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Releasing October - Basic Roleplaying in hardback

Posted by Michael O'Brien on 12th Jun 2023

Basic Roleplaying Universal Game Engine

Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine

-- Out in hardback in October 2023 --

264 pages
Hardcover, full color
ISBN: 978-1-56882-470-3
Authors: Jason Durall and Steve Perrin
Cover Art: Loïc Muzy
Interior Artists: 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, Lionel Marty, Loïc Muzy, Simon Roy, Dimitar Stoyanov, John Sumrow, Cory Trego-Erdner.

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.

What's Inside — Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine is the complete guide to BRP—the same system that powers Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Pendragon, Rivers of London, and countless others. 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 — 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.

Natural Character Growth — 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!

Deadly & Tactical Combat — 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.

Build The Game You Want — 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.

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

*price includes PDF when purchased direct from and Friendly Local Game Stores that are part of the Bits & Mortar initiative.

^note, Basic Roleplaying Universal Game Engine is currently out in PDF at and DriveThruRPG. Purchase the PDF now directly from, and we'll deduct the cost of the PDF when you purchase the physical book.

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What Reviewers are Saying About Basic Roleplaying Universal Game Engine

"A definitive update of a definitive game system... one of the simplest, most flexible, most customizable engines in the tabletop gaming business."
— Andrew Logan Montgomery, Exploring the Otherworlds of Fiction, Magic, and Gaming.

"Sleeker and more beautiful while maintaining all of the best components of the original. Designing products for it should be a snap!"
— RPG Imaginings.

"Chaosium has put their best foot forward ... providing a familiar and well-regarded mechanical platform for a whole new swathe of game design talent."
— Cannibal Halfling Gaming.

"I've learned so much from this book... a must buy for game designers."
— J-M, Iconic Productions.

"BRP is in a perfect place for creators and GMs who want a stable mechanics for their own creations… I can’t wait to start creating with it."
— Never Mind the Dice Rolls