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TwitteRPG: The Rules, The Setting, Call for Players

twitterAfter a lot of thoughts about what rules set to use for the TwitteRPG game, I realized I wanted something simple, easy to keep track of and not difficult to explain.  I decided on Risus.  Risus is very simple.  You have 10 d6 to spend on cliches used to fight, skill check, whatever.

For those of you familiar with Risus and interested in playing, the setting will be a D&D-like “Storm-the-Castle” Campaign.  Please set up your cliches accordingly.

For those of you unfamiliar with Risus, here are some helpful links:
The FREE rules are available here
The Anatomy of a Cliche (an exclusive excerpt @
Quick Guide to the Cliche from Guy Hoyles Risus Pieces site

Go ahead check these out.  I’ll wait…..

OK the next thing you need to do is let me know you’re playing.  I’m looking for at least 4 regular players but no more than 6/game.  The roster will be open for up to 18 so as to facilitate schedules and availability.  Let me know with a reply here.  Please also let me know your Twitter handle so I can make sure I’m following you.  You’ll also need to be following @vulcanstev

A list of players and their characters will be kept over at the Obsidian Portal page  for the game. 

Games will be announced at least 4 days in advance with the goal of being a regularly scheduled game for folks to put on their calendars.  *addendum* – Getting some direct messages asking about when in the day.  Apparently folks outside the continental US are interested.  We can certainly schedule some games to handle different time zones.

During the coming week I’ll be fleshing out the actual game and setting while the players are working on their characters.

Here’s my sample Risus Character that I’m playing in The Eerie Exploits of Ranger Company X.  Mind you this character was created before I really understood the cliche concept.

Chris DeHart: Tall, dark-haired, wears glasses. Reasonably well-built, but shows the evidence of his desk job posting.

Chris was most recently Company X’s inside man at NASA’s Houston control center. Chris’ main responsibility was to keep tabs on the CIA. The CIA was keeping the “alien” stuff showing up in the moon photography out of the public awareness. Unbeknownst to the public, Rangers 3, 4, 5, and 6 were not failures but did in fact show evidence of an alien base on the moon. Ranger 6, in fact managed to return some of the salvaged tech. Company X was not going to let the feds operate in their own back yard without their knowledge.

Chris is a tech geek and his HP-2116 is his pride and joy. Chris longs to reverse engineer the computer networking ability recovered from the alien moonbase and somehow adapt this for use by human technology.

Chris keeps to a daily regimen of practicing his Tae Kwon Do skills and shooting his pearl-handle Colt M1911A1

Chris does not only dabble in computer technology. On his weekends off he lovingly maintains the ’57 Chevy his father bought new for him on his 18th birthday

Tech-geek (4), Marksman (3), Martial Artist (2), Mechanic (1).

April 19, 2009 - Posted by | Legacy D&D, Play, Risus, RPG | , , , ,


  1. I’ll need to research the system some but I’m down for sure.

    Comment by Helmsman | April 19, 2009

  2. same here! sounds like fun! 😀

    Comment by Macguffin | April 19, 2009

  3. I’d like to throw my hat in the ring.

    Comment by mountzionryan | April 19, 2009

  4. I’m thinking of Archimedes the Younger, a recent graduate, cumma sum laude, of the wizards academy. He adopted a dark necromatic appearance as it intimidated people, and now he finds himself tempted by the power offered by dark magics.

    What optional rules?

    Comment by mountzionryan | April 19, 2009

  5. If there weren’t that pesky timezone problem, I would love to join you guys! Risus sounds perfectly suited for a game over Twitter.

    Comment by Stargazer | April 20, 2009

  6. @Helmsman – Cool, Risus is a simple system to learn

    @Macguffin – Welcome, glad to have you.

    @mountzionryan – That is a cool character. I’m still looking at the optional rules. Not wanting to go to complicated due to the Twitter setting.

    @Stargazer – Go ahead and sign up. Part of scheduling is to find a time frame that’ll work with your schedule. I’m sure we can a game or two when you’re up and at ’em

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | April 20, 2009

  7. I’d be interested in participating. Are you going to allow Hooks and Tales, or just the standard 10 die setup?

    Comment by Aaron | April 20, 2009

  8. Oh, sorry, just saw you say that you’re still looking at optional rules. My bad!


    Comment by Aaron | April 20, 2009

  9. I’ve signed up for obsidian portal, now what?

    Comment by mountzionryan | April 20, 2009

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