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Genesys Core Rulebook

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Face down a dragon as a brave knight, hack into a corporate security system as an elite runner, set sail in your airship. Unlimited adventure awaits you in Genesys,  a new roleplaying system designed for a variety of settings and limited only by your imagination.

The Genesys experience begins with the Genesys Core Rulebook, which features an explanation of the innovative narrative dice system and core mechanics of the game, an overview of five different settings in which to place campaigns, and advice for Game Masters to craft a myriad of adventures with unparalleled freedom.

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Andrew K June 10, 2023 3:27 pm UTC
Special dice? Hard pass.
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Cristobal B May 03, 2023 12:29 am UTC
Bought the book in spanish that includes a code to redeem the pdf in drivethru but it doesn't work... any help please?
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Nicholas M January 02, 2023 4:36 am UTC
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Just a heads-up - there's one piece of errata that was in FFG's errata doc that hasn't been updated in the current PDF: On page 78, the Grenadier talent should list 'Ranked: No". (It's a super minor thing, but in the sake of completeness...)
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Stephen N February 25, 2023 5:21 am UTC
Great to see others running the game here in Adelaide. This is our system of choice now. I was running a campaign for around 3 years with a group (12 all up) students in high school each and every lunch time, and in 2022 I switched to Genesys. The game became so much more free, and the students were encouraged to be far more hands on due to the narrative dice system. Also, magic became far more organic. The students simply described what they wanted to happen (within limits of course) and a dice pool was instantly created. The students no longer had to read (they never did) what their spells did and how the mechanics played out, they simply described in. The creativity from the students was brilliant. We just finished a three year campaign, and they had the time of their lives. We are now about to play in the Wild West, and yes Genesys is all we need.

I do play with adults once a week and Genesys has replaced D&D 5E and even Star Wars. We typically create our own universe and build it as we go...See more
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Michael C December 02, 2022 6:17 am UTC
Any rpg that uses specialized dice for their game, already has one strike against them. Then add in that it is supposed to be a universal system that for some strange reason uses specialized dice. Strike two. AAAAND the dice are unavailable? XXX?
There are already great universal systems out there. Hero System is fantastic. As is R Talsorian's Interloc and the hybrid Fuzion.
It is a pretty book though. Though so is The Witcher by R Talsorian, and that is a damn fine system and universal dice. d6 d10.
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Ramon F September 23, 2022 7:56 pm UTC
for when the pdf in Spanish?
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George F May 15, 2022 3:45 am UTC
I decided to jump in and bought this, the Expanded Player's Guide, GM Screen, and Realms of Terrinoth at the game store.
Any chance of discounted PDF versions?
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wade G April 10, 2022 6:00 am UTC
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Remember...buy the pdf for $20 then the cost for one set of special dice ($12). Reviews say to buy (at least) two sets. For an amazing total cost for $44 plus tax. ALSO THE DICE ARE NOT AVAILABLE~~
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Steve S April 21, 2022 7:36 pm UTC
FFG has a free Genesys dice roller app for phones if you don't want to use the physical dice/can't find any.
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Guillaume D January 28, 2022 2:53 pm UTC
No french translated content / by EDGE ?
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Chad B December 26, 2020 1:07 pm UTC
Excellent game engine and I think for sci-fi/modern setting perfect. The magic is system is utterly broken, however. Buyer beware. Starting characters start out with all the 'spells'. The issue here is that these are in fact not spells at all - they are *skills* (attack, barrier, augment, curse, conjure etc) and you can do a staggering range of magical effects with them. That is, a single magic skill gives you access to up to seven distinct sub skills each of these with a stack of possible effects added. Because magic can do almost anything players naturally are incentivised to max out the magic skill since it's a Swiss army knife. Mages inevitably dominate the session with the sheer variety of things they can pull off straight out the gate. Other characters shrink into the background. Magic becomes utterly banal. The strain cost is supposed to balance it but it doesn't really work out that way in practice. Why differentiate between brawl, ranged, melee light and melee heavy mechanically by making them separate...See more
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chris D December 15, 2019 6:48 am UTC
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Why's the two different downloads, trying to figure out difference between them.
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Brandon F January 08, 2020 4:54 am UTC
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One is the book that was released, the other contains the errata and other fixes.
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Brian W March 27, 2019 6:08 am UTC
I'm really liking the look of this system as opposed to Fate Core. The narrative dice thing is amazing. I've been enjoying it in WHFRP and Star Wars. Can't wait to get my hands on the new L5R, because Rokugan is one of the few pre-made settings I can be bothered to run out of the box. But the narrative dice are what sold me. So much great thought went into Fate Core, and Rob Donaghue is perhaps the best brain in the game design universe right now, but the dice system in Fate Core leaves something to be desired. It's simple, but it's not awesome.
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John F February 23, 2019 11:39 am UTC
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Does Fantasy Flight Games permit third-party companies to create supplements or adventures for the Genesys system that can be monetized? If so, does FFG expect a portion of the proceeds (and how would that work?)?
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High Metric G August 11, 2019 11:16 pm UTC
They do now! Check out Genesys Foundry on Drive Thru!
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John F August 14, 2019 4:04 am UTC
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Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. I hadn't been checking for anything for a time. It's good to know this has been released.

I have big plans...
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wade G February 22, 2020 6:49 am UTC
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Which type (fantasy, modern, etc.) you're thinking about. How's it going for your writing since your post? I wish the best for your creative ideas!
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Robert R December 13, 2018 4:49 am UTC
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Genesys is my new go-to system. What's missing is support from Fantasy Flight Games. I am running a campaign in Realms of Terrinoth. I am waiting for Android: Shadow of the Beanstalk (no word on a release date that I can find). Otherwise there is no buz of anything else for this great system. The community on the FFG site for the game is VERY active. Any news out there...?

Truly an innovation in an "Any Setting" rules system.
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Jeffrey H February 12, 2019 11:40 pm UTC
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Shadow of the Beanstalk shipped last week. Yeah! It is the Android source book.
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Pierre S October 25, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
This is great, but why has the product ended up in the display row for "Hottest Small Press"? Fantasy Flight Games is a major company. Please check that out.
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Johnathan K May 01, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
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I am unable to rate this book even though I purchased the off. I really would like to.
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MR. S April 30, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Would this game be good for running a Star Wars themed game. (I prefer pdfs, fyi, and don't like pirated content, so SW is a pain for me.)
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Justin Y May 15, 2018 1:41 am UTC
Yes. Genesys is basically the Toolkit System version of their trilogy of Star Wars RPGs.
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John F August 14, 2019 4:06 am UTC
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Yes, except for its lack of a Force die. The Genesys dice do not include one nor anything like it, nor does the Genesys die-rolling app. You would have to use a separate die or work something out with a standard rpg die.
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