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"Playing Comrades was a good reminder of what really matters…. If you too dream of a day when there are no more billionaires, then playing this game can help you keep your eyes on the prize." —Gita Jackson, Kotaku

Comrades is a tabletop RPG about life in the revolutionary underground. Based on the Apocalypse World engine, it pits players against a corrupt government, forcing them to fight from the shadows to free the people from their chains. 

Playing as characters like the Soldier, the Student, the Propagandist, and the Worker, your comrades will mount rallies, stage coups, evade the secret police, and fight fascist goons. A campaign of Comrades can take place in any setting the players dream up—modern or historical, real or imagined—giving them a chance to create a revolution all their own. 

Designed by the author of the bestselling Deadball: Baseball With DiceComrades uses simple rules to tell complex stories full of hope, deceit, danger, and betrayal. Taught quickly and run easily, even by novice GMs, Comrades is as fast and dirty as revolution itself. 

This 162 page rulebook is available in PDF, softcover, and gorgeous premium hardcover. It includes:

  • Ten playbooks embodying different revolutionary archetypes, including the Demagogue, the Mystic, the Artist, and the Brute
  • A guide to the game’s core rules, which keep the action hurtling along at a breakneck pace
  • Instructions for teaching the game and running the first session
  • A guide to GMing Comrades and making your revolution come alive with minimal between-session prep
  • A complete campaign setting, "Khresht: 1915," that will allow you to start playing immediately
  • Countless examples of play

Your revolution is at hand. It’s time to join the party.

A Note About Content: Like most RPGs, Comrades deals with violence, murder, and mayhem. However, because a campaign of Comrades takes place in a world not far from our own, the rulebook advises players to treat deadly encounters with the seriousness and respect that they deserve. This game does not advocate for political violence, and is instead designed to help players explore the limitations of the use of force for political ends. The GM is told to, "be unsparing about the ugliness and pain that comes with your party’s march to power," and reminded that, "murder may be effective, but that doesn’t make it right."

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Bn L September 04, 2020 3:07 pm UTC
Why isn’t this free?
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david S July 28, 2019 11:03 pm UTC
I think 'This book triggers fascists' should be the tagline for this product, based on the comments here.
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Patrick B May 21, 2020 10:12 pm UTC
Not wanting communism doesn't make you a fascist.
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Julien V June 17, 2020 10:36 am UTC
Maybe it triggers them because both the Military Coup and the Ethno-fascists are two of the opposing factions you really don't want to allow to make a grab for power?
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Federico V June 22, 2020 1:21 pm UTC
Indeed, not wanting communism doesn't make you a fascist, on the contrary, communism is very similar to fascism, one would have to be really ignorant of history not to know this.
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Thundermark P July 07, 2020 5:26 am UTC
Indeed. Fascism is essentially a heresy of Communism (think about why they hate each other so much despite having many overlapping means & ends) and essentially "honest" socialism (i.e. they'll straight up *say* that they want to mass-murder a bunch of ppl to achieve their goals instead of trying to sugarcoat it. In the end, however, when "that wasn't real Communism" fails *again*, it essentially turns *into* Fascism (i.e. Red China - overt ethnic cleansing; pretending to be "capitalist" with state-run corporations; overt ethno-nationalism, etc).
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david S July 21, 2020 1:19 pm UTC
These are possibly the most ignorant statements in human history and I salute your bravery in making them publicly.
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Theo N July 25, 2020 7:05 am UTC
Every time someone says this another political theorist jumps out of a window
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Sean S May 02, 2019 7:17 am UTC
Are there plans to add a linkable table of contents within the PDF?
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