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In a realm of high fantasy, hirelings must settle for a life of menial dirty work for arrogant and greedy adventurers ... until now! A daring fantasy heist awaits!

A 2024 DriveThruRPG PocketQuest Game Jam RPG.

Hirelings is a rules-lite fantasy heist RPG where a crew of plucky hirelings has uncovered the inside scoop on a magnificent magical treasure of immense value. But it is guarded by a fearsome foe, perhaps a dragon or lich, in its treacherous lair. The party is not nearly strong enough to take the prize by force, but if they plan it right, they might just be clever (or lucky) enough to pilfer it!

This booklet provides your group with all the rules and details needed to undertake a fantasy heist adventure in a brand new realm. Use it as a one-session diversion from your usual game, or continue the hirelings' adventure with a campaign of many heists.

What's Inside

  • A compact, playtested and easy to learn rules-lite system inspired by such games as MÖRK BORG and Dungeon Crawl Classics. This game is more lighthearted than those perhaps, but still potentially lethal.
  • 10 races for players to choose from, including fantasy favorites plus new ones like the Forgotten Familiar and Stalkfolk.
  • 10 professions for our hilrelings, such as the Agnostic Acolyte and Tactical Chef.
  • For the GM, rich random generation tables including lists of minions, boss characteristics and weaknesses, lair features, heist complications and magical prizes. These tables, plus concise advice, allow the GM to roll up an exciting heist adventure in as little as 30-60 minutes! Create a unique adventure for your players every session.

How It's Played

  • Players quickly roll up their hireling characters: ability scores, personality traits, worst fears, weapons, armor, items and perhaps a scroll or two.
  • The GM creates a table of lair details for the heist. The players roll off that table to see what they know going into it. Then they gear up and plan for the heist accordingly.
  • Next, the heist begins! The GM presents the party with a series of known and unknown situations and challenges. The party sneaks, smooth-talks and fights their way through the lair until the final moment when they must steal the ultimate prize from a fearsome boss monster.
  • This game works best with two to five players, in addition to the GM.
  • A typical session has a playtime of around 3-4 hours.

I invite you to check out my other bestselling publications on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild:

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April 14th, 2024
Great Idea. Great little game. It's easy to start up on and all the quirky little details of the character creation, the world, and the scenarios that get generated make for a really fun time. It's a great way to introduce RPG to new people and also re [...]
April 12th, 2024
My group just played this for the first time to take a short break in between major campaigns. Especially for a rulebook that's only 28 pages long, this is a surprisingly robust little game. Even though character creation seems somewhat rigid at first, [...]
April 12th, 2024
This is a great game system, it is light on rules, fun, and easy to set up. I enjoyed quickly getting my character up and going using some of the tables. I liked playing a game even lighter than a D&D starter set but not as light as Risus. This is [...]
April 6th, 2024
This game was a blast. I rolled up two characters I wouldn't have imagined creating if not for the random generation tables. The first was and Elf Gravedigger who was blindly optimistic. Every encounter was an opportunity for more work! My second chara [...]
April 5th, 2024
This is such a fun little game and surprisingly robust for campaign play. My group started using this as we took a break from our normal campaign. It’s loads of fun with very little prep and like I said you can take it beyond your typical one shot. [...]
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