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A tabletop role-playing game where you defeat the apocalypse.

Successfully funded on July 2021!

One of Polygon's Top Indie Tabletop RPGs of 2021...

and Dicebreaker's Best Tabletop RPGs you might have missed...

What is ARC?

ARC is a tabletop RPG where heroes rise to slay the apocalypse. Stories you make and play in ARC run against a timer. While heroes navigate and transform the world around them, the real-time Doomsday Clock ticks to an irreversibly cataclysmic event.

  •  Manage your hours. The Doomsday Clock allows you to dictate literally how much time you need for your story.
  • Skill Checks allow for players' ingenuity.  Heroes are naturally adept at their skills, but players articulate how these are applied. Insightful solutions can ease the Threshold Number.
  • Pick-up-play with raised stakes. The tight rules, including unique initiative and story consequences for "death", fit on the back of the character sheet! The unique blend of real-time and in-story mechanics means, however, that games always have a sense of mission and purpose.

You can already preview the rules in the FREE Quickstart or the ARCANUM SRD, which contains the rules text.

The book, however, contains bonus content to power any adventure:

    • 40 spells & techniques, ranging from the mundane—whispered messages—to the unknown—open doors to secret locations—and the world-wracking, truest Miracle.
    • 36 fascinating creatures: bunny-eared noblins, flowerheaded courtiers, cannibal elves, moon-eating wyrms and more.

What others are saying - "Impeccably designed, genre agnostic ruleset...playing [ARC] feels like an ice bath -- bracing and invigorating."

Viditya Voleti, interactive artist and award-nominated RPG designer - "I really can't put to words how gorgeous this book is and how much fun it is to travel across each spread and the joy of turning each page. Seriously it's fucked lol"

Grahame "TheInstaGrahame" Turner, RPG designer, podcaster and enthusiast - "While reading through ARC, I'm struck with a weird kind of feeling: I kinda wish this was the first RPG I'd ever run."

Resources and More

Visit the website for downloadable character sheets, the SRD, the creator's license, and more.

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