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Mythic Role Playing


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Create dynamic role-playing adventures without preparation
For use as a stand-alone game or as a supplement for other systems

Most Role-Playing Games operate under the principle that there are players and there is a Game Master. The GM prepares all the details of an adventure, and then "runs" the players through that adventure. This usually requires a great deal of preparation on the part of the GM.

Mythic is different in that it requires no preparation from the GM. Mythic adventures are meant to be played off the cuff, with perhaps a few minutes of brainstorming to come up with the initial setup. Mythic can also be played entirely without a GM. The same mechanics in Mythic that allow a GM to run an adventure without preparation also allows a group of players to do without the GM.

In a Mythic adventure, the GM (or players sans GM) can start an evening's entertainment with about five minutes of preparation. As the adventure unfolds, the GM is just as surprised by the twists and turns as the players are.

There are various ways in which Mythic can be used:

No GM, multiple players
Players decide on an opening scenario, and perhaps a few details or two, and Mythic takes it from there. All action is decided through the asking of yes/no questions and the application of logical principles. By answering questions, the adventure moves along, with the occasional random event throwing players a curve ball. The action is broken into scenes, just like in a movie, to keep everything straight.

No GM, one player
Mythic can be used to go solo. There have been many solo systems in the past. But let's be honest, they weren't so great. Solo play in Mythic works the same as group play. You're just alone.

One GM, any number of players
For those who like to be a GM, we have something for you, too. The same tools that allow Mythic to automatically generate adventures on the fly without a GM also work with a GM. This means very little to zero preparation, if you don't want to prepare. Simply create an opening scenario (hey, you can come up with that on the drive over!) and follow Mythic as it guides you along. Mythic will throw in its own twists and turns, so the GM will be just as shocked as the players.

Mythic, stand-alone
Mythic can be played as a complete role-playing game. The same logic-based tools that guide an adventure along can also answer other questions, such as "Did Boltar's sword hit the goblin?" On its own, Mythic is a free-form and interpreted system. Much of the details defining a campaign world will come up as the adventure proceeds.

Mythic with other RPGs
Mythic's main strength is the ability to generate dynamic, unfolding adventures on the fly. Mythic can replace the GM even if you're playing another role-playing game and not using Mythic rules as the core rules for your campaign. Mythic takes the place of the GM, but the main RPG's rules still handle character creation, combat, task resolution and everything else. Questions that players would normally ask the GM are now asked to Mythic, instead.

Mythic Specifications:
Pages: 144
Art: Full-color cover, black & white and color interior; illustrated
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
Format: pdf

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February 7th, 2014
If you buy this as a stand-alone RPG, you may find yourself a little frustrated by the emphasis on tables and on having to keep working out new success odds continually. But that's not really what Mythic is for - it's there to provide a slick, challenging [...]
February 12th, 2013
- Presentation- CHECK! - Writing style- CHECK! - Logical rules system- CHECK! - Fun- CHECK! - Versatile- CHECK! - Online community/support- CHECK! - Innovation- CHECK! - Price- CHECK! Okay, if you are on the fence (and I don't blame you because [...]
November 25th, 2012
Mythic is a fairly solid system and a great tool for game masters (or groups looking to play sans the game master). It places a strong emphasis on each player taking an active role in the process of generating the ongoing narrative of each game. In spirit [...]
September 16th, 2012
I'm pretty sold on the potential of this [by its own admission] ridiculously simple yet ingenuously malleable/interpretable generative abilities. I do wish I'd just picked up the GME, will likely just couple with other systems (Savage Worlds/HeroQuest [...]
February 17th, 2012
What a great product. Even if you don't use the GM emulator its full of idea's. Allan [...]
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