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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG

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This is your world,
this is your story.

Make a choice
and fight for what you believe in.

FABULA ULTIMA is a Tabletop Roleplaying Game inspired by Japanese-style console RPGs, or JRPGs.  In Fabula Ultima, you and your friends will tell epic stories of would-be heroes and fearsome villains, set in fantasy worlds brimming with magic, wondrous locations, and uniquely bizarre monsters!

  • Create your own setting together: with three different styles as reference, your group can freely shape the world as they wish, including powerful kingdoms, small villages, major historical events, and the people who inhabit these lands.
  • A simple and intuitive ruleset that evokes both gameplay and atmospheres from the most beloved JRPGs, all while encouraging players to proactively set goals and influence the story: no choice is without consequence!
  • A Bestiary filled with monsters, demons, beasts, and more: from simple encounters to deadly bosses, our heroes will face many challenges!
  • Fifteen Classes to mix and match in order to create your favorite heroes: inspired by videogames, this modular growth system lets you design deep and unique characters. Choose your group type and embark on great adventures!
  • Everything the Game Master needs to set the scene and accompany the group through marvelous, larger-than-life adventures! Advice, guidelines, and all the tools required to bring the heroes’ dark mirrors on stage… the Villains!
  • 360 full-color pages, beautifully illustrated by professional artists from all over the world.
FABULA ULTIMA is a game by Emanuele Galletto, published by NEED GAMES!

Want to check out the system before buying, or learn how to play? Download PRESS START!

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Check out fabulaultima.com for character sheets, faq, original soundtrack and more. Join the community and stay in touch!
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Fabula Ultima TTJRPG won Best Game (Gold) and Product of the Year (Silver) in the 2023 Ennies!

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Check out Roll20's Article about Fabula Ultima!

"Fabula Ultima is a love letter to the genre in TTRPG form, and even better, it’s so good that even people who don’t love JRPGs will enjoy playing."

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justin S February 15, 2024 1:16 pm UTC
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when is the sci fi book coming to drive thru

also have you ever thought about putting the character/world/group sheets here for download as well on drivethru for ease of access?
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Ruben O December 04, 2023 3:34 pm UTC
How is the heroic skill "Tempest Strike" viable when you can choose Powerful Strike?, "...If you choose to target only one creature The attack deals 5 extra damage if the attack had multi (2)..." but Powerful strike does that with no conditions, and you can even target multiple creatures
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Marcel H January 07, 2024 9:31 pm UTC
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Nothing stops you from getting both Heroic Skills eventually and stack their effects together. If you have a reliably way of getting Multi(3), for example with Arcanum of the Sword, then getting Tempest Strike early can be worth considering.
The developer did admit that Tempest Strike is the worse option most of the time though.
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Thomas K November 27, 2023 1:41 am UTC
Is this getting reprinted? It's not available anywhere I can find in NA.
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Stacie W January 10, 2024 10:02 am UTC
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I was wondering this as well.
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Casey H January 17, 2024 5:41 pm UTC
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Also came here to ask this.
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Christophe M May 16, 2024 5:53 pm UTC
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For info, I unfortunately have buy this one twice, here and on the official website. official pdf is 1.01, 2nd printing, here it's still 1.0 first printing. The author should update the pdf here too.
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Brian R May 27, 2024 10:08 pm UTC
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Agreed. I got the book today, and the insert for the pdf says that the pdf is always up-to-date with the latest errata, but the copy I just downloaded says it's version 1.0 from 2022.
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Patrick S November 25, 2023 4:08 pm UTC
I can't redeem the PDF code i got with the book.
Can you please help?
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Tidus T January 13, 2024 2:34 pm UTC
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Think there's a new link in the description of the Corebook. Use that and the printed code, see if that works?
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Tidus T November 16, 2023 3:49 pm UTC
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Is there a rough time scale on when dice and GM screen might be available to order? I'm hoping to move from small sessions to a full-fledged chronicle once my current D&D campaign is concluded, and would love to do so with both screen and dice in hand!
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Jose A November 04, 2023 6:26 am UTC
Physical copies are not longer available anywhere. Why does not Need Games unlock print on demand option here?
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steve P November 24, 2023 3:16 pm UTC
Modiphius in the UK sell physical copies (am aware that might not help).




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Simon P October 06, 2023 7:50 am UTC
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I cannot write a review as a publisher + I acquired the printed copy of the book from another store.
FU will likely become my preferred system for high-fantasy and dieselpunk settings. It's a substantial and expertly crafted rulebook, brimming with innovative ideas and modern solutions. I am particularly (and positively!) surprised that (unlike some other systems we don't discuss here :-)) the game efficiently consolidates all conflict rules into one sub-chapter. It begins by explaining concepts such as pursuits, diplomacy, and action before delving into how to resolve combat scenes. We are currently running a tech-fantasy campaign with characters at level 12+. Once we conclude this adventure, we plan to return to embark on a high fantasy campaign.
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Orin T September 20, 2023 3:08 am UTC
Great rules and lovely art but lacks GM tools for building and preparing sessions and campaigns.
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Irene B September 20, 2023 4:27 am UTC
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That's intentional; the game takes a more collaborative approach to world building and telling stories.
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Chris R September 18, 2023 4:13 pm UTC
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Where is the best place to ask questions about the game? I'm trying to figure out how the magic tomes are used, they read like they buff up spellcasting, but they also seem to be built to be used in melee combat, and I'm not sure books hurt that much.
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Orin T September 20, 2023 3:06 am UTC
The magic tomes are indeed can be used in melee combat. There are some class features that gain benefits or can only be activated if you hold Arcane Weapons such as Books and Staffs.

