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The Sapio System is a roleplaying game ruleset that utilizes Spiral Dice. It is a lightweight, flexible framework for telling the stories of one or more characters controlled by players, in a world managed by a game master (GM). The “Spiral” name reflects the mechanics embedded in the dice, which inject complications or drama into scenes as the characters move through the shared imaginative space.

Sapio leverages the dice to create a dynamic story from a few simple elements. Character descriptors are quick to craft and are the primary influence on how likely a character is to succeed at a given task. Actions taken by the characters are not confined to skill lists, so characters are free to “try anything” in response to challenges they may encounter. Finally, Action Sequences provide a cinematic framework for tense group moments like combat or chases, with constantly evolving action aided by the complications from rolling Spiral Dice.

The Sapio System draws on many sources of inspiration which will be familiar to veteran roleplaying game players. In its “tag-based” Professions and Qualities, it draws inspiration from FATE and is similar to Barbarians of Lemuria. Its custom dice draw inspiration from FATE and Genesys. Its narrative design is heavily influenced by the “Powered by the Apocalypse” games.

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