& Community Centers
If you enjoy Risus, you're not alone (and you're about to become even
less so). Risus includes one of the best features any roleplaying game
can have: an active global community. The following are some of
its grooviest expressions; join in!
- The Official Mailing List: The
official Risus Mailing List
is a 24/7 source of news from the world of Risus! Subscribers
are the first to know about new Risus material from Cumberland
Games, as well as new fan-sites spotted on the web, an archive of yet
more freebies (including the occasional Mailing List Exclusive), and
other warm-and-perky goodness.
- RisusTalk Mailing List: The best
place you'll find for free-for-all discussion, banter, and social rules-tinkering
is RisusTalk, a
cozy Risus email forum hosted by Guy Hoyle. Sign up and meet some new friends;
it's rowdy, chatty, and fun.
- Risusiverse: The premier Risus
fan-repository and ultimate gateway
to fan-sites is Risusiverse,
founded by Larry Bullock, maintained by Dan Suptic, and contributed-to
by slavering hordes of Risus fans the world over. Really well-dressed slavering
hordes who smell nice, because Risus keeps it classy.
- And More: If social networks are
your time-sink of choice, there are Risus nexi on Facebook
(and another on G+ in
German!), so purple stick-figures can stalk you wherever you hang out
online, looking at JPEGs of pets and food. If you crave yet more Risus
connection, give Brent Wolke's webforum
a spin or map
yourself at NearbyGamers!
Honestly, they're all just oddities (none of them are really essential),
but I personally keep them stapled to my buttocks at all times. Try it!
You'll find it strange.
- The Paperwork: Risus Character
Sheets come in two sizes: "portrait" and "wallet sized,"
and now include a new "campaign-style" sheet as well.
Snag them by clicking here!
- The Fantasy Gameworld: When a game
with barely any system meets a
world with no system at all, amazing things can happen. And of course,
there's a Risus
version, all ready to go!
- The Solo Adventure: It's a frosty
night in an unfamiliar city, and you're a 3-foot tall burglar with hair
on your feet. Your lovely partner is missing, and the only clues you'll
wake up with are a terrible headache, a slip of paper, and a magic ring.
Ring of Thieves is a big ol' fantasy gamebook
for Risus! Too cool for school.
- The Other Solo Adventure: Veteran
game designer Peter Schweighofer turned his keyboard to Risus solitaire
writing, too, with a spooky little supernatural tale, Trapped
in the Museum.
- Adventures in the Golden Years:
I never did complete my Geezer campaign writeup,
but this mostly-done micro-worldbook is a relic from my archives that you
might enjoy. Oil the wheels on your walker, freshen the battery in your
hearing aid, and kick some ass, Tyburn Tree Style.
- Polyhedral Jiggery-Pokery: The
Funky Dice option lets your polyhedra
feel loved in Risus.
- The Bizarre Webcomics: My reaction
to Matthew Ritter's Risus comic, "Death to Robots" was "Holy
Crap!" and I suspect you'll feel the same way. It's an adaptation,
of sorts, of a scene hinted at in the Companion,
taken to new levels of madness by its evil creator ... and he's done sequels!
All these are archived in the Oddities
folder of the Mailing
List file archives.
- The Swag Shop: We all have ...
special urges. For some of us, it's the urge to drink coffee from
a copy of Risus. If this sounds familiar, get thee immediately to the Risus
swag-shop at CaféPress, to see what's available at the moment.
- The Big List:
The Big List
of RPG plots has long been a sibling-document to Risus, complete
with embarassing childhood memories and the occasional rivalry.
- Submissions Guide: Think you're
ready to contribute to the core Risus library? Read
these guidelines to pitching me a proposal, and maybe I'll pitch a
contract right back.
the Club / Buy the Companion!
If you enjoy Risus and Ring of Thieves and
the other freebies, join the Risus march toward world domination
by purchasing the Risus Companion: a
64-page smorgasbord of Risus madness! - and in so doing,
join the International Order of Risus, the official fan club.
The sheer coolness of it all is almost medically dangerous.
on an Epic Campaign!
There was a winter, not too long ago, when the fabric of the world came
undone, and it fell upon an unlikely band of friends to set things right.
According to legend, their travels took them into hidden places in a modern
metropolis, into the ancient streets of Bethlehem, into the foggy dark
of old London and Wales, and to an evil citadel beyond civilization. But
the legends are a little vague, and seem to have a lot of naughtiness in
them. Are the legends true? Find out with your own group with a satisfying
and shameless epic. This is a holiday mega-module
that will touch you ... in those places it's wrong to touch.
Risus in Other Languages
Risus is (a) kind of adorable (b) enjoyed by many and (c) really very
short. This combination has made it an attractive weekend translation project
for gamers all over the globe, resulting in a kind of Rosetta's Stone of
Roleplaying. Risus is available in a lot of other languages (fifteen
that I know of). Note that, as of this writing, most of these translations
are of prior versions of Risus, since the latest (version 2) is so brand-spanking
super-extra-new. This isn't really a problem, though, since every Risus
version has been a fairly incremental spiffing of the last, and
they're all highly cross-compatible. As new translations appear of the
latest, I'll keep rolling them out here!
- Risus: Das Alles Geht Rollenspiel
is the German Translation (Risus 2) by
Dallmann. There's also an earlier
translation (Risus 1.5) by Achim Leidig.
- Risus: Le jeu de rôle de tout
is the French Translation (Risus 2) by
celebrated French RPG writer Tristan Lhomme, along
with Laurent Condon (who tracked Lhomme down for the project, since Lhomme
had done the earlier French translation
- Risus: il TuttoGDR
is the Italian Translation by Max
- Risus: El JDR Para Todo is Risus
in Spanish translated by Joaquín González.
- Sistema Risus is the Portuguese
Translation by Alexandre Amaral.
- Risus: Alt mulig rollespillet is
in Danish from "Hedgerow Hell" author Lars Erik Larsen.
- Risus: Igru Uloga O Bilo Cemu is Risus
in Croatian, courtesy of translator Tomislav Šimat.
- Risus: Het "Alles" Rollenspel
Bas Snabilie brings us Risus in Dutch!
- Risus, in Czech! translator Howie (a.k.a.
LittleLi) from the Czech Republic didn't add an "Anything RPG"
tagline to the title, but he did a
nice PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file for Czech RPG fans ready for a little
brain-lite gaming. Break out the extended-set fonts (click
here for a Rich Text version)!
- Risus, in Polish! There are two Polish
translations, one by Slawomir Wrzesien (RTF only); another is the revision
by Kamil Wegrzynowicz (RTF and PDF).
- Risus, in Japanese! is just
kind of awesome, don't you think? Matt Creech did the work.
- Risus: Altmuligrollespillet is Risus
in Norwegian, translated by Gorm Rødder.
- Risus: La Ciuspeca Rolludo is Risus
in Esperanto, translated by Chris Gledhill, which means Risus can now
be enjoyed in a larger number of awesome sci-fi settings.
- Risus, in Chinese! I'm actually not sure
who did this Chinese translation;
it drifted in as flotsam on the Web. Drop me a line if you know who I should
- Risus, in Russian! Folks who know me know
I have a special soft-spot for Russian history and folklore, so I find
it extra-awesome that Andrey Makarov did a Russian