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Pilot RPG - Playtest Edition

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Pilot RPG - Playtest Edition

Note that this is a first-draft playtest edition. The price is set to PWYW, and any money raised will go towards developing the game and buying in art.

Fantasy High Adventure

Built for the sword and sorcery-loving Game Master who wants to build their own worlds.

Pilot RPG is a fully 'play it now' game. Pick it up, make a character, and start playing, but it is more than that. Pilot RPG is built to be played in the Old School style. The GM listens to the player's approaches and calls for skill tests when needed, placing equal or more value on role-played solutions.

Character Creation

Characters follow a life path model. You choose your ancestry, culture, a profession and then spend a pool of points on skills to customize your character to the way you want them to be.

For the world-building GM, the game has common broad ancestries, but the rules for how to create ancestries are all balanced in game-play terms. There are common broad-stroke cultures but also rules for how they are made, so you drill down to any level of detail you like in making your own cultures. The same is true for building professions and even adding skills to the game.


The game as written uses broad descriptions to keep the number of options facing a new player small. There are only a few professions, a few species, and so on. This gives you are fairly rules-light (Rules medium?) game you can just pick up and play.


It also gives you the potential to refine and add to the game as much detail as you could possibly want.

Game Mastery

The origins of this game are a blend of an OSR 'original game' and a 1980s classic 'Rolemaster' by Iron Crown Enterprises. Everything is new. Where those games were criticized for excessive rules and charts, this version is fully 21st century; it has stripped out as many tables as you can while still keeping those iconic critical tables and wound descriptive text.


This game uses many of the ideas from White Box Fantastic Medieval Adventure Game by Seattle Hill Games. but has been entirely rewritten. What that means is that everything you need is here to play a classic Fighter, thief, mage, and priest with their swords, armor, and spells. 


Free as in Speech and Free as in Beer

This game is covered by the OGL Open Game License. This means that you are welcome to create anything you like for the Pilot RPG universe, create it, publish it, and sell it.

All the sections are numbered so house rules for each section can be easily slotted into your version of the game, and numbered sections can be swapped, shared, or sold as companion material.

The game is also a Pay What You Want title for its PDF. You can download it and play it without paying a cent. 

There are also high-quality softcover and hardback books if you want the books at your table.

This is Not a Beginner's Game 

You will not find a "What is an RPG?" or "How to Role Play" chapter in this book. It is assumed you know how to role-play and what an RPG is. This is not an ideal game for people new to the hobby.


Solo is a perfect way to learn a new game, test your first adventures and going beyond just making characters when you are first getting to know the rules.

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Benjamin D December 07, 2023 9:32 am UTC
ok, so after VsD and Lightmaster another RM retroclone. This is interesting. Is there a twist that you would like to put emphasis on?
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Peter R December 07, 2023 9:41 am UTC
Yes, extensibility. This the second book in the series. Navigator RPG is the SpaceMaster retroclone. Over Christmas, I will be working on converting Eldritch Tales into a 'Cthulhu Master', and then later Operation Whitebox to create a WWII version. Each of these will be interoperable, and build into genre spanning series.
There is also Mutant Future to be converted into a GammaMaster.
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