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Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine - PDF

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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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    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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    Posted by Tony Hough on 5th Dec 2023

    My only criticism of this edition - though this IS important if one wishes to run a game is the tiny font size that makes it near on impossible to skim read with any speed. It doesn't help that the font is also too fine AND printed rather less than actual black!! In all other respects this would be a masterpiece, which makes it all the more frustrating!! BIGGER, DARKER, BOLDER PRINT in future please!!

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    BRP has my heart; good bye 5e!

    Posted by Andy on 30th Oct 2023

    Fantastic, just fantastic. There are enough rules to cover expansive campaigns in a wide variety of styles and environments. It’s a dead-simple system for people who just want to play, but has enough complexity to suit players that thrive on that aspect. By making skills and advancement able to be captured on a single sheet, it’s exactly how TTRPGs should work. You get to focus on roleplay, creativity, and fun, rather than number crunching and searching through multiple tomes. Bravo Chaosium!

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    Posted by Russ on 20th Oct 2023

    I get the feeling there was pressure to keep this book at 280 pages. The print is very small and difficult to read for long stretches of time. The pages are also very crammed with text walls and the layout leaves something to be desired.

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    Solid edition of BRP

    Posted by Acmegamer on 14th Oct 2023

    Not a total new edition but a very well done update to the previous edition of BRP. Well laid out with table of contents and index, which are of course a must. My one gig lowering from 5 star is the font is smaller than I'd like. Though it is quite readable with the physical book since they use solid bolding and darker ink for the font. In pdf form you won't notice the smaller font at all as an aside. Another good Chaosium product in otherwords.

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    Posted by Paul Howell on 6th Oct 2023

    I am very pleased with this updated version of BRP. It is better laid out, than the previous version. there are a few things that have been left out, 1. It does not tell you what dice to roll for the optional Education attribute. 2. It does not have the optional strike rank rule. 3. It does not have the missile hit location table.

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    Awesome except for the font.

    Posted by Michael on 28th Aug 2023

    This is the best iteration of BRP yet EXCEPT it dropped rules for separate attack and parry percentage. 100% BS! I'll never buy into that. Why 4 stars? The small font. I'm frickin old. 59 years frickin old. Give me a break as I use 3.5 reading glasses. I'll gladly pay $20 to $50 more for 12 to 14 point font. I buy the giant print bibles so please, help out an old gamer and make a book I can frockin read for Christ's sake. Beleive it or not your target audience is old gamers so accommodate us please. Young pups play Savage Worlds or D&D 5. So help.l an old grognard and give me a readable font please.

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    Best of all rpg

    Posted by Jack on 18th Aug 2023

    I put this in a folder called deserted island. The reason for that is I'm my useless opinion this is the holy grail of game systems. It is very very easy to understand and use., can be used with any genre, and is a one stop shop you only need one book. I eagerly anticipate the hardcopy. I highly recommend it in every way.

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    Posted by Radek on 29th May 2023

    For me it's the best rpg game system