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Camp Karate


“Camp karate is one of your best works...”
Gareth of Frenzy Kitty Games

Hot-Blooded Dramatic Roleplay

Camp Karate is a game about conflict. It’s a game about passion. It's a game about friendship, adversity, and overcoming the odds. It’s a game about bullying, about justice, about being kicked to the ground and getting back up again. It’s about being a kid, a teen, growing up, and being a mentor. Ultimately, it’s a game about life, seen through the cool shades of karate, worked out under the summer sun.


“It is essential to control your passion by means of your will, calming down so that your will is not drawn by your passion.”
― Yagyū Munenori; The Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War

“Never put passion before principle. Even if you win, you lose.”
— Mr. Miyagi; Karate Kid II

How To Play

Camp Karate uses D4s, D6s, D8s, D10s, and D12s and is a theatre of the mind, troupe-play game.

Each player controls three or more characters, switching between them for each scene. Create your dice pool by comparing your character to your opponent or the situation they're facing. Spend Passion Dice to keep your cool, or roll them for potentially devastating results. Match or beat the Target Number to succeed, or roll higher than your opponent.

Camp Karate

Choose Your Dojo

Viper-Kai Karate. Strike Fast, Strike First!
Viper-Kai trains winning athletes. A competitive, fighting spirit and a winning drive are the key attributes of any Viper-Kai student. We’re here to win!

Sakura-Do Karate. Firm Roots in Ancient Wisdom
Students of the Sakura-Do dojo learn the ancient wisdom and traditions of traditional karate, through dedication and physical training. Master the self to master any conflict.

Viper-Kai and Sakura-Do

Camp Karate

Meet the Team

Camp Karate was created by our team of collaborators for PocketQuest 2022:

Rodney Sloan Brent Thomas Julia Sloan

Rodney Sloan

RPG Developer
South Africa


Brent Thomas

Fantasy Author


Julia Sloan

South Africa 

We love creators! The rules for Camp Karate are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. That means you can build your own game based on the rules outlined in the book, or release your own supplements. We're not lawyers though, so check out the license, detailed inside.

Buying Camp Karate supports our collaborators, we appreciate your support.

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Luis M January 23, 2023 9:39 pm UTC
This game looks like its going to be a lot of fun. I enjoyed the read, the little intro story and the game rules.I can't wait to try this with my gaming group this weekend. I need a little clarification though. One Page 6 you said the hurt dice is "Your Hurt Pool" then you say it's a Clock that tracks your injuries. Then Page 9 you refer to it as "The Hurt Gem" what is the Hurt Gem and the clock? is it that that image on the character sheet that looks like that origami fortune telling thing? if so, what do all the numbers around it mean? is that the clock?.... it would be cool if you added a game example to make it more clear.
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Rodney S January 24, 2023 7:06 am UTC
Thank you for pointing that out. We originally called the Hurt Gem the Clock, then must have missed that reference to the Clock in editing, we'll update it.

The Hurt Gem is the diamond in the lower left part of the character sheet. When you take "Hurt" you mark it off here (starting at 1 for your first wound and going up to 12 for being knocked out). You could think of it as reverse hit points, but we're tracking wounds gained, not lost.
The text around the numbers tells you which bonus dice you gain and, under that beginning with "-1" or "-2" tells you when you can subtract Hurt.

So, if Johnny takes 3 Hurt, and his total reaches 5 Hurt during a scene, he heals up after the scene, leaving him with 4 Hurt. From then on, if he takes no more Hurt, he'll heal 2 Hurt after each of the next two scenes. That will leave him with 0 Hurt.
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Luis M January 24, 2023 11:12 am UTC
Oh I get it now, that's genius! thank you for clarifying that.
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Gerald S August 08, 2022 1:10 am UTC
I really like the mechanics. Might have an idea I can use them for to!
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Gareth G August 02, 2022 8:19 am UTC
Can't wait to give this a go! Such a great theme!
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