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Bare Bones Beyond (B3) is a RPG that utilizes one success table and a two-six sided dice mechanic to resolve all ability, combat, and damage rolls. The system is simple and quick to learn. Each character is unique, with both abilities and conditions. During game play characters are allowed to grow according to the player's vision. The GMs unique story telling styles take a front seat, as the mechanic is designed to take a back seat to the story, offering game structure without creating unnecessary barriers.


Pulp Campaign Settings will be made available from Scaldcrow Games on a regular basis. These rules are common to each campaign world. If one of our worlds is not your cup of tea, use the rules, to make your own. Contained in this book is a complete pulp vintage, modern, and science fiction equipment list, as well as 6 archetypal character types. Start your own campaign world today!

"The Skinny" contains the rules mechanic and sample encounters. It offers six classic character archetypes that will fit into any genre.

  1. The Heretic: Attracted by taboo knowledge and new discoveries, the Heretic can be often found getting too close to dangerous things.
  2. The Leader: Driven by a desire to lead, to be number one, and to measure up to responsibility over others, the Leader has a unique and demanding personality.
  3. The Mystic: Calmly seeking balance and purpose, this character seeks to bring order and peace.
  4. The Rascal: This character is always young at heart, living for freedom, discovery, and adventure.
  5. The Scholar: The scholar is often the calm influence of reason in a room. They have a keenly analitical, focused, and logical mind.
  6. The Warrior: Fearless and willing to stand nose-to-nose with any challenge, this courageous archetype is known for drawing a line in the sand; holding firm when others quake with fear.

Stop wasting valuable time looking up minutia in an endless sea of charts and tables. This comprehensive and simple gaming system brings the GM out of the books and back to the table, doing what good GMs do best -- telling a good story.

Read the rules front to back to fully grasp this simple gaming concept. This game is for you, the serious role-player who prefers dynamic character development and narration.

  • Six archetypal character types included. These archtypes are common to all genres.
  • Sample encounter section: includes many encounters from different pulp themed genres.
  • Extensive equipment selection.
  • Our Cosmic Eye Tables helps to avoid lags in the story telling  by providing simple answers to plot questions
  • All generic products from Scaldcrow Games are 100% compatible with B3
  • Dice conversion tables help to convert characters for many other gaming systems to B3.
  • Ongoing game support from our website, includes rules upgrades, variations, story ideas , story hooks, fiction and pulp-fan information.

Smaller Rules equals Bigger Gaming!


This project was funded by Kickstarter. As always, our thanks go out to our backers, who through their ongoing generosity make this all possible. Worlds of Pulp and Bare Bones Beyond are results of our Kickstarter experience. Check out Rotwang City: The City of Shadows and Davey Beauchamp's Amazing Pulp Adventures.

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Patrick B April 09, 2020 11:49 pm UTC
If you get Rotwang City or Davey Beauchamp's Pulp Adventures, is there a need to get this book too or are the rules from this book incorporated in those?
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Dan B July 10, 2015 10:03 pm UTC
Looks interesting! How will it handle stuff like Indiana Jones? Or Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow? Are dinosaurs and giant apes given stats?
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Timothy B July 17, 2015 1:56 pm UTC
The rules are made to be flexible and rely on clear vision from the players and game-masters. Stats for dinosaurs and monstrous mega apes are given in the stats, as well as bug-eyed aliens, rocket men, ape men, and robot with a human brain.
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Benjamin N March 04, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Can you build your own monsters easily?
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