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It may be small, but this game is a complete and unique fantasy role playing game. Add pencils and dice and you’ll have everything you need! Create your character and embark on an epic journey wrought with peril and rewards limited only by your imagination. Flip through the pages and you’ll see:

  • Classic character races: Elf, Dwarf, Halfling, and Human.
  • Eight character skills: Cleric, Enchanter, Leader, Scholar, Scout, Spellcaster, Thief, and Warrior.
  • Spells: 17 very flexible magic spells in a unique and simple magic system.
  • Equipment: a robust equipment list containing classic weapons and armor in addition to animals, gear, and even castles and ships.
  • Characters: Rules on creating and developing your character.
  • Rules lite: simple game rules relying on rapid resolution, action, and adventure.
  • Cool tools to get your creativity flowing: Magic item creation, alchemy, rune craft, spell scrolls, creature creation, traps, treasures, and more!
  • Adventure generation: we give you the nuts & bolts for developing memorable adventures, you sprinkle with creativity
  • Random dungeon creation system to help a GM prepare for a night’s fun.
  • A bestiary of over 45 creatures, ready to spread havoc on the world!
  • A broad brush-stroke setting, Keranak KingdomsTM, complete with brief history, atlas, and pantheon. A great backdrop for your epic saga.
  • Portable: fully indexed, e-book friendly, well-organized, and fits neatly in your pack or a large pocket. Take it with you and have it ready for an impromptu game. Try doing that with other fantasy role-playing game’s core rulebooks!
Notice: DwD Studios is unassociated with the similarly-named product Bare Bones Multiverse. If you came here searching for that product, please click here.

Within this zip file you should have:

  • BBF-Core Rulebook.pdf
  • BBF-Character Sheet.pdf
  • BBF-Player Reference.pdf
  • Kerenak Kingdoms Map.jpg
  • Keranak Kingdoms Map (Hexes).jpg

And because we like saving ink:

  • BBF-Core Rulebook-Print Friendly.pdf
  • BBF-Character Sheet-Print Friendly.pdf
  • BBF-Player Reference-Print Friendly.pdf

And finally we've added a free adventure module:

  • Maidens of Moordoth.pdf
  • Maidens of Moordoth-Print Friendly.pdf
  • MaidensOfMoordoth-GM.jpg
  • MaidensOfMoordoth-Player.jpg

Please join the site over at and get involved.  This game was written under a creative commons license, meaning YOU can write stuff too.  We already have several great promising adventure modules submitted, and we're excited to see what you add to the mix.

See you there!

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July 14th, 2017
I'm impressed. So many lite RPG's leave so much out, they are only good for one sitting or you have to make up more rules than they provide. BBF packs alot of material in 80 pages, way more than I expected. The core book contains everything you would [...]
February 7th, 2017
I bought this after a bunch of research to introduce a friend to role playing games. BareBones Fantasy is a really nice "lite" RPG, which lets the GM and players concentrate on playing their characters. Production values are good, as with all [...]
November 22nd, 2016
Incredible! Simple with sandbox qualities that beg for new adventure. Good art, simple instructions and open gamesetting. Beautiful! [...]
September 12th, 2016
What a great product! There's a great elegance to the rules-liteless of the product, the percentile 2d10 system is a breeze and the classless "skills-are-classes" system really clicks with me, as it allows for mixing and matching class featur [...]
April 24th, 2015
I'm very happy with the pdf version of this game and am also anxiously awaiting my printed copy. There have been many other reviews of this game that cover the basics, so I won't repeat it all again here. This is my first real "Lite" fantasy [...]
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File Last Updated:
October 29, 2012
This title was added to our catalog on October 29, 2012.