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The Ladder is a rules-lite roleplaying game, perfectly suitable for use with new players, and especially with younger players. This lack of complexity has also seen The Ladder used successfully to run internet roleplaying games. 

Tasks are resolved with a single roll of a standard six-sided die. There's no addition, subtraction or multiplication required, and there are no numbers used to describe how good characters are at things. Have a look and see ...

Why is it called The Ladder?  The entire task resolution system is designed on a 5-step ladder each rung denoting a level of expertise required to achieve a certain effect. If you are 'good' at driving, then we assume you achieve a task result of 'good' most of the time. Occasionally you will be forced to Step Down your success level (to Poor or Fail) or Step Up (to Expert). All is explained inside. 

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John R October 28, 2020 5:47 pm UTC
It's basically the FUDGE RPG with some of the Ladder adjectives changed, but instead of FUDGE/FATE Dice (or d6-d6), it uses a regular d6 read in a special way.

It would have been nice to see the Author credit the FUDGE RPG at least as an inspiration. Even the name "The Ladder" is from FUDGE.
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Paul E October 29, 2020 7:32 am UTC
At the time it was written there were several homebrewed games being circulated that resembled, or took inspiration from, Fudge. I looked at Fudge but didn’t like it, and thought I could come up with a faster, shorter alternative. So I consider it an alternative to Fudge, not inspired by.
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John R October 29, 2020 6:27 pm UTC
I could see "alternative to" if it wasn't so plainly using things from Fudge, like it's most core element (the adjective trait Ladder, which you've mostly used just with one or two of the adjectives being changed). It really comes across as just tweaked-Fudge with different dice.
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Matthew M March 16, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
I have been a long-time fan of this game. Super simple, requires no prep, and is all resolved on a single d6. Admittedly I'm biased: I helped flesh out the superheroes section back in '03. With this system I've written a Final Fantasy, Minecraft, Fallout, Harry Potter, and even a stand-alone space genre for my kids with this simple book. I'd love to see a 'fan setting' page set up for people to populate with character 'sheets' and suggested skill lists per genre.

For free this is a great rules-lite system. My only issue is I prefer games with dice pools, and I've been contemplating a system hack where you use a die-per-rung and you're looking for 5+ or 6+, possibly with a wild die for twists of fate in the story.
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