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Push is a lightweight, story-driven RPG system designed for cooperative, action-packed adventures. This is a genre-agnostic engine that you can use to create your own games about extraordinary characters embarking on perilous quests through fantastic worlds.

A single core mechanic powers the whole system, pushing the story forward through emergent complications and inviting players to assume higher risks and use their imagination.

The complete absence of stats brings story weaving to center stage and invites beginners and veteran players alike to try a freer, lighter role-playing experience.

The conciseness of the rules allows you, the designer, to fit an entire game on a single sheet of paper if you want to. A two-page template for your new game is provided with this SRD.


Push-powered games apply a single mechanic to all types of conflict resolution:

Whenever your character attempts something that you consider dramatically interesting, roll 1d6. Check your result:

On a 7 or higher, it's a MISS.
On a 5 or 6, it's a STRONG HIT.
On a 4 or lower, it's a WEAK HIT, but you can choose to roll +1d6.
If you do so, you
must add it to your result

With this simple core rule, Push-powered games invite drama into the narrative and offer this unique push-your-luck blackjack-like feel to your players.


  • Cooperative gameplay: No Game Masters. All players share the responsibility to bring the story to life and take turns under the spotlight.
  • Stat-free: Characters, foes, weapons, items, money. Nothing has a number nor a mechanic attached to it. Dice rolls are influenced by luck and risk-taking only.
  • Emergent narrative: No preloaded lore of the world. Instead, the quest-centered design provides players with evocative prompts that can be acted upon.
  • Imagination first: No grids, rulers or prescriptive definitions of abilities and challenges. Players are encouraged to use their imagination.
  • Dice bring drama: Rolling the dice is always an option, never an obligation. And circumstances change after every roll.
  • Competent protagonists: Characters are unique and capable of influencing the course of their story. And they don't die unless their player decides so.


  • A breakdown of the core mechanic, with detailed explanations on how you could implement it in your games
  • A step-by-step guide on how to create Push-powered games, including a full example
  • Tables to help you come up with adventures, missions, complications and challenges
  • Designer notes for the main game design philosophy choices 
  • License information and templates for your games


Listen to this episode of The Goblins and Growlers podcast as they discuss Push in-depth!

Check here a great review at RPG Solo games:

Here's a great read-through (in Portuguese of the SRD) by Encho Chagas

Check out this great solo playthrough by Josh Beckelhimer:

Felix Rios presented a great how-to-play video in Spanish showcasing his game Cyber-Monkey Archipelago

Felipe Côrtes made a playthrough in Portuguese of his game Supernova

The SRD is also hosted at fari.games! Check it out here:

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CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(74 total ratings)
AuthorCezar Capacle
GenreRole Playing
TagsAction RPG, Co-op, Singleplayer, srd

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Get exclusive access to this SRD by purchasing while quantities last.

Free kit!

Push SRD is free! 

Within this kit, you get access to: 

  • Full PDF with all the rules, instructions and a step-by-step guide on how to create your games using the Push SRD
  • The website version of the SRD for easy access, hosted at fari.games
  • 2-page game template, both in PDF and Canva formats, for your to make your own games
  • Blank character sheet
  • Push-powered logo that you can use in the games you make

Premium kit!

Within this kit, you get access to:

  • Full PDF with all the rules, instructions and a step-by-step guide on how to create your games using the Push SRD
  • The website version of the SRD for easy access, hosted at fari.games
  • 2-page game template, both in PDF and Canva formats, for your to make your own games
  • Blank character sheet
  • Push-powered logo that you can use in the games you make

PLUS, you also get:

  • A copy of Relics of Danoria, the first two-page game published using the Push SRD, with a custom character sheet
  • An at-cost coupon for the print-on-demand version of Relics of Danoria
  • The original file for Relics of Danoria if you want a medieval-themed template
  • An at-cost coupon for the print-on-demand version of the Push SRD
  • My eternal gratitude for supporting me as a creator ❤

You will get access to the following files:

