A downloadable game

Gamebooks & Goonies is an RPG rule system for gamebooks, CYOA and similar. It's mainly designed for single-player computer games, but still described in terms of real dice and the like. It's also a very small game of only 1000 words.

The rules belong in the 2d6 family, meaning all rolls use just a pair of six-sided dice, with modifiers.


  1. Game structure
  2. Success and failure
  3. Abilities
  4. Character creation
    • Archetypes
  5. Combat
  6. Magic
    • Spell examples
  7. Rest and healing
  8. Character advancement

To do

  • overhaul magic system
    • roll to prepare spells in advance like in Battles & Balances
    • add ability to prepare the same spell multiple times
    • replace spell level system with easy / medium / hard difficulty
  • add advantage system for rolls, to allow for buffs and debuffs
  • make Grace actively useful in combat (see above)
  • add rule for when a tie is rolled in combat
  • add median roll system for long-running tasks

Credits and license

Gamebooks & Goonies is a hack of Tunnel Goons, by Nate Treme, and offered under a similar Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorNo Time To Play
Made withInkscape
TagsCharacter Customization, Meaningful Choices
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


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