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THE MAGICAL GIRL WHO PROTECTS YOUR TOWN IS DEAD.

SHE CANNOT BE REBORN UNTIL SHE IS INTERRED.


THE FOREST AND THE VALLEY WILL NOT WELCOME YOU.

THE DUNGEON BEYOND HAS NEVER BEEN SAFE.


YOUR HOME WILL BE LIKE THEM,

UNLESS YOU BURY HER.


UNTIL SHE LIES IN THE…


MOONGRAVE

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MOONGRAVE is a mud-and-blood fantasy hack for FIST: Ultra Edition, designed for short games where everyone either dies or ruins their lives in the process of surviving. It is standalone and doesn't require a copy of FIST: Ultra Edition to play (thought it might be helpful).

MOONGRAVE is in an early draft state, ready and ripe for playtesting. Best played with 3-6 players. Estimated 4-6 hour playtime, dependant on group pace.

Feedback can be sent to weregazelle@gmail.com, with the subject 'Moongrave Feedback'.

Fillable character sheets can be found: here! If anything breaks, feel free to report it to me as above.

24/07/23: Fixed some missing page references!
29/07/23: Assorted misc fixes, such as Winded cutting out mid-sentence.
31/07/23: Several fixes, tweaks and balance changes following a playtest.
13/11/23: Fixed the weird spread on Mundane traits, and added 2 more!

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(17 total ratings)
AuthorBriar Sovereign
TagsFantasy, fist, Hack and Slash, magical-girls, PbtA

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Are some mundane traits supposed to have negative stat modifiers while majority has positive ones, or is that a typo?

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Some of them have a negative stat modifer, yeah.

Is this because their other trait(s) or equipment  supposed to be too powerful?

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Mhm, it's a balancing factor.

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Hi Briar!

Love your game! Currently playing weekly and four sessions behind us. Have a ton to share from our experiences if you want to chat. Cheers!

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This slipped past me! If you have thoughts I'd be happy to hear them - feel free to shoot me an email (weregazelle@gmail.com).

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I suggest to change the 3d6 table at pag.17. If you know enough about probabilities, it's clear how, for every 27 surgeons in that world there's just a single Youth or Blacksmith... 😕
Probably the best way to fix that is turn the table into "roll a d6 for the 1st "band", then roll another d6 for the exact choice". Something like:
1-2 | 1  Blacksmith
1-2 | 2  Tailor
1-2 | 3  Scout
1-2 | 4  Farmer
1-2 | 5  ...
1-2 | 6
3-4 | 1
3-4 | 2
3-4 | 3
...  etc.

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you're totally right. i'll look at a new resolution for this

you were totally right. i just did this

Holy shit. This game is cool.

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MOONGRAVE is a feature length FIST hack about burying a magical girl for the safety of your town.

It is, by turns, melancholic, somber, hot-blooded, and badass.

The PDF is 32 pages, with a dense but extremely professional layout. It feels like something out of the 80s or 90s indie scene and is just missing some photocopier smearing or patches where the text is too dark or too light. This is not a negative.

The book's tone is conversational and the writing is breezy and casual, and it does a great job conveying information quickly and easily despite the density of the text.

Rules-wise, MOONGRAVE sticks pretty close to FIST, using the simplified PBTA format for rolls. However, it gets a little more creatively loose with Traits. You start with two, as usual, but you gain more during play as the result of rolls, and Traits can be negative as well as positive. MOONGRAVE's play structure is also more rigorously defined, and follows a single week of pilgrimage---playable as a short campaign.

The setting is likewise familiar but different. The World Of Graves has a gothic fairy tale sense to it, but it also feels like it lies at the intersection between Final Fantasy X, Darkest Dungeon, and Madoka Magica. It's clearly and coherently built, but operates heavily on vibes and suspense.

For players, there are a lot of character creation options to pick from, and coming up with appropriate character concepts for the setting is easy and fun. There are also a lot of mechanical safety nets built into the first phase of the game, and getting stomped in an early combat doesn't mean you're out for the duration.

For GMs, there's a full bestiary, there are encounter tables, and the game is clearly broken up into phases with specific instructions on how to run them. Anything in between the phases is just storytelling, and simple to spackle into the cracks between the hard mechanics. The party treks to their magical girl's designated grave, then treks back. On the way back, one by one, they die. These expectations are set clearly and early, and the game's tone supports these expectations.

Overall, Moongrave is a fantastic title. It leans a little on the GM grokking it, but if it clicks with you it will click hard. The setting is fun. The stakes are meaningful. It's *extremely* easy to roleplay the characters and to present to the table their place in the world. This is a rad game made well. If anything I've said here sounds even a little interesting to you, you should get it.


Minor Issues:

-Page 10, "any Encounter doesn't simply give you a reward" that doesn't simply give you a reward?

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great system, traits and monsters ! I have always wanted a fantasy oriented FIST hack and this one is really good. Where I did not liked the mission framework of Avalon, I find the 3 days in/3 days out adventure really polished for a one-shot.

Impressed !

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this is exceptional!!

tysm thursday!!! ♥