A small RPG I wrote up...
Explore part of an imaginary world, talking with it's peoples, navigating it's dangers and gaining resources for yourself! Progress up the advancement grid and win!
Prepping the Map Grid
Draw up an area of game world which is a 20 by 20 square grid. Each square represents an area about 100 metres square.
Before play the GM fills in the grid with villages, hills, trees or whatever else the GM thinks would be in the game world and most importantly, some of these, as decided by the GM, will give resource points to players. This is supposed to be a wilderness region, with villages and farms scattered around. There are also a few rare monsters and dinosaurs (most notably are the raptors) around. Some of what the GM decides on could be encounters with NPC's in the game world, even involving conversation between player characters and NPC's the GM has invented. But in such a case, try to keep the conversation to only one or two questions and answers, then it's the next players move. The conversation can always continue on that players next turn, if the GM deems it necessary.
Instead of moving the player can describe his character interacting with what he percieves to be in the grid his characters standing on, in hopes of gaining resources, or possibly even just for fun. Sometimes the GM may allow someone to do this AND move after describing it and hearing the GM's responce, but it is not to be expected.
In drawing up the area, the GM should put atleast 20 places on the grid where simply moving onto that square earns the player a resource point. These can be scattered willy nilly, that's fine. Resources might be taken by one player only. It might help to place a small marker on the map to show such a resource is taken already. Other resources might allow each player to take one point from the spot (expect all remaining players to gravitate to such a square upon discovery - this is valid play).
After playing a map grid, it's not a good idea to have the next game on the same grid. Try and generate atleast two map grids, if not more, and alternate between them.
Players take turns moving one square each (they do not have to move). Players can be in the same square, but turn order determines who gets to a square (and obtains it's resources) first, unless the player declines to take the resources or if the resource is one that everyone can take a point from it. When players gain a resource point, they note it down.
Players start at the south end of the grid at a random position. Their X/horizontal position is determined by rolling 1d10, counting from the west side of the grid. Their Y/vertical position is determined by rolling 1d6, counting from the south side of the grid.
Advancement Grid and Winning
As well as moving, on their turn the player can also decide to roll on the advancement grid, which is the prime method of winning in this game. There are nine squares to advance on, anyone getting past the ninth has won! Everyone gets to try and pass the ninth step, which makes who won first determine precidence of winning. It is possible to fail a roll and instantly be eaten by a raptor! This is the only way to lose.
If one or more players have passed the ninth step, one or more can simply concede their victory and finish playing the game. Some might like to play on and see which position they come in at (if not eaten by a raptor). Other players might prefer, upon seeing someone win, to congratulate the winning player and finish play there. Some players might do one, others the other - a mixed result is fine.
Players who have passed the ninth step can decide to finish play there or they can continue to move on the grid, but they cannot take resources from the grid anymore.
Someone might be inclined not the explore the game world at all and on their very first turn and all following turns, turn to lady luck and roll each time on the advancement grid. This is valid play and this game is designed so exploration of the game world occurs if you want to do it, not because your forced to. It's also designed so the player, if they should win, can be congratulated and simply finish playing the game at that point.
To roll on the advancement grid, roll percentile dice and compare it to the chart below. Each player has a token (seperate from their PC on the map grid) which starts on square 1. The chart below will tell you how many moves ahead you go, or if the dreaded raptor has gobbled you up! The number of resource points a player has influences what it takes to pass or fail a roll. These are detailed on the grid for rolls on the next three steps. In further steps, the number of resources required to modify the fail chance is increased.
80% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead
20% to 6% = Pass & 2 steps up (applies
5% or less = Pass & 3 steps up
If you roll above all of the pass scores, it's a fail! This means you were eaten by a raptor and are out of the game!
1 point of resources means 90% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.
2 points of resources means 98% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.
Now resouce requirements change
4 points of resources means 90% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.
6 points of resources means 98% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.
8 points of resources means 90% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.
10 points of resources means 98% to 21% = Pass & 1 step ahead.