Forthright Open Roleplay

You Are In Control

Blend genres effortlessly with these easy-to-use rules, building the world you want to play. Be a barbarian starship pilot in the wild west, a magic-wielding crimebuster in the far future, a mastermind with an undead army of followers, and more! Will you be remembered as the hero of your story … or its villain?

Forthright Open Roleplay is intended to give the smoothest play experience by setting expectations up-front through a Game Charter, giving players the ability to blend genres without having to memorize extra subsystems or do extra math, and make dramatic task resolution quick and clear through non-binary on-the-die results. It blends classic best-practices with traditional roleplaying style (Guide-and-Protagonists) and storygame flavor (the effect, and not how you achieve it, is what matters mechanically).


  • Fast play and light preparation
    • Collaborative game creation and campaign rules
    • Focus on motivations and stories, not numbers
    • The Cosmetic Rule: What matters is the effect, not how you get it
  • Know the consequences before you roll
  • On-the-die results for fast action resolution
    • Less math, more dice-rolling
  • Build your own playbook / class by assembling Fighting Styles, Personas and Skillsets
  • Assemble minions to do your bidding
  • Rewards completing goals, not just killing monsters
    • Players define their own rewards based on their unique story
  • Quick, intense combat
    • Stunt system for tactical use of your environment
    • Seamlessly integrate personal and vehicle combat
    • Easy mass combat rules
  • Accept death on your terms
  • Invent new rituals and devices
  • Create your own sanctuary
  • Control your own faction and domain
  • Make friends of enemies and enemies of friends
  • Manage your fame to become a legend

This game is designed for:

  • 2-6 Players
  • 1 or more Sessions
  • 1-4 Hours per Session
  • Action and Adventure

Reviews and Mentions

Reviews and Mentions from around the web. More reviews can be found on the product page for Forthright Open Roleplay at DriveThruRPG.

Age of Ravens, Lowell Francis

Cannibal Halfling Gaming, Aki

Gaming While Driving, James Carr

Garibay on RPG, Scott Garibay

The Redacted Files, Jonn Perry