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Mutants in the Now




Pachen, a mutant red panda swordswoman.

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, they ruled the streets, kick-flipping off of villainous faces and slipping into the shadows. Then, they vanished from the world of tabletop gaming.

But they’re back. And ready to KICK BUTT.

Mutants in the Now is a retromodern retake on the mutant animal role-playing games long past and left behind by licensing. Mutants fight to survive, thrive, and make the world better for themselves and humanity.

With over 130 species of animals, few mutants will be the same! Species range from the tiny earthworm to the massive whale. Play a placid pika or fierce wolverine! Everything from a common Corgi to the rare axolotl. Forge your unique existence!

Arthron and Voxnax Velacuss, alien villains.Combat styles, psionic powers, and distinct backgrounds further define your chimeric character! Whether it’s the street fighting of Jailhouse Rock, the “double jumps” of Telekinetic Boosting, or being a defender of a secret enclave, there’s numerous ways to build a unique mutant all your own.

Meanwhile, conspiratorial corporations, nouveau ninja, and extradimensional evildoers are up to no good. Go on adventures from the alleyways to orbit in a modern world where the shadows are filled with strangeness.

Carve a place in a world as weird as you are!






I ran character creation and created a thoughtful, scholarly otter doctor and he's everything to me now. Check this game out, folks. - HopperUK

Can confirm that Mutants in the Now is both rad and reasonably-priced, and that you should definitely buy a copy if you didn't already back it. - Grassy Gnoll   

Adding my voice to the chorus saying Mutants In The Now is good. Buy this game! - Tsilkani

Wow. Just wow. - Cavenir


  • Words by Julian Kay (two-time ENnie-award winning freelancer; Level 99 Games, Pelgrane Press), art by Fábio Fontes (Pixel Tactics, Millennium Blades, Buck Up and Drive!) and funded through Kickstarter!
  • Over 130 animal species and over 200 mutation traits. Use your Genetic-Organic Optimization Points (GOO-P) to build a unique mutant!
  • Fourteen combat styles as traditional as Aikido and as wild as tricking, along with the natural combat forms of animals and "improvisational panic".
  • Psionic powers of mind and matter: biokinesis, telekinesis, telepathy, and more.
  • Intensely playtested rules that call back to the games of the 1980s, but with modern refinements. Light tactical combat, investigation, social mechanics, gimmick equipment, montages, and much more!
  • Human allies, either built from scratch by players or rolled up by random generation. Don't just fight baddies, make friends!
  • Fully-formed villains ready to menace, from the Proteus Corporation to the otherdimensional Voxnax Velacuss. Will the powerful have their way?
  • A rough layout inspired by the TRPGs of the early '80s!
  • Now includes an alternate "arachnid-free" version, previously exclusive to the Kickstarter, that removes tarantula and arachnid references for arachnophobes.
  • 120 pages plus character sheets, mutation worksheets, and combat reference sheets ready to print.
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mike P June 01, 2023 12:38 am UTC
Can't find any recent word on the sequal anywhere...
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John S July 27, 2022 8:08 pm UTC
All the images are busted with thick white lines through them when opening them on a Mac with the regular PDF reader :-(
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Colin M May 17, 2022 6:36 am UTC
Hello. I have some issues with the core rule books pdf. They do not load properly either on my iPhone or tablet. I can read the first 3 pages properly and from page 4 onwards, it makes Adobe crash.
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Julian K June 12, 2022 5:09 am UTC
Hey, as below, let me know if you're still running into this issue.
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Nicholas P May 13, 2022 7:53 am UTC
I’m having some issues with the core book PDF. All the images are disfigured - like there are whole thick lines cut out of them? Is this an issue with the PDF, or something on my end?
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Julian K June 12, 2022 12:23 am UTC
Hey, very, very sorry to pick up on this so late, but are you still running into this issue? Trying to track down what might be causing this.
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Christopher L May 12, 2022 6:31 pm UTC
Saw this during an article about Next. So, being that TMNT was one of the first none-D&D games I'd picked up, I picked this up. Love what I see here. :) Want to see more from you on this line!
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RS P May 12, 2022 1:12 am UTC
Can someone please describe the game mechanics for skill and combat? Is this easy to play and run, or is it heavy with poly dice and dozens of tables?
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Neil S January 23, 2022 10:07 pm UTC
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Julian K February 01, 2022 5:20 am UTC
Physical copies will soon be available through Indie Press Revolution. If you already purchased it here and are looking to get a physical copy, you can contact me at about getting a coupon for the physical release.
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Christopher L May 12, 2022 6:32 pm UTC
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