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One player is SKORNE the devil prince: commander of  demon rulers and their armies. The other players are renegades, part of mankind’s insurrection against the darkness that reigns. Overthrow the evil Tyrants. Free chained captives. Fight to the last man.

To play, bring these rules, scratch paper, writing instruments, and at least two six-sided dice (2d6). These rules will be marked up during play if not outright destroyed.

Bring also a source of fire and a brazier of any size. Use them to dispose of discarded notes and rules, and the sheets of dead renegades.

Skorne is a minimalist RPG packed with ideas that fantasy gamers will find both unique and familiar. This game was written by a Game Master for other Game Masters, which means there are plenty of tools and tables to get things started:

  • A sturdy, yet flexible rule system on one page
  • 42 unique Renegade packages
  • An example of play
  • A guide to playing as Skorne
  • 11 complete 6x6 tables primed for the strongest possible start to your campaign.

This game also has three very definite end states:

  1. Skorne is overthrown
  2. The seventh seal is broken
  3. There is no one left alive

And yes, all three are possible at the same time.

As a part of the Better Soulslike Tabletop Jam and BONFIRE JAM!, this game has been updated with new layout, new art, new example enemies and Tyrants and more advice!

Highlight influences include anime/manga like Berserk, role-playing games like MORK BORG, and video games like Dark Souls.

Find excellent character sheets from TaTooKa here

Read this article on diceless violence to supplement these ideas. As well as this one.

Buy it in print from Amazon right here!

Released November 2020, remastered February 2022.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
AuthorDreaming Dragonslayer
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
TagsFantasy, fkr, Souls-like, Tabletop role-playing game


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Skorne (v0.2, four page layout).pdf 1 MB
Skorne v.1.0 singles.pdf 5 MB
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Skorne v.1.0 spreads.pdf 5 MB
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Skorne booklet v.1.0 (print flip short side).pdf 28 MB
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A great product! I can't wait to use it with the additional rules for The City Game and The Wilderness Game discussed on the blog. I'm also excited to see The Tapestry as an influence. It's one of my favorite series and one that I've never seen talked about.

Rock on! The Tapestry is very underrated, for sure. 😁

What is The Tapestry?

A children’s book series combining the magic school trope and Irish mythology. There’s a very cool era in the series (around Book 3) where the “Voldemort” is clearly winning and entrusts large city-states to his demon lieutenants. A lot of politicking there.


Fantastic! Thank you.