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When modern soldiers are transported to ancient Rome, law enforcement officers fight inter-dimensional intruders, post-collapse humans scavenge for alien technologies, or heroic warriors and wizards battle monstrous evil, Forge Engine is there to quickly and seamlessly support your stories.

From the ENnie Award-winning designer of Hero Kids, comes the Forge Engine Universal Role-Playing System.

FORGE ENGINE NOW AVAILABLE IN PRINT (Note: Softcover colour print book has black and white interior artwork)

The Forge Engine universal RPG system puts full control of your character and your game into your hands.  The system supports fantasy, sci-fi, historical, and modern settings, and delivers tactical play while remaining streamlined and fast.

Forge Engine's innovative energy system lets you channel your combat effort. You can make multiple attacks, hold energy to boost your defenses, move into better position, or make your attacks even stronger.

The Forge Engine - Universal RPG System contains:

  • Core Rules: Forge Engine core system rules cover character creation and development, and attribute tests and skills, adventuring, and combat.
  • Player Content: Everything players need to create, develop, and run their characters: traits, general skills, martial skills, magic skills, and equipment.
  • GM Support: Instruction for game mastering Forge Engine games, advice for creating custom Forge Engine content, and adversary templates.

Forge Engine has the following features:

  • Attribute and skill system gives players freedom to build their characters
  • Support for medieval fantasy, historical, modern, and sci-fi play
  • Opposed d10 dice pools for attacks with degrees of success
  • Attribute tests against static difficulty numbers for simplicity
  • Energy system gives players control of number and strength of characters’ actions
  • Increased power gives larger dice pools with higher chance of multiple successes
  • Combat rolls combine attribute, skill, weapon, evasion, and armor in one step
  • Tactical combat system with meaningful decisions in critical situations
  • Concurrent combat turns allow fluid and dynamic battles
Forge Engine for players, game masters and creators:
  • Players: Forge Engine does one thing really well. Forge Engine gives you, the player, complete control of every aspect of your character and your character’s actions. 
  • Game Masters: Forge Engine allows you to use the same system and content for historical, fantasy, modern, and sci-fi campaigns, and even those that combine all four.
  • Creators: Forge Engine text content is released under a creative commons license, and will have a compatibility license for 'Forge Engine Compatible' branding.

Forge Engine is now in print:

  • Digest 6x9: Forge Engine print book is available as a compact 6x9 softcover book
  • B&W Artwork: While the print option is listed as colour, the interior artwork is B&W
  • 288 Pages: Forge Engine softcover is 288 pages of universal role-playing game
Forge Engine has undergone and extensive development and playtesting to ensure the game is as accessible and rewarding as possible.  But don't just believe me, listen to the actual people:

"I'd absolutely rather play FORGE than GURPS. Or HERO."

"This RPG has clearly been well thought out and whilst you might think 'who needs another RPG system?' I can assure you that you need this one!"

"I LOVE IT! I've been looking for a new system to fit a custom setting I've been working on!"

"FORGE is like the D&D 4e of universal games. It has interesting mechanics I could really have fun playing with..."

"Last and definately not least the system excels where different worlds collide, eg, Post apocalyse where shortbows often fight handguns, Horror where magic goes up against modern policing methods, or simply that many of the skills translate accross genres eg, Medicine works for a caveman shaman (trepanning anyone?), a 17th century physician (-2 dice for using leeches?) or a 21 century surgeon (many bonus dice from technology)"

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Alexandre L July 19, 2018 11:46 am UTC
The Softcover print option being identified as "color" is completely and unequivocally misleading, no matter the warnings you then add to the text block. Wouldn´t it be more responsible to simply change the option from "Softcover Color Book" to "Softcover B/W Book"?
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Justin H July 19, 2018 11:59 am UTC
I wish I could, but DriveThruRPG doesn't allow me to adjust the description of the print book. Which is why I have tried to be very clear that the interior artwork is black and white, as do other 'colour' print books on DriveThruRPG.

