A downloadable TTRPG

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KANABO is a rules-light pen-and-paper fantasy role-playing game set loosely in Tokugawa-era Japan (1600–1868) and based on iconic sword-fighting genre movies set in that time period, with cultural consulting by James Mendez Hodes (@LulaVampiro). This is a trio of supplements for the base game.

This is a work in progress. Additional books will be updated and added as completed.

Within the 28-page Expert Rule Supplement, you'll find:

  • Additional Stats including Saves, Stress, Grit, and a Level and treasure-based Experience Points system
  • Character archetypes and a Skill system
  • Expanded Travel, Camping, Foraging, Hunting and Exploration rules
  • Expanded combat rules
  • Stress, Panic, and character retirement
  • Expanded Hirelings
  • Expanded Weapons and Armor

Within the 35-page Monsters & Treasure Supplement, you'll find

  • 22 different allies & antagonists to encounter, ranging from natural creatures to pirates, feudal knights, and warrior-monks
  • Encounter lists arranged by the major biomes of feudal Japan
  • 31 types of treasure hoards to discover
  • 10 variety of coins to amass
  • 55 trade goods
  • 19 artifacts
  • Maps to additional treasures

Within the Magic Supplement, you'll find

  • Spell Casting rules
  • 108 new spells to cast
  • Expanded treasure tables
  • 95 new magic weapons, armor, rings, potions, and other artifacts
  • 19 new magical creatures to encounter

Based on Christina Stone-Bush's Brighthammer, John Geary's Sledgehammer, and Sean McCoy's MothershipKANABO is an independent work compatible with Sledgehammer, Brighhammer and Mothership but not affiliated with Gayhalforc, HyveMynd or Tuesday Knight Games.

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorMonkey's Paw Games
GenreRole Playing
TagsFantasy, Historical, OSR, samurai, Tabletop role-playing game


Buy Now$15.00 USD or more

In order to download this TTRPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Supplement I - Expert Rules.pdf 39 MB
Supplement II - Monsters & Treasure.pdf 5 MB
Supplement III - Magic.pdf 884 kB


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Oh!  In the images, there is a seemingly a third pdf for magic, but it doesn't appear listed under the purchase option as a file.

Is this an error?


So! The third book is forthcoming, it ended up being a little ah, larger than I thought it was going to (SOMEBODY decided to write like a hundred and fifty spells) so it will be added once completed. The price will go up by another $5, which means everybody that bought it now will essentially get it for free.

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Ooh, fair! My bad, I basically posted that really late into the night, so I completely missed/forgot about the "TBA" and work in progress parts in the description! 

Still, thank you for enlightening me. I'm excited for whenever it's finished!