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USR 2.0 (Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying)

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Sometimes you just want to play a roleplaying game without the hassle of learning a mountain of rules. Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying has the answer. This streamlined ruleset will get you and your friends around the table and on an adventure in no time. With quick and easy mechanics that both new players and veterans will love, USR opens up a gateway to infinite worlds, whether you want to play as detectives in Victorian England, witch hunters in a dark city or warriors in a magical realm. 

Play it Your Way

USR is an easy game to learn but there are optional rules throughout if you fancy making it a bit more advanced. Feel free to add your own rules or change current ones to match your preferences. The most important thing is that you and your group have fun with it.

What's New?

What's New In USR Version 2.0? This is the second version of the USR system, and while the game hasn't changed much there have been a couple of alterations. For one, the layout has had a lick of fresh paint. Hope you like it. The second is that using Specialisms during combat has changed to make it even more streamlined. Thirdly, narrative points have been adjusted to offer a more structured way of using them. Finally, after lots of feedback the book now includes more advice for new players starting out with roleplaying games. Other than that, it's all the same, unbelievably simple game you love!

USR 2.0 features:

  • Super fast character creation
  • Generic system covering a multitude of genres
  • Rules-lite gameplay that encourages roleplay
  • Role-play centric advancement
  • Quick, modular combat
  • Simple one-die task resolution
  • Dynamic rules for any weapon imaginable
What gamers like you are saying about USR:

"I am a huge fan of this system. It is simple, elegant, and FREE" - The Mary Sue

"This is a great game - simple, well laid out and very flexible" - Tabletop Diversions

"The system does exactly what it says on the tin and provides a simple yet versatile system" - Lloyd of Gamebooks

Follow the author Scott Malthouse on Twitter @scottmalt

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Lisa M September 30, 2021 3:29 pm UTC
How do you stat up npcs?
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Jay M March 01, 2021 3:51 am UTC
Don't forget to grab your third-party, completely unauthorized USR Character Sheet here on Drivethru.
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Matthew D May 30, 2020 4:21 pm UTC
I just gave this a read through & I can't wait to try this out. A nice, simple, ultra lite rule set that will easily be memorized with no need to stop the game for a rule check. It can also be built upon if you want to add your own vehicle rules, etc. A dash of Tiny d6 without being strictly d6 along with a dash of savage worlds attribute dice assignment. Haven't played those systems yet but from the way I think of them, it's what came to mind. If I find USR 2.0 to be as fun & useful as I'm thinking it will be I shall return to throw down some coin. I appreciate being able to try it out for free as I have paid in the past only to be terribly disappointed.
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Michael S February 15, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Newbie Question: If character has the Medium Weapon +2 specialism and a Pistol +2 do they add +2 or +4? If this character did not have the pistol would they still add the Medium Weapon +2? Finally is a Combat specialism needed to use a weapon (i.e., Have only Pistol +2)

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GREGORY H August 02, 2023 3:16 am UTC
I'm also wondering about these things, it's the only part of the rules I wasn't 100% clear on. The example on page 11 implies both bonuses would be added although nowhere in the rules that I can see is this ever stated or explained.
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Hans-Olof O February 24, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
File ontains only 10 pages, should be 21?
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Emily M June 01, 2015 11:13 pm UTC
What sort of licence does the system have?
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David L July 08, 2014 3:27 am UTC
Just a bit of nitpicking... the book has 21 pages. It is nearly 52 megabytes! I find it hard to believe it's not possible to optimize the PDF file.
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scott M July 12, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Thanks for the heads-up. I've uploaded a new file that's been heavily compressed. Have fun!
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Jeff E August 03, 2014 5:02 pm UTC
This has reduced the size... To 50 megs. I think the problem is that each page is a 2+ meg image. There is no "text", that can be copied and pasted, just images of text. You may want to check the render settings on your pdf making program (which the file tells me is Scribus 1.4.3). This page says that it's 1 meg, but that is clearly wrong. It could be a function of the watermark system doing it, but I cannot tell.

I hate to complain about free, because free, but I would prefer less graphics, just black and white text. Neither the images, or the pink text print well.
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Michael C July 25, 2023 12:52 am UTC
There's a new new version that's down to 7MB, but still the text is non-selectable. I know it's been over a decade and you've probably moved on, but is there any chance of a character-based version? Or access to the pre-PDF version (Word or whatever desktop publishing system you used)?
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Michael C July 25, 2023 1:06 am UTC
I should be more specific - the issue isn't that the text isn't selectable, it's that it isn't *searchable* which is important to speed finding things during the game.
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