For the last few years David Schirduan and Marshall Miller, have run a 200 word rpg challenge. The simple concept is a competition to "Design a role-playing game using 200 words or less." With a panel of judges going through the dozens and dozens of entries. Reading through previous years entries has inspired me to give it a go. Below is my attempt at writing a simple rpg in 200 words. I would love to hear any thoughts people have after reading it.
The Labyrinthine LibraryNeed
Scrabble tiles, DM & 3-4 players
Players are the Arcanist’s assistants. Sent into the labyrinthine library to find a lost spell scroll. The DM makes up a series of challenges.
Characters have 2 HP. Take 2 scrabble tiles. The Letters are your Initials. Make up your names. The numbers give you 2 abilities from list below.
- 1 = +1HP
- 2 = nimble
- 3 = goodshot
- 4 = brawler
- 5 = small animal companion (cat/owl/ferret etc)
- 8 = academic
- 10 = 1 (DM approved) spell
- 0 your choice
Challenges are resolved by players pulling scrabble tiles. If player justifies using ability, pick 2 & return 1. Players keep used tiles.
Vowels = success
Consonant = failure
- B bookshelves change their layout
- C cursed tome opens
- D find drinks trolley
- F fairytale comes to life
- G goblin book thief attacks
- M meet forgotten previous apprentice
- P poisonous bookmold
- T trap!
- Y learn something helpful
DM wraps up when all tiles used. Surviving characters use collected tiles to create the spell words.