit and instead of rolling dice you cut a pack of cards.

Have fun.

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A Twinge of Sadness [Free]

A Twinge of Sadness [Free]: by @TheMostMagiCole

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“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” -Jonathan Safran Foer

Gameplay:

As you spend a year together working towards a shared goal, there will be times when someone you know accidentally touches on that something, that pain, that memory so sensitive you flinch when you recall it. And they don't mean harm; how could they know? But it hurts the same nonetheless. Sometimes it is you who chooses to engage with that sadness, holding it out for the whole world to see. And sometimes you see that same pain on someone else's face. Do you offer comfort?

This is a game about sadness. Each character has a sad event from their past which will be brought up throughout the game at random times. You will explore that sadness together as you carve out a new way of living after the event.

Objectives:

  • Acknowledge your feelings of sadness.
  • Find comfort and healing amongst friends or colleagues.
  • Make it through each day one at a time.

This game concept comes out of my experience grieving for my step-brother who passed away July 5th, 2020 at the young age of 32. He was well-loved, funny, creative, and outgoing. Due to the pandemic and my then recent surgery, I was unable to attend his funeral or spend time grieving with my family. In the past few months, I have found that sadness and grief hit me at random times, like a jolt of lightning. They often come from unexpected things, and I wanted to capture that feeling in this game. I think it can be played in a fun setting or be used as a therapeutic way to dig into some of your own grief if the group of players is just right and onboard.

Smarts & Guts [Free]

Smarts & Guts [Free]: by @JonathanKohlhas

A quick to start "Lasers&feelings" hack, set in the 1920's, where you and your crew explore underground mysteries, discover forgotten secrets and find signs of ancient beings. Without your leader and most of your original supplies, you'll not only have to fulfill your mission with what you have left but most importantly you'll have to survive.

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Damned Company [Free]

Damned Company [Free]: by @paolojcruz

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The members of Damned Company aren’t your typical wetwork spooks. They operate in a world that has a dangerous sub-population of super-powered individuals, including a handful of very public independent costumed heroes, as well as organized villain syndicates. 

Damned Company are hardened super-felons who’ve been offered a reduced sentence, work release, or conditional pardon, as long as they fulfill a set of mission orders from the Bureau of Transhuman Affairs (a/k/a “The Butcher’s Shop”), via their merciless handler Ayumi Wada (callsign: Tenderloin). They’re eased out of the Ostrander Ultramax prison system, then given cover identities, targets, and objectives. Their activities are closely regulated via nanobots in their bloodstream. Failure means a grueling remote execution. 


A hack of Lady Blackbird by John Harper


To play this game, there must be one Game Master (GM) and at least two players who each control a pre-designed Operator.

Ideally, you’ll need at least seven (7) pieces of standard six-sided dice (d6) per player.

It’s designed as a self-contained mini-campaign, for 3 to 5 sessions, lasting about 120 minutes each.


This RPG can already be played, as is. However, updates are ongoing. 

Supporting this game includes access to all future versions, including:

  • more Traits and Tags for longer campaigns
  • more Keys and Secrets to change your Operator's focus
  • more Hostiles to deal with

The Magus [$15.00]

The Magus [$15.00]: by @momatoes

NOTICE: All proceeds incurred until February 28, 2021 will be donated to a mental health organization based in the Philippines (tentatively: the National Center for Mental Health).

UPDATE as of 31 Jan: We've raised over $650!!

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The Magus is crunchy. You will use several polyhedral dice to manage four traits: Focus, Power, Control, and Scars, which shape how the protagonist overcomes their challenges and meets their denouement after seven, fateful events. 

     Perhaps they sail to the Enigmatic North in search of the final homonculus.           Perhaps they burrow deep underground to escape their demon overlords.

        Or perhaps they go mad with power, and plunder innocent lives for M O R E

The  Magus' fate is shaped by your creative writing, and the carefully calculated whims of the dice. Everything comes at a cost, however: will you spend your scant remaining time to acquire more powerful spells, or nurture the few connections keeping you human?

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Overcome fantastic challenges with your fledgling power, meet strange creatures on your way: empresses with craven vulnerabilities, frog familiars seeking for masters, naive dreamers who believe in the goodness inside of you (why?).

