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Kids on Bikes: Core Rulebook

Kids on Bikes: Core Rulebook

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Young Adults, Small Towns...


Kids on Bikes is a Collaborative World Building RPG set in small towns with big mysteries. Written and created by celebrated game designers Jon Gilmour (Dead of WinterAtari: Centipede/Missile Command/Asteroids) & Doug Levandowski (Gothic Doctor, Seven Minutes in Hell). Kids on Bikes is a rules-light storytelling system that gets players into the action fast

The Adventures of Kids on Bikes take place in small towns at any point in history before: 

  • Everyone had a camera phone that could catch video of a Ghost
  • Use GPS to track a Homicidal Maniac roaming around town
  • Research an old creaky house in seconds using Google 

Kids on Bikes takes place in a more mysterious time, where anything and everything *could* happen. 

Kids on Bikes is a 60 page, rules-light, fast-paced storytelling game in the spirit of games like DREAD, Perseverant, MONSTERHEARTS, and other great indy titles. Kids on Bikes is perfect for game nights in which you want to get a game in RIGHT NOW. 

Using stats like GRIT, CHARM, FIGHT, FLIGHT, BRAINS and BRAWN, you’ll jump into the action. Each skill is represented by a polyhedral die based on your character’s competence. More sides = better chance of success.

That being said, even low stats always have a chance of success, as any max result EXPLODES leading to an additional re-roll contributing to the results. Lower sided dice mean bigger chances of explosions!

Character Creation

Character creation has always taken a full day to get you ready to start your first session. Kids On Bikes wants you to get started now - without losing connection or attachment to the characters you make.

Featuring an immersive town-creation process, you and the other players will create the setting for your game as you create your characters. Though you’ll start with Tropes you know and love (like the Brilliant Mathlete, the Popular Kid, or the Loner Weirdo), you’ll flesh your characters out by developing their relationships to each other and the town!

Did we forget to mention powered characters?  

Kids on Bikes also features a character co-controlled by all of the players at the table. Using aspects of the character from the GM, players will share narrative control over what the character does - and when they use their mysterious, dangerous powers! 

Players will more than likely need their powers to get you out of a pinch, and as you play more, the powered character will get stronger and stronger!

But be careful… using powers comes with a cost...

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Spencer I July 01, 2022 4:53 pm UTC
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Rory M October 27, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
Hey folks,

I have made a Game Keeper (Google Sheet) for Kids on Bikes RPG.

The Game Keeper includes:
Character Keepers
Worldbuilding Set-Up
Reference Sheets to Stats and Actions
and a GM Reference Tool

The Game Keeper allows a group of players to establish their characters and the world they want to play in. It allows them to track their important details during the game, take notes, create NPCs, a powered character, etc.

1) Click on the link below.
2) Click on the 'File' button
3) Click on 'Make a Copy'
4) Voila! You're done, and it's yours.

This is my first time making one of these and would welcome any feedback, suggestions, or complaints.

Please email me at:

I listened to KoB on the One Shot podcast and decided I wanted...See more
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Matthew R March 10, 2022 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks for this! I hope to get a game going soon and I'll provide feedback.
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Roberto J September 15, 2021 3:03 am UTC
Hi. I recently purchased this book and was wondering if it was okay to share the PDF with my friends. Thanks in advance.
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Isaac S October 28, 2020 6:01 am UTC
Is there a forum for kids on Bikes or Hunter's Entertainment?
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Ivan V October 28, 2020 4:38 pm UTC
Join us on our Discord!
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Isaac S October 29, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
Thank you.
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Adrian M May 31, 2020 3:59 pm UTC
What formats do come with the purchase? Is there a printer-friendly version?
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James L October 13, 2020 8:18 pm UTC
There are 2 pdfs: the "full" version and the digital version; oddly enough the latter is twice the size, and on my system slower to draw each page. Both are tablet-sized at 6" x 9". Neither utilizes layers or such, so it's not printer-friendly.
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Michael O November 10, 2019 2:21 pm UTC
Is the Fear appendix going to be added to the Core Rule Book PDF as well or is it just going to the Digital version PDF?
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Stuart B July 09, 2019 7:43 am UTC
The book mentions a Playbook, but the link quoted in the text is dead. How can this Playbook be obtained?
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Andrew M July 10, 2019 9:09 pm UTC
You'll have to scroll down to Kids on Bikes, but they have a ton of goodies, including the ashcan rules, here:
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Jacob A July 08, 2019 3:35 am UTC
What all is included in this book, I would assume it wouldn't be 60 pages of rules
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Andrew M July 10, 2019 9:30 pm UTC
It's a mini-book. You have everything from a GM guide to the character sheet, all packed into one comic-book sized book. There's some neat tables on pages 56-74 that could be useful even to non-gaming writers. Skimming through those, I was reminded of D'Amato's RPG Character Backstory Guide.
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Nicholas B April 09, 2019 1:16 pm UTC
"However, keep in mind that historical accuracy is not an excuse to be horrible. “But this is how people would have talked back then” doesn’t go far when you’ve established boundaries. If paranormal events can happen regularly in the town, then a mining town in the 1950s can be accepting of all people." - Love this!

