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"The referee advice is gold. I know of few better sources for concisely explaining what to prioritize when running this sort of game." - Brendan S, Necropraxis, Wonder and Wickedness

"I often quibble with RPG magic systems either being too complex or too restrictive, but this hit a great balance between flexibility and ease-of-use, while adding a special dash of creativity and Lady Luck." - Ars Magisterii

"Maze Rats is a light, brutal roleplaying game of fantasy adventure which is supported by random inspiration aplenty, which lends itself to a lighter, slightly whimsical tone. It is quick to learn, quick to teach, and easy to play, relying on player ingenuity and cleverness rather than a reliance upon the mechanics." - Reviews from R'lyeh

Maze Rats is an RPG and sandbox toolkit for old-school-style adventuring. It contains a single, compact page of rules, a one-page character creation guide, a hand-drawn character sheet, and eight pages of 36-item random tables, rollable with two six-sided dice. Each page contains 9-12 tables, covering spell generation, monster generation, NPCs, treasures, cities, wildernesses, and dungeons. If you run (or have always wanted to run) open sandbox adventures, Maze Rats offers everything you need in a compact, easily-referenced format. Also included is two pages of advice for preparing and running open-world games in the OSR style.

The game system itself is 2d6 based. Character are extremely quick to generate, making it great for convention games, one-shots, or introducing new players. The game is highly lethal, and assumes a style of play where caution is essential to long-term survival. It is technically classless, but the leveling options allow players to specialize in fighting, thievery or wizardry or some mixture of the three. Magic is simple and chaotic, with new randomly-generated spells filling the magic-user's head each night. Everything about the game is designed to be as clean, fast, and intuitive as possible, while driving players towards creative solutions rather than brute force (though brute force is always an option).

If you're looking for an adventure to run with Maze Rats, check out The Alchemist's Repose.


 
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Aidan D October 19, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
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How exactly do I do the booklet print? Am I supposed to double side it, is there a specific setting I should use?
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Jacob V September 12, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
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Made up another path, the Templegrown: lore, sanctify, charm
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Christopher M September 07, 2018 12:16 pm UTC
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Question to the author, since you added the word document files for KNAVE, any chance that you will do the same for Maze Rats? That would be awesome!
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Samuel D October 16, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
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Ditto this^
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Roman E June 06, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
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A good product ruined by poor design. The pdf is made from scan images, no bookmarks, outlines or search. The experience of reading this in tablets is awful. Hopefully the author will released an updated proper pdf file.
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Luke L June 01, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
You made 12 pages that are more useful than the 320 pages in the Dungeon Master's guide.
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Goran E January 25, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
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A incrediby amazing sum of useful lists to cover ... well... just about averything we need.
12 most useful pages I've seen in a long time.

really great stuff
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Mark H November 23, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
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I can't make heads or tails of how to get the booklet to print. My printer prints double sided, which might be where the problem starts. But even with the regular layout and the booklet side-by-side I can't figure how its supposed to print. Any hints most welcome.
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Michael H December 15, 2017 2:29 am UTC
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did you figure this out? i cant...
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Mark H December 15, 2017 10:30 am UTC
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Nope - I can't get my head around it at all
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todor M December 20, 2017 10:55 pm UTC
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well i just printed the booklet and later just cut each page and connected them each one by one
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Harshavardhan R January 07, 2018 4:15 am UTC
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I just printed this double sided, folded down the middle and stapled it. You might need to specify "Flip on short side" in case it's flipped on the other side.
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Shawn FitzGerald F January 10, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
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Can confirm "flip on short side" fixes printing issues on double sided booklet prints.
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Elias M October 20, 2017 12:21 am UTC
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I really love the content of this game, but the presentation is frustrating in a way that confuses me. Each page of the PDF seems to be rendered as an image, instead of the text getting rendered as text. I'm sure the text looks fine if you print it out, but on the screen it's a bit pixelated and hard to read without zooming in more than I would like.

I don't want to criticize this product too much, but it's a shame that the great content and layout is accompanied by choppy text. Is this a mistake? Is it a conscious decision where I've missed the point?
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Ari S February 23, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
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Yep. Why would so lovingly create a great product and then leave the finishing half baked.
Maybe the publisher didn't have a legal right to use the font. The only explanation I can think of.
Makes the "original electronic" format description sound somewhat dishonest.
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Derek H August 03, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
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On The Wild page, in the Wilderness Region Traits table there is an entry for Dungeon Trait. I don't see a Dungeon Trait table on The Maze page. Was it removed or did you mean something else?
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Colin S March 24, 2017 5:16 am UTC
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Good fun! My players were able to show up for our first session with complete character sheets and more or less a complete understanding of the rules they need to follow. This alone is very appealing to me!
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loic G March 14, 2017 11:24 pm UTC
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Please ask squarehex to make a print edition . The print édition of black hack or black pudding fanzine are top quality and very cheap even for european gamers.
Your game is on my top 3 rules lite games with freebooters on the frontier and into the odd.
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John M June 06, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
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You clearly have excellent taste in games!
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Jon B December 24, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
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I've got a (maybe) strange question. I found out about your game via an old reddit post which linked to an old Dawnforged Cast video of you playing with some folks, Ben, and the Advancements section of character creation reminded me thematically of Darkest Dungeon. I just looked through the current version and found you've changed the way that works and, specifically, narrowed the selection of 'base classes' (Fingersmith, Shadowjack, etc.) which work very differently now.

Is that older version with the Veteran and Magician and Weaponsmaster still available anywhere? I'm curious what drove you to remove that system in favor of the one currently in place.

Thank you, Merry Christmas, and keep on Questing!
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Connor D November 28, 2017 12:44 am UTC
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I 100% have this same question!
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Connor D November 28, 2017 1:50 am UTC
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Response;
Oh yeah, that was from a previous version of MR that was based on Into the Odd. You can get it in the Odditional Materials supplement for that game. They aren't in the more recent version because I wanted things to be more classless.
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Juhan V December 02, 2016 8:41 am UTC
Will there be a print edition?
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Ben M December 04, 2016 6:03 pm UTC
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Possibly, if I get an artist lined up to do the cover.
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Jeremy H December 01, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
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I like your game a lot. It hits the spot between simple and complex with amazing brevity and depth. Certainly no small feat. One suggestion though, and a minor one at that, would be to match the character sheet more to the rest of the game. The shift from neatly organized columns of text to the more organic character sheet is bit jarring. Maybe have some organic elements intermixed with more regimented text...? Like I said, it's a minor thing and many will probably make their own sheets anyway. It's just something that detracts a little from an otherwise awesome product.
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Scott M December 01, 2016 11:32 am UTC
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Character creation should have the "Secrets" aspect from p6! I'm reading through Maze Rats now, my first thought was "Death Frost Doom" - then I found your video on YT!
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Ben M December 04, 2016 6:23 pm UTC
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That's an older version of Maze Rats, back when it was based on Into the Odd, but yeah it works great with OSR modules.
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Timothy C November 11, 2016 3:37 am UTC
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Didn't purchase yet just watched the video just wanted to say I really love this format. I'm a senior in high school who only recently got interested in tabletop RPG's so I get really amped and invite friends over on whim to play anything recently bought or researched so sometimes we can't get the rules down quick enough and my printer sucks so one page is PERFECT its compact, adaptable, and simplistic enough for everyone to understand I'm sure I'm gonna make this my next game night! :D
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