Featuring exquisitely-designed pages, The Magus is a memorable experience about sacrifice, loneliness, and the power of magic and pathos coursing through all of us.

If you are in hardship and cannot afford this game, please contact me at hello@momatoes.com.

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

SPACE BOUNTY BLUES [Free]

SPACE BOUNTY BLUES [Free]:

A GM-less, planet-hopping, neo-noir RPG for 3-6 people inspired by the greatest sci-fi bounty hunter anime of all time

It’s the turn of the 25th century, and humanity has spread throughout the Inner System, a network of colony clusters connected by Transit Gates that make faster-than-light space travel possible.

Of course, anywhere people go, crime goes with ‘em. And when you can blow jurisdictions at the punch of a hyperdrive, The Man just can’t keep pace.

That’s where bounty hunters like you and the rest of your crew come in, with a license to run down and arrest the System’s Most Wanted throughout all six colony clusters.

But remember: this ain’t some license to kill; you only get paid if you hand over a bounty that’s still breathing. 

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Girth Quest [Free]

Girth Quest [Free]: A gang of chunky rats looking to escape from a pet store.
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Another Face in the Crowd [$7.00]

Another Face in the Crowd [$7.00]: by @ehronlime

Another Face in the Crowd is a cyberpunk roleplaying game for 2-5 players about being one of many individuals trying to fight the establishment together.

Each player will need some pen, paper, and a bunch of 8 and 10-sided dice (d8s and d10s).

One player will take on the role of the Grievance Manager (GM) and will represent the massive forces that the other players are trying to fight against.

Each other player controls a Character, and are all bound by a common goal: Take down the Establishment.

Each Character consists of 4 Facets and a Balance Sheet. Only one Facet is Active at any time, and players will have to juggle between different Facets to deal with various obstacles without drawing too much attention.

You can't win against the Establishment alone. Players will also have to rely on their Allies, either getting their help to overcome obstacles or to deal with other objectives. 

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

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All Animals Under Heaven [Free]

All Animals Under Heaven [Free]: by @AtFruitBat

Are you ready to embrace your Animal Sign and live under Heaven?

This game was writtten for the Cyberpunk by Asian Creators Game Jam. It is about creating stories in a group, or on your own if you're playing solo. You will generate a character using aspects inspired by the Chinese zodiac. You will play through 4 significant days that fall over the course of a year in a futuristic megacity, Heaven, fleshing out the world as you play. Prompts for how your character will experience those days are inspired by the Chinese almanac.

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STAT HEIST [Free]

STAT HEIST [Free]: by @adamebell
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Gubat Banwa [$9.99]

Gubat Banwa [$9.99]:  by @liquorcanini
The archipelago of never ending war...
Sorrowsong, sorrowsong, that song without end. 
Rejoice in the glory of combat, may we never know peace:

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Gubat-Banwa: The Warring States of Kitatak is a tactical combat and war drama roleplaying game set in a heroic fantasy setting inspired by Late Porcelain Period Philippines.

You play as Manggugubat, warrior-braves that make up  the warrior caste, followers of Datu, who enjoy prestige and regard oftentimes higher than their noble counterparts. As Manggugubat, you must define why you fight in this land of perpetual battle.

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As a tactical combat roleplaying game, you should expect deep and rewarding combat encounters that focus on neat tricks, battlefield effects, and grid combat in the same vein as Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, and Dungeons and Dragons 4E, with a system of roll under d20 that features trying to roll under your attack stat but higher than your target's Defense, to streamline and simulate Hit Chances in Tactics RPGs.

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As a war-drama roleplaying game, expect an emphasis on relationships with other warriors, with your loved one, and intense interpolity politics with the other polities. Gubat Banwa expects you to play into these melodramas: sons having to kill their fathers for defecting to an enemy polity, daughters having to flee to the mountains to escape misogynistic responsibilities, loved ones killing each other slowly due to orders and/or emotions, best friends dueling at the top of a mountain in the midst of a storm as their ideologies bring them to a head. This features systems of game that focus on action and consequence, with a 4d4 rolling system meant to invoke the casting of lots with crocodile's teeth that Precolonial Filipinos would do.

