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A pair of penguins, bonded for life, seeking a nest to start a family.

A cosy duet game with challenges, action, and map-building.


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Each player takes on the role of one of a pair of African penguins - one male, one female. You arrive on a South African beach at the start of the summer mating season and begin your journey to find a nest, start a family, and raise your chicks until they are ready to venture out on their own.

Players must move across the map, discovering new locations and finding one suitable for building their nest. Once a suitable location has been found, they must build a nest, mate, lay eggs, incubate the eggs until they hatch, and then rear their chicks until they are ready to go out on their own. The game ends when the chicks leave the nest for good.

Locations are generated through random die rolls, with 400 different possibilities. Along the way players face potentially life-threatening challenges like wild cats, human destruction, inclement weather, floods, and a host of other randomly generated situations to which they must respond. 

Save rolling time with the easy online roll tables.

Penguin Tale is a tabletop RPG designed specifically for 2 people to play without a GM. It is based on the Four Points RPG system, using a simple system of stats, points and the occasional luck roll to perform actions. You draw your map as you go to find a suitable place to nest. 

The game can easily be played as a solo-journaling game too.

All you need to play is two dice, one six-sided and one twenty-sided (d6 and d20), and a couple of pencils to complete the character sheets and fill out your map as you go. Having more d6s would help speed up some of the initial rolls, but one will work just fine. If you would like to use them, these easy online roll tables will replace the need to roll dice.

The game files are available in A4 and US letter, so just choose the size that's best for you. The game rules are designed to be printed back-to-back and folded into a one-sheet brochure. The ZIP file also includes a set of character sheets and the game map that will be filled in during gameplay.

Game mechanics based on the Four Points RPG System by Penflower Ink.
Images courtesy of Shutterstock.
Penguin Tale is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0). Copyright © Hugh Lashbrooke 2023
- hughlashbrooke.com

Based on the Four Points RPG System by Penflower InkKiwiRPG - Kēmu Whakatau O Aotearoa


Get this 2-player RPG and 39 more for $25.00 USD
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In order to download this 2-player RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Penguin Tale (A4 brochure).zip 4.4 MB
Penguin Tale (US Letter brochure).zip 4.3 MB
Easy online roll tables

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I claimed a community copy with plans to adapt this to include it into my solo journaling project for this year. I’ll be back with how it goes! 

Oh very cool - keen to hear how that goes!