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NOTORIOUS is a sci-fi tabletop roleplaying game for one player.

Play to tell stories of the Nomads; notorious bounty hunters who strike fear among the scum & villainy of the universe & follow the dubious code of the Nomad's Guild.

In the midst of an intergalactic war, you'll take on a lucrative contract from one of six factions. The job is simple: bring the target back, dead or alive—no disintegrations.

But your presence won’t go unnoticed. 

Your growing reputation also attracts a series of hostiles. Suspicious locals who simply don’t like you (& their friends might not either), rival Nomads or faction agents working against you.

Survive these encounters & face off against your elusive target. Finish the job & receive credits & infamy, or fail to live up to the code & face the consequences.

NOTORIOUS FEATURES:

  • a simple but engaging solo roleplaying system, inspired by Ronin; just two six-sided dice are used to roll on tables, test for actions & resolve combat
  • two ways to play; fast-playing ARCADE MODE for quick action, or relaxed STORY MODE for journalling fans
  • six Nomad profiles; the ARMOUR, BOT, ASSASSIN, BRUTE, SCOUNDREL or UNCANNY
  • random tables, planet profiles & character generators, to help inspire your story & encourage replays
  • one-shot adventures or anthology stories; epilogues let you end your game or continue your Nomad's tale

PRESS & AWARDS

NOTORIOUS was named one of the 20 Best Tabletop Roleplaying Games of 2022 by Gizmodo. Here's some nice things the author had to say:

"I will fully admit that solo games are a hard sell for me. But Notorious is the exception to the rule, creating an immersive and wonderful game experience that makes it feel as if I’m sitting at a table with friends." - Lin Codega

You can watch a few reviews & actual plays of NOTORIOUS on YouTube here:


WRITING & GAME DESIGN
Jason Price
(A Complicated Profession, LAST SENTINELS)

ARTWORK
Torben Bökemeyer 
(Bucket of Bolts, Orbital, LAST SENTINELS)

LAYOUT & DESIGN CONSULTATION
Jack Harrison 
(Artefact, Bucket of Bolts, Orbital, The Slow Knife)

EDITING
Will Jobst
(TORQthis discord has ghosts in itBlack Mass)

Updated 11 days ago
StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(84 total ratings)
AuthorAlways Checkers Publishing
Tagsjournaling, notorious, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Solo RPG, storygame, Tabletop, tabletop-role-playing-game

Purchase

Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Notorious.zip 22 MB
Notorious Player Sheet (Form Fillable).pdf 200 kB
Notorious Player Sheet (Printable).pdf 847 kB
Notorious Generators local versions.zip 934 kB
Notorious Generators online links.txt 780 bytes

Exclusive content

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Community copies

Claim a free copy of NOTORIOUS if you're marginalised/in need. 

Please consider leaving a nice review or 5-star rating if you enjoy the game!

Over 1800 community copies are available thanks to my Kickstarter backers.

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Comments

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Greetings! I just discovered this game this morning, immediately bought the PDF from DriveThruRPG, had it printed and spiral-bound at OfficeMax, and have spent almost the entire day playing it. Very elegant design that was so easy to learn and had just the right blend of structure/prompting and “user input.” Very fun.

I think the system as written is HIGHLY conducive to other genres with minimal changes. I’m thinking American westerns, detective stories (19th and 20th century), James Bond-esque spy thrillers… stuff like that.

Any chance we’ll get any variants like that down the line?

Hi, thanks for picking up the game! 

I don't have any immediate plans to use this system again (beyond an expansion for Notorious later this year). But I agree there's a lot of potential and I could see myself coming back to it one day! Maybe someone else will be inspired in the meantime :)

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Had a tremendous amount of fun playing Notorious, helped me recapture those days as a kid playing pretend. I wrote up a review on my site, I hope more people discover this great game.

Thanks for writing this, I really enjoyed reading the extended playthrough! It's fascinating to see how everyone ties their stories together in different ways. 

Your childhood also sounded a lot like mine, although I was definitely a Raphael kid...

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Thank you for a great solo game. Currently in a place where it is hard to find a play group.

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Thank YOU for playing! It can be tough to get a regular group. Hope solo games are helping to scratch that itch a bit :)

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I originally got this through a community copy, but last night I was finally able to order the print version from you (being able to pay by PayPal instead of Stripe was a huge factor).
Looking forward to telling the tales of Cantankrus Ordo, the armored Nomad who lets his gun do the talking.

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Thank you! I’m really happy with how the book came out so hopefully it’s worth the wait (and shipping fee…).

Nice to see you have a character in mind already :) It’s been a real joy to hear the different stories that have come out of the game so far. 

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I did a write-up of my first mission on my blog, if you're interested in checking it out!

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I read the whole thing! You did a great job of tying the story together - thanks for sharing. I hope other people check it out and feel inspired.

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I just did my first play-through and absolutely loved it. What a fun concept. It's a great mix of a good solo game and a writing prompt. Really well done! And Dart Shalor lived to move on to his next bounty!

Thank you! I hope Dart’s story continues 😁 

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Just had a successful second mission with Dart. This time around, I made sure to go all in on writing up the story around the adventure. As someone who has been trying to do more writing (I'm self-publishing my first book very soon), this game is totally fueling my creativity!

