What is the RPG Pipeline and how to use it

The RPG Pipeline is a posting board to keep track of upcoming tabletop rpgs. When I see a new rpg released, going into crowdfunding or looking for playtesters, I post it here. I cover only games (not supplements or other add-ons) and only English language.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020

What I Did On My Summer Holidays [Free]

What I Did On My Summer Holidays [Free]:

A one-page game of inconsequential magical adventure. You’re a vaguely magical kid (or one of their vaguely magical friends) and you’re determined to have a good time in the boring old seaside town you’re spending your summer holidays in.

Contains full rules for playing a big invisible furry monster, a royal cat, an ingenious goblin or a rookie witch.
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SustainaBuild [Free]

SustainaBuild [Free]: This is a roleplaying game where the teacher is the game master and the children will be playing around with scenarios.


SustainaBuild

Persona Based TTRPG [Free]

Persona Based TTRPG [Free]:

Hello, I started developing this game after some of my friends said they wanted to play an RPG with the Persona theme. Then, I started to search more about other people who might have made their own versions but didn't find one I particuraly liked. So, in november 2018 I began serching for references for more RPG systems and data on the Persona game series.

Now I'm posting it here  as one more place to keep updated :D

I've been hosting this game at Github and there you will also find a link to my patreon if you want to support me in other ways :D

https://github.com/FranciscoSMM/Persona-RPG
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​LEPIDOPTERA [Free]

​LEPIDOPTERA [Free]: a game about intimacy


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12 Lives to Die [Free]

12 Lives to Die [Free]:

In this 2-player narrative game, one player takes the role of a devious dungeon designer responsible for the creation of a series of death traps, while the other takes the role of The Hero who never gives up.  This one-page game was written for the My First Game Jam (Winter 2020) and requires nothing more than one page of instructions and a 20 sided die.
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where everybody knows your name [Free]

where everybody knows your name [Free]: a sitcom-inspired rpg about returning to a place you love, time and time again


where everybody knows your name

The Legally Distinct Kaiju RPG [Free]

The Legally Distinct Kaiju RPG [Free]: A game about giant monsters terrorizing the city


The Legally Distinct Kaiju RPG

Amygdala [$1.00]

Amygdala [$1.00]: A d20 based eldritch horror rpg. But fuck Lovecraft though.


Amygdala

Leap Day, the Tad-proletariat Frevolution [Free]

Leap Day, the Tad-proletariat Frevolution [Free]:

You are a team of Frevolutionaries (frog revolutionaries), and the tyrannical rule of bird-geoisie has for too long exploited the work of the Tad-proletariat in your pond. The time has come for revolution! You have nothing to lose but your chains! You have the pond to win. Amphibians of the pond unite! 

You are armed with your cunning, your sliminess, your mad hops and unwavering faith in the idea “from each according toad their ribbilities (ribbit abilities), to each according toad their needs” 
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Touhou Meikimaku~ Lost World Fantasia (東方迷輝幕) [Free]

Touhou Meikimaku~ Lost World Fantasia (東方迷輝幕) [Free]:

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A tabletop roleplaying game set in Gensokyo, the land of Team Shanghai Alice's Touhou Project.

This game works best with 2-6 players, and requires a GM as well (internally called the KN, short for Kannushi). You need six-sided dice to play.

There are two included documents: thlwf_player.pdf and thlwf_kn.pdf. The first one contains the main rules of the game that players should have access to, and that the KN should be familiar with. The second PDF has additional rules for the KN's use, a blank character card, and 38 canon characters.

The rules do not contain any substantial setting information. They are written with the assumption that all players and the KN are familiar with Touhou Project's setting.

While this game is complete and playable in its current state, I would like to add more canon characters, as well as art.

If you run this game, let me know how your Incident went in the comments! Feedback is very much encouraged.

Official Touhou Project Website: http://www16.big.or.jp/~zun/

English Touhou Project Wiki: https://en.touhouwiki.net/

Update: put the player rules in the KN rules, added Daiyousei, Koakuma, Rinnosuke, PoFV characters

YourVerse: Your universe your way. An RPG Zine. ^

YourVerse: Your universe your way. An RPG Zine.: Click here to view YourVerse: Your universe your way. An RPG Zine.

