A downloadable game

RoadSpire is an RPG about strange and bewildering liminal spaces, of being lost, and finding something anyway, about being adrift in a sea of possibilities, and the connections and relationships you make along the way; a journey is always better with friends.

The Road is a vast, fluid, and shifting world between realities; anything is possible here. The Road is the ever present NOW. Spires enforce order and rules around their immediate areas. They pin down the Road. All Spires are a puzzle, once completed they are destroyed and open a gateway to a single, specific world or dimension. The Spires are the past, and the future. And at the centre of it all stands the great wheel city of MUS-DE-TUM: gateway to worlds beyond counting, an edifice that has stood at the centre of creation since the dawn of time.

RoadSpire is a "Powered by the Apocalypse" based system that takes inspiration from other PbtA based systems such as "Monster of the Week," "Masks," and "Urban Shadows." It uses two six-sided dice (2d6) and modifiers determined during character creation to determine the outcome of your actions. As with most PbtA based systems, RoadSpire is designed for a more narrative and collaborative gaming experience. The setting tries to capture the haunting and ephemeral wonder of vast, liminal spaces, and hidden secrets and mysteries waiting to be discovered. The tone of the setting draws a lot of its core aesthetic from the Americana of the Western areas of the United States: long dusty roads, isolated truck stops, and weird (and sometimes extremely unnerving) roadside attractions, but it is intended to cover any conceivable range of geographies and environments.

You can play as weird and wonderful classes such as the Nomad Trucker! An expert at navigating the strange and unfathomable geometry of the Road in a customised vehicle adapted for the rugged and unpredictable world you live in.

Yelly - Nomad Trucker
Yelly the Nomad Trucker - Art by Study of Monsters
Or tackle this unknown and ever-shifting frontier as a Plains Witch! These jack of all trades and masters of none use magic, combined with their own raw cunning, as a practical tool to overcome the rugged badlands where only the bravest fear to tread.

Eugene the Plains Witch - Art by Horology

RoadSpire was originally a collaboratively designed setting created by the members of the "Rage on the Page" discord server as a flexible and adaptable background setting to use for a host of art challenges and tournaments. It was then adapted into an RPG setting because it seemed like it would be a fun idea. The attached documents represent the first completed draft of the system, and not a finished product.
StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
TagsExploration, PbtA, Roadtrip, weird


RoadSpire RPG v1.1.pdf 6 MB
Road Encounters.pdf 99 kB
RoadSpire Example Characters.zip 16 MB

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