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What type of game is Glyfi?

Glyfi is a system that can be used to support a tabletop RPG adventure or be used for making other games! It is a system reference document, or SRD, that can be used to play a game as-is or can be used to build into other games and variations.

Change your odds with Glyfi's diceless mechanics!

Instead of using dice, Glyfi uses printable tokens that players draw from a cup or other container. As players succeed in challenges throughout the course of the adventure, they can choose additional tokens to add to their cup or boost existing tokens by "forging" them with extra power!

This lets players increase their chances of success later and to pull off some epic magic!

Think of Glyfi like a deck building game where you can tweak your probability over time, except you don't have to worry about piles of cards that kids may have trouble tracking and reading - you have clear pictures on tokens that you're matching and earning as you play.

Challenges and encounters in Glyfi

Mechanics are designed to support challenges that players may face, like climbing a mountain or sailing a ship through a storm, and for supporting encounters. Encounters in Glyfi are NOT synonymous with combat since they also include social situations, contests, and much more. The encounter mechanics and sheet are built to support that variety and encourage options beside fighting. You gain prowess from completing both challenges and encounters, and non-violent solutions are rewarded!

The importance of teamwork in Glyfi

Glyfi can be used for solo games, but, when played with a group, players can team up to match their glyphs and utilize stronger magic to overcome larger obstacles together. Challenges and encounters are easily adjustable (with a handy chart included in the game) so you can gage when and how to push for those teamwork moments.

Glyfi - water glyph

Glyfi guides and sheets based on TTRPGkids learning

When I play a new tabletop RPG (and I play a lot of them because of all the reviews on the TTRPGkids blog), I usually make my own quick reference guide, challenge sheet, and encounter sheet to keep track of my notes and keep the system straight. I need this since it can be really hard when I'm trying a new system every week or two.

For Glyfi, I made my typical set of quick reference sheets part of the SRD so you have an easier way to track everything without having to keep going back to the main document. Everything has charts or bullet points in a clear layout that lets you quickly fill in your encounter plans and reference the game rules at a glance.

glyfi character sheet

Glyfi's character sheet is also streamlined - there's no stats to track since everything is built from your glyph choices, so it only tracks WHO your character is and their essence (in the form of fill-in bubbles) I wanted this game to be accessible to everyone regardless of reading and math level, so your character sheet covers the who, which kids tend to remember anyway, and the mechanics happen in your glyph vessel instead of in the character sheet.

Bonus Glyfi coloring pages!

At the end of Glyfi, I've included some bonus coloring pages of all the glyphs used in the game! Either for grownups who like to color between rounds or kids who need a coloring break to get the wiggles out and shift attention, they're available and ready for you to use alongside the game!

Glyfi - colorable line of glyphs

Am I allowed to use the Glyfi system to publish a game?

Since Glyfi is a system reference document, it is intended for you to use it as you wish to make your own variations of the game! You can create your own mechanic tweaks, glyphs, challenge and encounter sheets, character sheets, stories, campaigns, and more!  I've even created and shared a google doc in the downloads so you can easily create your own game.

You may publish your own content using Glyfi, as long as you credit by include the following text and a Glyfi logo (included in downloads) in your work: 

This work is based on Glyfi © 2022, published by TTRPGkids (TTRPGkids.com), developed and authored by Stephanie Campbell, and is licensed under CC BY 4.0. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

My hope is that you do make games with this and that you have a fun new system (and a new mechanic) that you can enjoy!

Note: Glyfi SRD replaces Magical Mayhem in a Mug - if you previously purchased Magical Mayhem in a Mug and had any concerns or issues, please let me know and I am happy to work together on a solution.

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Glyfi - all files - 1.0.2.pdf
Glyfi - core SRD only - 1.0.2.pdf 669 kB
Glyfi - challenge sheet - 1.0.2.pdf 128 kB
Glyfi - character sheet - 1.0.2.pdf 129 kB
Glyfi - encounter sheet - 1.0.2.pdf 129 kB
Glyfi - reference sheet - 1.0.2.pdf
Glyfi - glyph tokens - 1.0.2.pdf 185 kB
Glyfi - blank tokens template - 1.0.2.pdf 86 kB
Glyfi - coloring pages - 1.0.2.pdf 472 kB
Glyfi logo - forged on Glyfi.png 382 kB
Glyfi logo - forged on Glyfi - alt 1.png 172 kB
Glyfi logo - forged on Glyfi - alt 2.png 105 kB
Glyfi - google doc for easy access

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