Wanted: Writers Needed For WGRG: The Zine

After a successful Kickstarter to launch our first quarterly zine, The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Zine, it’s time to put some words on the screen.

The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Zine is our upcoming zine providing indie game ideas for the 5th edition of the world’s most popular RPG.

Say, are you an experienced 5e player/DM/designer that also likes to play indie games? Do you have some ideas for merging indie game mechanics and principles into the fifth edition of the world’s most popular RPG? And do you have five minutes to share your idea(s) with us?

If you’ve said yes to all three of these questions, you’re just the person we’re looking for. Simply go to our WGRG: The Zine page and click on the submission link at the top. While we’re already in the middle of writing our first issue, we’ve unlocked enough content that requires some new and unique voices from both the 5e and indie game space. No idea is too weird, no submission invalid. And we pay $0.10 CAD per word (or approximately $0.08 USD). If we like what we see and you can prove in your submission that you know how to make it all click, come and join the WGRG team today.

Did Someone Order A Half-Eaten Burger and Fries Who Fight Crime?

Today is #ThankYouPatrons day on Patreon and we wanted to do something a little extra special to not only show our support and appreciation for our patrons but to encourage others to sign up and be part of the action. That’s why we’re proud to announce the very first playtest draft of our upcoming Fragments game, The Many Adventures of Patty & Fritz, is now available for EVERYONE to download from our Broken Design Patreon page.

A teaser video for The Many Adventures of Patty & Fritz.

Version 1.01 of The Many Adventures of Patty & Fritz contains the complete rules and provides the framework and a character wheel for “The Origin Story.” There’s also an appendix explaining how playtest points work and how you can earn free goodies for your feedback. All of this is exclusive to our Patreon and you can become a patron for as little as $1 per month.

Anyone who is already a patron will receive +1 playtest points today simply because they are awesome and we wanted to say thank you for your support. If you become one of our new patrons before the end of November 2019, you’ll receive +1 playtest point as well towards Patty & Fritz, making it even easier to get a free PDF copy of the finished game.

Click here to access your playtest copy of Patty & Fritz for free. You can visit our Broken Designs Patreon to learn more and check out some of the other games seeking playtesters here.

The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Zine on Kickstarter… NOW!

Do you like to dabble in all sorts of tabletop games? Genres? Are you a fan of D&D but also enjoy playing PbtA games and have a few Fate Dice at home? Then have we got the Kickstarter for you.

Broken Ruler Games is pleased to announce our third Kickstarter of 2019 has just launched. The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Zine will put an “indie spin” on the 5th edition of the world’s most popular roleplaying game. Available exclusively through this Kickstarter (meaning it will not be sold anywhere else outside of this 30-day campaign), WGRG: The Zine aims to create up to four issues released throughout 2020.

While we’re still working on lining up a list of D&D and indie designers for this zine, we did want to let you know some of the articles we’re working on. 

  • Investigation mechanics for 5e – Turn your dunegon crawl into an archaelogical mystery or adapt 5e for a modern detective story using an optional investigation system inspired by the GUMSHOE system by Robin Laws and published by Pelegrane Press. 
  • Complications on failed rolls – What if you could take away the pass/fail aspect of attack rolls and make those failures add excitement and tension to your game? We’re looking into an optional rule that would apply story-based complications onto those failures to keep players on their toes during a wicked battle. 
  • Building a relationship (mechanic) – Just who ARE these people you travel with? On those long journeys from dungeon to dungeon, who do you bond with the most and what lines can you never cross with them? Adding some relationship mechanics can turn your 5e game into a well-produced HBO action/drama series. 
  • How about a high school drama hack of 5e? – Whether your characters are training to become adventurers in one of your world’s greatest academies or in a modern world of everyday teens struggling to get through another Monday, it’s time to really show what these rules can do!  
  • Alternate death rules – Feel like living on the edge with your characters? Strip away those death saves and walk on the wild side with some alternate rules that could actually make you wish someone memorized a raise dead spell. 
  • The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Game – Imagine a Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) RPG about a group of players playing 5e that takes place while YOU play 5e. Featuring playbooks such as the Rules Lawyer, the Min-Maxer and more, each playbook taps into the pros and cons of each of the most common player types in the hobby to provide in-game moves triggered by the events in your existing game of 5e.

