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Fighting is terrible and chaotic.

The very best laid plans can go awry, and a single well-placed blow can end your character’s life. It is brutal and random and, over time, their odds of emerging unscathed get worse and worse. Avoid fighting. When your character does fight despite this admonition, the following rules may be of some use.

Fighting... and Why It is Horrible is a game sub-system designed by Jason Morningstar to be plugged into other tabletop roleplaying games.


  • Content warnings: Death and violence

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  • 5 page PDF


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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
AuthorBully Pulpit Games
GenreRole Playing
TagsStory Rich, Supplement


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Beyond being an interesting system in itself, Fighting... and Why It is Horrible has changed my concept of combat in RPGs in general.

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Thanks Keith, that means a lot to me -- Jason


I like this a lot. A good way to handle quick and dirty and brutal combat for a system.