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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 about a dozen standard six-sided dice (D6s), the rules, and some printed out character sheets.

The rules are designed to be printed out double-sided, creating a character creation handout, a 2-page Player’s Handbook (PHB) and a 2-page 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 – please use this Google Form:

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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 ...