This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-02-01 06:00:00 to 2022-03-31 05:00:00. View 34 entries

A bunch of people in indieland have of late been expressing their... disappointment with a the announcement of an RPG for a Certain Property using a Certain Ruleset. A bunch of these people are also talented game designers. (Yes, you. I'm talking about you.) This game jam is an invitation to anyone and everyone who would like to put a stake in the ground and tell the world "this is what a Dark Souls RPG should look like!" Or, what your Dark Souls RPG should look like, anyway.

The rules are simple:

  • Write an original (or submit an already written) tabletop role-playing game inspired by Dark Souls that captures what you think are the important bits and stuff about the game/genre.
  • Feel free to hack an existing game, build something on an available SRD, or whatever you like!
  • Charge whatever you like for your game, or not. You deserve to be paid for your work. (Community copies are always cool, tho.)
  • Multiple submissions are totally fine. I envy your boundless energy and enthusiasm.
  • Respect copyrighted material, but I'm not a cop, so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • No hate speech, bigotry, n*zi bullshit, any of that.  You know what's wrong, so do what's right.

If you need some inspiration, poke around on game design twitter or fb groups. So many people are talking about what would be better than a 5e reskin of... well, anything. (Links to come!)

And if you're so inclined, please include a link back to this jam, and/or use the #bettersoulslikejam tag on the platform of your choice.


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A soulslike RPG hacked from Knave
Action-Horror pamphlet rpg for one-shot sessions
Souls Like Cairn Hack in mini zine format. Getter your comrades. Overthrow tyrants.
A soulslike pamphlet RPG and adventure
Elden Ring inspired Mini TTRPG of killing gods and burning the world
A tabletop RPG of a lone wanderer in a strange, melancholy place.
A sword and sorcery souls-like tabletop RPG. Band together with fellow wanderers. Delve into the merciless Hinterlands.
A Fantasy Role-Playing Toolkit
A roleplaying game about overthrowing tyrants, inspired by Dark Souls and Berserk
a soulslike dating sim action-rpg
A minimalist soulslike RPG
A lightweight tabletop RPG played through item descriptions.
Dark Fantasy Tabletop RPG Inspired by Dark Souls and Elden Ring
A game of memory, discovery, and harsh tactics!
A mini-TTRPG about slayers of blood-sucking monsters in a damned city.
A Tarot Deck Fantasy TTRPG About Jolly Skeletons
A journaling RPG of losing yourself in a strange new kingdom
A Dark Souls-inspired solitaire card and dice game based on some luck and resource management.
A One Page Rules RPG about not being a heretic. Honey Heist Hack
Hollowing as a mechanic which encourages roleplaying
A Grave Hack made for the Better Souls Like jam
The world is a corpse, the flame is sputtering, will you still carry on?
A solo-coop hybrid TTRPG about exploring a broken world.
A souls-like ttrpg centered around the end of the stars and the death of the machines
A solo instagram game about astronauts and death
A Dark Souls Vibes Inspired Game
Maintain a garden utopia that has lost its Gardener
A (work in progress) RPG about surviving an alien encounter on an empty spaceship