There is a link to the official discord server in the game website.
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Bron L August 26, 2023 11:01 pm UTC
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Hello, If you buy the paperback do you have to wait for the book to come in to get the pdf code? Or is that available upon purchase?
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Ash E August 28, 2023 6:22 am UTC
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It's immediately available upon purchase! You get an email right away, AND then you get a piece of paper inside the book to get it through DriveThru.
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Phill E August 20, 2023 4:56 pm UTC
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This PDF mentions version 1. My physical copy I just got says version 1.01, and someone on Reddit mentioned a 1.2. Is there a place to see these version changes? 1.01 to 1.2 sounds like it could be a lot. This was a gift, so not sure what has been updated or how to fix this if I'm missing something.
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Phill E August 20, 2023 5:36 pm UTC
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found the errata on Discord, but still confused on why the PDF is still in 1.0
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Harpal K August 05, 2023 4:40 pm UTC
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Congrats on the Ennie! Well deserved
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Kyle W July 30, 2023 9:34 pm UTC
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Love this game! When does the fantasy supplement come out in English in PDF and print?
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Keighn M August 03, 2023 2:10 pm UTC
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Wait! This isn’t in English?
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Ysabelle K August 06, 2023 10:03 pm UTC
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This book is in English; The above post refers to the expansion books, High Fantasy Atlas is the only one currently published and has early English print copies at GenCon. Natural Fantasy Atlas and Techno Fantasy Atlas (assuming the naming scheme is the same) are still in development.
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Tidus T July 14, 2023 12:38 pm UTC
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Absolutely amazing work, Need Games. I've been spreading the good word about Fabula Ultima, and am looking forward to getting a campaign going soon.

Please do bring out an official set of dice and GM screen where possible! I think both would be amazing additions to an already incredible game.
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Need Games C July 19, 2023 11:06 am UTC
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Thank you so much! The GM screen will arrive by the end of the year! The possibility of making a dice set is the next thing we're going to explore
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Tidus T November 14, 2023 3:48 pm UTC
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That's great news! I can't wait to get my hands on both.
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Nathanael C July 14, 2023 5:16 am UTC
I don't understand the Guardian class. They are described as a Paladin, and the art clearly depicts them using an Axe, yet their class doesn't allow them to actually equip that axe? There's a weird disconnect between how the class is presented and what it can actually do. Is this a misprint?
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Francesco C July 18, 2023 11:07 am UTC
Classes should not be considered as stand alone items, but as pieces of a build, the image might be a Guardian/Weaponmaster or some other combination that can use martial weapons.
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Nathanael C July 18, 2023 2:43 pm UTC
I had already guessed as much as that, but dismissed it. Seems too easy of an answer, and it's the only class whose picture contrasts. Surely the designers weren't that lazy, right? Right...

Anyway I was hoping there was a misprint. Requiring a class to take another class in order to actually meet the original class's description _is_ pretty lazy. But all in all it's really a pointless nitpick, I guess.
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Nathanael C July 21, 2023 12:34 am UTC
I feel I was pretty unnecessarily derogatory with my comments, and lament that I cannot remove them, so instead I'll apologize. After a full read through I'm really digging the game, and looking forward to bringing it to our table next month.
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Robert R June 25, 2023 9:13 pm UTC
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I am truly fascinated by this concept of the JRPG table top. The character creation is a lot of fun and innovative. It reflects the genre well. But there’s one thing missing - Fabula Ultima needs a fully fleshed out campaign world. I know the design says the players and the GM create the world together and that’s part of what led me to make the purchase. But it’s just too open ended in my opinion.
The rules for world and dungeon creation are just really suggestions and it does truly task the player/GM to go from scratch. I was expecting more detailed rules/tables and help on the world creation. But it’s not here. At least I haven’t found it. Please give us a world. Don’t make me create it from scratch.
This is my opinion, and yours may be different. Please know that I say this with the greatest of respect for the amount of work that goes into a project such as this Fabula. Great work.
Meanwhile, I will attempt to convert some of my owned campaign worlds to this genre. I just wanna...See more
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Robert R June 25, 2023 9:24 pm UTC
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I tried to edit my above comment, but it was too late.
“ The rules for world and dungeon creation are just really suggestions and it does truly task the player/GM to go from scratch. I was expecting more detailed rules/tables and help on the world creation. But it’s not here.”

What I meant to add is that Fabula Ultima needs a chapter of complete campaign world creation tools. For use during and before the game. Maybe even a supplement for this. I hope that’s more clear.
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