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We’re Rowan, Rook & Decard, and we make games. Here are some of those games:

Spire

Dark elf rebellion in a mile-high fantasy city crumbling from within and without. What are you prepared to sacrifice to get what you and your people deserve? Using the Resistance system, Spire’s mechanics focus around what the player characters have to lose: sanity, money, secrecy, loyalty, reputation, and so on. Unique character classes (such as the hyena-wrangling Carrion-Priest, the pubcrawling Knights of the North Docks, and the black magic artist Idol) allow players to fill in their own details on the world around them whilst player-facing abilities give them increased control of the narrative, taking pressure off the GM.

In addition to the Spire corebook, there are three pay-what-you-want scenarios available for download (and you can get the physical versions for a very reasonable rate), shorter supplements such as Black Magic, Codex of the Deep Spire and Book of Masks, and Strata – a full-length sourcebook with extra character classes, more details on the richest and poorest districts of Spire, and 10 scenarios from a wide variety of authors.

Heart

Heart is our upcoming game of dungeoncrawl body-horror set in a twisting nightmare undercity. Why are you descending into the depths of the Heart, and how will it change you? Heart is available for digital purchase and physical pre-order now, shipping in late August once Kickstarter backers have received their parcels.

Honey Heist

It’s Honeycon, and you’re going to steal a load of honey. Two things: 1) You have a complex plan that requires precise timing, and 2) You are a goddamn bear. This one-page RPG has been played on Critical Role, The Adventure Zone, Friends at the Table, Rusty Quill, and many other less-famous podcasts.

Goblin Quest

A game of fatal incompetence, slapstick comedy, and victory against impossible odds. Play five goblins each – in sequence, not in parallel – and have many if not all of them die preventable deaths whilst trying to achieve basic tasks. Undergo such wild quests as: making a toasted sandwich, putting on a fancy party, celebrating Christmas, and ganging up on one knight so you can steal his horse.

Comes with a bunch of hacks that let you use the simple system to tell different stories – Space Interns (sci fi), My Name Inigo Montoya Jr (derring-do), Kobold Quest (audacious machines) and Sean Bean Quest (Sean Bean trying to survive until the end of a film for once).

Royal Blood

THEY are the Arcane, the movers and shakers in the unseen world of magic that thrums great and terrible above our own. YOU are the Royals, half-blood sorcerers and throwback junk magicians, who are tired of being moved and shaken. Tonight, you’re going to topple their thrones and take their power for yourself. An ENnie-nominated occult heist storygame played using a deck of tarot cards and a handful of coins.

Unbound

Grab your friends – you’re going to make something beautiful together. Unbound will give you the best session zero you’ve ever had. As you gather round the table to make your characters, you’ll also make the world, the factions that oppose you, and the plot of the game by answering a series of prompts – every time you start play, you’ll make your own world and explore it at a break-neck pace. Unbound also utilises a unique playing card-based cinematic-tactical combat system which allows for tactical play and wild descriptions of the action.

One Last Job

You were out of the game for good – but they’ve pulled you back in for one last job. A game about washed-up criminals shouting at each other; characters are made on the fly during play, their characteristics defined by other players through the means of insults.

Havoc Brigade

You’re a bunch of orcs on a mission: sneak into the Imperial City of Frieberg and capture Prince Theodore Holstein! Only problem is that none of you like each other, barely any of you know how to be quiet, and you all have different motivations for forcing your way into what is essentially a violent field trip to a big city. Still, what’s the worst that can happen? An over-the-top one-shot game with lovingly pregenerated characters and maps which always results in raucous fun for all involved.

One-Page Games

Grant writes a single one-page RPG every month and releases them for free – these include Honey Heist (mentioned above) as well as The Witch Is Dead, Jason Statham’s Big Vacation, Pride and Extreme Prejudice, and at least twenty-five others. You can download them for a price of your choosing (or free), support Grant on Patreon, or purchase physical copies which include exclusive back pages as a 13-game bundle (Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3).

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We also make a podcast called Hearty Dice Friends! You can find it wherever you get your podcasts, and ask us a question or suggest a game idea here.

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Reviews

  • The Witch Is Dead ()
    reviewed by Vince


    I ran it for the first time today and me and my horrible friends had a blast. So much room for all that chaotic potential. As GM, I had very minimal preparation but it was the most fun I had recently.

    I highly recommend it! The limited things woodland creatures can do give so much variety for executing the mission.

    Runtime: 90mins

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  • Spire: The City Must Fall RPG ($19.00$50.00)
    reviewed by Dylan Malenfant


    Spire is a beautifully designed game in that its mechanics feed back into the fiction seemlessly. The classes and their abilities have clear places in fiction, and every ability has a huge amount of flavour so no choice feels boring or wrong. The game does everything it set out to do in a fantastically evocative way.

    The game is not the best part.

    The world of the Spire is written so that any individual game lives in the gaps. A huge amount of world building is done so that everyone should have a clear image of the world upon reading the setting material, but enough is left to fill in that no two people will have an identical city. The details are perfect, and the missing pieces are exactly where they need to be so that plot hooks generate themselves as you read.

    Spire is a joy to play and amazing to write for.

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