The GUTS+ System

All the information about and updates for the GUTS+ RPG System

What is the GUTS+ System?

The GUTS+ System is a role-playing game system in the spirit of Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, but simplified to focus more on collaborative storytelling and free-form play.

Rather than having set skills, GUTS+ focuses on individual stats giving your character the ability to do things, and if they don't have a specific stat, their success at performing tasks is dependent upon their base stats: Gumption, Utility, Thought, and Slyness.

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Updates and development process posts

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I’ve been wanting to write a sample scenario to include in the Game Master’s Handbook for a long time now. It’s always easier to get into a role-playing game when you have a sample of what a scenario might look like and see what your players should have to deal with. Well,...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

I recently discovered a new style framework that I fell in love with called Picnic CSS. Previously, this website used Bulma for its styling, and while I still love it, Picnic CSS has a significantly smaller file size than Bulma. My recent pet project has been to make the GUTS+ website as small and...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The GUTS+ character sheet has been updated to include space for Status Effects! Since there’s no “master list” of effects, I left a space for writing a description of the effect next to the effect name.

I also decreased the size of the Inventory boxes and added some more....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A little while ago, I learned about “conditions” in the Mouse Guard Role-Playing Game, and I fell in love with the concept. In addition to me loving them and how they are implemented, status effects are a pretty standard feature of many role-playing games that help players know how to...

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

I’m working on adding a new feature to the game, and I got hung up on the name, which led me to re-think some other elements of the GUTS+ System’s naming convention. From the get-go, the GUTS+ System has aimed to have a somewhat unique naming scheme, from using “Gumption” as...

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