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Grave is a soulslike RPG built on the rules for Knave, built to be compatible with a range of old-school fantasy adventure games . Adaptations to Knave include ready-made "backgrounds" with starting stat arrays and gear packages, stamina rules for more involved stunts and more frequent spell use, rules for routine death and resurrection, 60 spells, and 50 magic items, among other adjustments. Like Knave, it is available as both a PDF and as a Microsoft Word document with free fonts, making it easier to hack for your own purposes.

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"Stamina has two uses: casting spells (1 stamina per spell level), and ... "

I can't find the level of each spell, it's an errata? Or the numbers of the list are the levels so Wizardry Warding Spell is a 20 level spell? I don't think so but..

I look at the Knave spells but there are no levels for the spells. They are level-less.

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Sorry, I should post a reworded version for clarification. Like Knave, the spells are all "level 1" but can scale to higher levels. Unlike Knave, instead of scaling with PC level, they scale with how much stamina you spend to cast them. So if you spend 1 stamina, you're casting a level 1 spell. If you spend 3 stamina, you're casting a level 3 spell. Spells that say something like "+ L" in them mean you add the level of the spell to the effect, which in this case means adding stamina spent. 

I thought about writing it as "+ S" for clarity, but I wanted it to match Knave's notation in case you ditch the rest of the game and just use the spell list for some other OSR game. That might've been misguided!

Read through this last night and now I'm working on adding it to a rotating one-shot night. Seriously good stuff in here, I love the character creation system. Solid work on items and spells as well, there's enough in here that I could run a whole campaign if I wanted.

Thanks so much! If you haven't seen Ben Milton's Knave yet (the game this is based on), I recommend it. It has a bunch more mundane items and a list of 200 spells!

Yep, I'm a big fan of Knave! This is a fantastic adaptation of those rules to a soulslike setting. Gonna round up some players and give this a shot very soon.

One of the best Knave hacks/breakers out there. Evocative stuff right down in the mechanics!

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This is the first time I've seen item sizes described using the capacity of a mouth.

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Then feast your eyes on where I stole it from: The GLOG!