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Gauge is a work-in-progress (WIP) game—a minimalist, diceless RPG for games about surviving in a hostile environment with quick wits and scarce resources. In its current version (as of September 2022), players use three kinds of tokens—blood, breath, and bullets—to mitigate the risks of actions they describe taking. This game is currently on the back burner while I focus on completing other games closer to the finish line, but I hope to return to it at some point to refine it through playtesting, offer a more useful system reference document, and use it as the basis for a longer game in Nighttide.


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Gauge beta (2-pages, v0.2) 3 MB

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Jason, I'll just write here what I've just written at Pretendo Games site.

I'm sad that I just found this treasure so many years late but I'd like to leave my impression about it. That's one of the best ideas I've seen so far for a diceless RPG system and I really hope you decide to evolve it. Actually I'm very excited to see it's final version. I'll definitely play it lots of times. Congrats for the idea.

That’s so kind, thank you! Every now and then I come back to this and update it a bit, but haven’t shared any of those updates yet. I want to get it back to the table and play it again first, and I haven’t been able to due that yet due to covid. Soon, I hope!