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Hostargo is a weird-tech-western tabletop role playing game about the tough and talented operatives of the Special Encounters Agency (SEA); enforcers of law and order in an overcrowded city-state.


The game takes place in a post-steampunk age of weird electromagnetic technology and bizarre magic, where new heights of wealth and power are being mined from an unstable mountainside. One wrong move could blow the town to bits, either from the volatile memory stored beneath the mountain, or from a frustrated populace ready to riot.


Inside this gorgeously illustrated book, you’ll find a fully featured RPG that promotes decision-heavy mechanics, deep character customization, and campaign world advancement that still plays light and smooth at the table. Included is the Oriya world setting, a multi-chapter GM guide, and a premade adventure to help you dive in!

<You have to catch it

Hostargo uses a reverse die-step action resolution mechanic, where the higher the character's skill, the smaller die they use! '1's are always an "ace", and the player gets to choose an extra bonus to apply to their action. Skills are written in free-form based on the character's background and class, creating an ever-branching tree.

Players have many tools to choose from when deciding what to do. They have standard equipment, magical runes, social connections, special abilities, effort pools, and even a lucky hand. There's never a dull moment for your characters in Hostargo!

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February 17th, 2024
Interesting setting. Once you get the rules down, it is fairly easy to pick up and get going for the DM with less prep work. For the players, there are some really unique classes beyond the "usual" you tend to see in RPGs. [...]
February 15th, 2024
I gotta say, I really dig this title! The custom rule system is crunchy enough to adjudicate about anything you want to do, but straightforward enough to learn and get playing fairly quickly. The world that you play in feels fresh and inv [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on February 12, 2024.
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