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ROCKPOOL: A Tiny RPG About Tiny Rockpool Creatures
« on: September 27, 2022, 10:29:39 AM »


ROCKPOOL is a tiny RPG about tiny Rockpool creatures. With separate aims and a world that is both teeming with life and in constant flux, will you and your friends be able to use your Tidefast, Spinethrown, and Shelltwirled scores, your ability to craft items out of bits of rockpool junk, and most importantly your ability to work together to achieve your mist-shrouded, salt-encrusted dreams?

Will you build yourselves a tower to watch the sea, hunt periwinkle shells, face off against the monstrous power of a shore crab, or learn magic from the grief-tossed Driftwood Hag and the mysterious Watcher in Seaglass? The choice is yours!

In the 12 page PDF you will get:


  • Basic rules for playing the game.
  • A Table of Occurrences for unexpected things.
  • A bestiary of creatures you might find around a rockpool.
  • Some pretty public domain illustrations from 19th century natural history books.
  • A couple of small story-vignettes to give some more illustration to how I imagine the setting.
  • The general feeling of melancholic hope that comes from feeling small in the face of sea-spray and the ocean winds.

In ROCKPOOL, the core of the rules are that it's intended as a GMed RPG, though it might well work if played GM-less, and that it's a 2d6 based system with stat trade-offs. Your three stats are all useful for different things, and can be rolled over or under - so for example, rolling under shelltwirled, a stat about finesse and dreaming, is important for creating items, but rolling over it might be important for perception, and the more you keep your head stuck in the clouds the harder it might be to work out what's going on around you. As a result, there's a real tension between the value of minmaxing and the value of being an all-rounder. Combat is simple and potentially brutal, with it being expected that the player characters may die at times: life in the rockpools is short, and the tide in particular gives a severe and regular threat to the player characters. You can improve your chances and get bonuses by crafting items from flotsam, to help progress towards your aims: there's not necessarily meant to be a core quest structure, more just the players trying to collaborate to achieve their goals.



I wrote ROCKPOOL in a weekend specifically for the Katelynn's Closet Charity Bundle which is currently available on itch.io. It's currently exclusively available via that route: buying it will raise funds for a small charity providing clothes and supplies to disadvantaged children in the Cape Cod area. If you do decide to give it ago or have a read, I'd be really interested in your thoughts!
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Re: ROCKPOOL: A Tiny RPG About Tiny Rockpool Creatures
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2022, 07:39:05 PM »
This is a really neat idea and a good cause. Contributed!

Will need to get some people together to try some  :)

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Re: ROCKPOOL: A Tiny RPG About Tiny Rockpool Creatures
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2022, 10:04:00 PM »
The bundle is now at 875 dollars raised - though it's actually double that as the bundle creator's employer has a scheme to match charity donations up to a thousand dollars, so $1750 which is pretty neat :)

EDIT: Hit the 1000 mark! So that's 2000 raised, any more wont't get doubled but will still contribute to the cause :)
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Re: ROCKPOOL: A Tiny RPG About Tiny Rockpool Creatures
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2023, 12:19:28 PM »
aww. Any plans to make it available again some time?

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Re: ROCKPOOL: A Tiny RPG About Tiny Rockpool Creatures
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2023, 01:16:00 PM »
Yeah, I definitely planned to contribute it to more bundles etc but haven't got round to it yet. I'll happily send you a copy in exchange for some feedback & thoughts on it, anyhow, if you're interested :)
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