Check us out on Kickstarter before November 27th, 2019.

Let’s Put An Indie Spin on The World’s Greatest RPG

Broken Ruler Games is proud to official announce (because let’s face it, keeping secrets isn’t exactly something we’re good at when it comes to Twitter) our next Kickstarter project… and this time it features our entry into the realm of dungeons and/or dragons.

The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game: The Zine is a zine dedicated to supporting the 5th edition of the world’s most popular RPG but with an indie spin. Created by Jen Adcock and Todd Crapper, WGRG: The Zine looks to bring some of the great indie mechanics and story game ideas that have been circulating along the fringes of the market and merge themselves with 5e’s adaptable ruleset.

You can check out a preview of our Kickstarter page right now or learn more on the official WGRG: The Zine page and see what the fuss is about. It launches on October 29th, 2019 and we look forward to bringing you an indie spin on 5e.

The Deal Available Now On DriveThruCards

Are you ready to play the most intense game of poker in your life? That’s been the response so far to our very first larp, The Deal, and now is your chance to get in on the action.

After a successful Kickstarter earlier this year, Broken Ruler Games is pleased to announce The Deal, a live-action roleplaying game about blackmail and confrontation during a high stakes game of poker, is now available to the gaming public. You can download the rules for free on The Deal‘s page as well as purchase print-and-play and/or print-on-demand cards from DriveThruCards.

This game is the third in our line of Fragments mini-games and one shots. You can discover more on our Fragments page, including Duel and By The General’s Hand.

Introducing Our Broken Designs Patreon

At the time of this writing, there are 7 projects currently in various forms of writing, design, editing, and development plus a couple more stewing in the pot. In other words, a lot’s going on around here and we could use some playtesters. Would we just ask? Nope, that’s not our style.

Broken Ruler Games is proud to announce the launch of our Patreon page, Broken Designs. Here, our patrons will gain access to early drafts of various games and other projects in development (though not all of them – it’s worth noting that patrons will not, for example, get to see any of The Tower.) Some of these projects will provide exclusive access to certain projects, such as Dimensions, our long-brewing PbtA game of inter-dimensional travellers and the first game on tap for our patrons. Each playtest draft will include an online form to provide different types of feedback (from simply reading through the text to actually playing as a Player or Facilitator) to earn playtest points that are then used to earn bonus rewards for your feedback. Basically, the more playtesting you do, the more rewards you get. It’s the Patreon that gives back.

How Does It Work?

You can read all about how the Broken Designs Patreon works by checking it out here and reading more about how playtest points work right here.

Here’s the gist of it. Back in 2015-16, we experiment with the idea of rewarding playtesters with points collected based on the type of feedback they provided. Hence the ENnie-nominated ScreenPlay: The Rehearsal Edition was born and our playtesters were able to earn free copies (including a handful of print ones) of the finished game. Based on the success of that experience, we wanted to bring it back on a more regular basis while also finding a reliable revenue stream that could help support what is still a fledgling publishing company. This Patreon will not only help us stock up the coffers to afford new original art, writers, designers, and more, it will also help us cover the costs of the special rewards each project will create.

If you’ve already made it this far into the post, you’re past the point of no return and should – nay, MUSTcheck out the Broken Designs Patreon page. Thank you to all of our fans and supporters for everything you do.

Your Shot At Redemption Begins September 10th

…because that’s when The Deal goes live on DriveThruRPG and DriveThruCards.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this summer, The Deal has gone out to backers and we’ve set the date for the public launch. Beginning September 10th, you can purchase a print-and-play and/or print version of this poker larp. If you haven’t heard about this game before, check out its page under our Fragments line of mini-games.

All of us who worked on The Deal would like to thank our backers to helping bring this game to life. Now let’s get ready to deal the cards and face our demons.