To explain why the book is set up like this. There are significant differences between the print process for DriveThruRPG's colour and print books, and I have chosen to utilise the colour process for this book to achieve full bleed coloured pages for the print book, while maintaining the black and white artwork of the existing PDF.
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Tavis L May 23, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Any plans for a print version? Haven't played yet but looking forward too it and would love to have a paper copy
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Justin H May 24, 2018 1:13 pm UTC
I'm just waiting on the proofs, and hope to get the print books available as soon as I can.
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Tavis L May 24, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Excellent! I would love to run this i just prefer to have a print version. Doesnt stop me from coming up with ideas though. Thanks!
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Justin H July 19, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Travis, the print book for Forge Engine is now available. And you should find a 50% discount offer in your email.
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Brian R March 28, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
This is a great take on an otherwise old system. I'm really enjoying the book, and look forward to other suppliments.
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justin J March 09, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Can't wait for my son to be old enough to try this. He's loving hero kids for now.
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Mark H March 06, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Hi guys, for those of you having issues with the Core Rules PDF on Mac. I have tried on 10.13, 10.11 and 10.5 using Preview without issues.
Try performing a file properties (cmd-i) on the PDF and check that it is 29,196,247 bytes. And for those of you who know how to perform an MD5 checksum the value should be 787cf6a971dc51267c9509c58053838b. Check that your PDF has been downloaded correctly.
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5355220181460001 R March 06, 2018 11:25 am UTC
I noticed that the sample Sci-Fi / Modern adversaries in the back of the book are just the same as the fantasy ones - eg. one still has the pyromancy magic. That seems like a mistake, and they would be better re-skinned a bit to fit the genre.
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Justin H March 08, 2018 9:42 am UTC
The modern/sci-fi adversaries do have notable differences, including modern firearms for their weapons. For the casters, pyromancy casters are the most generally useful offensive magic-capable adversary, and including them stops people having to switch back and forth between the fantasy and modern/sci-fi adversaries.
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Stacie W March 06, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Will there be a PoD option for this book someday? It's a gorgeous book IMHO, one I definitely would love to have on my book shelf.
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Justin H March 06, 2018 9:47 am UTC
Thanks Stacie! Yes, there will be a POD version.
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Justin H July 19, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Hi Stacie, the print book for Forge Engine is now available. And you should find a 50% discount offer in your email.
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Jeff M March 03, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
might look forward for ohter supplements, thanks for the gift guys
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Michael B March 03, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
I cannot open the PDF on my Mac using Preview. First time I've ran into this.
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Justin H March 04, 2018 10:15 am UTC
Have you tried Adobe Reader or Acrobat, rather than Preview?
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Justin H March 08, 2018 9:38 am UTC
Quick checklist:
1. Ensure the file size is correct (should be 27mb)
2. Try opening it in Adobe Reader or Acrobat instead of Preview.
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Jason K March 03, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Core book cannot be opened. :(
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Justin H March 04, 2018 10:16 am UTC
Are you on Mac? Have you tried Adobe Reader or Acrobat, rather than Preview?
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Jason K March 04, 2018 10:55 am UTC
Mac and iPad. Mac preview, Mac chrome, neither works. iPad Goodreader does not work, works with everything else, ever.
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Justin H March 04, 2018 11:00 am UTC
Try this link and let me know if it works:
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Jason K March 04, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
It at least *opens* everywhere I've tried now - Haven't read the whole doc yet.
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Ben H March 03, 2018 5:23 am UTC
Looking forward to this URPG - Justin makes great games!
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Scott H March 02, 2018 10:44 am UTC
I've been playtesting *Forge Engine* during its beta playtesting.
We've used the system for straight-up fantasy, as well as some weird WWII/ancient crossover, and a modern urban fantasy game.
I love being able to develop the character I want, and then in the game do the things I want with my character.

Recommendation: Get it now, and get it on!
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