In the game, one player assumes the role of "Albraxas," a defined creature, and the other players have more traditional characters. Albraxas uses different rules than the remaining characters; additionally, Albraxas is the opponent of the remaining characters. The role of Albraxas should not be confused with the role of a game master.
Characters have three Attributes: Backbone, Battle, and Blitz. These each have a numeric value distributed from a points pool; the value indicates the size of the dice pool associated with the Attribute. Play proceeds in turns and phases, with defined moves being available to players.