DIE RPG Open Beta

The DIE RPG is written by Kieron and allows to make your own version of the first arc of your series, played between two and four sessions. People seem to like it, and we’re working on doing a Kickstarter for a full edition circa the final trade’s release, in November 2021. Fingers crossed.

This release consists of three parts main parts, with a couple of other PDFs (Described below).

The Manual: Everything you need to know to play.
The Handouts: Includes all the character sheets (both full and light) and the material for the Gamesmaster.
The Arcana: weird stuff and supplementary material, including some extra help for new players.

DECEMBER 2020 Update: DIE: V1.3 is the latest edition, which adds to the above PDFs.  It includes everything in the previous 1.2 patch, and is supplementary to what’s in the main manual . If you want to play DIE in the present state, download this, and don’t bother downloading the 1.1 handouts – this include the newest version of the handouts. DIE 1.3 is the biggest addition to the game since the Arcana, including things like a fully playable Master class, a rework of the Godbinder and a whole new easy to play scenario for DIE. Also includes neat 1.2 stuff like a reworked Fool and in-game advancement.

AUGUST 2021: And here’s the new character sheets and core mechanic as a taste. This replaces the previous sheets, and mostly self-explanatory. I would advise to use the above content of the Manual, but play with these. You can download 1.46 from here.

We also have an itch.io page now, which is is handy. Likely a good place to follow updates.

If you want to play online, here’s the v1.3 sheets transported to a character keeper. Copy to your google drive and use. Here’s the 1.46 sheets.

DIE RPG is about the situation rather than the specifics of DIE. As in, you generate a group of real world people, who then sit down to play a role-playing game, before getting dragged into a fantasy world. Yes, it’s a little Meta. One of the playtesters described it as a manual of how to make your own Kieron Gillen-esque story, which I quite like. There’s a lot of me trying to explain how stories work, and how DIE works specifically. That means I suspect some of it will be interesting to folks who have no interest in RPGs at all. There are also at least three funny jokes.

If you’ve any thoughts, drop a line to dierpgplaytest@gmail.com.

There is a Discord for discussion of the Beta here. It also includes some extra player generated resources and lovely chatty folks.