YourVerse is an RPG game system that has a framework of rules which allow you to create and run campaigns in your universe. - [$300 goal]


YourVerse: Your universe your way. An RPG Zine. -- Kicktraq Mini

Soulbound - Dark Industrial Fantasy ^

Soulbound - Dark Industrial Fantasy: Click here to view Soulbound - Dark Industrial Fantasy

Soulbound is a tabletop roleplaying game about wielding arcane weapons which are bound to one's spirit - [$1,500 goal]


Soulbound - Dark Industrial Fantasy -- Kicktraq Mini

SMALL TOWN: SKELETONS ^

SMALL TOWN: SKELETONS: Click here to view SMALL TOWN: SKELETONS

A roleplaying game about being bored to the bone. - [£350 goal]


SMALL TOWN: SKELETONS -- Kicktraq Mini

Treasures of T'urokk ^

Treasures of T'urokk: Click here to view Treasures of T'urokk

A surreal science-fantasy RPG zine based around the Altered World RPG System (the rules to which will be included in the Zine)! - [£100 goal]


Treasures of T'urokk -- Kicktraq Mini

Draculola Roleplaying Game - Zine Quest 2 ^

Draculola Roleplaying Game - Zine Quest 2: Click here to view Draculola Roleplaying Game - Zine Quest 2

A roleplaying game about little monsters making their spooky world a better place. By me and mine for you and yours. - [€2,750 goal]


Draculola Roleplaying Game - Zine Quest 2 -- Kicktraq Mini

Under The Floorboards: A Zine Quest RPG ^

Under The Floorboards: A Zine Quest RPG: Click here to view Under The Floorboards: A Zine Quest RPG

A roleplaying game about tiny people in a giant, hostile world. - [£750 goal]


Under The Floorboards: A Zine Quest RPG -- Kicktraq Mini

GLAIVE ^

GLAIVE: Click here to view GLAIVE

GLAIVE is a rules toolkit created by Scott Wegener for running old-school fantasy RPGs with modern streamlined rules. - [$640 goal]


GLAIVE -- Kicktraq Mini

THEY FEED ON FEAR: A Horror RPG. ^

THEY FEED ON FEAR: A Horror RPG.: Click here to view THEY FEED ON FEAR: A Horror RPG.

A Horror RPG where YOU play the HORROR!
[Zine Quest 2/2020]. - [$3,666 goal]


THEY FEED ON FEAR: A Horror RPG. -- Kicktraq Mini

The Last Place on Earth ^

The Last Place on Earth: Click here to view The Last Place on Earth

A ZineQuest rpg of determination and hubris at the South Pole inspired by Robert F. Scott's fatal expedition - [currently $800 goal]


The Last Place on Earth -- Kicktraq Mini

In Our Own Wor(l)ds: A Fantastical Zine Trading RPG Zine ^

In Our Own Wor(l)ds: A Fantastical Zine Trading RPG Zine: Click here to view In Our Own Wor(l)ds: A Fantastical Zine Trading RPG Zine

Half DIY zine making guide, half fantastical storytelling game about trading zines across universes. #ZineQuest2 - [$700 goal]


In Our Own Wor(l)ds: A Fantastical Zine Trading RPG Zine -- Kicktraq Mini

Princess World ^

Princess World: Click here to view Princess World

A Game of Girls who Rule.
#PrincessWorld @PrincessWorldRP - [$12,500 goal]


Princess World -- Kicktraq Mini

StoryHunter Alphas ^

StoryHunter Alphas: Click here to view StoryHunter Alphas

A collection of 4 tabletop roleplaying games for only $5: Dimensions, Dungeons Unknown, Killshot: Rapid Fire, and Pandora . - [$500 goal]


StoryHunter Alphas -- Kicktraq Mini

Tiny Cthulhu ^

Tiny Cthulhu: Click here to view Tiny Cthulhu

Cosmic Horror meets the minimalist TinyD6 RPG system in Tiny Cthulhu! - [$10,000 goal]


Tiny Cthulhu -- Kicktraq Mini

Grey Seas Are Dreaming Of My Death: William Hope Hodgson RPG ^

Grey Seas Are Dreaming Of My Death: William Hope Hodgson RPG: Click here to view Grey Seas Are Dreaming Of My Death: William Hope Hodgson RPG

A supernatural seafaring adventure RPG zine set in the weed choked depths of William Hope Hodgson's Sargasso Seas. - [$800 goal]


Grey Seas Are Dreaming Of My Death: William Hope Hodgson RPG -- Kicktraq Mini

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Premise: Setting, Character, Plot [$6.00]

Premise: Setting, Character, Plot [$6.00]:

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  • 2-7 players
  • 30-90 minutes 
  • Zero prep
Premise is a collaborative worldbuilding and storytelling game.  There are three sub-games – Setting, Character, and Plot – and you can play them independently or chain them together to explore a world in depth. Each sub-game has it's own template and play consists of simultaneously filling out parts of the templates, passing the sheets, and building on each other's ideas.

