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It may be small, but this game is a complete and unique fantasy role playing game. Add pencils and dice and you’ll have everything you need! Create your character and embark on an epic journey wrought with peril and rewards limited only by your imagination. Flip through the pages and you’ll see:

  • Classic character races: Elf, Dwarf, Halfling, and Human.
  • Eight character skills: Cleric, Enchanter, Leader, Scholar, Scout, Spellcaster, Thief, and Warrior.
  • Spells: 17 very flexible magic spells in a unique and simple magic system.
  • Equipment: a robust equipment list containing classic weapons and armor in addition to animals, gear, and even castles and ships.
  • Characters: Rules on creating and developing your character.
  • Rules lite: simple game rules relying on rapid resolution, action, and adventure.
  • Cool tools to get your creativity flowing: Magic item creation, alchemy, rune craft, spell scrolls, creature creation, traps, treasures, and more!
  • Adventure generation: we give you the nuts & bolts for developing memorable adventures, you sprinkle with creativity
  • Random dungeon creation system to help a GM prepare for a night’s fun.
  • A bestiary of over 45 creatures, ready to spread havoc on the world!
  • A broad brush-stroke setting, Keranak KingdomsTM, complete with brief history, atlas, and pantheon. A great backdrop for your epic saga.
  • Portable: fully indexed, e-book friendly, well-organized, and fits neatly in your pack or a large pocket. Take it with you and have it ready for an impromptu game. Try doing that with other fantasy role-playing game’s core rulebooks!
Notice: DwD Studios is unassociated with the similarly-named product Bare Bones Multiverse. If you came here searching for that product, please click here.

Within this zip file you should have:

  • BBF-Core Rulebook.pdf
  • BBF-Character Sheet.pdf
  • BBF-Player Reference.pdf
  • Kerenak Kingdoms Map.jpg
  • Keranak Kingdoms Map (Hexes).jpg

And because we like saving ink:

  • BBF-Core Rulebook-Print Friendly.pdf
  • BBF-Character Sheet-Print Friendly.pdf
  • BBF-Player Reference-Print Friendly.pdf

And finally we've added a free adventure module:

  • Maidens of Moordoth.pdf
  • Maidens of Moordoth-Print Friendly.pdf
  • MaidensOfMoordoth-GM.jpg
  • MaidensOfMoordoth-Player.jpg

Please join the site over at and get involved.  This game was written under a creative commons license, meaning YOU can write stuff too.  We already have several great promising adventure modules submitted, and we're excited to see what you add to the mix.

See you there!

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MATTHEW G September 02, 2023 7:53 pm UTC
I feel stupid asking for this but how do you do with monsters who ability scores go above 100 (Giants and Dragons specifically) I assume that they succeed/ hit unless they roll a 95-99?

It is a great game by the way.
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William L September 02, 2023 10:50 pm UTC
That is correct! Don't forget the multi-action penalty. Those powerful monsters can devastate a group of low level characters!
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Clemens G February 08, 2023 5:59 pm UTC
Would love to use these rules, but don't know how to attack: on page 28 the book states "to attack, you roll d00 and must roll less or equal to your listed chance to hit (which is explained in character creation)" -- no, it isn't, or I am blind.
My guess would be that it's the weapon score, because I didn't find any application of that either.
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William L February 08, 2023 11:36 pm UTC
Hi and thanks for the feedback. Yes it could be much clearer. It is there. In step 8 “final details”…

» Weapon Score is equal to either your melee or ranged Warrior score, depending on the type of weapon.
» Weapon Damage is determined by weapon type. For each 5 points of STR above 55 gain +1 to melee damage (62 STR causes +1 damage, for instance). For each 5 points of DEX above 55 gain +1 to ranged damage.
» Unarmed Score is equal to your Warrior melee score.
» Unarmed Damage is equal to 1D/2. For each 5 points of STR above 55 gain +1 to unarmed damage.

Hope that helps!
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Clemens G February 09, 2023 6:41 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply. I'm sorry, I'm probably just stupid, but the paragraph you quote speaks of weapon score, weapon damage, unarmed score, and unarmed damage. How does that relate to "chance to hit"?
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William L February 09, 2023 8:32 pm UTC
weapon score is your chance to hit enemies with that weapon. As I said - it could be much clearer :-)
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Clemens G February 10, 2023 6:47 am UTC
Thanks for the clarification :-)
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NB N January 29, 2023 3:23 pm UTC
I just picked this up and I have to ask will there be a 2nd edition?
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William L February 08, 2023 11:38 pm UTC
Yes! It’s in the works, honest. Just sadly a somewhat slow…
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Daniel D January 16, 2023 5:40 pm UTC
Does the PDF come in a printer friendly mode, without the tinted background?
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NB N January 29, 2023 3:22 pm UTC
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Lesley N October 29, 2022 11:06 pm UTC
I told myself, NO MORE GAMES!!, been binging on games lately :)
But something about this one egged me on. Couldn't help myself.

This isn't yet another redone D&D clone. Yeah, it uses the same ole cliches. Magic users, clerics, warriors, thieves. The stats seem to be the usual. But wait a moment.
Cleric is a skill? There isn't a bajillion spells. There isn't a bajillion weird monsters. Combat isn't overcomplex.
This design really IS Barebones, but, it's still complete.

I treated myself to the hardcover. I'm rather looking forward to giving this one some of my time. I think this game can really perform in the hands of a talented DM, and won't overwhelm a new DM. If this product has not gained any accolades, then they are over due.
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Daniel V June 30, 2021 12:32 am UTC
I've noticed that the rank table on p.22 notes a +1 in rank for a highest ability of 50-99. Since characters are supposed to start at rank 1 and not rank 2, I wondered if that was not a typo. Perhaps it was meant to read 80-99 instead?
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William L February 08, 2023 11:39 pm UTC
It is WHY characters begin at Rank 1 :-)
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Diego B November 15, 2019 8:31 pm UTC
One year later, same question :-)
Any news about 2nd edition?
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William L February 08, 2023 11:40 pm UTC
:-( I’m sorry. I’m trying to work with another person on the project but our schedules never align. Maybe I should just go back to doing it alone…
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Diego B November 11, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
News about a possible second edition of this fun game? Maybe even a re-edition putting corebook, setting and extra races in one single book? A kickstarter maybe?
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Jim L December 12, 2018 12:48 pm UTC
A second edition would be so neat!
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Eric P July 23, 2019 11:28 pm UTC
I agree! And it may be closer than you think! ;)
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