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On city streets and in the depths of dungeons across the Realms, four racers meet. The Bear Rider, The Portal Jumper, The Armour, and The Clockwork Racer: four rivals, striving to be the first to the finish line so that they can claim their prize. Who will emerge victorious, and what chaos will they cause as they race?


Rally in the Realms is a quick GMless game for 3-4 players, designed for Your Move Jam 2019. Players grab any fantasy map they have lying around (a city, a large dungeon, or even an entire kingdom) and challenge each other to a race. The rules consist of a single PbtA move for high-speed rally action, and four short character playbooks.

Cover map courtesy of watabou.


Rally in the Realms was my first itch.io game, built way back in 2019. I reckon my game design and layout skills have come a long way since then, and I think there's scope for revisiting this little game. That's why I'm running this small itchfunding experiment.

$5 gets you access to the current version of the game, a fun little experiment in single-move PbtA design. As we hit the funding targets below, I'll commit to working on updates. Any such updates will be available for free to anyone who has already purchased.

  • $100: I'll revisit the rules, using what I've learned over the last two years of game design and play to tighten up the engine and make the game run even better.
  • $150: I'll revisit the layout, converting the game to pamphlets or a mini-zine.
  • $ ???: Cool playbook art!
  • $ ???: Expansions! Additional rules, more playbooks, rally-specific maps...

You can find other games pursuing similar funding at itchfunding.crd.co.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorNick Bate
TagsFantasy, GM-Less, PbtA, Tabletop role-playing game, yourmovejam


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5.56 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Rally in the Realms v1.pdf 620 kB


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That looks so much fun. I ran a fantasy race in AD&D a long time ago, but there were no rules for anything. So I made it all up as I went along and it required a light touch to keep it moving and exciting at the same time.

Took me a second to realize that the scene ONLY switches on a 10+, but after I realized that then it all kind of clicked and I kinda dig it! Love the character playbooks, though I find the damage a bit unexplained. When you mark damage, do you also have to mark one of the statements?

Overall, a good entry for the jam, and an intriguing racing minigame, too!

Thank you for the kind words! And for taking the time to comment -- I really appreciate that.

Good point about the damage. The statements are really just intended as useful prompts. You can use them if you want, or ignore them if you have a better idea. I'll give some thought to how I can make that clearer! (I included them because interesting hits are something I find difficult to invent on the spot.)