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What's a good printing/publishing service for tabletop RPGs?

I'm making a tabletop RPG (with some friends) that we plan to put on Kickstarter. Along with releasing the RPG in electronic form, I would really like to have a printing or publishing service so that ...
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Is the mistborn adventure game based on another system?

The Mistborn Adventure Game, seems like a very flexible system for using to roleplay certain fictional worlds. I really like it. I am wondering if it is based on any other system. Perhaps ...
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Creative Problem Solving Combat System Suggestions [closed]

Here it goes, I am working on my own RPG system and I need some suggestions for a combat system that promotes creative problem solving. One of the key aspects to this system is that its not ...
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Managing complexity due to concrete-scale rules [closed]

We are rolling out an RPG system for the fun of it. However, recent tests have lead us to a rather unsolvable problem. In order to make single combat interesting and hopefully realistic, close-combat ...
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Where can I learn how to design my own RPG?

Let's say I have an idea for my own tabletop roleplaying game. Where can I go to learn more about how to design and publish my RPG? In particular: How can I find advice and resources to help me ...
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Is publishing yet another RPG system a good or bad idea? [closed]

The situation is this: I recently designed an RPG system with a group of friends (a sort of mad-lib type system, an improv-type system where you can't say no but just take what the player and/or GM ...
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Creative Commons RPG [duplicate]

I can't find a complete and generic (or fantasy) RPG system that: Allow me to edit the changes and distribute under a different license Allow me to use comercially I want a game system using the ...
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“High on Magic” - how original is it?

I have written a RPG called "Chuť magie" - it's in Czech and it means literary "Taste of Magic", but I'd definitely call it "High on Magic" in English. I'm not planning to translate it to English ...
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Do enemies/monsters get gray dice?

In Heresy-Engine based games (Airship Pirates, Victoriana 2E), do monsters have gray dice? For example, if the Bestiary lists dogs as 4HD, do they get 4 ordinary health dice plus the 4 gray ones, ...
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How would I go about publishing the RPGs I've created?

I've written three games that are all pretty much finished, and I want to move forward with them. The next logical step is publication, but where do I go to find out about publishing a ...
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What's the best practice for an Indie-LARP?

I'm starting a Sci-Fi LARP near where I live and so far only my close friends are going to attend, What would be the best way to increase my player-base? Also it'll be my first event that I've ...
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Extended conflict / bringing down the pain in hardcore dungeoncrawling

Context I am developing house rules to use Solar system for hardcore dungeoncrawling. I've thus far run one session of the game and combat represented some problems. Rules-wise The characters can ...
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What kind of equipment rules for low bonus dice and low pool points game?

Background I've played in and story guided several games of the Shadow of Yesterday and Solar system, but in none of those we have used any formal equipment rules. Equipment has mostly made some ...
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Who published the game Challenge?

I'm trying to dig up info on a game I played years ago, here's what I think I know: The name was most likely Challenge. Made use of premade character cards in some way. Mark Rein·Hagen may have been ...
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How are you supposed to use the Remember Tools section in Remember Tomorrow?

My friends and I were taking our first crack at the light-weight cyberpunk game Remember Tomorrow. We were rolling up characters, and we found it really opaque how we were supposed to roll up gear in ...
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How necessary is mechanical character advancement?

I've been fiddling around with a game system for some time (ever since the 2010 Game Chef competition) that's based around characters that are shape-shifters. Because of this, characters have a fluid ...
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How does the Journal in Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple affect play of the game?

I just played Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple for the first time on Thursday. It went very well. I played again on Saturday, it did not go as well... It almost seemed like the journal was a ...
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Is Barbarians of Lemuria suitable for campaign play?

I've read a couple of reviews on rpg.net, seen a few reviews on Youtube, and read two or three actual play reports about Barbarians of Lemuria. My impression is that it's a rules-light game without a ...
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Has anybody actually already played Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition?

Released as an April Fools joke, Dungeons The Dragoning 40000 7th Edition is a parody and conglomerate of many established roleplaying games, including but not limited to: D&D, WoD, 7th Sea, ...
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Are “Zero” and “Interface Zero” the same RPG?

I've seen mentions of both in discussions - are they one RPG, or two?
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How easy is it for a group that's grown up on a D20/DnD system to quickly pick up and try Dust Devils?

The Dust Devils rpg seems very interesting to try; we are, however, quite busy and won't have time to prepare in advance - most likely we'll be learning the rules while we play. How difficult is the ...
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Engel metaplot summary?

Could someone sum up briefly (or provide a link to a similarly brief summary of), please, the metaplot of Engel, a German-language RPG (whose English translation was published by one of White Wolf's ...
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What indie systems present sufficiently interesting mechanics or settings to be recommended for an “Uncampaign”?

Recently I concluded a long-running Ars Magica game. In order to fill the gaming gap that left, I've started a series of unrelated one-shots called "Uncampaign." Which is designed around the ...
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What is an “ashcan” release?

What are "ashcans"? What are their purpose? Where does the name come from?
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Difficulties & Benefits of Choosing A Small-Press RPG

What do you feel are the pros and cons of choosing to play/run an RPG produced by a smaller RPG company over a larger RPG company in terms of customer and product attention, support, and feedback?
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Good first “indie” rpg to try out? [closed]

What would be a good "indie" role-playing game to try out something a little more experimental than the mainstream games? Recently we've been playing D&D3, WFRP 2nd ed, and a FUDGE-game based on ...
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Seeking Name of Abstract, Card-Based RPG

I'm looking for the name of a small, indie RPG that I came across a while ago. The game used tarot-like cards instead of dice. When something in the game needed to be decided, then cards were drawn ...