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One Weird Trick to Be a Hero


Do you dream of deeds of derring-do?

Do your ears ache for the clang of steel?

Do eldritch secrets whisper to you from the teapot?

Then you might have what it takes to be a hero! This guide is your gateway to exciting careers as a:





These are growing fields for people of all backgrounds and experience. Whether you're a centaur, liontaur, catfolk, or even a human, there's an adventuring career for you!

If you're ready for the challenges and income potential of a heroic adventurer, then sit back and read on.

And do be careful with that teapot.

One Weird Trick to Be a Hero

One Weird Trick to Be a Hero is a fantasy adventure game in the style of games like Quest for Glory, King's Quest, and Hero-U.
How is that different from other fantasy games, you may ask? The rules in One Weird Trick focus on creative puzzle solving. The GM poses inscrutable and often bizarre problems, and players get extra dice for using a selection of ill-fitting items to creatively solve them! You get the feeling of figuring out computer game "designer logic" without getting stuck because the players can't read the GM's mind.
And the fun doesn't stop there! Matches on dice turn into complications that set up future puzzles and fights, and unlock skill upgrades.
Get One Weird Trick to Be a Hero and get started on your new career as an adventuring professional!

Sample Interior Art

Bard art by Kenneth Brooks


  • Unique puzzle-solving mechanics that reward unusual solutions.
  • GM instructions for creating whimsical fantasy adventures that focus on tricks and solutions.
  • A bestiary of monsters with quirky backstories.

About the Creators

Author Rose Bailey is the creator of Cavaliers of Mars and the longest-serving developer of White Wolf's Vampire, including the bestselling second edition. Via her Patreon, she creates unique mini-games every month.

Interior artist Kenneth Brooks has described his unique art style as "R. Crumb meets Jack Chick." He previously created the mock-Chick tracts for White Wolf's Kiss of the Succubus.

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This title was added to our catalog on October 16, 2018.