I've been part of a few games where DM's saw the historical setting as their permission to behave like a-holes to the players. A while ago I would have said that people who get offended by that need to get tougher skin and get over it. Over the years my heart has softened to those who are underrepresented and marginalized. Friends playing at the table should not have to go through the same crap in a fantasy world as they do in the real world. Thanks for addressing this in your core rules and maybe, just maybe, those DM's that I spoke of will read them and take them to heart.
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Andrew M July 10, 2019 9:34 pm UTC
I feel one has to be careful with this as it is essentially whitewashing history, and forgetting the bad aspects of our past can be quite harmful to the future growth of our communities. Imagine playing D&D as an in-character vegan.
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gene M November 10, 2019 11:06 pm UTC
how is it hard to play a vegan in dnd???
ever played a druid?
what about caduceus from critical role?
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Matthew T January 23, 2019 6:31 pm UTC
The book seems to handle some sensitive subjects much better than most RPGs. That said, there are a few places where I cringed pretty hard while reading--specifically, to name a couple, the phrases "confined to a wheelchair" and “What insanity has this character shown warning signs of?” Wheelchairs are mobility devices--they are freeing to people who use them, and the phrase preferred is usually "person in/using a wheelchair". As for the insanity, I really don't know how to explain why that's ableist and awful in a relatively civil and calm way, because it's awful. Replace the word "insanity" with "mental illness" and read it aloud in front of a mixed group of people. If no one cringes, you need to hire more mentally ill writers or something.

Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you want to discuss further or get more information.
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Ivan V January 23, 2019 10:29 pm UTC
Hey Matthew. No need to explain how they're ableist: in looking at those again, you are 100% correct. Early in the process, we were contacted by an early reader with a disability who helped us with the language, but, we just missed those two. We've made a note of that language, on pages 13 and 57, and we'll revise those in subsequent editions. It's absolutely not our intent to promote ableist language. If there are any other problematic terms of phrases that you notice in the rules, please let us know. Thank you for taking the time to let us know, and we're sorry about this.
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Matthew T January 25, 2019 5:22 pm UTC
Thank you so much for your kind and prompt response. I look forward to seeing the updated version! We just ran a one-shot last night and this might be our new favorite system. It's great to know the developers care so much. Thanks again.
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Ryan D October 22, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
I just downloaded the book and find the same phrases have not been changed in my version of the pdf.
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David M December 20, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Are you going to add bookmarks and links?
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Michael O October 23, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Just for your information, in the pdf I downloaded, page 23 (pdf page 28) has text that goes behind and under the page number banner making the last half of the second paragraph about backpacks unreadable.
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Ivan V October 23, 2018 4:35 am UTC
Hey Michael,

Thanks for letting us know. It would appear that a 'older' version of the PDF was what as on DTRPG. We've updated it to the most recent file.
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Quinn M October 10, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Also waiting on a POD option.
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Robert P October 10, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply...
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Chad K October 05, 2018 3:06 am UTC
No full size preview? I get a blank.
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Ivan V October 08, 2018 9:14 pm UTC
We've got it enabled! (maybe refresh browser?)
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Chad K October 09, 2018 12:39 am UTC
Thank you! Works now. I hope this is available as POD sometime.
PS. - I remember you from that show- "Greatest gamer/geek" or whatever- Throne of Games. You had my vote to win.
thanks again.
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Robert P October 01, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Hey, where did the Deluxe version go to? I no longer see it here. Thanks.
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Jason W October 11, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Seconding this! Would love to pick up the deluxe version! Thanks!
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Ivan V October 23, 2018 4:36 am UTC
The Deluxe Version is a Kickstarter Exclusive and was up accidentally for a short period of time. However, we'll be releasing the 20 Modules in a new product called "Strange Adventures #1", which will feature a unique cover in 2019.
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Jason W November 21, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
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