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The internet asks, “What is SWORDDREAM, anyway?”

It’s time for the emerging movement to give answer. *DREAM is an offshoot of the OSR (Old School Renaissance), but it's more than that.

You’re invited to share your SWORDDREAM in a game jam this July!

Theme: Content Jam/Hackathon

Take an existing game, and create content for it that focuses in on your SWORDDREAM, or any kind of *DREAM. (Yours can be one that doesn’t focus on SWORDs, such as a SNAILDREAM, EGGDREAM, or FIREDREAM but regardless of what you choose, you’re invited to *DREAM with us!)  

You may do this using mechanics, content, or a combination of the two. Your submission could be…

  • a subsystem
  • a hack
  • a subversion
  • a module or scenario
  • a random table

For example, if your *DREAM is about anti-colonialism, you might make a dungeon that the player characters have to defend from outsiders coming to steal their cultural treasures; you may be dreaming a SWORDDREAM. If your dream is about nurturing community and destroying oppressors, you might make an adventure about an uprising -- a FIREDREAM. If your *DREAM is about high school kids having adventures, you might create rules for playing teenagers in a TEENDREAM. Or if your *DREAM is anti-capitalist, you might create a system of alternate economic incentives that de-emphasize money and traditional treasure -- an ANTI-CAPDREAM.

NOTE: Some folk have been asking how many submissions the game jam accepts...the answer is as many as you like. Woah! That being said, do pace yourselves and don't push too hard. Just have fun and throw together what you like! This is a game jam so what you submit can just be a prototype or an initial draft.

Recommended Games (OSR & more!)

A list of games we love that you should think about hacking. But don’t limit yourself to this list. We include these games because they’re highly hackable and in many cases have good licensing terms for third party creators.

  • Macchiato Monsters
  • Troika!
  • The Black Hack or Whitehack
  • D&D (any edition)
  • PbtA (Dungeon World & others) or Forged in the Dark
  • Offworlders or Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells
  • Story games: Belonging Outside Belonging, Lasers & Feelings, or Alone Among the Stars

The 9 Principles, or, How Do I SWORDDREAM?

There is no one SWORDDREAM, but anyone who follows the Nine Principles of *DREAM is definitely sworddreaming! What if your *DREAM isn’t a SWORDDREAM? Got a FIREDREAM, or maybe a SNAILDREAM? If you’re down with the 9 Principles, you’re welcome to join in, too!

The 9 Principles

  1. *DREAM stands against hate & prejudice in all forms. We seek to actively oppose bigotry & harassment in gaming communities. We create kind spaces.
  2. *DREAM works to be radically inclusive. We seek to support and encourage creators, GMs, players, and organizers from marginalized groups. And we seek to get better at this all the time.
  3. *DREAM encourages the use of sensible tools for communication and consent. This includes both conversational consent (in community spaces) and safety tools (at the table).
  4. *DREAM opposes harassment and strives for non-toxic discourse. We value best intentions, we call in before calling out, and we start discussions before we make accusations. We seek to empower everyone to curate their space. Above all, we engage sincerely.
  5. *DREAM values creators & their work. We support equitable pay for professional creators and fair treatment for hobbyists.
  6. *DREAM values a DIY approach to creation. We question gatekeeping, we take alternative approaches when traditional publishing models fail, and we believe anyone can make great games.
  7. *DREAM values experimentation in game design & worldbuilding.
  8. *DREAM isn't defined by, but is interested in: anti-canons, emergent story, generative worlds, kitbashing, non-violent play options, and more. And it's fine if some of these things contradict each other!
  9. There is no one *DREAM. Anyone who commits to these principles is *DREAMing .

Community Standards

Entries may not contain racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other hate speech.

Entries must abide by’s rules for selling physical games.

This Game Jam is specifically for material related to Tabletop Roleplaying Games. Video game submissions will be removed. Thanks!


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A game of Arthurian knights searching for the Holy Grail.
A Post-Dungeon Fantasy RPG of Wizard School Dropouts Robbing the Immortal Aristocracy
A GMless TTRPG about the clash of over-sized personalities between shapeshifters who can assume human or dragon form
A Dungeon World adventure supplement for 3-6 players.
Befriend monsters and go on a grand adventure
Solve cases. Die horribly. Get high. Roleplay as halfling detectives fueled by magical pipe-weed.
A pamphlet RPG module
A dangerous, unique fantasy RPG that uses a regular 52-card deck for its mechanics!
A micro-rpg analog game about concerned citizens investigating a dubious local project
Cryptid Survival Role Playing Game
Desperados robbing the train to hell. A tabletop roleplaying game for 2–6 players and 1 GM.
Memory & Loss in a crumbling utopia
tables to create disabled elves, dwarves, orcs, and more for sworddream/osr/fantasy games!
A #ForestDream about silence and eternity
A #SWORDDREAM inspired by childhood and wonder.
A game of travel, storytelling and salt
d6 Art Nouveau Backgrounds for Troika
Found a new town. Solve their problems. Ensure their survival.
A Tarot RPG for 1-5 Players
Generates a portrait and details for an NPC in an oldschool low-magic fantasy setting.
Run in browser
A FitD HUNTERDREAM set in an alternative Metro Manila.
Role Playing
An interpretive dice-match alternative magic system for use with fantasy role-playing games
A Pamphlet Dungeon Escape
 Module for Troika!
A 17th century bisexual disaster RPG
For preparing and running overland exploration in ttrpgs
A TTRPG of Demigods, for 3–6-ish players
A gay cowboy hack of Lasers & Feelings
A micro-Tabletop RPG primarily for one-shot adventures inspired by retro 2D platformer video games
A system-agnostic roleplaying game setting about diaspora elves.
A decimalised adventure game system requiring minimal equipment
A hack of Mobile Frame Zero: Firebrands, set to the world and themes of Heaven Will Be Mine
a poem generator
Card-based rules for inter character drama in the Fifth Edition rules.
Zombie apocalypse in a planned utopia in a magical kingdom based on Knave
A mortal has come to your faerie mound; can you get them to stay?
A Small Town Mystery
Play this game to create, discover, and name a place that is your own-- the Field.
An urban picaresque setting: completely agnostic and full of prompts for the fantastical mundane and lived mythology
Steal from the rich and give to the poor
A LIGHTDREAM Random Advancement Class for OSR Games
Cooperative Communist Fantasy
a Delver supplement where even violence has been forgotten...
JRPG-inspired rules tweaks for The Black Hack, for DREAMJAM 2019
Play as a lowdown hired gun fulfilling jobs for Boss
Meet the New Neighbors
A game about people and the fates of the things they carry
A System-Agnostic Table-top RPG Scenario For Fantasy Games
Get a Crew together, gather intel and equipment, and pull off the job of a lifetime!
A Plunderlight Playset for Age of Sail Piracy and Drama
A Game of Electric Fantasy
Teen Gods Sword & Sworcery RPG about rebellion, and the troubles they get into.
Bring the weird personal powers of Pentolans to your own game!
A fantasy hack of The Veil by Fraser Simons
A game of tiny carvings and perilous journeys.
PLAYTEST DOC - A reduction of Wolfspell for playing sad half-Orcs in dungeons.
A game of orbital strife & interstellar war
This is the kernel of a dream of candy and play in a sugary space