In Goblins! A Roleplaying Game you and your friends play a group of Goblins. Mucky little bastards. Weak, mean-spirited, ugly little cannibals. They have brutal, short little lives, living at the bottom of the goblinoid pecking order. When food is short, they often serve as backup snacks for their larger orc cousins. A Goblin’s survival relies on wits, sycophancy, brutality and a healthy dose of luck. Sounds like fun? We think so.
The game structure for Goblins! is fairly loose. You will find the best games are centred around the mediocre little lives that the goblins live. For example, simply helping the Ol’ Hag make a stew for dinner is likely to be fraught with danger and excitement. You will have to compete with your fellow goblins for the favour of the Ol’ Hag so you might get something to eat all the while not falling for any of their traps so you can avoid going into the stew yourself.
What kind of characters will you play?
Well… Just how do we break it to you… You’re a goblin. Or, more likely, a succession of goblins in any given session. You will have to grovel, beg, swindle, shiv and outwit your fellow goblins to survive. Fail, and you will be dinner for either your fellow Goblins or even a Big ‘un.
The motivations of a goblin are a bit different to you and I. Well, we’ll make that assumption at least, out of kindness. You character will be driven primarily to survive. Then any number of things might fascinate your goblin. They may be obsessed with shiny objects, wearing as many hats as they can or collecting the fingers of humans. Any number of things may occupy what little space there is in a goblin mind.
Most importantly, remember your goblin will be a small, timid, frail and likely short-lived fellow. They will be narcissistic, selfish, unkind, conniving, rude, sly and brutish. Do not get too attached to your character as there is every chance they will get eaten, trod on, lost, thrown, exploded or any number of similar gruesome fates.
Your stats will reflect how a Goblin survives in their gruesome world and will be quite different from ‘normal’ characters in ‘normal’ games. The list of characteristics might seem a bit long for a character that is essentially a Goblin, but just realise, this is really all they have…
Sounds awesome, when can I play it?