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Calypso is a narrative solo ttrpg system, powered by the apocalypse, revised from the original Compendium and blended with new techniques developed over several years of play. It is designed to support an open-ended, strongly narrative (as in "writing with dice") style of solo gaming that aims to produce an experience that's as much fun in the moment of creation as it is to read later!  

It doesn't try to model a traditional GM and player experience, instead letting you, and your own reservoirs of creativity, steer the show (and push your characters around) overtly, using dice, system prompts, and step-by-step scene guides to build and maintain momentum.

It is divided into four sections;

  • core, with the base system, complete with a simple motifs-based framework to guide your story, and ready to play with whatever premise inspires you
  • scenarios, containing seven (gently) evocative premise packages (aka, scenarios)
  • frameworks, with four robust narrative structures that insist you finish what you started
  • appendices, with alternative motif charts, a people and motivation generator, some random event tables, co-op and GM-led play instructions, and troupe play mini-framework and mini-scenario.

The original Calypso Compendium is a barebones mashup of Lady Blackbird-style character creation and Apocalypse World resolution (more WoDu/Dungeon World), with a heap of refinements for solo. In this edition, I've revised everything in light of years of soloing with it, included DNA from other systems I've found useful in solo, included more explanations and examples, made it clearer what this is, and what it is not (hopefully), and (attempted) spiffied up art and layout.

If you'd like to check out the original (also CC-licensed), it's up at katarpgs on github. Have fun!

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Benjamin N May 09, 2023 4:24 pm UTC
Is there a difference between this version and the one on
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Shawn M August 24, 2023 3:53 pm UTC
No differences.
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Ria O October 11, 2020 7:10 pm UTC
a request: would you please create a one or two sheet summary of how to play?
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Tam H December 02, 2020 9:37 pm UTC
Oh, that's a great idea, I will! And happy holidays! :)
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Ria O December 07, 2020 8:02 pm UTC
thank you! you too!
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Anthony L February 08, 2021 3:37 pm UTC
Did this ever happen? I am intrigued quite a bit by this system, but am at a loss of how to get beyond character creation. Cheers.
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