Risus is a complete Role Playing Game (RPG) designed to provide
an “RPG Lite” for those nights when the brain is too tired for exacting
detail. Risus is especially valuable to GMs assembling a quick convention
game, or any late-night beer-and-pretzels outing. While it is essentially a
Universal Comedy System, it works just as well for serious play (if you
insist!). Best of all, a Risus character takes about 20 seconds to
Risus: The anything RPG
Actually, I had to do a search for “Risus” after seeing this image which was from this series of
motivational RPG posters which I
got from a mailing list I'm on, to get to the page quoted above.
It does look like it's a fun game and charater creation is
simple, although it probably takes a bit longer than just 20 seconds to
create a charater (maybe a minute or two). And the mechanics are pretty easy—
just role some dice and if the sum meets or exceeds to value picked by the
GM you succeed, else you fail. It might not
be a good system for a long campaign, but for a one shot or having nothing
else to do, it'll do.
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