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Genesys Core Rulebook

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Face down a dragon as a brave knight, hack into a corporate security system as an elite runner, set sail in your airship. Unlimited adventure awaits you in Genesys,  a new roleplaying system designed for a variety of settings and limited only by your imagination.

The Genesys experience begins with the Genesys Core Rulebook, which features an explanation of the innovative narrative dice system and core mechanics of the game, an overview of five different settings in which to place campaigns, and advice for Game Masters to craft a myriad of adventures with unparalleled freedom.

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Michael C December 02, 2022 6:17 am UTC
Any rpg that uses specialized dice for their game, already has one strike against them. Then add in that it is supposed to be a universal system that for some strange reason uses specialized dice. Strike two. AAAAND the dice are unavailable? XXX?
There are already great universal systems out there. Hero System is fantastic. As is R Talsorian's Interloc and the hybrid Fuzion.
It is a pretty book though. Though so is The Witcher by R Talsorian, and that is a damn fine system and universal dice. d6 d10.
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Ramon F September 23, 2022 7:56 pm UTC
for when the pdf in Spanish?
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George F May 15, 2022 3:45 am UTC
I decided to jump in and bought this, the Expanded Player's Guide, GM Screen, and Realms of Terrinoth at the game store.
Any chance of discounted PDF versions?
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wade G April 10, 2022 6:00 am UTC
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Remember...buy the pdf for $20 then the cost for one set of special dice ($12). Reviews say to buy (at least) two sets. For an amazing total cost for $44 plus tax. ALSO THE DICE ARE NOT AVAILABLE~~
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Steve S April 21, 2022 7:36 pm UTC
FFG has a free Genesys dice roller app for phones if you don't want to use the physical dice/can't find any.
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Guillaume D January 28, 2022 2:53 pm UTC
No french translated content / by EDGE ?
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Chad B December 26, 2020 1:07 pm UTC
Excellent game engine and I think for sci-fi/modern setting perfect. The magic is system is utterly broken, however. Buyer beware. Starting characters start out with all the 'spells'. The issue here is that these are in fact not spells at all - they are *skills* (attack, barrier, augment, curse, conjure etc) and you can do a staggering range of magical effects with them. That is, a single magic skill gives you access to up to seven distinct sub skills each of these with a stack of possible effects added. Because magic can do almost anything players naturally are incentivised to max out the magic skill since it's a Swiss army knife. Mages inevitably dominate the session with the sheer variety of things they can pull off straight out the gate. Other characters shrink into the background. Magic becomes utterly banal. The strain cost is supposed to balance it but it doesn't really work out that way in practice. Why differentiate between brawl, ranged, melee light and melee heavy mechanically by making them separate...See more
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chris D December 15, 2019 6:48 am UTC
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Why's the two different downloads, trying to figure out difference between them.
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Brandon F January 08, 2020 4:54 am UTC
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One is the book that was released, the other contains the errata and other fixes.
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Brian W March 27, 2019 6:08 am UTC
I'm really liking the look of this system as opposed to Fate Core. The narrative dice thing is amazing. I've been enjoying it in WHFRP and Star Wars. Can't wait to get my hands on the new L5R, because Rokugan is one of the few pre-made settings I can be bothered to run out of the box. But the narrative dice are what sold me. So much great thought went into Fate Core, and Rob Donaghue is perhaps the best brain in the game design universe right now, but the dice system in Fate Core leaves something to be desired. It's simple, but it's not awesome.
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John F February 23, 2019 11:39 am UTC
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Does Fantasy Flight Games permit third-party companies to create supplements or adventures for the Genesys system that can be monetized? If so, does FFG expect a portion of the proceeds (and how would that work?)?
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High Metric G August 11, 2019 11:16 pm UTC
They do now! Check out Genesys Foundry on Drive Thru!
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John F August 14, 2019 4:04 am UTC
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Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I hadn't been checking for anything for a time. It's good to know this has been released.

I have big plans...
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wade G February 22, 2020 6:49 am UTC
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Which type (fantasy, modern, etc.) you're thinking about. How's it going for your writing since your post? I wish the best for your creative ideas!
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Robert R December 13, 2018 4:49 am UTC
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Genesys is my new go-to system. What's missing is support from Fantasy Flight Games. I am running a campaign in Realms of Terrinoth. I am waiting for Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk (no word on a release date that I can find). Otherwise there is no buz of anything else for this great system. The community on the FFG site for the game is VERY active. Any news out there...?

Truly an innovation in an "Any Setting" rules system.
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Jeffrey H February 12, 2019 11:40 pm UTC
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Shadow of the Beanstalk shipped last week. Yeah! It is the Android source book.
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Pierre S October 25, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
This is great, but why has the product ended up in the display row for "Hottest Small Press"? Fantasy Flight Games is a major company. Please check that out.
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Johnathan K May 01, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
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I am unable to rate this book even though I purchased the off. I really would like to.
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MR. S April 30, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Would this game be good for running a Star Wars themed game. (I prefer pdfs, fyi, and don't like pirated content, so SW is a pain for me.)
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Justin Y May 15, 2018 1:41 am UTC
Yes. Genesys is basically the Toolkit System version of their trilogy of Star Wars RPGs.
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John F August 14, 2019 4:06 am UTC
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Yes, except for its lack of a Force die. The Genesys dice do not include one nor anything like it, nor does the Genesys die-rolling app. You would have to use a separate die or work something out with a standard rpg die.
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Donnald J April 12, 2018 3:43 am UTC
For any who have concerns over just how flexible this is, There was a GI Joe game ran with this at Gamer Nation Con 5 this last weekend, and it went marvelous.
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Joshua G June 17, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
GI JOE!!!! Is your work available somewhere!!??!! Yo JOE!!
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Guillaume A April 05, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
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I can't open the pdf with Moon Reader pro on my Android, but I can with others readers. Any one else has this issue ?

This technical glitch aside, I juste love this game and the design of the book !
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Dani J May 12, 2018 10:06 am UTC
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I think that's because of update to watermarking and encrypting method DTRPG chose.
I had the same issue and had to address to the customer's service but to no avail. As of now, you can only read books that are not locked/encrypted.
Secondly, being a 3rd party program for pdf, it does not read the image like adobe acrobat, so it must have something to do with password and special treatment that pdfs get before downloading it from the website.
It is a bummer because moon reader's one of the most organized and comfortable pdf reading app out there, and recent change to dtrpg makes it difficult for us to read through it.
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Joshua E April 04, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
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Can I play a game with one game master and one player. I’m new and my 6 year old is getting into rpg with me and already did hero kids.
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Ron B April 06, 2018 1:01 pm UTC
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Absolutely! As the game master, you are in complete control of every aspect of the game. Especially since you will be responsible for creating every bad guy and scenario from scratch under this system, at least for now.
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Donnald J April 12, 2018 3:38 am UTC
As a side note to Ron B's completely correct answer, with the nature of the dice mechanic this could be played without a game master, and a completely cooperative story could be told with both player's telling their stories, and making the world as they go along.
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John F August 14, 2019 4:08 am UTC
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FFG and a very few other companies are on the bleeding edge of tabletop RPG tech, and it really is tech because of the power and versatility of the designs. Feel confident that the thing will make your story go, because it is a sleek beast that makes magic happen. Love FFG always.
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