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An entire RPG system you can take anywhere!

PACS (Pocket Adventures Card System) is an entire RPG (Role Playing Game) that fits into a deck of cards.  As a non-collectable card game, with a Base Set of PACS and a pocketful of change you're ready for hours of play where no two sessions need ever be the same.  Players familiar with RPGs will be right at home, and those new to RPGs will find PACS as an excellent entry point for the genre.

PACS plays like a typical tabletop RPG with the following changes:

You flip coins instead of rolling dice. For most actions in PACS you flip three coins, count the number of ‘heads’, add that to the appropriate Aptitude Score, and determine whether your result is a success or failure.  If you want to roll dice, determine a way to divide the numbers on your die into a 50/50 chance.  Common options are evens/odds or high/low.

There is no battle-grid. It is assumed each Hero and Foe is in range of each other.  The DM can adjudicate differently as they see fit.

There are no hit-points. A Hero or Foe has three statuses: Uninjured, Injured, and Defeated.  A card’s orientation represents what state the Hero of Foe is in.

Even though there are no 'experience points', characters can still advance. PACS cannot replace the complexity of a typical tabletop RPG, nor does it try to.  It is ideal for introducing new players to RPGs, filling time between game sessions, or serving as a quick and fun way to allow other players to DM.  As such, PACS Set I allows for Heroes to become more powerful as they gather Loot.  PACS Set II offers options for leveling characters up (and the options are fully compatible with Set I).

(Set II is available here)


"PACS accomplishes what it sets out to do, which is admirable for any game: it ports the RPG experience into a deck of cards. Magic: the Gathering was commissioned as a card game that people could play between roleplaying games, or at conventions — basically, to kill time — while maintaining the experience of fantasy roleplaying. Honestly, PACS probably accomplishes that original idea better than Magic ever did."

Mike Eaton - Play Unplugged (Read full review)

"PACS is definitely my pick for the best way to introduce your kids to the awesomeness that is tabletop role-playing. You can tell stories about knights and maidens with the cards in the box, or create space pilots fighting aliens across the galaxy, all for less than the cost of a fast food lunch."

Christopher Brimmer - Noobsource (Read full review)

"I was thinking that this would be a perfect game for a convention and seeing as New York Comic Con is coming up soon... Well... If you're bored and standing in line you should pull this game out. And trust me, if you're going into the chaos that is NYCC, you will need this game for a little bit of downtime."

Jennifer Chan - Game and a Curry (Read full review)

"With the deck, the coins in your pocket, and a player or two (up to 8), you’re ready to go. No dice, character sheets, maps, or anything else. Right off the bat, the simplicity won me over."

Brian Fitzpatrick - Game Knight Reviews (Read full review)

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Kurt A August 23, 2019 3:23 pm UTC
I purchased the pdf and have a few suggestions.

1) Can you give out the password? That way it would be easier to modify the blank cards so that they look more like the pre-made ones.

2) Please consider an upgrade with each card as a separate page. The printing on the pages is a bit small so I printed the cards out on 4x6 index cards which would have been a lot easier if the cards were individual pages.

I'm looking forward to playing this with some family "non-gamers" who will probably take to the game well as everything they need will be in front of them on the card.

Looking forward to more expansions!!!
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Benjamin K August 27, 2019 1:22 am UTC
Kurt -

What password are you referring to? I'd be happy to give it out.
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Charles B June 27, 2019 8:25 pm UTC
Hi there,

I just purchased this wonderful little game but had a question: In the rules I think it states that heroes go first in the turn order but in the instructional video it says the foes go first. Just want to verify which is correct. Thanks!
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Benjamin K June 27, 2019 8:54 pm UTC
You can use either the Heroes or Foes going first as long as you are consistent. The rulebook states how the game was played in development. The video is how I started running it after release to add more tension to combat. The choice is up to the play style you desire.
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Charles E September 29, 2018 11:48 pm UTC
Any good for solo?
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Benjamin K September 30, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
It can't be played by a single player. You need at least two: One to DM and the other to be a PC.
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Scotty M August 29, 2016 8:02 pm UTC
I ran this compact lil' game a few weeks ago for a group of teens. It was easy to explain and having everything in a card deck is great. I am working on a video showing off the system. It will be on my YouTube channel...The DM's Craft.
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Benjamin K August 29, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Let us know when you post that to your YouTube channel. We'd love to share the link to our Facebook page!
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Scotty M June 07, 2017 12:35 am UTC
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Ben B March 13, 2015 11:17 pm UTC
You ever consider doing a traps & riddles set?
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Benjamin K April 15, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
We are currently considering the 4th expansion to be a 'DM Toolbox'. Perhaps traps and riddles will make an appearance there...
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Barbara A (Jeremy sr) S June 28, 2016 11:48 pm UTC
Thank you this game is nice
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