That’s awesome, good luck with the book! If you enjoy creative writing can I suggest you check out Bucket of Bolts (by Jack Harrison, who did the layout for Notorious). 

thanks for the suggestion - just purchased Bucket of Bolts and excited to try it out!

Is there any particular music folks could suggest for listening to while playing?

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I haven't read or played the game yet, but based on the art style and synopsis on the page here, I'd recommend, off the top of my head, soundtracks from The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars: the Book of Boba Fett, Star Wars: the Mandalorian, Cowboy Bebop, and Trigun.

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Big +1 from me on Ludwig Göransson‘s Mandalorian soundtrack!

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This is the first TTRPG I could be bothered to sit down and properly learn and it is currently 23:50pm as I’m typing this. I had so much fun and I actually felt a lot of emotion while playing this game. Love to see more planets!

Thank you so much for the nice comments! A few people have asked for more content, so hopefully I can plan something for a future release :)

I'd definitely like to see more for the game. I'd love more Nomads, planets, species, name tables, contracts, a system for persistent factional standing... all kinds of ideas come to mind.
Jason, have you considered doing a game jam for Notorious? It would be interesting to see what sort of resources the community might develop for the game as well.

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I second the idea of a Jam for this game. It’s so damn good. 

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An excellent evolution of the system introduced in Ronin. Hope to see official expansions to introduce even more interactions across the galaxy. 5/5 stars.

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Thank you! I have a couple of your games on my to-play-list 😃 Definitely thinking about what an expansion for Notorious would look like 😁

Will there be an opportunity to get a physical copy if we missed the KS?

Some places it says you can get it through BackerKit but purchases seem to be disabled. 

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Sorry flawgic, accidentally deleted the thread but for anyone wondering the same thing - you can pick up copies at alwayscheckers.com

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WOWOWOW just bought a copy and this is fantastic I can't wait to get this printed out and give it a try. Always exacted for more solo titles, wonderful work!

Thanks for checking it out! Hope you have a good time :D

How much is needed to get the "exclusive content" mentioned? And is whatever it is included in the physical zine? 

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Hi, the “exclusive content” heading on the page is actually nothing to do with Notorious. It’s just the heading that itch.io adds to the “community copies” rewards section. The physical zine and digital files have the same content! :)

Cool! Thanks. :D

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If you're one of the following that also prefers physical media:

A fan of the obvious setting/theme that likes to do a little writing.

Someone who enjoys seeing stories play out with light mechanics.

You like to play a solo-rpg tabletop game using orcles now and then.

Then just go ahead and grab the book now while you can. I wouldn't be surprised at all if extra kickstarter stock ran out fast. It's wonderful for getting into the headspace of a character going around places hunting down a target. That or just take abit to spin a quick story by yourself thats light and fast while still being interesting.

Really good stuff.

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Thanks for leaving the nice review! These are definitely things I was going for :) 

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This is…this is good. Like “I’m hungry and it’s twelve in the morning and I still have left over Chinese food from last night” and you know that Chinese food is better when you reheat it good!

Seriously this is an extremely well thought out system that I find easy to pick up and use. The source material is… well it’s obvious but it doesn’t take a damn thing away from this game. I backed it on kickstarter and it was worth both the wait and the money. Kudos to the team that brought this together. From the system to the art used, I honestly love it. Can’t wait for my hard copy. 

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So glad you're enjoying it and thanks for supporting the game! It's been a joy to work on this one.

I can't wait for hard copies to arrive either - I think they're going to look really great...

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So good. Such a beautiful little game! Tables and prompts have a lot of flavor, just enough to get the imagination going. Simple and affective mechanics. Really love it. If you ever release supplements I'm there

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Thank you! Supplements are an interesting idea in future. What would you like to see in them - more event tables, more Nomads…? 😀

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May I interject here and say I’d love to see more Nomad types. Maybe even just a small zine with just a plethora of tables to add in side adventures or even when things go sideways. Honestly the possibilities are endless. 

Definitely some food for thought ;)

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Agreed! Nomad types would be great. I would definitely love more tables. Maybe if it's all packaged as a slightly different theme? Maybe including more spacefaring mechanics? I think your inclusion of narrative based questions in the table results is brilliant, and goes a long way of extending the replay. Still I found myself rolling up a lot of the same results on the Destination table in particular since it's just 6 results and it's rolled on every turn. So much potential, though!

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I like the idea of a supplement!

The things I'd look forward to the most in one would be: advanced rules to further distinguish each Nomad type from one another (perhaps each gets their own unique ability), a new Nomad type or two (one idea I had was some sort of Scrapper who builds stuff like drones and gadgets), more tables, and perhaps some general roleplaying tips or action/dialogue prompts for the different Nomad types (a little guidance can be super helpful when one is drawing a blank!).

Really love this game, and I'm excited to get the physical copy in the mail! 

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Hi! We love your game, and we are interested in translating into spanish and publish it. I wanna chat with you and make an offer, can I mail you with more info?

Hi! Would you mind sharing with us your email? We want to chat about this.

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Hey, sorry - you can email me at [removed to avoid spambots] 👍