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This game is made for war stories, the likes one would see in Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre.  It’s about being forced to kill your closest loved one in the middle of a blood-stained sea in the midst of a storm because they serve a Datu that blasphemed your Sultan. War Drama narrative mechanics make sure that violence happens inevitably, in one way or another, all threads intertwining and coming to a head with tactical combat. 

You will get:

  • The Manggugubat Book, which is for both players and those that will run the game, known as Mangaawit.
  • The Mangaawit Book, which is for Mangaawit to help them run and facilitate games in Gubat Banwa.
  • Upcoming is the Kitatak Copperplate Inscriptions, upon which more in depth lore of the setting can be found. It should be up soon!

In this game, expect...

  • ...war drama and interpersonal relationship mechanics.
  • ...tactical combat inspired by the likes of D&D4e, Final Fantasy Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Fire Emblem, and Lancer.
  • A split between missions (Ventures) and downtime (Respite) drive the flow of combat of Gubat Banwa.
  • ...a setting inspired wholly by Late Porcelain Period Philippines and even some of Early Spanish Philippines, made to facilitate war narratives across the warring states of Kitatak.
  • ...all you need to run war story Ventures in said setting!

Failed Faith and Hope Asunder

Included is the first chapter of the FAILED FAITH AND HOPE ASUNDER Campaign, THE SEAS SPLIT FOR WE ALONE! You can use this to run a one shot with the game, or use it in tandem with the resources in the Core Rulebook to run your own game.

This game is in OPEN BETA/EARLY ACCESS. Talk about the game, play or run games, and provide feedback to the official Gubat Banwa Discord.

Note: Please also keep in mind that not all art has been installed yet! Look forward to updates! Thank you.

There are community copies that will be constantly refreshed for those that don't want to pay for Early Access. However, rest assured that every cent that is dropped here goes into paying for more art to bring Kitatak to life.

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In order to download this TTRPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Support this TTRPG at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

If you can't afford it, please don't be shy and take a community copy! Thank you for your interest.

Strange Changeling Child [$5.00]

Strange Changeling Child [$5.00]: by @Lexi_the_Fae

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Content Warning: This is a game about autism, ableism, the pain of pretending to be neurotypical, and the difficulties that neurotypicals place upon autistic people. It uses a metaphor that paints autistic people as literally non-human, which I personally resonate with in a positive way, but understand can be uncomfortable or triggering for others.

There’s a story that sometimes, fairies take children away and replace them with changelings: fairy-children of their own, who have strange mannerisms like being unwilling to look others in the eye, being more articulate than their age would suggest, or speaking with woodland creatures. All your life, people have whispered that you were a changeling, because they didn’t act the way they expected you to, didn’t fit in the way they wanted you to. This is mostly a case of unreasonable expectations on their part, but at the same time… you do have a little bit of fairy magic, don’t you? You’re already on such thin ice, will you reveal that magic to the people you care about, even if it might alienate you even further? 

Strange Changeling Child is a solo game played with a single piece of paper, two six-sided dice that you can clearly tell apart from each other, and a writing implement. You can also play with a digital notepad file instead of a pencil and paper, but I suggest analogue if you’re able.

Over play, you'll narrate the story of a changeling who hasn't yet told any of their loved ones that they're secretly a fairy, but as play continues, those loved ones will find out, for better or for worse. 

Currently, only the plain text, printer-friendly version of the game is available, but a fancier, prettier version made with Affinity Publisher will be available soon at no additional cost, along with any updates to the game text. Your support helps me make those updates possible!

Cover by Valis Teoh, whose work you can find here. Additional thanks to Emily Care Boss, Madeline McDaniel, and everyone involved in the IGDN Diversity Sponsorship of 2020! 

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

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

This game was written for consideration for LEVEL 1, the Free RPG Day Anthology by 9th Level Games, so it naturally seems appropriate to ensure that a free community copy is made available for every sale (and I'll add two copies for every sale with a tip!) 

In addition, if you're autistic or otherwise neurodivergent and interested in Strange Changeling Child, please reach out to me via twitter and I'll generate a download code for you! 

Finally, I also offer a no-questions-asked opt-in 40% off hardship discount for people who want to pay what they can, but can't quite justify spending $5 USD due to exchange rates, financial troubles, or any other reason.