A downloadable role-playing system

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Ellipses RPG makes tabletop role-playing more accessible than ever by focusing on chaotic, collaborative storytelling - not number crunching.


  • Streamlined, Adaptable, Accessible Ruleset

The mechanics of Ellipses RPG fit within only 3 pages of text, and are designed to work with any setting you can imagine. Role-playing newcomers can create a character within 15 minutes! Additionally, if you find yourself wanting more or less complexity, the Ellipses ruleset has built-in points of adaptability so you can create your ideal role-playing environment.

It's also free.

  • Innovative Event and Effect System

Ellipses RPG's innovative Event and Effect (or Log) system allows you to continue building your character long after their original creation. The experiences of your character, and the decisions you make, have a continuing effect on your journey through a campaign. Again, this isn't a system focused on numbers, stats, and complex abilities. It's about you, and the stories you create with others.

Did I mention that it's free?

  • Session Starters Manual with Scenario Ideas!

If you choose to donate and support this system - first of all, thank you. Along with my undying gratitude, you'll receive the Session Starters manual. This guide won't provide complete, pre-built worlds for you to explore. Instead, it contains over 30 separate scenario ideas to spur your own, customized adventures.

From a Victor Frankenstein/Dracula team-up to a quest to gain the trust of a sentient castle, I hope these strange universes help spark your imagination, and get a full-blown role-playing session started that much faster!



8-14-18: Inspired by playing an absolutely irresponsible amount of Yakuza 0 and falling in love with the absurd, sincere, human stories you participate in as a Crime Dad, I've added a scenario to Ellipses about solving problems in 1920s Chicago as bada** Mobster Moms.

You're welcome.


6-15-18:  In the biggest update for the system yet, the rules for Ellipses have been comprehensively rewritten for clarity and profit, the game now has a proper logo that also looks gorgeous,  and the Session Starters manual has 11 new scenarios written by some of the best writers in gaming (and  me!).

Many thanks to Raven Stark for her incredible art skills, and this update's awesome scenario contributors: Laura Michet, Hannah Powell-SmithTea-Powered Games, Cash DeCuir, Cat ManningKevin Snow, Heather Robertson, Katherine Morayati, and Kristin Ruff-Frederickson!


7-14-17: This update brings the total number of Session Starters over 20 with 5 new scenarios. Go to a barbecue as aliens wearing the skin of a suburban family in 1950s America! Take your eldritch spawn to their first day of school in Necrodadicon!

Not to toot my own horn, but this is my favorite series of additions yet.


5-7-17: Added 2 new, religion-focused scenarios to the Session Starters manual. Update includes giant spiders, Victorian nightmares, and italics.


4-19-17: Added 5 new scenarios to the Session Starters manual, including 2 Jacked 2 Hack, a cyberpunk hacking, punching fantasy, and SkeleCaddies. The latter is, of course, about skeleton caddies assisting the future ruler of the Underworld in the most dangerous golf match of all time.



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Latest Ellipses RPG Ruleset 693 kB
Ellipses RPG Session Starters 1.1 1 MB
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