What is the Pangenre RPG?
The Pangenre RPG Core Rules are the centerpiece of the Pangenre RPG System, a true multi-genre role-playing game. If you are yearning for a system that feels more realistic than existing designs, yet is still as playable as the easiest in-depth RPG system, Pangenre is for you!
Pangenre is built from Open Game Content as defined in the Open Game License (OGL). This makes it easier for experienced players to assimilate sweeping changes to the character and combat systems. But Pangenre is not just another d20 clone or spin-off. It's a brand-new game system.
The Open Game "core mechanic" remains intact. Decide on your action, roll dice, add modifiers, and compare to the target DC. So if you know how to play Open Game rules, you're already halfway to learning Pangenre!
What Kind of Games Can I Run with Pangenre?
Pangenre allows you to place your game in almost any setting you can imagine. It includes equipment for archaic, modern, and futuristic scenarios. Additional supplements will address, among other things, magic and supernatural phenomena and related skills.
Anything set prior to the 20th Century can be played with Pangenre, from Homeric epics to Renaissance swordplay to Victorian era imperial adventures to Old West shootouts.
The 20th and 21st Centuries are your playground with Pangenre. Weapons and armor spanning the centuries are presented for your use. Kevlar works as Kevlar should. (And frankly, don't get in a gunfight without it!)
From the coming Mayan apocalypse to Humankind's eventual forays into the depths of space, the Core Rules have enough material to allow you play most science-fiction scenarios you can conceive. The Core Rules include equipment for futuristic scenarios such as envisioned by Niven and Whedon, along with such standards as laser weapons, gauss weapons, EMP weapons, as well as futuristic armor and force fields to protect you from them. Futuristic skills are easy because most are extensions of modern skills, and we have integrated ideas such as direct computer interfaces and EVA.
Time travel and multi-dimension scenarios are a snap with Pangenre. The Core rules give you archaic, modern, and future equipment and weapons to adventure across the far reaches of time and space without having to change your rules with each dimension jump.
Converting from d20/Open Game Rules
The Core Rules contains a chapter on how to convert your existing d20 games to Pangenre. (The chapter is a free download on our website.)
The Core Rules do not include rules for magic or supernatural powers. They are published separately in the Pangenre RPG Magic supplement, which will be available presently (est. Late October 2010).