A downloadable tabletop rpg
I've been working on this one for the better part of a decade...I figured it was about time to let the world, or a small piece of it, in.
Spiral is a percentile based tabletop/pen-and-paper roleplaying game that was designed to be flexible, accessible, and hackable. It has no default prescribed genre or setting and should pretty much work for whatever the heck you want it to. Spiral is intended to be welcoming to newcomers and while also providing enough for veterans to sink their sharp, vicious teeth into.
It features a flexible and open ended character customization and creation system, a d100 based resolution mechanic, and a modular design that encourages players and Narrators to make their game their own. Spiral occupies a middle ground between "crunch" (complexity) and minimalism. It leaves a lot in the hands of the players themselves. If you like more interpretive, open ended systems like FATE and Cypher, this may be up your alley.
Notes on the Ashcan
This here is an ashcan release, which means that it is largely complete, but may be updated going forward (if you buy it once, you get all future digital updates for free, of course). Here's how the current ashcan is likely to be different from the final version:
- The final release will have more art. I just have to draw it first. If you see a blank page in the PDF, that's basically why. It'll probably feature a fanciful drawing of a cyclops arguing politics with a guy in overalls on the beach or some such.
- The current release probably has typos that I haven't fixed yet. I mean, I've gone through this document, both in its past iterations and its current one, over and over again, but you know how typos are... They will, uh, find a way.
- The character sheet will probably get a few redesigns. The current one is sort of a bare bones, functional version and should serve you well enough, although it's recommended that you either use the back or a separate sheet to take notes (if that's your thing) and keep track of inventory (if that's a thing that your session/campaign calls for).
I think that's the long and short of it. Aside from the above, this document is, in fact, a complete, ready to use tabletop role-playing manual. It is not missing any core rules or mechanics and comes in at a healthy 169 pages (not counting the table of contents and such). Read it, play it, enjoy it (hopefully), hack it, do what you want and what makes sense to you.
A Note on Pricing:
I wanted Spiral to be as open and accessible as possible while also reflecting the fact that (even if there are plenty of other good generalist systems out there) it is a labor of love, a labor that took a good third of my lifetime, and a thing that I am very proud of making.
The base cost for the PDF is 5 bucks plus whatever else you think is fair or can afford. It is my hope that if you don't utterly hate this game and can afford to give more, you will. No worries either way.
If you can't quite afford the 5 bucks (trust me, I've been there...in fact, I'm there right now), but you really want to check this game out and maybe even make something of your own using Spiral as a framework, please don't be afraid to reach out and I'll be happy to accommodate.
Patreon backers will, of course, receive the PDF as a reward for their patronage, as will be the case with all of my future commercial products.
In order to download this tabletop rpg you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.60 USD. You will get access to the following files: