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Risus: The Anything RPG

Risus: The Anything RPG

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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 Forces of Risus Fandom for 25 Amazing Years! Happy Silver 2018, and Here's to the Next 25! For newcomers: note also that Risus has been translated to Belarusian, Korean, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Croatian, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Esperanto and Russian. Visit the Risus homepage for free downloads, community links and more!

Need an adventure right away? Toast of the Town is a free module for Risus! Want to play but don't have a group? Ring of Thieves is a free solitaire module for Risus! Need a campaign-scaled module focused on repeatedly murdering Santa Claus? No? I guess that makes sense, but that's what A Kringle in Time is, anyway! Love Risus so much you just want more? The Risus Companion is your gateway to the International Order of Risus (and really, just a groovy good time).

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Joseph R July 04, 2018 7:21 am UTC
IOR member 187. This game, and especially the companion, made me a better GM across all systems. I was young and stupid and had a lot to learn. S. John taught me a lot of it. Thank you.
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S. John R July 04, 2018 7:28 am UTC
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S. John R July 04, 2018 11:36 am UTC
(That was a totally sincere "You made my day thank you so much right back" sort of "Aw.")
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Wind L March 02, 2018 3:08 am UTC
Best RPG system that there is--but do you have the skills and the creativity to handle it?
S. John Ross is my hero!
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S. John R July 04, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Thank you so much :)
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Jimmy S January 11, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
I shiver with antici....pation for the 2nd Edition Risus Companion! I'm gonna try doing the time warp (it's just a jump to the left) and see if I can find a copy in the future.
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S. John R January 13, 2018 1:43 am UTC
Oh man, yeah! If you snag a future copy, please let me peek. It'll either (A) help speed along my own drafting/testing process or (B) rip a hole in the space-time continuum, either of which would tick a box on my to-do list =)
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Jonathan J March 06, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
You're the best person of all time!
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Geoffrey W June 03, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
So I've been looking around the internet and I've found other versions of Risus. I also notice that this version has removed some things. Like the Funky Dice rules.

Any particular reason for that? The Companion, for instance, sometimes references rules that are not present in this edition.
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S. John R June 07, 2017 6:04 am UTC
Hi! Thanks for asking! Funky Dice rules will always have a home on the Risus site at - the Risus Companion 2nd Edition is forthcoming and will be a 100% free upgrade for those with the current Companion. It'll include not only updates to the articles and references, but also a big wobbly pile of additional material.
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Geoffrey W June 08, 2017 12:22 am UTC
So I guess y'all just decided you didn't like those rules then?

Anyway, cool. "Forthcoming," you say? Any idea what kind of timeframe you're looking at for that? Weeks? Months? Fiscal year? :D
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S. John R June 08, 2017 1:59 am UTC
I like the Funky Dice rules a lot; they were just a kind of evolutionary blind alley for Risus at the core level. Still as good as ever in the right context, though! The new Companion is in development and playtest. If it rocks hard in playtest it moves on to blindtest later this year.
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Chris K February 01, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Great to see Risus here on DTRPG. Cannot recommend too highly. Really wonderful little system, fun and fast. easy to learn, easy to teach. Couple of dice, a pencil, a few scraps of paper - things we all carry at all times - you can be ready to play anywhere in minutes ( the rules are simple enough to just remember - even at a bar ). It may change the way you approach whatever other rule-set you use too.
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Robert B January 08, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Actually I'm kind of shocked it took this long to show up here. One of the classics of RPGing, a game you can set up and run in minutes and an amazing level of fun. Read it, it will change your life (maybe somehow.. ok not 100% on that last statement.. I'm like 80... 60% yeah I'm 60% on that.)
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Phillip D January 07, 2016 11:09 pm UTC
Finally! I love Risus and am happy DTRPG is spreading the good word!
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