Version History

BRP, as Basic Roleplaying came to be known, was first published in 1980 as a 16 page booklet derived from the Runequest rules. Conceived as a generic system for playing any genre of RPG, Chaosium evolved BRP into many of their products. Worlds of Wonder, Call of Cthulhu, Superworld, Ringworld, Elric!, Stormbringer, Hawkmoon, Nephilim, and Rivers of London, all shared the same core ideas, expanded to suit their own genres. BRP also continued in its own form, culminating in the 2010 expanded version fondly known as the BGB – Big Gold Book, alongside a free starter edition. 2020 marked the release of the Basic Roleplaying SRD, an initiative to promote using BRP as the core for new genres. 2023 saw the release of Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine, under the ORC license, and is the latest edition of the rules set.

Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine, is available from our online store:

Hardback coming soon!