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Schema is a light engine for tabletop roleplaying with complex stakes.  

Breaking that down - It is an engine, rather than a game, because assembly is required - you'll need to provide a setting and do a bit of configuring before it's ready to go.  It's an engine with complex stakes - the kind of thing you might see in a Powered by the Apocalypse game, but built on the fly with a "stakes sheet" in the center of the table.  By throwing tokens on and off this page, you can assemble the stakes for complex moves easily and quickly.

When you want this engine powering your game:

If you expect your game to have moments where there's plenty going on, where there are three different things going on to worry about and two different awesome things the character could be doing, and you don't feel like sitting there for ten minutes making a roll for each single thing... That's the ideal moment to be using Schema, because it is better at handling that than any other system.

If you'd like to see characters needing to pick in the heat of the moment between bringing down the house or feeling sure they're going to come out in one piece... and if "Are you more okay with collateral damage on this one, or more okay with getting knocked off the roof and the bad guy getting away?" strikes you as a fun thing to happen in a roll, then you should use Schema.

If you want to characters to feel like they're patiently slogging it out when they're keeping their heads down, and throwing it all to the wind when they really care about what there is to gain, you want Schema.

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jim P February 18, 2022 8:30 pm UTC
Is this meant to be free?
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Levi K February 19, 2022 3:24 am UTC
Free in PDF, paid in print, yup!

Most of my stuff is at or will be moving to that structure over the year.
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jim P February 20, 2022 3:00 pm UTC
That's cool. I'm a publisher on the site and I wanted to make sure this was intentional.
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