Sword & Backpack: Tiny Lil’ Book Edition!


IMG_1923You may have read that I am doing all that RPG stuff at the library this weekend.  I hacked up a kid friendly version of Sword & Backpack by Gabe Soria to fit on one single page to give out to the kids.  I’ll also be running a multitude of S&B games for kids and young adults all day, using these rules.  Each kid (up to like 150 kids) is going to get a booklet, and a d20!  How fun is that.  Hopefully we’ll get a bunch o kids into RPGs and off the hard, relentless Murfreesboro streets!  You can download the PDF of the rules right here.  Print it out front and back on a single page, cut the thing in half (hamburger style, you) and fold to two pieces in half.  Insert the bottom half into the top half, and stab some staples up in the spine and you got yourself a tiny little RPG!


I ended up changing the rules a bit to make them a little less ambiguous and a little bit more grounded.  For instance, you add 5 to your d20 rolls if it suits you.  Fighters get a d20+5 when attacking, wizards +5 when magicking, and rogues +5 when theifin’ around the dungeon.  Let me know what you think!  It is the first time I’ve “hacked” a thing.  There are some more pictures hiding beneath the read more link.









  • Matt_Horam_TEKRAW

    May 6, 2016 at 12:02 AM

    That’s hella nice. I was wanting 1% more crunch than the original but I ended up adding about 10% on my version. I like yours better today! Mine was between your level of rules and The Black Hack.

      • cecil

        May 6, 2016 at 10:20 PM

        is this your take on s&b? you had me at “magic needs no rules.” fuck magic rules. having no magic rules, rules. i still haven’t looked at the black hack yet. i saw some less than rave reviews about it, then there was an update or something and now its all over the place. maybe this weekend i’ll give it a gander!

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  • Patrick Richardson

    August 1, 2017 at 8:22 PM

    I am an old school rp’er…dice rolling and story telling is definitely my dice-bag. This is one of the best streamlined systems I have ever beheld with my perception rolls.I have a few little tios for young adventurers and old alike. I would to share with your permission. Email me, please! And I salute you with humble gratitude.

    • cecil

      August 7, 2017 at 11:11 AM

      Share away!

  • Ron Danuser

    September 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Fantastic! Plan on sing this as our family’s ‘long-car-ride-RPG’. LOVE the simplicity and the tiny books is oh so appealing!