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Troika! The Science Fantasy RPG


Troika! is a complete yet wildly open role-playing game. Players can expect to fly through mystic space, get lost in infinite cities of the gods, and meet strange & wonderful people all the while using a robust and familiar game system. 

With just one book and a couple of six-sided dice you'll be able to provide years of adventure for you and your friends. Once you're ready for more there is an abundance of material printed by the Melsonian Arts Council and Troika!s huge number of third party publishers and fans.

Inside the book you will find:

  • A fully automated character creation system that generates exciting starting points for players to build upon
  • Weighty lists of spells and enemies to encounter
  • A baked-in plane-hopping setting which draws you into the world and allows you space to build upon its sturdy foundations
  • Lavishly illustrated by Jeremy Duncan, Dirk Detweiler Leicthy, Sam Mameli, and ENnie award winning Andrew Walter

Reviews and related media:

"Troika!,... is one of the best rules-lite systems out there right now."

There Will Be Games

"Troika! feels damn good. I love the matte softness of its pages, the warmth of its colours. Something about its palette really edifies the art – by Jeremy Duncan, Dirk Detweiler Leichty, Sam Mameli, and Andrew Walter; a veritable dream team."

Zedeck Siew

"Imagine, if you will, that Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett have returned from the dead. They both pile into a Ford Cortina and take a long drive across the American Southwest, pondering the nature of the fantasy genre. Once they arrive in California, they legally acquire several ounces of the finest cannabis sativa and hotbox the Cortina. Then they write an RPG. This, roughly speaking, seems to be what produced Troika, a delightfully simple and delightfully absurd game."

Aaron Marks

',,,it’s really good. And different. And weird. You should buy it.'

- Technical Grimoire

"It feels decadent and almost febrile, the same way David Lynch's underrated adaptation of Dune does; I imagine the world of Troika! is hot and sweaty and everyone is struggling under some sort of summer cold."

Kelvin Green

'Troika! is just a delightful game. The art is fantastic and weird; really setting the tone for what to expect. The physical book itself of great quality, it feel like it's going to last for a long time'

'Troika! is just the right amount of silliness for the tabletop. It's low-key on information overload for the players, keeping character creation fairly short and dodging the tropes that come with current day RPGs'

'As a game, Troika! is a blast to play. As a book, it's a blast to read. As a design space, I'm addicted. You owe it to yourself to check this out.'

- assorted reader reviews

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Shaun S November 05, 2023 6:08 pm UTC
Daniel, I just picked up the PDFs of the Numinous rulebook and Acid Death Fantasy thanks to Geek Gamer's video on Troika for solo play. Not sure if you're able to link the video here but if it drew me in, it might help others!
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Daniel S December 04, 2023 11:56 am UTC
I'll give it a go. Thanks!
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Tim G August 25, 2023 9:44 am UTC
Is there a pdf version? (Or has this got mislabelled?)
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Daniel S August 28, 2023 1:34 am UTC
It has pdf and ebook versions all together in one folder. Dtrpg only let's us give one label so we went with ePub since its the least common of the lot
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Tim G August 29, 2023 5:25 pm UTC
Ah, right. Do state in the description that you've done that. Most customers on DT will be looking for pdf and might skip this. (Might even be better to label it pdf and state epub is included.)
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jerome S August 31, 2023 3:24 pm UTC
It's not clear what formats are included - at least, I can't figure it out!
I just see "multiple formats."
BUT ... ePUBs are fantastic! I prefer for epubs for digital distribution. PDFs are great and all, but for different screen sizes and ease of reference, epub is far superior. Thank you!
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Jon S May 28, 2023 11:45 pm UTC
I bought my copies elsewhere so I can't add my 5* rating. Oh well. Instead here is something from my MeWe group about British rpgs:
So what's the fuss about Troika!
As I'm sure you know, the underlying game system for Troika! is the classic Fighting Fantasy d6 game. I've even read folks claiming that Advanced Fighting Fantasy and Troika are essentially the same game but with AFF claiming the DnD BX crown and Troika! as the Gonzo cousin.
And this has a lot of truth to it but really isn't the 'thing' about Troika! Yes it's whimsical, yes it's Gonzo, yes it's more like a work of art than your usual rpg. But, the clever 'thing' British designer Daniel Sell did was to realise that you don't need splat books of setting material and you don't need pages and pages of Skills, Proficiencies, Flaws and do-dahs to create flavour and variety. What you need to do is imply all this stuff in the character descriptions the writer or referee makes for their campaign. Daniel chose a Moebius/Alice in Wonderland...See more
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Bryan C April 17, 2022 3:56 pm UTC
I really hate product pages that don't actually say anything about the product.
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Scott M July 10, 2022 4:46 am UTC
I would say this product page tells me a lot already about the product?

Perhaps the blurb has been updated recently?
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Mark D September 19, 2021 5:16 pm UTC
The US sources for the hardcover all seem to be out of stock. Will there be a refresh, or are there some other ways to get it? Thanks!
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Daniele G April 02, 2021 5:03 pm UTC
A plane-hoping setting sounds interesting! How does it work? If I hope really intensely for a plane to actually exist, then it materialises?
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Andrew H January 28, 2020 12:10 am UTC
Hello, I was wondering if there might be a way to snag a PDF copy on purchase of a hardcover edition. I've emailed Daniel S as advised below, but have not received any reply. Is anyone aware of how I might contact the right folks?
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Andrew M January 28, 2021 8:22 pm UTC
I'm unsure, but a text-only version is free over at Payhip in the meantime:
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Meirion H August 28, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
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James N August 27, 2019 8:58 am UTC
Hello! I’ve just gone all-in and bought the printed book from Exalted Funeral, and I cannot wait to have the game in my hands!
I’m writing to ask how, if, etc. one who purchases a hard copy buys/has access to the pdf? Do I have to purchase the pdf separately and at full price? Thanks in advance. Cheers!
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Daniel S August 28, 2019 10:41 pm UTC
Hi James. Anyone who buys a hard copy gets a free pdf. Send me an email over on danielsell at melsonia dot com and I'll sort you out.
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James N September 06, 2019 2:01 am UTC
Thank you. Just a heads up I emailed you, in case it ended up in spam, etc.
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Alex N May 01, 2019 3:06 am UTC
Is it possible to get a print copy of this here? Does DTRPG do print on demand? Haha sorry I've been here forever but never occurred to me there's print offerings here also on some things.
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Daniel S May 04, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
Hey Alex. We don't sell PoD copies, but printed copies are available from our shop at
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Alex N May 15, 2019 11:21 pm UTC
Thanks, bought one from your shop!
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This title was added to our catalog on March 15, 2019.