FFG: Genesys Roleplaying System Now Available

Fantasy Flight Games has a new RPG system for you to try out – Genesys is on sale now!

The RPG For All Settings is out and in stores now: Genesys from Fantasy Flight Games wants to take you on a story-telling adventure like no other. First announced back in June the core book is finally available and we’re very curious to see what it has in store.

via Fantasy Flight Games

The Genesys Roleplaying System allows you to create your own setting to roleplay in. Whether you’re playing as a posse of outlaws in a weird west tale or an unlikely group of heroes fighting against the tyranny of a mad dictator in the far future, Genesys gives you all the tools to need to create your own personal playground.

Every challenge your character faces will have them rolling some combination of Ability and Difficulty dice, known as a dice pool, to determine the results of their action. Ability dice come from your character’s unique skills and characteristics, and provide Success and Advantage symbols. Difficulty dice come from the difficulty of the task your character is trying to achieve, and provide Failure and Threat symbols. Picking the lock on an old, rusty door may only provide a single Difficulty die, while hacking through a hi-tech firewall designed by a master codesmith may provide many more Difficulty dice. To succeed at whatever task your character is trying to accomplish, you simply need to roll more Successes than Failures.

As simple as this sounds, there is a catch – the Advantage and Threat system built in the dice means the results of your roll go far beyond a simple Pass or Fail – things can go in very unexpected directions.

Even if you “Fail” a roll, you can still get Advantage from it. This could be something as simple as finding an unexpected clue while trying to hack a terminal. Or it could mean you miss a shot, but manage to duck behind cover before they can figure out where the shot came from. Conversely, the same can happen with the Threat dice. You might of “Successfully” picked that old lock, but you made so much noise that whoever is behind the door knows you’re on the way…

In a way, these dice help to craft a narrative every time they roll. If you’ve played the Star Wars RPG you’re probably already familiar with this system. It’s very similar with the noted exception of a lack of a “Force” Die.

If you’re curious about the system FFG has a few more articles you can peruse at your leisure. Dip your toe in the system before you dive straight in with the following articles:

The Genesys Roleplaying System Core Rule Book is out and in stores now so why not check it out for yourself!


Genesys Core Rulebook $39.95

Face down a dragon as a brave knight, hack into a corporate security system as an elite runner, set sail in your airship. Unlimited adventure awaits you in Genesys,  a new roleplaying system designed for a variety of settings and limited only by your imagination.

The Genesys experience begins with the Genesys Core Rulebook, which features an explanation of the innovative narrative dice system and core mechanics of the game, an overview of five different settings in which to place campaigns, and advice for Game Masters to craft a myriad of adventures with unparalleled freedom.


It’s a new beginning…

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Poor name.

    • bobrunnicles

      This game will be terminated shortly 😉

  • Kabal1te

    I have heard and seen nothing but bad things about this and FFGs star wars game using the same system. I have seen a number of people revert to using the old West end games D6 star wars because FFGs system is so bad.

    • Fenix Dargon

      Had not heard that, but I would play West End games Star Wars anyday over any other version myself.

    • Johaad

      FFG Star Wars is currently my favorite rpg system. It may be a preference thing but I really enjoy the dice mechanics.

    • Lord Blacksteel

      It’s consistently been one of the top-selling RPG’s over the last few years so somebody out there likes it.

  • Vepr

    I don’t have a ton of experience with the Star Wars system but i have played in a about 6 games and the system seems fine after you get used to how you work the dice work with abilities and skills. I have had fun with it in my limited experience.

  • bobrunnicles

    They also used the funky dice thing in Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 3rd Ed. How did it go? Well the game is dead now (and was long before the GW deal went south). Color me skeptical.