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Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine - Hardcover

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Create. Explore. Play.

Basic Roleplaying (BRP) is a system of core rules for tabletop roleplaying. Whether you’re a seasoned roleplaying veteran or new to the hobby, Basic Roleplaying has everything you need for years of entertainment.

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What's Inside

Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine is the complete guide to BRP—the same system that powers Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, PendragonRivers of London, and countless others.

BRP’s Universal Game Engine is available royalty-free for personal and commercial use under the ORC license. Use these rules, and focus on creating your worlds, scenarios and even books to sell!

This book contains the core system rules, as well as character creation, advancement, monsters and antagonists, as well as GameMaster advice.

A Seamless Core Mechanic

BRP Character Sheet Example

In BRP, success and failure are always determined by the roll of a D100. Comparing that roll to the relevant Skill, Characteristic, Ability, or Power, you succeed if you roll under the target number.

This means every stat on your character sheet clearly indicates to you the likelihood of success.

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Natural Character Growth

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Characters in a BRP game evolve based on what they do in-game. If you fire a gun, that skill may increase.

If you want your character to learn magic, get better at driving cars, lassoing horses, or even repairing a spaceship, then your character will do so by using those skills!

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Deadly & Tactical Combat

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The core BRP rules present easy-to-learn and equally easy-to-teach combat mechanics that allow players to react to attacks—you don’t just have to wait for your turn in order to have an impact on combat!

Conflict in BRP can be deadly, and every roll (attacking, fighting back, dodging or otherwise) is integral. This makes for a thrilling, high-octane experience with a system that does not slowdown the overall flow of play.

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Build The Game You Want

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With mechanics for magic, psychic powers, mutations, superpowers, weapons, equipment, and vehicles applicable to any setting and genre, Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine is adaptable to any world of your choosing—either previously established, or created from scratch.

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Fillable Character Sheets

Character Sheet (Fillable)
Character Sheet with Hit Locations (Fillable)
NPC Sheet (Fillable)
Vehicle & Mount Sheet (Fillable)

Blank Character Sheets

Character Sheet (Blank)
Character Sheet with Hit Locations (Blank)
NPC Sheet (Blank)
Vehicle & Mount Sheet (Blank)


Additional Handouts

Handouts Pack
Character Generation Chart

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Basic Roleplaying
Full Color Hardcover
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Jason Durall, Steve Perrin
Cover Artist:
Loïc Muzy
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Loïc Muzy, Grzegorz Bobrowski, Giorgio Baroni, Manuel Castanon, Charlie Creber, Antonia Doncheva, Shen Fei, Andrey Fetisov, Piotr Foksowicz, Matt Forsyth, Mark L. Gambler, Ossi Hiekkal, Chris Huth, Tomasz Jedruszek Michelle Lockamy, Phu Thieu Mac
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    Love this!

    Posted by Sharlette on 15th Oct 2023

    I was so excited to get the hardcover for this as it's so much easier for me to use than a pdf. Great quality book complete with ribbon bookmark. I was surprised by the fact that the pages were not glossed as in most books these days, but this is a welcome change in my opinion- reduces glare and gives a nice 80's/90's book vibe and feel to it. As for the system itself it gives you so many options that you will have no trouble building just about any kind of game with this, but it's not overly complex so even a beginner should be able to easily pick this up and play.

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    Posted by Piotr Witkowski on 12th Oct 2023

    Important notice: this review concerns only this book's printed form, not the contents. The contents is fine (as much as I can tell after skimming the PDF). The quality of the book as a physical product, though? Agh. Seriously, the book is printed in an insanely small font - I really can't read a single line without my eyes straining painfully. Also, the book is printed on a thick, rough, poor quality paper - and the colour illustrations look worse than in some POD books. I honestly can't believe Chaosium is charging nearly $50 for a hardcover of such poorly quality (and non-existent readability). You dropped the ball here, guys. I'm sorry but it's true :(