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Bad-Ass Basic RPG

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What Is This?

This is a Roleplaying Game. A complete(ish), heroic fantasy adventure game with Old-School inspirations.

Is it OSR?

I don’t know. It’s an attempt to recapture the feeling of playing the popular fantasy RPGs of the 80s and 90s. Specifically my feelings. Or an incredibly idealized version of my feelings.

It’s not OSR in that it doesn’t seek to emulate the hardcore exploration-based resource-management XP-for-gold style many associate with the OSR. It’s not about acquiring wealth and power through morally-questionable means.

It’s heroic. You play heroes. You save villages and stop demons and overthrow Dark Lords. You cancel the apocalypse. You stop bad guys from acquiring wealth and power through morally-questionable means.

It is OSR in that it’s fast. It’s simple. It’s familiar. It’s largely compatible with all sorts of OSR stuff floating around out there. You can make a character in less than two minutes. It follows the “Rulings, not Rules” philosophy. If it’s not combat or spell-casting, there’s not much support for how it works. Like in Olden Days of Yore.

You’re a little more powerful than other games. You’re a Bad-Ass. Hence the name.

I also got rid of some baked-in setting and gameplay assumptions that I deem problematic.

Is it OSR? Is it Sword Dream? Is that still a thing?

It’s five double-sided folded printouts that give you everything you need to play a semi-quasi-traditional-but-modern-and-decolonized heroic fantasy RPG in a very particular way that I enjoy.

You get:

Character Booklets

A Rules Booklet

An Arms and Equipment Booklet

A DM’s Booklet

A Booklet of Spells


Oh, and it’s free.

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July 13, 2020 12:54 am UTC
Good catch!

I fixed the issue. It now shows the Character Booklet. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Robert R July 12, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
The preview is just the same text that's on this page.
I don't know how previews are created on Drivethru, but this one is of no value to the reader that might be interested or the creators of the game.
Hope that things work out.
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July 11, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
Hey! Thanks for checking it out.

Each file is supposed to be one handout. You print them off (double-sided) and fold over to make a booklet. Ideally, those booklets are all you need at the table (besides dice and pencils). Obviously you need a copy of the character booklet for each PC, and I'd suggest printing off a Spell booklet for each PC who is a caster.

I might go ahead and put all the rules into one PDF in a different format for reading on your phone. As it is now, it's really formatted to be printed off and used manually.

Thanks for the question!
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Graham W July 11, 2020 9:53 am UTC
Hey, just starting to look through this. Quick question - why is it in so many parts (and only two or so pages for each one)? Could you not just stuck it together as one coherent piece? Be a lot easier to use / read.
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