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MADCAP is the role-playing game where you and your friends become wacky characters in a cartoon show that you create!

  • Simple rules that feed the fires of your fevered imagination. Choose a playbook, such as the know-it-all Smartypants, the devious Trickster, the meta-satirical Self-Aware, and the proverbial more!
  • Gimmicks to customize your character for any role, such as the beleaguered small-town sheriff, the hapless red-shirted space explorer, the incompetent wizard. Change options more frequently than you change underwear!
  • Amuse yourself as you build on your each other’s jokes, stack up the laughs, and (maybe) take a few lumps when your hare-brained schemes blow up in your face.
  • Sample adventures and campaigns to get you started! Bum around some two-bit tinsel-town while you wait for your next break! Run through dark hallways while spooks chase after you! Or blunder into another franchise and take it down a peg with your smug self-awareness.
  • Look at pictures drawn by animation professionals, all full color and all modeled after the characters that you create
  • Make up your own stories as you come up with all new stuff, or copy from your favorite shows. We won't tell if you don't!

Don’t just let everyone else laugh at you – make a game out of it! And when you play MADCAP, you’re all winners!





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Bob V January 13, 2024 3:53 pm UTC
For the last few days, I have soloed my way through an adventure I created using Calvin Core (2 pages, at DriveThruRPG). I only used the first page of this RPG. When you start it, there is only one rule. Rules get added during play when they are “triggered”. When I, as the player, got to create rules, I picked rules to develop my character. When the Game Master created rules, he would develop the Boss and his Sidekick. The solo engine I used was a yes/maybe/no oracle. To make things easier, rules were plucked from MADCAP: Screwball Cartoon Role-Play.

So, the adventure started with Calvin the Inventor. He had heard that an evil scientist had taken over an abandoned school. When Calvin saw the school up ahead, he encountered Jill the Investigator. He attempted to flirt with her, but that attempt failed. When they stepped onto the school property, they encountered a robot guard. Calvin was able to turn it off, but he failed at the attempt to reprogram it. A voice came from the robot, “Doomsday...See more
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Thomas R November 01, 2023 5:40 pm UTC
One of the reviews (from 2020) mentions multiple editing errors in the rules...have these been fixed?
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Eric S February 11, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
I feel like this game is underated. It deserves some more popularity. More people should record sessions of this game. I am interested on how other people play this game.
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Justus P December 15, 2017 4:19 am UTC
I just bought this. Can you include the covers or make them available somewhere? Thanks!
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Eric S March 21, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
How did you think of this game? Cause I just love the game. What about you?
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Chet C June 12, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Well, Pierre S - the game IS called "Madcap" after all.

All seriousness aside, Sanguine Sirs, you might sell a few more copies if you tell us how it differs from SJG's "Toon."
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Jason H June 28, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
MADCAP uses the Powered-by-the-Apocalypse system, an engine that encourages players to improvise, while the Director reacts to their moves. The game is easy to get into: choose your style of play with a playbook, add extra gimmicks to taste, and off you go. It's a modern game, featuring full color artwork by some of the best artists working today. And it's for sale, here on DTR!

Don't just take our word for it! You can listen in on actual play:
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Pierre S June 12, 2017 1:56 pm UTC
Wow! That symbol means it will play in a Betamax VCR. I haven't seen that in almost 40 years! :-)
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corey B June 11, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
don't usually comment here but i feel like i have to, anyone planning to buy this before July 5th don't you can get into the beta for only 1 dollar on Kickstarter and get a PDF just like this one AND of the finished book for only 15 dollars there as well. so buying it here is a waste of money until then.
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