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Endure is a rules-light tabletop roleplaying game about ordinary people in extraordinary situations.

Explore stories of wilderness survival (in the style of Robinson Crusoe, The Martain, The Long Dark), survival horror (I Am Legend, Alien, Outlast) and anything in between (This War of Mine, Pathologic, and any kind of apocalyptic event)

If you are looking for a game that lets players struggle through a crisis, this is a game for you!

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It started life as a hack of Nate Treme's Tunnel Goons for GoonJam 2019. I bolted an old idea for an "endurance" mechanic to it, and then it got a little out of hand. The end result centers around:

  • Simple 2d6 Risk Roll system
  • No HP to save your skin
  • Streamlined resource management
  • Player cunning

The system's focus is its Endurance economy. Endurance helps characters succeed and keeps them going, but is always depleting. If you are out of Endurance, you have to rely solely on your cunning and luck of the roll - and often it is not enough to survive. You need time and resources to recover Endurance, so the game ebbs and flows between tense action and quiet downtime.

I had a great time writing the game and (over)designing the looks of it. I hope you'll have as much fun if you play it!

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I hope to release some modules for Endure exploring different genres, and maybe do a small print run. Supporting the game makes all of it possible.

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Changelog:

  • Sep 5th '19 - fixed two typos, added no-background version

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Endure RPG.pdf 3 MB
Endure RPG no-bg version.pdf 2 MB

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This is one of the best RPGs I've read in months! The layout is superb, the rules are light yet very clever and the advice is spot-on. All it's missing to be perfect are a couple archetypes and a small scenario, but anyone who reads it will be quite capable of writing them on their own.

Amazing work!

Thanks a lot!

I was on the fence about adding more pages, but I think I will add them with a bit more advice and a small scenario with archetypes.Four more pages coming soon and then the print version soon after :)

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I am really amazed and have send a link to my local RPG community to try it out. I am looking forward to more in different Genres and modules.

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Thanks! Hopefully your club will enjoy it :)

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A very cool and nice RPG. I'm talking about it on my blog (in French) http://www.jeepeeonline.be/2019/09/endure-survival-roleplaying-game.html

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Thank you for a really nice write-up, I am glad you enjoyed it!

Let me know how it goes, if you end up running a game with it. I know you have Les Survivants du Grand Froid, which feels like a setting made for Endure! Also, it has amazing art and design - will read up more about it on your blog today - google translate permitting, because my French is basic at best. ;).