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Stone ruins are all that remains of an ancient society we call the Draeicks. These awe-inspiring structures, colossal in size, were constructed utilizing extremely sophisticated techniques which still confound archaeologists and engineers to this day. These ancient people were thought to be highly educated in a wide range of magic and technology; until a great cataclysm caused the collapse of their society and the loss of their advanced knowledge. Their abandoned monoliths have become the backdrop for new civilizations.

From the ashes of the Draeicks, kingdoms and dynasties rose and fell for thousands of years of progress and regression. We now dawn on the modern era; an age of empires and industries. In this time, in this world we call Drae, there is no freedom. Here, you either fall victim to the greed of monopolies and oligarchs or you wander the wilderness to instead fall victim to the violence of mother nature. But there is an exception. A path only walked by a rare few. Those with Experience. Those with Confidence. Those we call Heroes. These brave adventurers are the rare few who would dare to traverse the Golden Oceans.”

Take to the seas of silt and sand! Golden Oceans: The Adventure Roleplaying Game is your portal to exotic lands laden with treasure and riddled with danger. This game focuses on interesting characters and unique storytelling above all else! In lieu of a level system, Golden Oceans utilizes special abilities called Confidences. Combine Cultural, Occupational, and Motivational Confidences to create the base concept for your character. This process helps to establish a backstory for your character by answering the Who, What, Where, and Why. By mixing and matching you can create a near infinite amount of unique characters.

As the characters adventure they will gain Experience for accomplishing goals within the story. This Experience is used to unlock Heroic Confidences. The wide range of Heroic Confidences allow the players to choose different areas of expertise for their characters. By advancing in a non-linear fashion, they can tailor their growth to their specific storyline. The First Core Rulebook features Heroic Confidences in the following categories: Survivalist, Martial Artist, Thief, and Marksman (but does not restrict players to one specific category).

In addition to Experience, by roleplaying their motivations, the players will also recieve Destiny. The players can use the Destiny to give themselve advantage in the future. This empowers the player with more freedom, allowing more opportunities for exciting and hiliarious roleplay, which ultimately rewards more Destiny. The game of Golden Oceans has NO masters! The Game Leader collaborates with the Players to create a fun, inclusive experience.


-Basic rules and various options for character creation.

-Rules for leading the game and playing the game.

-(300) unique abilities called Confidences

-(12) unique Cultures from (8) different Nations

-(18) unique character Motivations

-(90) different character Occupations (including specific skill bonuses)

-(250) individual items, including weapons, armor, pets, vehicles, consumables, and more!

Golden Oceans: Core Rulebook #1 contains all the necessary information to design a campaign, create characters, and explore the dangerous world of Drae. In this tabletop roleplaying game of high adventure you will explore ancient tombs to uncover magical artifacts. You will be pirates on the open oceans or robbers out on the frontier. You will save the world from evil cultists looking to summon an elder being to destroy all existence or you will summon the elder being yourself just to watch the world burn. In the game of Golden Oceans you can take destiny into your own hands!

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Dan D August 18, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Is anyone else having problems downloading this from their Library? I've tried on three different networks, and it errors out before 75% complete on each. It won't even transfer to my Dropbox account, which does have enough space to take it...
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Geoffrey W August 18, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
dtrpg's download server is being flaky. Give it a couple days, I'd say.
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Timothy B August 19, 2017 11:00 am UTC
While I have no doubt DTPRG will fix their technical issues, the massive size of this PDF is just exacerbating the problem. I'd love to see a compressed version made available.
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Geoffrey W August 20, 2017 6:15 am UTC
Compressed nothing. I'd take normal. Is all the art at 1000 DPI or something?
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Tucker W August 28, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Sorry Dan, I uploaded a full resolution version so people can print their own books. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will upload a low res version soon.
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Dan D September 01, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Tucker, no worries! I'll try again tomorrow, now that I know it was an odd issue with DTRPG's servers. And I completely understand, regarding your use of GIMPShop for developing the book; when in need, we do what we have to do. I used to be a graphic designer, and I still work IT with large numbers of designers, so it's easy for me to forget sometimes that not everyone has access to high-end software (or the means to learn to use it). You showed, however, that it's not absolutely necessary to have the best in order to produce something useful. Thank you!
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Tucker W September 01, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Dan, thank you for understanding! And thank you for supporting Zach in his time of need.
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Geoffrey W August 18, 2017 2:55 am UTC
... Why is this 135 page PDF over 600 megabytes?
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Timothy B August 18, 2017 3:52 am UTC
I had the same question.
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Geoffrey W August 20, 2017 6:41 am UTC
I finally got it downloaded, and I have the answer. It's not text. It's all images. The entire book is nothing but images.

You can't search it, and you can't highlight passages in it. That's why it's half a gigabyte. It's all made up of images.

This is not how you PDF.
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Timothy B August 20, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
I'm reaching out to the publisher on Google+.
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Tucker W August 28, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Yea sorry, I uploaded a full resolution version, so people can print their own books. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will upload a low res version soon.
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Timothy B August 29, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Thanks for being responsive, Tucker. I appreciate it! Will the low res version have searchable text, too?
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Tucker W August 29, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Timothy, here is the deal. I created this book over a period of five years, in my free time, while working my minimum wage job. I was not able to afford the proper software, such as Indesign, and was forced to use a free software called Gimpshop. I created the book page by page in this design program, so all the text has been flattened into the image. I realize this is an issue: no searchable text, large file size, etc. This was my first book. I did everything myself and I am proud of the product I made, even if its not perfect or industry standard.

So, unfortunately Tim, I do not have a searchable text version to offer you. All I can offer you is a lower resolution file. Thank you for understanding.

I try to do the right thing by volunteering my content to raise money for a fellow game designer with cancer. And now I've got this guy Geoffrey W. busting my chops and giving my product one star reviews. Very inconsiderate if you ask me.
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Geoffrey W August 29, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
I apologize for the "this is not how you PDF" comment. It was over the top.

Other than that, however, I reserve criticism as my prerogative, regardless of anyone's motivation or circumstance. If you really wanna argue about it, I'll oblige, but I suggest letting the matter drop. This is not a venue for protracted discussion.
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Tucker W August 31, 2017 1:18 pm UTC

Thank you for the apology. Please continue to criticize at your leisure. I will continue to be productive regardless.
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