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A Bitter Gambit is a dice-less swords & sorcery roleplaying game that can be played with just pen and paper, but is much more fun if you throw in a set of poker chips for the players & a suit of cards for the Storyteller. We use Tarot cards for extra fantastical flavour.

A Bitter Gambit replaces the traditional dice rolls with a series of bids against difficulties set by the Storyteller to check how the players’ characters advance through the story. Quick to learn but trickier to master, the system keeps stories – and the conflicts that power them – flowing in almost real time.

  • 2 pages for players, including character creation & play advice

  • 2 pages for GMs (Storytellers) including advice on how to build exciting sessions and run the game.

  • 7 player character archetypes drawn from swords & sorcery fiction

  • Quick conflict resolution that encourages teamwork and player engagement.

  • Free-form magic cast from character sacrifice

  • Written by tired gamers for lazy games – very easy to pick up & play

  • Played & playtested since 2014.

Whatever inspires your interest in swords & sorcery gaming, try A Bitter Gambit today!

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Michael W November 16, 2019 8:44 pm UTC
Have downloaded and printed ready for games night after work on Friday (4 x tired NHS employees), love that it's neat compact and slimline with little to quibble about in the rules. As group of heavy role players I'm looking forward to things that will be "Worthy of a song"!
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Tom W November 16, 2019 9:30 am UTC
Great concept for a game, can't wait to try it!
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Matt M November 16, 2019 10:27 am UTC
Thanks for buying it and supporting indie gaming!
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Judd G November 16, 2019 2:53 am UTC
Is the 4 page count correct?
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Matt M November 16, 2019 10:27 am UTC
It is indeed. There are two pages for everyone that focus on the players, and two pages for the Storyteller.
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