200 Word RPG Challenge

I am honored and humbled to be a finalist this year on the 200 word RPG challenge. There are a lot of amazing games people have created who are part of the finalist selection, and it blows me away to be considered among them. I thought I’d share my entry here in a pritified version. It’s called Time Travel Thaw, as is probably obvious.



About Time for that Promised Update

After a lot of work, editing, reworking of game systems, and so on, I’m happy to say the new version of the game text is complete and ready for anyone to view. I’d include a change-log, but it’s easier to say pretty much everything except for the core rolling mechanic has been reworked.

The Young and the Brave [Beta v9.01]

Bottle Cap Throttle

While putting the finishing touches on the latest incarnation of The Young and the Brave, I took a short break to work on a totally unrelated game called Bottle Cap Throttle. Bottle Cap Throttle is a game about flicking bottle caps around a table to simulate drunken, post-apocalyptic loons driving around a battered wasteland. You drive with bottle caps, you fight with bottle caps, you make skill checks with bottle caps… you get the picture. Grab the short pdf below to check it out.

Bottle Cap Throttle

Actual Play Episode 8

The eight (and final) episode of this campaign arc. The party does some time traveling, battle a boss, and meet a celebrity of sorts. The first 20-30 seconds of spoken audio have an echo because two of the microphones were temporarily right next to each other, but that ends quickly. It’s still not the best audio out there, but if you aren’t too picky about that sort of thing, the issues are easily ignored.

This is the last episode of this series, and I’m unsure when or if I’ll be uploading more. I will continue fine tuning the game and sooner or later I hope to do the old graphic design thing on it and pretty up the rules, but for now, it is easily playable and enjoyable in its current state.

The intro and outro music on this episode is Orange Jacket by John Fletcher, and can be found in the creative commons section of Soundcloud.

Actual Play Episode 008

Actual Play Episode 7

After far too long, we were able to record another session here. The party makes their way to an ancient temple with hopes of restoring magic to all humans regardless of age, but does the villainous Sammy have something else in store for our heroes?

This weeks intro/outro music is from Gundatsch with their song Nokoko which can be found in the creative commons section of Soundcloud.

Actual Play Episode 007

Further Major Updating, Including Changes to Initiative, Critical Rolls, and Dodging

Some more changes to the rules to help speed up combat and to give the players more options in how they approach combat. The initiative changes should allow for more tactical decisions on the players’ and GM’s side. The changes to critical rolls and dodging were first mentioned in the February 24th post of this year, but have finally been implemented into the rules.

  • The Shadows (monster type) has been renamed to The Shadow Creatures for clarity purposes.
  • Initiative system completely revamped.
  • Critical rolls now include succeeding or failing by 7 or more points, as per the February 24th post on this site.
  • Rules for crouching were removed as no one ever used them, and I ultimately felt they were unnecessary.
  • The number of times a character can dodge is now determined by their dexterity attribute, as per the February 24th post.
  • The Knowledgeable trait has been removed from the traits listing and moved to the Skills listing, thus allowing a character to take it as a skill for multiple areas of knowledge instead of a one time option at character creation.

The Young and the Brave [beta v0.85]   Use the version below instead.

Slightly unrelated, but I hope to have a new Actual Play episode up soon. Just having a hard time getting everyone together for a session. I’m sure you all know what that’s like if you’re a grown up with a job.

Edit: Slightly updated version that fixed a weird layout problem.

The Young and the Brave [beta v0.851] Use this version.