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Armour Astir: Advent is a high-fantasy roleplaying game about striking back against an authority that seeks to control you.

It is a game of rival pilots clashing in steel-clad Astirs, of soldiers holding their own against the odds, and of spies and diplomats twisting the world to their ends. It is not a game of careful preparation or pleasant truces;

It's hard to change the world without taking a risk.

Armour Astir: Advent is a PBTA game where the players use their wits, expertise, and their huge enchanted suits of armour to fight against an oppressive regime. As in in-development project, the playtest version of Armour Astir: Advent is available for free! If you just want to try out the game, you don't need to pay a penny: a free version of the rules without the art is included with the playbooks below.


  • Four 'Channeler' playbooks - magical mecha pilots who stride into battle in a custom Astir
  • Four 'Support' playbooks - the engineers, spies and diplomats whose skills lie off the battlefield
  • Customised Astirs - players may pick from examples, or design their own mech as part of character creation
  • Health/Harmless combat - players must force their opponents into a corner by making them take risks or putting them in peril
  • Simple Factions & Conflict Turn - The Authority makes claims and gains hold on Factions who must block their efforts
  • Armour Astir: Artifice - a microgame about creating an Astir for three players, originally created for #WizJam2k19

If you have feedback, concerns or criticism, feel free to contact me at weregazelle@gmail.com with the subject 'Playtest Feedback (Armour Astir)'.

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Updated 2 days ago
StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
GenreRole Playing
Tagsacab, Fantasy, LGBT, Mechs, Multiplayer, PbtA, tabletop
Average sessionA few hours


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Armour Astir: Advent 51 MB

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this game looks extremely good and im super excited to play it!!!

I have a question regarding Reserve. The section on creating your own Astir says that certain parts and weapons cost Reserve in order to be chosen. How does one determine how much reserve a given player has to begin with? Is it equivalent to Supply, or something else?

I'm liking what I've already read and am looking forward to playing this game. Thanks for making it!

hey! the mentions of reserve are a holdover from an earlier system. astir parts take up mana now, not reserve! this language will be cleared up in a future update.

I haven't read that much of the PDF yet, but I just wanted to say that this line under Read the Room: "On a failure, you may ask one of the above questions immediately, but the answer creates a problem or puts you in danger" made me go "Yes!"

I hate coming up with 6- results for "investigation" type moves. I think this will make it much easier!

thankyou! I like to leave 6- open to hard moves most of the time, but sometimes when the opportunity presents itself for something specific I can't resist...