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Blend genres effortlessly with these easy-to-use rules, building the world you want to play. Be a barbarian starship pilot in the wild west, a magic-wielding crimebuster in the far future, a mastermind with an undead army of followers, and more! Will you be remembered as the hero of your story ... or its villain?

This is the Full-Color, Full-Art Edition of the 2018 ENnie-Nominated Forthright Open Roleplay Creative Commons Edition


  • Fast play and light preparation
    • Collaborative game creation and campaign rules
    • Focus on motivations and stories, not numbers
    • The Cosmetic Rule: What matters is the effect, not how you get it
  • Know the consequences before you roll
  • On-the-die results for fast action resolution
    • Less math, more dice-rolling
  • Build your own playbook / class by assembling Fighting Styles, Personas and Skillsets
  • Assemble minions to do your bidding
  • Rewards completing goals, not just killing monsters
    • Players define their own rewards based on their unique story
  • Quick, intense combat
    • Stunt system for tactical use of your environment
    • Seamlessly integrate personal and vehicle combat
    • Easy mass combat rules
  • Accept death on your terms
  • Invent new rituals and devices
  • Create your own sanctuary
  • Control your own faction and domain
  • Make friends of enemies and enemies of friends
  • Manage your fame to become a legend

This game is designed for:

  • 2-6 Players
  • 1 or more Sessions
  • 1-4 Hours per Session
  • Action and Adventure
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Richard S November 24, 2021 6:03 pm UTC
My goodness, I'm trying to get an accurate measure of this system and most of what I'm getting are political debates. Can anyone give me a brief overview of the faction and domain mechanics? Is there an adjoined mechanic for mass combat, or at least an abstraction of martial forces?
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Richard S November 24, 2021 6:34 pm UTC
Whoops, just saw mass combat in the bullet list, so that much is confirmed. So much in here I overlooked it!
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Bryan S November 24, 2021 7:24 pm UTC
Hi Richard,

FOR Factions are designed to model organizations as small as street gangs and as massive as interstellar governments. There are rules present for creating a Faction by gathering several like-minded members and establishing an Agenda (defining a Faction's goals and methods). There are also suggestions for defining membership criteria, how Factions should interact with the Team of Protagonists in situations where the Team contains members of multiple Factions, and a basic Rank structure that can be expanded upon to give different Factions different flavors. Promotions / demotions within a Faction's ranks are also covered.

Factions interact with FOR's social rules on a personal level (Talk Checks to convince a higher-ranking official to back a specific play, or to convince others to join the Faction) while expanding on those rules for specific Faction/Domain vs. Faction/Domain play. This higher-level look at Faction vs. Faction can be used by the Guide to roleplay out Faction...See more
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Richard S November 24, 2021 9:29 pm UTC
Intriguing! Thanks for the direct reply. This definitely sounds like it's up my alley and I may well be giving it a buy soon. Saw some further reviews on Youtube recently that have me drawn in by the social aspects as well.
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Cody R December 15, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
A great title! Very excited to give it a try. But I am experiencing a minor problem- the "form fillable" sheets included with the rules don't seem to actually have fillable fields. Any chance of an update? Thanks!
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Bryan S December 15, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
Hi Cody,

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! I'm tracking down with OneBookshelf why those files aren't form-fillable and how we can resolve it. I'll update here once it's fixed :-)
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Bryan S December 15, 2020 8:25 pm UTC
The game sheets are now contained within a Zip file to prevent them from being watermarked by the DTRPG downloader. They should now be properly form-fillable once unzipped. Please let me know if you run into any more issues, and thanks again!
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Paul B December 11, 2020 2:06 am UTC
I noticed that two people gave this book a 1 Star review because of the "political" message in the yellow box above. I would like to point out that BECAUSE of said yellow box (and those two reviews), I have just bought this game (PDF + Physical). It's not every company that is willing to so boldly and openly act against injustice, especially in this messed up, divided political landscape where doing so can so easily blow up in your face.
So, kudos to Room 209 Gaming for their willingness to take action for the greater good, even at the risk of personal loss.
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JB B March 29, 2020 6:18 pm UTC
Does the full edition here incorporate the errata found in the CC licensed, free version?
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Bryan S March 29, 2020 8:15 pm UTC
The Errata PDF is included, but its contents are not incorporated directly into the Core Rulebook.
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Lucas Y January 17, 2020 3:06 pm UTC
I liked the artless version's layout enough, and the game's quite decent for a universal ruleset. So far, I'm well and content to find more Western artists that matches my aesthetic preference.

And while I was first confused about that political text above, a little research made me open my wallet after learning that this ACLU folks helped with banning the ridiculous idea of teaching Creationism in public schools many decades ago...
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Matt M September 11, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
I nearly passed this by until I saw the review and comments from xenophobes throwing hissy fits over your pledge to donate to the ACLU and RAICES. Thank you for this.

As for the guy parroting the dumb catchphrase, "Get woke go broke," I remember a lot of MRA types saying that very thing about the Captain Marvel movie. Look how that turned out.
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Patrick B December 08, 2020 2:15 pm UTC
One successful title doesn't prove the avalanche of evidence in the other direction wrong.
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Matt M December 08, 2020 6:56 pm UTC
Black Panther, Get Out, Crazy Rich Asians, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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Davery B September 11, 2019 4:20 pm UTC
I bought your book BECAUSE of the charity donation statement in your description. That being said, I've been halfheartedly working on a setting in need of a system and yours looks super-interesting so I'm looking forward to diving into it.
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Bryan S September 11, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
Thank you very much! Keep in mind that FORTHRIGHT is fully Creative Commons, and if you need any help poking around with it feel free to join our Facebook Group or shoot us an email via our Contact Page :-)
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Mamading C September 11, 2019 6:57 pm UTC
I've started working on a setting initially using D&D assumptions to help me work through some of the initial worldbuilding.

Thinking about using Forthright for the next round of development.

The coupling to D&D is very loose, so won't be difficult to eliminate altogether.
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Mamading C September 11, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
What's the latest on the Forthright Toolkit for those of us not following on Facebook?
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Bryan S September 11, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Thanks for asking! Right now the Toolkit is a whopping 33,000 words and is in the process of final tweaking. I'm anticipating the text will be finished in Q4 and we're aiming for Q1 2020 for publication. We may go Digital first and POD later in order to make that timing.

Much of the summer was spend "proofing" our Boosts to make sure they were properly balanced (there are currently over 400 Boosts listed in the Toolkit). We've also merged all the Splatbooks we were expecting to write (Psionics, Magic, Vehicles, Horror) into the Toolkit to make sure it's been worth the wait.

Speaking as a proud papa, the Toolkit is practically FORTHRIGHT 2nd Edition. It's going to be super-sweet and I can't wait to publish it!
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Mamading C September 11, 2019 6:59 pm UTC
Nice, especially pleased to hear about Psionics, Magic and Vehicles in the mix for this since I'm working on a science-fantasy setting.

Moar powerz is always gud, too! ;)
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Bryan S December 08, 2020 2:25 pm UTC
As an update to my previous reply, the FORTHRIGHT TOOLKIT is now available!
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