Push SRD v101.pdf 31 MB
Push SRD v102_pt-br.pdf 31 MB
Push_SRD_ja.pdf 29 MB
Push SRD_website
Push SRD.md 57 kB
Push SRD_character-sheet.pdf 56 kB
Push SRD_A5-zine-template
Push SRD_A5-zine-template-PT-BR
Push SRD_2-page-template.pdf 202 kB
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-ESPAÑOL
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-PT-BR
Push SRD_2-page-fillablePDF-template-PT-BR.pdf 205 kB
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-ITALIANO
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-FRANÇAIS
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-DEUTSCH
Push SRD_2-page-Canva-template-JAPANESE
Push-powered logo-BLACK.png 48 kB
Push-powered logo-WHITE.png 53 kB
Push SRD_PoD-Coupon.pdf 12 kB
if you pay $6.91 USD or more
Relics of Danoria.pdf 1 MB
if you pay $6.91 USD or more
Relics of Danoria_character-sheet.pdf 2 MB
if you pay $6.91 USD or more
Relics of Danoria_template
if you pay $6.91 USD or more
Relics of Danoria_booklet.pdf 9 MB
if you pay $6.91 USD or more
Relics of Danoria_PoD-coupon.pdf 13 kB
if you pay $6.91 USD or more

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How well do you think the core roll would work with a d8 instead of a d6?

Pretty well, I believe?

That’s an interesting shift on the feeling of the roll, if you keep the same tiers. 50% chance of a weak hit, 25% of a strong hit and 25% of a miss on the first roll! That is cool! 

The second roll becomes way riskier, though. Even if you roll a 1, you still have 37.5% chance of a miss on a reroll, so I believe the mechanics should address it somehow. 


I thought of upping the ranges a bit, like 1-5 weak hit, 6-8 strong hit, 9+ miss. I would like to go for a d8 both to break a bit from traditional dice as well as allow slightly bigger random tables without adding dice together.

Oh, I see!

Well, yeah! I think it would work nicely. Would love to see it implemented :)


Been tinkering with my own push mechanic for a couple or years, and love what you have done with this SRD.

Interested in a physical copy. Who does your print on demand?


Thank you so much! For this particular game, PoD is handled by The Game Crafter (had an easier time setting up a coupon with them)


are there any list of all push-system games?


I've been trying to add them all to this collection, but I might have missed one or two :)


“You get what you don’t want” is some monocle-popping levels of elegance right there! Beautiful!


Thank you so much!


I found out about PUSH from Jetset RPG, which is what I'll be using for my solo Traveller/Cepheus campaign.

This is the sort of product that's worth spending money on.  Though I bought the Premium Kit solely for the means to get a POD copy (didn't see a link to do so at full cost otherwise, and not interested in a fantasy supplement), I still think the $25 all told is money well-spent.


Thank you for checking it out and for your support!

That's a good point, I'll find a way to include a full cost PoD copy with the free kit!


Do you plan to make the SRD available as PDF or Markdown for free again?


Oh, absolutely! Just replenished the free kit. I hadn’t noticed it had finished. Sorry and thank you! 


Excellent, thank you! I was thinking about this system for the One Page Jam.

Oh, nice! I hope it works for your project! 


This SRD makes it easy to put together a small game suitable for pick-up-and play and gm-less scenarios. The SRD provides a game template and plenty of direction on how to use the rules to craft a compelling game.


Thank you for your kind review!


Published “The Fires of Chaterra” for the jam: https://instadeath.itch.io/chaterra

I’ve got several other ideas for Push Games, now I just need to find the time.


What a GREAT rule system!

Simple in a way that helps you run it and have fun of it without waste of time. The template is SO good that teaches a LOT of the system by itself!

Congrats Cezar!


Thank you so much!


Congratulations on the start of your Push Jam. I really like the system, and can 't wait to see what is created. I have included an overview of the SRD on my Solo RPG Blog https://rpgsologames.com/push-srd/ and will add reviews for some of the games submitted to the Jam.

Wow, thank you so much! A very thoughtful review! Mind if I link to it on the game page?


You are most welcome. It is a great system. A link would be great.


