Cobalt RPG System
A downloadable game
This is my rule system for lightweight RPG games (both tabletop games and tabletop-feeling video games). It’s somewhat quixotic that I designed a tabletop game system to use in a video game, but I want to recreate that old school feel of bringing an RPG from pen-and-paper onto the computer.
The core success check is: 2d6 + ability level >= target number
Meanwhile, the most interesting part of these rules are the progression mechanics. Point-buy skills are pretty common in various games, but I don't know any others that determine cost this way, with the cost of an Ability determined by the character's base attributes.
These rules are free and open: CC-BY-4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
I designed this system because I'm starting on some turn-based RPG projects and I needed a tabletop rule system for them. I couldn't find anything quite in the sweet spot I wanted: less cumbersome than DnD, but more substantive than something like "Lasers and Feelings".
I especially drew inspiration from LARA for the dice mechanics (that part also resembles World of Dungeons) and Urban Dead for character progression mechanics. I wanted a system with simple rules that only uses six-sided dice. Plus the progression mechanics I devised seem fairly original (probably closest to GURPS, but even that isn’t the same).
I discovered LARA through this small expansion:
(idea for ritual magic) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Supernatural
Cobalt logo created using these public images:
|Tags||Dice, pen-and-paper, Tabletop role-playing game|
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- Updated to v0.8649 days ago
- Updated to v0.8556 days ago
- Updated to v0.8461 days ago
- Updated to v0.83Feb 11, 2023
- Updated to v0.82Jan 31, 2023
- Updated to v0.81Sep 23, 2022
- Updated to v0.80Jul 03, 2022
- Updated to v0.79May 17, 2022
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This looks pretty cool!
I just noticed you added my game to one of your collections, wondering if you had a chance to check it out yet?
Not yet, on my list to try.
When you do, it can be downloaded for free on Gamejolt, instead of here. At least until development is done. [edit: It has been updated here on Itch, and is also free here now.]