“Gatekeepers was a pleasant surprise.”


Fantasy role-playing game of tactics, intrigue and politics.

Some secrets are best left undisturbed.

Gatekeepers is a role-playing game of fantasy intrigue made for lazy game masters and creative players. It takes minutes to create a party of player characters, it takes seconds to draft a random (or not so random) encounter for them to fight, regardless of their level. Our rules do not get in the way of your story.

Players build their characters card-by-card in place of traditional character sheets where each card grants two stat bonuses and one ability that uses them. These abilities are atomic and benefit each other in a surprising variety of ways. There are no restrictions in how to build one's character.

Want to cast spells in plate armor? You got it.

Want to ride a bear into battle while shapeshifted into a ferret who makes healing rain from the sky for the entire party? Righteous.

How about teleporting around the battlefield so you can assassinate the enemy leader with a great sword? Great!

With this rule set, every dice roll and player decision matters. Even failures move the story forward. Players maneuver between factions and noble Houses of the city, making deals and alliances that either keep the status quo or destabilize it to the brink of civil war.

Gatekeepers was designed to make running a game more light-weight and focused on storytelling.

This game contains:
* 96 page rule book as a PDF
* 144 tokens for rewards, spell effects and damage
* 236 cards
* 17 playable races (City Elves, Dark Elves, Demons, Dragons, Dwarves, Fairies, Feral Elves, Giant Mantises, Gnomes, Goblins, Goopy Blobs, Humans, Kobolds, Orks, Trolls, Vine Creepers and Watchers)
* 18 six-sided dice

This game does not come with miniatures.

A hardcover version of the rule book is available through DriveThruRPG.com. TheGameCrafter.com does not print books of that size. The PDF file of the rulebook is also available through DriveThruRPG.com, and so are source files for the card templates and the world map, so you can make and publish your own cards, adventures and other supplements with this rule system. The latter are distributed under Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.


Mini DeckMini Deck (2 decks of 14 cards)
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Mini DeckMini Deck (2 decks of 17 cards)
NOTE: This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.



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Cool Factors

  • Game master drafts encounters in seconds.
  • Fast, simple rules for combat and politics.
  • Player actions turn the cogs that change the world.


DesignerLagging Dice
Average Rating (1)
Publish DateJuly 03, 2017
SettingAlien World
AudienceGame Master
Primary MechanicStorytelling
If You LikeGame of Thrones
More InfoGatekeepers web site

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