I like Push a lot, but I would want to make traits a bit more mechanically relevant. Rolling when a trait applies should make the chances of success higher -- that way, characters also grow in their power when they acquire more (or more powerful) traits. It's been 30 years since I studied probabilities with any complexity, so please verify my math as I go along.

In a normal Push game, the chance of a great success is 2/6 with a single die roll. If you choose to roll another die to add to it, then the chance of getting what you need is, again 2/6. If your original roll was a 4, then you get your great success on a 1 or 2, if you rolled 3 then you need a 2 or 3, etc.
So when using up to two dice, the change of a great success is 2/6 + (4/6 * 2/6), which is just under 56%.

My proposed modification is to allow the player to change the outcome of the second die by one step up or down when the character possesses a trait that would help in that situation. The reasoning is that you are really applying yourself to the task (you're pushing yourself) and your experience/background helps.
Of course, the chance of a great success on the first roll stays 2/6. But on the second roll, your range is much higher. If you rolled a 4 first, you now can get away with a 1, 2 or 3. If you rolled a 3 first, you now can get away with a 1, 2, 3, or 4! If you rolled a 2 first, your range is 2, 3, 4, 5. If you rolled a 1 first, your range is 3, 4, 5 and 6.
The math then comes down to 2/6 + (1/6 * 3/6) + (3/6 * 4/6), which is exactly 75%. Is that a big increase? Probably not, but big enough to make an impact, I think.

If you allow a 'starred' trait to change the result of the second die by up to two steps, then the chance of a great success after the second die comes to a whopping 91%!

What do you think?


It makes sense, the math looks solid! 

I did offer similar alternatives in the tweaks session of the SRD, and I do encourage you to experiment with them. 

The core system does not include them based on the game design philosophy, but if it serves better the purpose of your game, I say go for it! And share the results, I'm interested in learning about them :)


This book is gorgeous and awesome

Thank you so much!


Has there been any update with regards to a jam for this system? If none yet, what's the best way to stay updated?

There hasn’t been any as of yet, but it’s going to happen on the second half of March! 

I will send an email via itch for everyone who got the SRD when it’s live! 


Have you ever designed your own game?

Want to?

Push is one of the most exciting rpgs I've read in a good while. Its simple mechanics and focus on playing the world give the feeling of a fate-esque fkr game by way of pbta design, while its text clearly illustrates how to use the rules as a baseline for future projects.

The SRD itself reads beautifully with clear and concise language, functional layout, designer commentary, and an example at every point you might need one.

Push games are driven by the same sparks of setting and world development in tables and character generation that you see in indie darlings like Apocalypse World and Wanderhome. The system itself jumps right out of the way, leaning into the playspace only when it is wanted and doing so with a fantastic player-facing risk/reward mechanic that's simple enough not to take you out of the moment but mechanical enough to boost your excitement.

The game is GM-less, too, meaning it plays with 0 prep time and can be picked up by anybody enjoying the current boom of solo rpgs. The system knows what it's doing here, giving more than enough guidance to make sure players aren't left in a complex, fictional world without a map: there are multiple levels of goals and guidelines baked into the game on every level to elegantly fill the space that "moves" occupy in pbta design - making sure players are never at a loss for contributions to the story.

Sounds great? Well then you're in luck because this SRD takes your hand and walks you through the process of designing your own Push game as you read it. By the time you reach the minimalist character sheet at the back, you'll be buzzing with ideas for how to use this system to design games around all those ideas you've had but never put to paper and you'll be bursting with the confidence to put it into practice.

This game is something special and I'll be keeping a close eye on the way it grows and changes within the indie rpg community.

Thank you for putting such a brilliant and accessible work out into the world.

Dang, I think I'm going to go design a push game now.


Oh, wow, what a very thoughtful review! Thanks so much for taking the time to write it, it really warms my heart!


I'm glad! It's clear how much hard work has gone into this and I think it's really paid off. I'd never posted a review before on here but I know I always read the comments before I download and I really wanted other people to know this game is worth it.

I'll definitely be upgrading to the paid download when payday rolls around!

I deeply appreciate your support! 

