Macchiato Monsters

Macchiato Monsters is a rules-light, old school, slightly collaborative roleplaying game. I designed it for adventure, exploration and survival in all kinds of perilous dungeonverses. If that were legally safe, I might have called it Dangers & Decisions. You can also say it’s an OSR and DIY D&D game, if labels are that important to you. Key features:
  • Classless characters: emulate an classic concept or come up with something unique
  • Freeform magic: name your spells and pay hit points when you cast them
  • One-roll combat rounds: no initiative, no maps, no quarter given
  • Risk dice: a simple attrition mechanic for armour, gear, encounters, treasure, etc.
The game is published by Lost Pages. Character sheets and cover painting-with-actual-coffee by Guillaume Jentey, editing by Slade Stolar, publishing by Paolo Greco.

Buy in PDF (DrivethruRPG $4)
Please note that this is the Zero Edition; the full version will be published in December 2018. The PDF is regularly updated with corrections, rules, and an extra 20+ pages of campaign tools (there is a link to a work in progress document in the book). Also, some things you may want:

The best way to let me know what you think of Macchiato Monsters is to post on the dedicated Google+ community. But if that’s not practical for you, just send me an email.

Why another DIY D&D hack? Well I’ve been interested in old school games for several years now. What was first nostalgia for my awkward preteen years has become genuine interest for a different way to arpeegee. So I ran and played a bunch of clones, several old versions of D&D, and modern reworks of the Hallowed Ancestor like Into the Odd, which I had fun twisting into a post-apocalyptic fantasy setting.

In late 2015, I happened to have two campaigns, one running an astral island version of Keep on the Borderlands with Whitehack, the other one running RND issue one* with The Black Hack. The latter game felt so much easier to referee, but I really, really liked the collaborative worldbuilding aspect of the former. So I started printing out bits of The Black Hack (the Kickstarter wasn’t even a thing by then – I’m so hype) to paste in my Notebook edition of Whitehack with notes.

Two year later, I’m still working on the game. Stupid hackerbrain.

*Chris Stieha’s amazing write-you-own-module series. The most creative thing you’ll do all year, trust me


  1. This is very nice ! Thx for the shared G-drive!
    If i find the Time, i'll make a german version of the Character sheet ;-)

    1. Thank you, and a German charsheet would be great! (No pressure though, it's not like I'm being super efficient with the French translation at the moment =)


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