More Info

Premise works great on it's own but can also be incorporated into other games. You can use Setting to build out locations for a campaign or Character to quickly create NPCs. The game also lends itself well to creative writing exercises and I'm working to get it used in classrooms.

The basic approach for Premise (passed templates) is extremely extensible and I'll likely be adding more sub-games over time. If you're inspired to make your own sub-games, good luck and please share the results!

Included Files

I've broken the game into several files to make things easier for you:

  • The game's rules and half-page templates
  • Just the half-page templates, for easy printing
  • Full-page templates, with more room to write
  • Google Slides templates, for easy online play

With Deep Gratitude To...

Premise was originally published on my Patreon, with the support of many excellent backers: Alice Kyra, Andrew Fox, Avital Lubin, Corrin Elizabeth, Dustin Freeman, Eric Brunsell, Eric Wilson, Greg Lubin, Hailey Austin, Harry Pottash, Laurel Halbany, Madelyn Miller, Nick Punt, Patrick Ewing, Raphael D'Amico, Rob Abrazado, and Wendy Lubin.

Additional thanks to the many, many playtesters who have provided feedback since I started working on this in 2016! Unfortunately, I've lost track of the  main list of testers but a special call out to Avital Lubin, Raphael D'Amico, and Nick Punt who have provided extra feedback on the drafts of the game.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:
Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

If buying this game would be an economic hardship, you can claim one of these copies, no questions asked. I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends!

If you help spread the word to other potential players, even better!

According To Plan $5.00

According To Plan: $5.00

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Publisher: Alex Costello

According To Plan is a game about heists. Players take on the roles of a crew of thieves with big, ambitious plans. But the system doesn’t get bogged down in details. You and your friends can jump right into the action.

You can steal anything you want from wherever (or whenever) you want. Rob the vaults of Atlantis. Hijack a train in space. Steal the Eiffel Tower. The sky is the limit!

Create your crew and start playing in minutes. Instead of coming up with complicated plans, players will reveal all of their character’s careful planning through Flashbacks, which are used to overcome challenges and keep the action going. Every game is like the big reveal from the end of a heist movie.

Price: $5.00

What I did on my summer holidays $3.00

What I did on my summer holidays: $3.00

Publisher: Rowan, Rook & Decard

A one-page game of inconsequential magical adventure. You’re a vaguely magical kid (or one of their vaguely magical friends) and you’re determined to have a good time in the boring old seaside town you’re spending your summer holidays in.

Contains full rules for playing a big invisible furry monster, a royal cat, an ingenious goblin or a rookie witch.

What I did on my summer holidays
Price: $3.00


Microtransaction: The RPG $0.00

Microtransaction: The RPG: $0.00
Publisher: Thunderegg Productions

Are you a GM who feels like they deserve something more out of the game? Then get ready to become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams!* With the Microtransaction system and its revolutionary d$ "dice" you can now make all sorts of money off of your players! The first page in the rules for this system can be grafted into any OSR or 5E game, allowing you to raise the stakes for your players and to bring in cash for yourself, just like big-name video game studios do!

Besides the universal section at the front of this supplement, there is a fully-functioning, streamlined game system in the book. It takes a lot of inspiration from The Black Hack. If you can believe it, the rules in this system are even simpler than in Black Hack, and fit completely within six pages of text.

We're going to be supporting this game with new content and ways for you to exploit, er, make more content for your players.

This is a Pay-What-You-Want title. If you're broke, or whatever, feel free to download the game for no cost. If you're able, I would appreciate a tip.

*Any claims that you can get rich playing or running RPGs are clearly bald-faced lies told to amuse the author.

Microtransaction: The RPG
Price: $0.00


Xenophon: Rooted in Trophy [$5.00]

Xenophon: Rooted in Trophy [$5.00]:

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CW: This is a game about prejudice, warfare and the implicit violence of military power. 

Xenophon: Ten Thousand Losses is a Rooted in Trophy game about facing your Prejudices or falling to your Hubris. It is a game about changing and being challenged on your assumptions. It is a game about finding out what you value about yourself and the world and protecting it as you try to return home.

Will you return home?

The game builds upon the simple, drama and tone-focused engine of Trophy to create stories like the Anabasis: an expedition that must forge bonds within and without a hostile, foreign environment; people of skill and ambition meddling in affairs they have little to no understanding about, trying to return to a familiar setting.

