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Year Zero Mini

Tabletop Roleplaying on the dark side

Rules-Light Framework

Year Zero Mini (YZM) is a tabletop RPG framework best used with gritty settings. It uses a modified version of the Year Zero Engine found in Tales From the Loop, and has other influences from story games like Burning Wheel and Alas for the Awful Sea. You can see the half-page character sheet below.

To play, you will need at least a dozen standard six-sided dice (D6s), the rules, and character sheets printed out. Ideally each player will have their own set of dice.

The rules are designed to be printed out double-sided, creating 2 double-sided sheets of paper – a Player’s Handbook (PHB) and GM’s Guide (GMG).


The Rules:



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YZM is currently in an “Alpha” (unfinished) state. If you get a chance to play the game, your feedback would be appreciated – details on how to send feedback are in the document, though a Google Form is currently being developed…

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YZM Blog Posts

Introducing “Year Zero Mini”

The Year Zero Mini ruleset is now live and can be found here. Two game designers I have a lot of respect for have recently shared rules-light games that they ...