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Hit the road between worlds with a black cat, a clockwork assassin, a fallen star, and a pilgrim who huffs the ashes of a dead saint. Deliver lumber to communist skeletons living on the back of a gargantuan crab. Ride a comet to a party in the skull of a cosmic god that was converted to condos.

Aetherway is a quirky, planet-hopping RPG zine, compatible with both Tunnel Goons and Troika!* Use it to improvise your own adventures, as set of extra Troika! backgrounds, as a conversion guide between Troika! and Tunnel Goons rules, or a bunch of random generators for any other game of planeswalking hijinks. 

In a compact 16 pages (including covers), it includes… 

  • 36 brief, travel-oriented character backgrounds with skills, spells, and items
  • 36 pathways and portals between worlds 
  • Two 36-item lists to generate places one might visit across the planes
  • Three 36-item lists to generate peoples of various planets
  • Three 36-item lists to generate strange creatures of the cosmos
  • 36 travel-oriented adventure seeds
  • 36 magical mishaps for miscast spells

You might also find it helpful to use the online character keeper spreadsheet to track multiple characters in one place.

*But wait, you say, how can it be compatible with TWO different games?! So glad you asked! This slim booklet includes a half a letter-sized page adapting Tunnel Goons rules to use them with Troika! backgrounds, plus a letter-sized spread distilling the Troika! rules. 

Aetherway is an independent production of Pretendo Games and is not affiliated with the Melsonian Arts Council or Highland Paranormal Society.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(54 total ratings)
AuthorJason Tocci
GenreRole Playing
TagsFantasy, OSR, roleplaying-game, rules-light, Space, Troika, tunnel-goons, weird


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Aetherway (color, single pages) 10 MB
Aetherway printable (B&W spreads, ordered to print, fold, staple) 2 MB

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I really like planar games like this one. Well done, Jason!


Thanks so much — glad you enjoy it!

Hello Jason? What's this delicious font you're using for the titles? 🥺 It's so beautiful.


I believe it’s called Berolina!

Thank you so much! ♥

This is exactly the kind of collection I'd love to see printed into a deck of cards <3

I love how you could use this for any game where you would like to change your location in an unorthodox way!

Thanks! I'm planning on using it for some Soft Horizon games myself. :) 

this game is extremely beautiful and designed to be so sleek and compact but with so much information in it. i love all the backgrounds so much; the way they're written makes so much more sense to me than the way skills, spells, and items are described in the original tunnel goons game and i super appreciate that. this is just amazing from start to finish.

Thank you so much!


We used these backgrounds in addition to the backgrounds provided in TROIKA! to double the number of options. It really created an interesting group dynamic when we decided that the player who rolled "Restless Spirit" would be the dead parent of the player who rolled a "Vengeful Child." These are a great addition to the game!


That is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!