A downloadable game

The Otherselves is a tabletop roleplaying game for three or more players in which a small circle of skillful wizards on an Earth not entirely unlike our own are drawn into the endless struggle to survive and revolt on the bottom rungs of a capitalist society, finding friends, defeating evil, falling in love and seeking peace on the way to a better world. Their greatest allies in their quest are the otherselves, manifestations of wizards both impossibly ancient and not yet born, who allow them to wield powers beyond human comprehension to break and reshape reality.  Gifted and practiced in many powers by these mythic patrons, wizards can bend time, break the world, nullify all known laws and disintegrate the very idea of status, among many others.

But magic isn't as reliable as anyone would like - despite eternities of iteration and countless secrets gathered at massive cost, magic has yet to bring anyone lasting power or fortune. Going off-book with most magical techniques runs the risk of runaway transfiguration, distancing a wizard from most conventional conceptions of humanity, and even when channeled through the otherselves magic can be terrifyingly unreliable. The life of a wizard is a hard one indeed, and you're going to need all the luck and friends you can find.

Among other things, The Otherselves has:

  • a fully featured and playable Forged in the Dark ruleset that should permit you to run anything ranging from single games to full campaigns
  • a flexible magic system based around affinities for particular supernatural patrons, leaning fully into weirdness and wonder
  • a setting that fully expects and encourages you to smash capitalism with your awesome magical powers, among other things
  • a design philosophy that encourages lack of hierarchy among the players, making GMing optional and emphasizing collaborative roleplaying
  • character advancement through drawing constellations, culminating in an ascent to a higher echelon of wizardry and the establishment of your own magical stat block
  • a basic character playsheet, enough to place on a table and keep track of most player-specific information in the rules as they stand
  • a mildly edited gamebook that has benefited from some clarifications and slight changes over the last few weeks

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
TagsFantasy, Magic, Narrative, Slice Of Life, socialist, supernatural, weird
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution v4.0 International
Average sessionA few hours
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer


The Otherselves - Handsome Half-Playtested Edition.pdf 449 kB
The Otherselves - Basic Character Playsheet.png 884 kB
The Otherselves - Basic Character Playsheet.pdf 66 kB

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