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Hello, this is a nice work. But I'm a little confused about the Quest and Mission sections.

It seems like there is only one setup to a mission from what I understand. I'm also not sure what to write in the mission section in the template. Apologies for poor English, not a native speaker.


Hi, there! 

Indeed, on the 2-page template, there’s room for only a single mission. The full SRD offers ways for you to provide more missions after that to the players. 

The mission section is what players are supposed to do. There’s a problem that requires immediate action. That’s where you describe it. 

I think the best way to understand it is to look at a finished game! Check out this game for example (it’s free and great!)


So it really only have one mission. I got another question, how long a regular session is?

I’d say anything between 1 to 2 hours, depending on how much players are invested in the mission? Since it’s up to them to determine when it ends, it can vary greatly. 

I've just watched someone playing it solo on YouTube and he used three or four prompts and got almost an hour of gameplay. So a single matrix probably has enough material for a short campaign!


Would love to watch that if you don't mind linking it...

Here it is (although it is in Portuguese)


Hi, I can do the template in italian if you are interested

Hi, there! Yes, I am super interested, thank you!

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done, how do I share with you in Canva?
moreover I found a typo in the english template

in the Theme chapter:

"chose" should be "choose", i suppose

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Awesome! You could add my email

And thanks, I'll fix the typo right now



I’ve noticed that the PUSH SRD is published under the terms of the Creative Commons BY License. AND THAT’S SUPER-COOL!

So, that means that anyone could make derivatives of it, as long as they give attribution to the original work.
Making a derivative work would include translating the SRD into other languages.
In order to make the translation workload a lot easier, I think it’d be great to have access to a “text-only” version of the SRD in English (in any raw format, Markdown or eventually an RTF document).

Could you please provide this document(s) on this space?


Hi, Bruno! I'm glad you liked it!

Indeed, I will provide the .md file here. You should get an update in a few hours!


That’s awesome! Thanks a million, Cezar!


Yes, good point  !

Bruno, tu as prévu de traduire l'ensemble ? J'ai déjà commencé à traduire le template canva. :) 



J’ai démarré la traduction du SRD en mode texte… je n’ai hélas pas assez de compétence en design pour en faire une version agréable à regarder. Mais j’espère que ma petite contribution sera le premier pas vers la version PDF dans toute sa splendeur !


I like to read role-playing game SRDs, not only because I like to discover new game systems, but also because it's always interesting to see what a game looks like when it's reduced to its most basic principles. And as I also love Cezar Capacle games,  this SRD could not but intrigue me! As it happens, it reminds me of Cthulhu Dark's design: the rules and principles of the Push system are clear and efficient (basically, you have to roll well, but not too muhighch) and if the document is 40 pages long, it's because it contains a lot of examples and tips to apply all this to a proper game. I find the document very well done, a model of the kind everyone should follow for their own SRDs!


Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


I really hope this reaches its goal! It seems so cool!


Thank you so much! 


Sorry, I do have a bit of critique though, I feel the oracle push shouldn't be there. "Did I find something cool?" and if the oracle says "Likely" then theres no reason to push to move to unlikely, but if it says "unlikely" then I don't have the ability to push it. It is quite odd to me, I feel like the oracle should just be an oracle. 


I hear you! I debated with it for long hours myself and almost scratched it. I finally decided to leave it because it could provide some more opportunities for pushing your luck. But understanding its oddness, I also offered the quick oracle as an alternative. Good feedback, though. 


The oracle does not answer "Likely" or "Unlikely"; you choose one answer as likely and the other one as unlikely. Example: "Did I find a magic item?", "Yes" being unlikely, and "No" being likely. Thus, if you get a "No", you have reason to push, but risk, for instance, getting a cursed item.


I'd love to see a jam on this. I have every intention of creating a game for this system.


Oh, that’s great! I’m considering it, let’s see how the reception goes! 


Congrats on getting this published, Cezar. Looks tight! Do you have a Discord for discussing the SRD (or really any and all of your games?)


Thank you! I do not at the moment, but I’m considering it! Gotta think of a way I could actually do it in a manageable way