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Break away from the standard Tabletop Role-playing Game! DIRE ROADS is a rules light RPG with a focus on Fast Action Resolution and Imagination, Creativity, and Fun.

The Player's Guide has everything you'll need to create epic and memorable characters fast.  Inside, you'll find:

  • CHARACTERS: step through the character creation process, selecting heritage, rating abiliities, gearing up, and adding details like personality and values.  
  • GAMEPLAY: discover how Inquiry, Draw State, and a standardized Difficulty of Action (DoA) combine for breakneck combat.  There's also simple and intuitive rules for Social Conflicts and wild, theatre of the mind style Chase sequences.  When it's time to advance your character, choose from over 80 Exploits to suit your own concept.  
  • MAGIC: find over 200 spells in nine magical spheres with which to blast your foes, cripple your enemy's will, boost your allies, and much more.  

Monsters and magic items are covered separately in the second core rules book, Magic, Items, and Monsters,  coming in 2022 from Battleaxes and Brimstone.  

What makes Dire Roads different from the rest?

>> No math required!  Every action is resolved with a fast and simple YES/NO card mechanic with the Deck of Opportunity & Misfortunes (DoOMs) deck.  Can't part with polyhedrals?  No worries!  The Roads rise up to meet you with a simple option that can keep you at the same table with your brave allies - with no modifications required. 

>> No hit points!  Why bother tracking bumps and scratches?  We only worry about SEVERE INJURIES and SANITY - the conditions that matter most. 

>> No dry mechanics!  Skills and stats blend to avoid unnecessary derivative calculations.  Levels and experience are replaced by WAYPOINT, MILESTONE, and CROSSING awards.  Rolling for initiative is out.  Active TURN ORDER is in!  Forget classes, too.  Your ABILITIES define your role.  

>> Narrative is king! Players drive the game with their actions.  PLAYER-FACING inquiries determine the outcome of every twist and turn you take.  

Roll the dice aside and find your fate upon the face of DoOMs to experience gaming at hellbent speed on the edge of your seat!


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