A downloadable SRD

VRBS is an ultralight system for creating highly improvisational role-playing games that reward creative, heroic action. It has a universal conflict resolution mechanic that requires a single six-sided die and is easy enough for a six-year old to master. 

In VRBS, characters are defined by what they do, not by abstract statistics. Characters can attempt anything that a creative hero would be able to reasonably accomplish and they either succeed or grow in the process.

VRBS supports zero-prep, GM-less play for solo and team games. Scenarios are generated at play time and the players collaboratively interpret prompts to drive the story forward.

VRBS is best suited to a short, episodic style of play that encourages creativity in both young and old.

This system reference document (abbreviated SRD) contains all of the available mechanics for the VRBS system as well as guidance on how to use them to create your own game. It is intended primarily for game designers and homebrewers — not directly for players.

This entire SRD is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license, which gives you the right to use as many or as few of the concepts and words as you’d like in your own games, settings, adventures, and other content, as long as you make a clear statement that your material is based on these rules.


I'm continually adding games to the VRBS Games collection.


  • A5 formatted PDF
  • A5 character sheet PDF
  • PNG and SVG assets for the VRBS logo, to indicate compatibility in your own game
  • Markdown version of the SRD
  • Template for making a One-Page RPG with VRBS

VRBS System Reference Document copyright © 2022 by David Garrett. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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AuthorDavid Garrett
GenreRole Playing
Tagsrules-lite, srd, tabletop-role-playing-game, vrbs


VRBS SRD 1.0.0.pdf 677 kB
VRBS Character Sheet.pdf 34 kB
Assets 1.0.0.zip 23 kB
System Reference Document 1.0.0.md 8 kB
VRBS 1 Page.zip 484 kB

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Interesting and all-round great system. It looks very fun to get into and build upon. Great work!!


Thanks! I’m looking forward to seeing what people do with it during the upcoming Jam!