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DoubleZero: Thief


A supplement for DoubleZero: Modern Roleplaying

Theft is taking property without consent, with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. Someone who carries out an act of theft is a thief. Members of this profession commit crimes against property, broadly defined here are larceny, robbery, embezzlement, extortion, blackmail, or receiving stolen goods. Movies, television, and novels often portray a romanticized image of the thief, a talented anti-hero who sticks it to the rich and powerful, never stealing from anyone that can’t afford the loss. 

This book contains five pregenerated, ready-to-use statistic blocks, one for each level of expertise (Novice, Beginner, Competent, Expert, and Master). You can use the stats as-is or make a few easy tweaks to customize them. Notes on how to do that and information on personality archetypes and motivations let you quickly put together the perfect character for your campaign.

I created the DoubleZero Character Bank series for three reasons. The first is to provide a resource for gamemasters that might need character statistics on the fly. Grab a character at the appropriate level, make a quick alteration or two as needed, and you’re back in the game.

The second is for players. If you need ideas for a character or don’t want to spend a lot of time fiddling with numbers and math, you can use one of these. Again, with a few simple tweaks, you can tailor it to suit your vision of the thief you want to play.

The final reason is to showcase the versatility of DoubleZero. The 30 professions listed in the Director’s Cut edition cover a broad range of character types. By giving each their own booklet, I hope to show the potential of “real-world” roleplaying, and the appeal of playing characters without magic or superpowers.

The DoubleZero System is a tabletop roleplaying game toolkit. First designed for action, espionage, and thriller adventures, the skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system is perfect for mysteries, police procedurals, and crime dramas based on your favorite television series, movies, and novels. DoubleZero works with any “realistic” modern setting that doesn’t lean into magic, the supernatural, or superpowers. A copy of the DoubleZero: Director’s Cut is required to play.

This book includes:

  • Using This Book: Notes on using the pregenerated thief characters as either a gamemaster or player, how to quickly modify the character to make it your own, and potential safety and consent issues that might arise while playing the profession.
  • Pregenerated Statistic Blocks: 5 thief characters, one for each level of expertise: Novice, Beginner, Competent, Expert, and Master. Give them a name, customize them with a few background details, and they’re ready to play!
  • Notes on Thief Characters: Suggestions for selecting alternate skills and traits, and thoughts behind the options presented for this profession.
  • Archetypes and Supporting Characters: Personalities and motivations for player characters, antagonists, and supporting cast members of this profession.

Safety and Consent

Because this profession reflects historical and real-world situations, certain material may be upsetting to some players. Use the safety and consent tools of your choice to ensure that all players are comfortable having a Driver character as part of the campaign. For a list of recommended resources, see DoubleZero: Director’s Cut.

  • Assault: Certain activities such as robbery may include the threat of assault if the victim doesn’t comply. Burglary may include run-ins with security guards or armed homeowners. Most variations of this profession include the possibility of physical confrontation.
  • Mental Health: Some characters steal due to mental health issues creating a compulsion. These situations should be treated with sensitivity.
  • Police: Law enforcement will be present in the campaign to some degree due to the existence of this profession.
  • Politics: Crime is frequently a political issue. Many politicians conflate violent crime with property crime to create fear among likely voters. Politics can dictate the punishments for various types of theft, and create situations of inequity and unfairness in arrest and prosecution.
  • Violence: The nature of this profession may place characters in a position to commit, witness, or otherwise deal with acts of violence. Even non-violent thieves can encounter people that respond to stealing with violent actions. 

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Lightspress Media is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should enhance the message of the text, not act as page filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and sturdy. This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the creativity and collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, then get out of your way.

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