Features of Xenophon include: 

Stations, its own take on the Ring and Set systems of Trophy. Travel through six Stations, each with their own rules, enemies, opportunities and election processes.  Customize your game my backing your own Stations. Do you want to use Xenophon to run Jason and the Argonauts, or Apocalypse Now or the Warriors? You can!

Hubris, Prejudice and Most Precious, will test your character. Will they embrace their Prejudices? Will they respect those outside their mercenary band? Will they do horrible things to protect their Most Precious or sacrifice them for their comrades?

A modular framework for campaign play, where you can fine tune every element. Do you want a short, 4-6 sessions game? Or do you want to run multiple adventures on each Station?

Armies and Warfare rules bring to Trophy the element of being part of a large mercenary force: rules to command soldiers, warfare mechanics, various ways to elect and seize command.  

Will you get back to Hella? Will you get enough Loot to sustain yourself and the Expedition and Glory to impress your peers?

And how restless is your sleep? 
In order to download this Xenophon you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Heart Shaped Blades [Free]

Heart Shaped Blades [Free]:

A 1-player mirco-RPG about queer love and fighting back.

Mired in the conflicts of which you had no hand in starting, oppressive systems bear down on you from all sides. Merely existing is to fight back. You find the will to move forward in a new power, your Heart Shaped Blade.

Wield It. Survive.

A hack of We Made Them Look Like Us by Takuma Okada: HERE

Made for the Fraudulent Gays Game Jam: HERE
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Captain Blood's Odyssey [$3.00]

Captain Blood's Odyssey [$3.00]:

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The Caribbean, 1688. Filled with Spanish Galleons, French Frigates, and English Merchant ships, ripe pickings for pirates under the command of Captain Peter Blood. You, and the rest of the crew, were English rebels who were transported to the West Indies colonies, and fled the plantation for a life of piracy on the high seas. But the winds of war in Europe begin to shift the sails of ships upon the Caribbean. If England offered you clemency, would you sail under their flag once more?

Captain Blood's Odyssey is a Descended From the Queen game based on the 1922 novel, Captain Blood: His Odyssey,  by Rafael Sabatini

Captain Blood's Odyssey is a card based, GM-less, table top role playing game, based on the For The Queen SRD, for 2 to 6 players. Using the card prompts, answer the questions in character, pass the card to another play, or X-Card the question and move on to the next. When you finally come to the last card, answer the question of whether you will rejoin the fighting.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Devils in the Details [$8.00]

Devils in the Details [$8.00]:

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You are imps: you are puny, cowardly, clumsy, mean, inept, and ambitious. You all serve a powerful demon, and if you impress them they may let you reincarnate as something stronger or smarter or less smelly. You have your eye on a gift for your master, but there's no way in Hell you can get to it on your own. Maybe you could together. First though, you need a plan, and the more complicated it is, the better you look.

Devils in the Details is a comedy roleplaying game about incompetent imps arguing over a convoluted and unlikely heist. To play, you'll need 2-6 players, a bunch of index cards, red and black markers, a couple six-sided dice, and 1-3 hours.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8 USD. You will get access to the following files:

I Can't Wait To Finally Meet You [$2.00]

I Can't Wait To Finally Meet You [$2.00]:

You’ve been messaging for what seems like forever, and you’ve spent countless nights getting too little sleep so you can talk for just a little longer. This moment has been building for what feels like an eternity, and tomorrow is the day. The day you can finally meet in person. You can finally feel that you’re both real, and oh god(s), you can go on a date!

I Can’t Wait to Finally Meet You is a game about the first time you meet with a long-distance partner in person. It is a GM-less Single Session RPG for 2-4 players.  It is about exploring the moments of anticipation, nervousness, joy, and relief that come with meeting someone who you know incredibly well but have never physically existed with. 
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:


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Pix [$5.00]

Pix [$5.00]:

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Pix is a heartwarming, non-violent tabletop RPG where you play as monsters that live in the land of Pix, a strange and gentle world that's part fantasy, part buggy video game. As you play, you'll find small problems in the everyday lives of monsters in Pix, and do what you can to help others.

The rules of the Pix RPG blend together elements of Golden Sky Stories and Powered by the Apocalypse, and center on helping and healing others. You make characters by combining a Type (the sort of creature your monster is) and a Job (what they do, or what their overall personality is like), and develop them further by filling in details and picking Powers and Weaknesses.

This is a beta of Pix. There are a few parts that I haven't finished yet (notably the final version will include scenarios, a replay, and more NPCs and items), but it's a fully playable game.

In order to play in person, you'll need some friends, some six-sided dice, paper and pencils, and 40-50 tokens to represent Love points.
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files: