The GUTS+ System

All the information about, updates for, and campaign examples of the GUTS+ RPG System (still in development)

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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What is this website?

This website is a hub of all the information about the GUTS+ System, and is also an excuse to post example campaigns using the GUTS+ System. Because the GUTS+ System is still in development, it also contains news and development notes about the process for anyone who might be interested.

The campaign examples will be posted as serial stories with links to the characters’ sheets and inventories in every post, so be sure to check back to see what happens!

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Recent News

Updates and development process posts

Sat, Jul 28, 2018

Body Types

As I was reading through the rules about Health and Injuries again, I was thinking about how different characters can have different body types that might be able to endure different kinds of injuries more or less effectively. For example, a minotaur character might be able to sustain more major...

Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Stat Tweaks

I just playtested the very first version of the GUTS+ system with some friends today with great success! As we were playing, however, some questions came up about how stats were allocated and used. This led me to think about how I could refactor things to make them a little bit less ambiguous....

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Experience System

The GUTS+ system is built on the idea that stats should help the story rather than hinder it. I’ve gotten hung up plenty of times trying to figure out what numbers apply to which thing in other RPG systems, and I just wanted something that would be easy to remember and easy to use.


Mon, Mar 12, 2018


Welcome to the home of the GUTS+ System, a role-playing game system for everyone! The system itself is still in development, but I believe it is far enough along to actually begin using for your gameplay.

As you have probably read on the home page, the basics of how to play are available for free,...

Most Recent Campaign

Mother Earth

Startere was a sleepy, “all-American” town situated in the middle of Nowhere. For years, there were no paved roads into or out of the town, and there was just desert all around–temperate desert, but a wasteland all the same. In recent years, however, people wanting to escape the city life have come …

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