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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
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Jason Durall, Steve Perrin
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Loïc Muzy
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    Basic Roleplaying

    Posted by Jorgen Bjork on 17th Apr 2024

    I really don´t understand why! Why did you make the book so cheap in feeling, paper thickness, hard to read due to the size of the letters, drivethrurpg quality with the pictures, and poor quality in general and not the standard quality of Cthulhu or Runequest books, it´s really beyond me. I´m really disappointed. Guess I have to wait another 20 years for a generic BRP book. In the mean-time I have to use Dragonbane (Drakar och Demoner) which is an offspring of the good old Runequest.

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    Awesome :)

    Posted by mcc on 14th Apr 2024

    I bought it a few months back as I was looking for a universal system to run one-shots in different settings for my friends — and oh boy that was a good decision. My players and I are having a blast playing together. Some of them have played some RPGs in the past while others haven't but regardless of their experience with RPGs they all love it. System is really simple for the players and with the GM prepared they don't have to read anything about the rules to start playing. The illustrations are lovely and the book contains so much content. I didn't have problems with the font size. I found a few silly errors in the text, but it wasn't anything that made me not understand the rules that were being described. Overall I highly recommend it — I'm really happy that I bought it.

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    Too much errata

    Posted by Greg Fetzer on 22nd Mar 2024

    This product was rushed and includes way too many errors. A year later and fans over at BRP Central are still spotting mistakes in the PDF updates.

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    Font too small!

    Posted by John Atkinson on 12th Feb 2024

    I have the big gold book softback and hardback so when I noticed this new version I was chuffed. Unfortunately I am a little disappointed, the font is extremely small making reading the book a total chore. Wish I had not bothered.

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    Quality reproduction of a classic book!

    Posted by Stephen Batchelor on 16th Nov 2023

    As a typographer and printer with over 20 years industry experience this review focuses mainly on the production and legibility of the book. Basic Roleplaying is hardbound and printed on quality uncoated paper. The text and images are sharp and clear to read. The book has head and tail bands as well marker ribbons and nice quality end papers. The layout of information is orderly with ample line and word spacing. Addressing the size and choice of font we need to remember that the previous edition wasn't called ‘The Big Yellow Book’ for nothing. This book contains ‘A Lot’ of information. Everything you could possibly need to run a game of any genre. This really is the only book you will ever need to run a role playing game. The choice of font is easy to read and while somewhat smaller than other reference books it is most definitely legible and easy to read (8/11pt). Increasing the font size would have pushed this book well beyond the already hefty 260 page count and the resulting production costs would be passed on to the consumer. Reducing the line or word spacing would decrease legibility. In balance a well designed book and definitely well worth the price tag.

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    Hard cover version

    Posted by Paul Aston on 5th Nov 2023

    I've never owned the basic roleplay gold book but I've been playing Runequest since the 80s. Someone has put a lot of hard work into this and it shows. They've kept the basic system but tuned it up perfect. They've even improved the combat system over the latest version of Runequest, lots of tactical options, grapple/ martial arts and using dex ranks instead of strike ranks, a subtle but important difference. The quality of the pages/book is beautiful, the paper feels like a thicker grade and the finish is beautiful. The text is a little small though. The best part: you can use any of the runequest books or cthulhu in support. The red book of magic is completely compatible. They just need the goods to keep coming in support of the game. Companion 1 for example: sorcery, psionics, the superhero companion and so forth. If you love the runequest system but want to game outside of Glorantha then get this.

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    Basic Roleplaying Hardcover

    Posted by Eric Webb on 2nd Nov 2023

    The Basic Roleplaying system is my favorite rpg system due to its ease of use and modularity. I can craft the rules anyway I want to fit whatever genre I’m trying to emulate. This book is great with a lot of rules cleared up and streamlined. With this new book alongside my classic BRP gold book I’ve got thousands of options.

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    Inspiring and useful

    Posted by Hector Gamiz on 1st Nov 2023

    If you are comfortable playing Call of Cthulhu or Runequest, you got the system down, and love the easy to understand percentile dice mechanics, why not play EVERYTHING with that same system? This book has it all. You can build a system that suits better your style of play, your own homebrewn setting (or any existing one for any game) or both. You can leave it as simple as you want or add as many rules you want, it's that modular. BRP Universal Game Engine does what it promises, and also is fun to read, it's got plenty of ideas that can spark your creativity. I love the mix and match kind of modular rules. You can use what you think that can work better in your games or leave behind what you think doesn't.

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    Love it

    Posted by Nicole on 1st Nov 2023

    I've only just skimmed through the book. And I'm really intrigued by it! Many of my favorite tabletop rpgs are based on this system! For example Othe old Dragonbane (Drakar och Demoner). I'm really amazed by the quality too!