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Ryuutama is an RPG developed in Japan by designer Atsuhiro Okada. It is set in a world where the "NPCs" of the village--the bakers, farmers, shopkeepers and healers--set off on a wonderful adventure exploring a fantasy world together. Some people colloquially call it "Hayao Miyazaki's Oregon Trail", because of its heartwarming (in Japanese "honobono") feel of family anime, and its focus on traveling and wonder over combat and treasure.

The characters are travelers in a world without classical fantasy wizards and warriors. Instead, the characters are minstrels, merchants, healers, hunters, artisans, farmers and nobles who decide (or were fated) to leave their towns and explore the world. Using a light rules system based on polyhedral dice where the randomness in results leads to more story development, Ryuutama provides a framework for travel-focused stories fun for adults and enjoyable for all ages. 

The game master also creates a special character with its own unique character sheet, called the "Ryuujin". The half-dragon Ryuujin remains "offscreen" most of the time, but watches over the other characters, and can provide limited spells and abilies to support them. The GM provides advertisy that the players have to overcome, but at the same time they protect and nurture the characters.

  • Experience is gained in Ryuutama primarily by making difficult journeys to new places, far more than monster slaying.
  • Magic is based on seasonal essenses, and focuses on the classic creative use of magic to overcome problems, over combat-themed spells.
  • Combat is simple and fun, featuring a classic console style "Front/Back Line Battle Mat"
  • The players at the table have a hand in creating the towns that their characters visit together, so that everyone has an interest in the next leg of the journel!
  • Critical fumbles (rolling 1s on both dice) hurt, but all the characters at the table get a bonus to a future roll in return.

The game was produced as a flagship project in Japan to easily get people into playing and GMing RPGs; to that end there's a lot of advice for brand new GMs, including scenario creation. There are lots of sheets and templates to help brand new or novice GMs develop great Ryuutama-worthy scenarios.

The game has been out in Japan for years, and is widely loved by the people who play it. Even today long campaigns and short stories are being played in homes and cafes around the country. It has finally arrived in English to a new audience, and remade in full color by layout artist and game designer Daniel Solis!

Please see the publisher website ( for more information about the game!

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CODY B October 15, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Any plans on using dtrpg to print on demand?
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Matthew K January 21, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Is a hardcopy version available anywhere, whether retail or print on demand?
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Matt S January 22, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Noble Knight has the normal version in stock, it looks like. If you're looking for a limited edition version, I can scrounge one up for you.
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Matthew K January 22, 2018 2:06 am UTC
I see the limited edition one for sale at That appears to be a legitimate source? (I was linked there from the Kotodama webstore anyway). If so I'll order that one.

I'm guessing from your name here on drivethrurpg that you're the translator? I really look forward to starting a group for this - I've read through the PDF copy and I think it's exactly the kind of game I've been looking for. Thanks for your hard work.
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Christopher L May 28, 2017 8:13 am UTC
For some reason the core book file errors when I try to open it. I've downloaded it multiple times from this site, so I don't think it's going to work better.

None of the other files seem to have a problem. Only the core book file.
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Christopher L May 28, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Seems to have fixed itself.
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JR F July 01, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Truly beautiful game in every way. Lovely mechanics, easy character creation, and simply FUN.
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Michael T August 10, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
This game is utterly gorgeous. My group and I will be starting it on Friday.

It'll also have the dubious honor of being the first in-print RPG book I've bought in the last ten years. :) I can't wait to show it off.
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Max S July 16, 2015 9:32 pm UTC
On page 201 there seems to be an error on the pdf causing the Black Death Skull to overlap and hide the last line of the Dragon Madder special ability.
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Andy K August 06, 2015 2:07 pm UTC
Heya in the final file update this (and all other issues) have been fixed. Please download the 1.0 version!
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Oliver S July 14, 2015 6:24 pm UTC
Regarding the PDF I think the Thunder weather and modifier +3 should be added to the table on p.100 of the Final PDF and hoepfully The print version.

I mean Thunder does have a weather card in the Book of the Year.
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Andy K August 06, 2015 2:09 pm UTC
Thunder is an expanded weather modifier (like Darkness), created for the supplements and giveaways, and not an official part of the core rules. It's an extra given in the extra material. Feel free to include others too, like Low Light or Radiation (!). :-)
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Tim L July 01, 2015 2:34 pm UTC
Is the high res cover file still on track to be added soon? It's been almost two weeks since the PDF was released here, so I'm just wondering...
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Andy K July 11, 2015 6:31 am UTC
Hi, indeed it is: Unfortunately there were some delays, but we plan to have both the finalized PDF (with several minute layout mistakes fixed) AND the cover pic uploaded at the same time; I'm hoping that they'll be ready by this time next week.
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Tim L July 13, 2015 6:59 am UTC
Wonderful! Thanks for the reply and looking forward to the final version! :) It's been great finally being able to allow non-Japanese speakers to discover this gem without having to constantly translate everything myself for them.
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Jeremy E July 25, 2015 7:32 pm UTC
Hi, were these changes made?
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Tim L July 28, 2015 3:58 pm UTC
Not yet actually... In the meantime, using Acrobat, I extracted and inserted the cover of the Japanese version's PDF before printing the PDF (slight size mismatch but works well enough for the time being). Still hoping that a proper final version will be uploaded soon though.
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Matt S July 28, 2015 4:00 pm UTC
It will be very, very soon! Sorry for the wait.
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Andy K August 06, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
The cover files were updated, as well as a final version of the PDF with all the grammar/layout fixes.
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Tim L August 13, 2015 1:00 pm UTC
I'm a wee bit late, but a big thanks for the updated pdfs + covers!
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