I’ve been a gamer (table top RPGs) for a long time. Way back to the beginning of the hobby. I’ve played or GMed in countless games and dozens of systems. I’ve been a TSRO, a playtester, a kickstart backer, published a game or two of my own, and chat host of some big names in the industry.
But today I’m going to talk about one of my top 3 game systems. And surprisingly this system isn’t one of those that has been around for decades like myself. This new system hit the table top originally in 2014 by Smoking Salamander and is now being published by Gallant Knight Games and is called Tiny D6.
Tiny D6 is a minimalist system with very light rules. All the bulk of most RPGs has been stripped away. It only uses six-sided dice so anyone can easily play without needing to obtain a set of polyhedral dice.
The basic rules are simple. You roll 2 dice, if either one of them is a 5 or 6 you succeed at your task. Very simple and easy. Sometimes you have Advantage, and you get 3 dice instead. And if you have Disadvantage, you get only 1 die to roll.
Currently there are 3 games that have been published in this line. The first was Tiny Dungeons for a fantasy style game, the 2nd is Tiny Frontiers for those who want science-fiction, and a post apocalyptic rule set of Tiny Wastelands. All of these are just basic rules. There are no hard settings and a lot is left up to the GM.
A 4th game is currently in the works and was a Kickstart project, a super hero game that is called Tiny Supers. This one, like the others before it will be basic rules. But also will include a compleat setting for the first time.
These are all great fantastic games and rules for running them. I like to tinker myself with game rules. And I’ve got a game setting that is a home-brew from 1983. And when I find a rule set that I like. I always convert it over. And Tiny D6 has that honor just like the other game systems that have been my favorites before it.
I think Tiny D6 is a great game system for both new and old players. The rules are simple and easy to understand. There are genres for the basics, including the upcoming Tiny Supers. And others coming in the future as well. Everyone will be able to find a game in the line that appeals to them directly.
Even younger kids could learn this system. And it works great around the gaming table, online chat, or even play-by-post.
I personally give this my recommendation to anyone looking for an RPG that isn’t the cookie cutter variety of the big guys.