Brighter Worlds is a whimsical fantasy tabletop RPG with modular crunch.

Writing & Layout by David Lombardo (twitter,

Fully laid out PDF version, featuring Evlyn Moreau’s artwork is available here.

Brighter World’s text is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0

It is unfinished, currently at version 0.9.3

Rules based on Into the Odd by Chris McDowall (, Cairn by Yochai Gal (, and Macchiato Monsters by Eric Nieudan (@surcapitaine).

Recent changes

Pre-gens for each Calling + specific GM Guidance for each Calling are currently being written, but I didn’t want to hold up these other changes until they’re done.

  • Great Soul Shaman renamed to Soulbearer (thanks Evlyn) and features new artwork (thanks again Evlyn).
  • Tweaked character creation to avoid there being an “optimal” choice.
    • Now you write a Eulogy entry immediately and either get an extra equipment roll, or +1 XP to start the game.
  • Tweaked the Devoted’s Living Legend advanced ability to make it more immediately usable.
  • Added the Reflexive Invisibility ritual, it replaces the Bone Sense ritual (which I hate so much and regret writing).
  • All Callings now start with 3 Grit across the board. Not enough utility in making it variable to be worth it. Makes things easier to just start with one number.
  • Added some items to some of the Callings to make the “You Start With” sections look less empty with the lack of Grit listed.
  • Tweaked the Archivist’s “Leap of Logic” ability so it works more in line with Deep Lore.
  • Added “Environmental Damage” to the GM Guidance chapter. This whole chapter needs to be organized/expanded.