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DOGS is a genre and setting agnostic roleplaying game that uses a dice pool and betting system to resolve Conflicts of all types. The mechanics are heavily intertwined with the narrative, and while any kind of game can be played using DOGS, it's especially ideal for games where the players are solving mysteries, settling disputes, and making moral and/or ethical decisions. 


Years ago, some friends and I used a hack of Dogs in the Vineyard to run a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure game, and since then I've used the system to run dozens of games in various copyrighted universes, as well as things of my own creation.

At a Con every year I run a new one-shot using my hack, and last year several people asked me if my setting was published. And considering I spent several months writing it, I figured I should look into doing that. So I emailed the guy (Vincent Baker, of Apocalypse World fame) who wrote the game originally, asking for permission to publish my campaign as long as I include a link to purchase DitV.

He responded more or less immediately, with bad news. Unfortunately, DitV is out of print so I could not do that. However, he told me that the only thing copyrighted are his actual words, and what I should do is rewrite the whole thing and publish it as my own.

So that's what I did! Meet DOGS, the Dice pool and mOral predicament based Generic roleplaying System!

I renamed some stuff, cut out the mormon missionary/sheriff thing entirely so that it's already set up to be used in any setting, codified some rules that I had been already using slightly differently than the original game, changed some rules entirely that I didn't like, modified the balance somewhat, and also included a sample campaign, the game that I ran at last year's con.

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CHOR K May 19, 2019 2:24 pm UTC
Ah, is it possible to use this for my own game which I may or may not intend to publish?
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James R May 14, 2019 9:57 am UTC
I have to admit, I only clicked on this out of curiousity about the title (as I already have an rpg about cats) - but am very glad I did! Buying this now, really keen to see what you have done with the engine.
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KN O May 14, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
glad it caught your eye! lemme know what you think
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Jordan E May 11, 2019 11:02 pm UTC
Make this actually be about dogs, you cowards!
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KN O May 13, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
hahaha well tbf you *can* make this game about dogs, since it's totally setting agnostic
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