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[PODCAST] Actual Play One Shot: The Unofficial RWBY RPG System

January 27, 2017 | Posted by John Bates

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Price of War upload to bring you something different; a One Shot.

We do these on occasion – we’re going to have another one or two coming up soon – primarily because of some event that has happened recently, or if the GM isn’t available on a certain day. This time it was the Sunday game most recently after Holly’s birthday, and she wanted to play some RWBY to celebrate. So, we rolled up characters in the fairly easy to learn and pretty fun to play Rule of Cool system that RWBY uses as it’s core, and played a game.

For those of you that don’t know, RWBY is a 3D animated webseries created by former Rooster Teeth animator Monty Oum, who tragically passed away in 2015 due to complications in a medical procedure. It was first released in 2013 and told the story of a group of young adults training to be Hunters and Huntresses to defend the world from the ever present threat of the Grimm. They used fairy tale and mythological stories as influences for characters, and associated all of the characters with strong color themes – even writing that into the world. In the world of RWBY, a war broke out years ago that sought to suppress Art as a concept and part of daily life. In retaliation, a war broke out and afterwards the survivors began naming their children and descendants with names that inspire a color or color theme. The story primarily followed the adventures of the main group of Ruby, Wiess, Blake, and Yang – or Team RWBY – until the later seasons.

So popular is the series that a fan going by the username enderofthings on Reddit decided to put together the system we used, using the Rule of Cool system as a base – which you can find more about at the official website. The Unofficial RWBY system is available at their subreddit.

So, please enjoy this experimental One Shot in the world of RWBY.