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ReadWriteRoll: A Roleplaying Manifesto


How can you tell better stories with a tabletop roleplaying game?

ReadWriteRoll is a system for readers, writers, and roleplayers who love telling stories with friends! It combines familiar d20-style mechanics with story game sensibilities to create a simple system designed around the way stories are constructed.

The core mechanic is simple - roll a d20, add modifiers, and determine if the total is high or low, even or odd. If the total is high, you succeed! If it's low, you fail. If the total is an even number, you narrate your success or failure. If the total is odd, the gamemaster or your opponent gets to describe you success or failure.

The game also uses risk dice, polyhedrals from a d4 to d12 that allow you to influence your level of success or failure. The bigger the die type, the bigger the risk. The bigger the risk, the greater your possible success -- and the larger the consequences for failure!

ReadWriteRoll is divided into three sections:

  • The first helps you to determine the type of story you want to tell, and allows the gamemaster to put together a setting alone or collaboratively with the rest of the group.
  • The second section is character creation, so you can create the protagonists, antagonists, and supporting cast needed to populate your story!
  • The final section contains the rules, everything you need to play the game and tell your story!
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November 13, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Happy birthday, Berin! I thought all Dancing Lights Press products were supposed to be 50% off today (Sunday, Nov. 13th), but they're all showing up as full price. Can anyone please fix this before I purchase?
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Berin K November 13, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
Thanks! I don't know what the glitch was, but it looks correct now.
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Berin K September 14, 2016 5:47 am UTC
EPUB and MOBI versions have been added.
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Berin K August 16, 2016 4:28 am UTC
An updated PDF that fixes typos that slipped through will be pushed by the end of the week. Thanks!
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Berin K August 17, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
And... it's updated!
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August 12, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
I had the same problem that david K did. So I shall wait for Tuesday 16 August.
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Berin K August 13, 2016 4:03 am UTC
Sorry for the confusion. I literally do not know how to make it more clear that this is a preorder.
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August 13, 2016 7:03 pm UTC
You were absolutely clear. My error in not reading as closely as I needed to. Thank you for your quick response as I love all of the Dancing Lights products.
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Berin K August 13, 2016 7:06 pm UTC
I hope you love this one just as much! Thanks for your support!
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david K August 12, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Umm... The download currently only includes the cover image. I assume there will be more soon?
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david K August 12, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
oops. reacted too quickly to the email.
I will wait until Tuesday.
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Berin K August 12, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Read the very first line of the description:

PREORDER: the PDF will be available on Tuesday, August 16th.
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Berin K August 12, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
All good!
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