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The Core, Playtest Edition

The Core, Playtest Edition


The Core is a single-page microgame for 3-5 players. Players take on the roles of hustlers from the streets of the future kidnapped and dumped into a corporate testing facility. Pitted against an AI designed for psychological warfare, characters will navigate a series of half-remembered nightmares built from their own memories in a struggle for survival.


  • Perfect for one-shots
  • Pick up and play; everything’s all on one sheet
  • Simple d6 dice pool system
  • Collaborative storytelling, letting players influence the environments they explore, the characters they meet
  • Low setup time
  • Mechanics for exploring characters through their pasts and emotions

The current release of The Core is a text-complete playtest version. It contains everything you need to strike up a session or two of play with a few friends. All subsequent releases will be available to download on this page as they're made available, so keep an eye out!

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June 20, 2016 11:03 pm UTC
An interesting and ready to run game (I trust it will be a suprisingly deep one shot!).

The system looks apocalypse worldish and the main plot idea is cool!

For a single page it would take a miracle to do more than that. I 'd love to see a single paragraph in the same page giving me cool tips on how to play the whole memory thing a bit more.
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Nicholas W June 23, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Hey there! What sort of "cool tips" did you have in mind? And what "memory thing"? Did you mean the scenes themselves, or the flashbacks?

Thanks for taking the time to give my lil' game a look!
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This title was added to our catalog on June 20, 2016.
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