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Motif Action Engine (Quickplay RPG System Toolkit)

  • Motif Action Engine is a companion product to the Motif Story Engine
    • It provides a system toolkit for doing action resolution "the Motif way".
    • Genre-neutral, setting-agnostic.
    • Best suited for genre-heavy and story-forward games.
    • Tuned for sandbox play and emergent stories.
    • Extensible, easily hacked and reskinned for a variety of genres and play styles.
  • Light system tuned for quickplay, based on the 3d6 Motif oracle  
    • Simple and easy to learn.
    • Uses regular common six-sided dice.
    • Each die represents an aspect of outcome.
    • Simple results and templates that drive your story without getting in the way.
    • Mix and match "flavors" to produce a wide variety of action outcomes.
  • Designed for low/no prep, GM-less, and solo RPG play.
    • Player-facing system. All actions are resolved in a single roll.
    • Plug and play "patches" to introduce different subsystems and new features.
    • Intuitive and flexible NPC system. Quick to create with behavior guidellines.
    • Emphasis on story impacts and genre themes.

Patches and play guidance will be expanded over time. 
MAE was originally designed as a complement to the Motif Story Engine

The Motif Action Engine is a modular RPG system toolkit:

  • Core 3d6 oracle system.
  • Alternative interpretations for the success and strength dice.
  • 2 main flavors and 3 additional example flavors.
  • Skillset and core stat variants.
  • Resource "stone" character patch
  • Character ties and contacts patch
  • Consequences patches for both personal blows and social outcomes. 
  • Story character patch with an NPC template system
  • Light rules for action scenes and hits/conditions, but no distinct "combat system". All conflicts are treated equally with player-facing rolls and common sense consequences.

First Update!

By popular request, added 3 example character options and a short 2-page setting build.

Part of the Motif Game Framework

A series of toolkits that enable GM-less, GM-lite "no prep", and solo roleplaying. They are modular and easily hackable. They are also game agnostic! Use them to enable GM-less and solo play with your favorite games.

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