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With careful stitches and meticulous work, a ragdoll carefully sews back a torn limb on a panda who is crying out his troubles (girl troubles… isn’t it always a girl?) while he sips from a daintily painted teacup filled with brandy.

In another room in the shoebox house she calls home, the ragdoll’s other patients wait patiently for her craft. A Mekka bulldozer, metal with chipping yellow paint, is missing his front left wheel. He holds a vinyl doll’s head, waiting for it to be glued into the empty wheel well. It won’t roll quite the same, he knows, but he can live with the handicap until he scavenges a better part.

The ragdoll finishes with her panda patient and wishes him a cheery farewell, tucking his payment (2 buttons and a tiny watch gear) into her skirt pocket. She quickly schools her face to hide her sly, greedy smile when she steps across the threshold to the waiting bulldozer. His repair is going to need glue, and glue is a costly resource, my friend…

Threadbare RPG is a role-playing game in which you play a jury-rigged toy in a broken world. Caught in a world where Entropy is a constant danger, you’ll patch yourself up, invent new devices, and maybe make new friends along the way.

Threadbare is a Powered-by-the-Apocalypse role-playing game by Stephanie Bryant. You’ll need two 6-sided dice and a group of 2-5 friends to play.

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Clinton O April 03, 2023 1:36 pm UTC
How does this product touch on the Steampunk genre?
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Trent K January 07, 2022 5:08 pm UTC
What does it mean "Watermarked" PDF? It would be really annoying if every page just had a giant water mark on it.

I own it physically from a game store, but I also want a digital copy and don't want the pages to look ugly.
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Stephanie B January 07, 2022 5:36 pm UTC
Hi, Trent! Thanks for asking!

The watermarking is something DriveThru puts onto some PDFs. It's basically a little tag at the bottom of each page that says something like "this PDF was generated for XXXXX" with your name. It's very unobtrusive.

I do participate in Bits & Mortar, so if you bought a physical copy, you are entitled to the digital copy for free. Please reach out to me via threadbarerpg dot com. (Sorry for sending you on a scavenger hunt for it, but DTRPG doesn't allow full links in comments.)
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Bradley N May 30, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
A few things I found in the book that are not made evident by the store page.

1. The game is based on the powered by the apocalypse system but, to quote the pdf "threadbare stays low-combat by removing combat Moves mechanically from the game." In other words if you want a traditional RPG with combat, this is not the place to get it. Despite this declaration early in the text, there is still a large amount of references to combat and things used in combat. The combat included, called a "Fight song" is said to happen in a montage however how it mechanically plays out is vague, with players determining outcomes. It seems, in looking at it, that its the sort of combat system that requires a good group to work effectively otherwise it could be easily abused by players who just want to steamroll over challenges.

2. The game devotes a strange amount of space to trigger warnings, x-cards (and similar devices), boundaries, racism, gender, and sex. It seems out of place...See more
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Alan B February 14, 2018 12:59 am UTC
I hate to ask, but is POD coming?
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Stephanie B February 14, 2018 5:56 am UTC
Yes! It'll be a couple more weeks. I'm still fulfilling backer orders, but we're almost done! Check back towards the end of February (2018, in case this comment stays up a long time.)
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