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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 Chaosium.com 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 Chaosium.com and DriveThruRPG. Purchase the PDF now directly from Chaosium.com, 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 

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3 hours ago, TrippyHippy said:

Is there any hint, as of yet, as to how Chaosium are seeking to support BRUGE? Will there be some move on Superworld or other supplements?  

I have no inside information, but my hope is that this needed to drop before the new (-ish?) Mythic Iceland comes out. 


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3 hours ago, TrippyHippy said:

Is there any hint, as of yet, as to how Chaosium are seeking to support BRUGE?  

<points to the BRP:UGE core rulebook:  extensive new art, extensive re-write & rules-tightening, bulk hardcover release>

<points to the big package of hand-outs (not just "a character sheet") recently dropped>

<points to the Pixel Circus "Salt & Serpent" AP>

They already ARE supporting it.

But I think their hope is that the ORC-edition will:

(a) Sell reasonably well in its own right, on an ongoing basis.
(b) Attract a "BRP Ecosystem" (the same way WotC's OGL1.0/d20/D&D did) which in turn will:
(c) Increase exposure & market-share for CoC, RQ, & new games like RoL, LotMS, etc (n.b. we've also got Mythic Iceland 2.0 coming out, and Chaosium needs to make mechanical & branding choices -- will they call it a "RQ" game, or a "BRP" game?)

I think they will call it a win so long as they see a reasonable bump in market-share & profitability...

But, realistically, we in the fandom need to recall Chaosium's prior statements -- "generic" BRP hasn't sold well, at all.  I think we need to expect they'll be looking at their sales numbers with a jaundiced & market-wary eye, and not invest hugely into new material until/unless they see encouraging numbers.  That being said, however...

22 hours ago, TrippyHippy said:

... Will there be some move on Superworld or other supplements?  

This one, I hope, happens.  In honor of Steve Perrin, if for no other reason (and that's reason enough!!!) .

But given GRRM's past with it, I hope they lure him back to BRP.
GURPS:Wild Cards was 1990ish, iirc.
Green Ronin's Mutants&Masterminds version dropped 2008, I think.

I just looked up the announcements; each of them mentioned that it had been 15ish years since "Wild Cards" had an RPG.

Which... y'know.
Looks like The Stars are Right.

Give him a comp-copy of the new BRP:UGE, and Steve's notes about the new draft.


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28 minutes ago, Barak Shathur said:

Will there be a new pdf available with the second round of corrections implemented before release of the hardback?

The most current PDF file is v1.02.

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On 6/16/2023 at 2:51 AM, MOB said:

The most current PDF file is v1.02.

Is this the version being printed?
(I mean -- I realize the customer-screen-oriented PDF is different from what goes to the printer; but is the textual content as per v1.02 what's being printed?)

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We will have pre-release hardcover copies of the new Basic Roleplaying available at Gen Con! But supplies are strictly limited - so if you're coming to Gen Con and want a copy, do come see us at booth #509 without delay!

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