A few years ago, some friends and I tried D&D at PAX East (a gaming convention). We wanted to try a tabletop game when we got home, but oh god, D&D has way too many rules. We just want to dick around and shoot/stab things.
I searched for a game system simple enough to just let us have fun, but even the ones claiming to be simple had 50+ page rule books.
So I developed MEGAPOMPS: The game system with just one table. No classes, no attributes, no hit points; just doing stuff. If you want to do a thing, figure out the skill & difficulty, roll a d20, and check the one table. The GM will figure it out. This one system covers shooting a dude, jumping over a hole, buying a car, fixing a robot, sneaking into a bakery, spotting a rat, stabbing a rat, cooking a rat, and treating diarrhea—MEGAPOMPS does it all. MEGAPOMPS is based loosely on (and also plagiarizes) J.E. Sawyer’s “Simple” system, which was just not simple enough. There isn’t a specific game world tied to the MEGAPOMPS system, though it was designed with an eye toward “Fallout”, a post-apocalyptic nuclear survival series.
To get the full rule book (just 11 pages, 6 of which are just examples of how to do stuff), character sheet, and more, visit MEGAPOMPS.COM!
Here’s a teaser I made for my group in preparation for the next leg of their adventure: