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A Sci-Fi Mini RPG with a Rogue-lite Touch

The Invasion of the Brain Snatchers was thwarted. Humanity won! Decades later big corporations cloned their own brand of aliens.
Play as a group of Brain Snatchers - Tiny corporate spies that take over human bodies  and replace them. Infiltrate competing corporations. Use the skills of your host body to get the job done. And if your host body doesn't have the right skills? It might be time to replace a different human.

This 20 page core rulebook includes everything you need to play The Brain Snatchers:

  • A simple ruleset - Roll 2d6 + ability or 2d6 + skill set.
  • Rules for character creation and advancement.
  • GM instructions to create and run missions.
  • Enemies to fight.

Content Warning:

In this game players assume the roles of alien murderers that sometimes kill humans and take over their bodies. It’s a dark subject matter.

The basis for the cover art was A.I. generated with

This game was created as part of PocketQuest 2023, a game jam by DriveThruRPG.

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Christopher N July 16, 2023 12:34 pm UTC
This game is punk! The cover is punk, the goals are punk and the game play is punk. It’s also cyber but the degree of cyberness is really up to the GM.
I like systems that are easy to teach and this is a simple 2d6 roll above X game. Two dice probability is always more interesting to me than 1 because of the likeliness towards the median (7 in the case of 2d6). There’s a D&D rule called “Roll with emphasis” where players roll 2d20 and take the number further away from 10. It’s used because low and high rolls are the most dramatic. 2d6 is kinda the opposite of that. You’re more likely to roll numbers in the middle. I like it because it makes rolling extreme success or failure less likely and that just feels right.

The hook of jumping from character to character is so cool. It kinda makes you feel like you have to adapt to the needs of the situation which makes you feel really strategic and not stuck into the main function of the character your built. To snatch their brains you...See more
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Christopher N July 13, 2023 12:36 pm UTC
This is the funnest idea I've seen in pocket quest this year. Really like the tone as well. Wanna do a review trade? I do a written review of your submission and you one of mine?
Let me know
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Ohad R July 14, 2023 1:35 pm UTC
Hey thank you! Publisher accounts can't post reviews but I'll read Kardashev's Woe over the weekend and give my thoughts in the Discussions.
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Christopher N July 14, 2023 5:53 pm UTC
Ah! Interesting. Either way thanks for your cool book
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Ohad R July 15, 2023 7:33 pm UTC
Of course, and thank you for giving it a read. :)
And by the way, I love your rule for Butterfly points. Really creative!
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