A downloadable pen-and-paper game

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The Thing In Itself is a rules-light tabletop roleplaying and storytelling game in which the players take on the roles of Metamorphs, shape shifting beings without a permanent form to call their own, as they serve the ineffable forces of fate, the universe, or whatever the heck underlies our consensus reality at its deepest and murkiest levels ... or simply use their powers to achieve their personal aims. Fate, or the universe, or whatever has probably already factored that possibility into its grand design ... probably being the operative word. 

The Thing In Itself works well with two to seven players, one of which does, in fact, take on the role of Game Master. Like most tabletop rpgs, it can, technically, accomodate a larger group, especially if the GM is really good at scheduling and/or the heding of cats!  

Anyway, here are some notable features of the game:

  • PDF Bookmarks. 
  • A  light percentile system that focuses on ticking clocks and unexpected turns rather than the more traditional concepts of success and failure.
  • You can turn into an animal, a plant, a person, or an inanimate object, potentially all in one session! Sometimes you won't know what you'll be from one moment to the next!
  • If you turn into a trashcan, you can "talk to" other trashcans (whatever that means) within a 50 miles radius! This works for other stuff too.
  • One of the Methods available at character creation allows you to run your own cult or secret society! They'll do you bidding diligently (most of the time).
  • Sometimes, if you roll a certain way on one of the tables, time travel or dimensional travel will happen! Oh boy!
  • The rules and "lore" of the Metamorph can easily be ported to work with different time periods, worlds, genres, and tones. Explore what it means to be immortal, help two humans finally find love, use your powers to solve missing persons cases, or do other stuff!
  • The manual includes several very generalised story hooks / basic premises to get you started.

I hope you enjoy, and, as always, feel free to reach out (nicely) with questions, comments, requests, suggestions, and corrections.


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this pen-and-paper game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Thing In Itself - Core Rulebook 789 kB

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Thing In Itself - Character Sheet 232 kB