As noted on the House Rules page, many of these are more
character types than archetypes -- but they're all still lots
of fun, and even if you don't want to use the archetypes as
presented they're still a great source of ideas for character
- Building Custom
Archetypes (Robin Laws)
Guidelines for building your own custom archetypes.
- Archetype Tweaking
A set of rules for tweaking existing archetypes; it is
possible that these should be reserved for GMs, given Robin's
warnings in his guidelines, but be your own judge.
- Arabian Sailor (David
A sea-borne wanderer, the daring swashbuckler.
- Bounty Hunter
He always gets his man -- no matter what or who is in the
- Buro Assassin (David
The Buro has a use for killers...
- Con Artist (Colin Chapman)
The classic con man.
- Cyber-Ape (David
Jammertech-based archetype for
- Dabbler (Dave Van Domelen)
A dilettante with a fondness for knowledge. Hugely
ineffective in combat.
- Deep Cover Cop (Mike
The cop who's so far in he's almost forgotten who he
- Disillusioned Hero
Cynical, embittered, yet still somehow hopeful. Very nice
- Eastern Monk (Colin Chapman)
A monk of the sort seen in Chinese Ghost
- Entertainer (Bryant
The Chinese opera flavor of entertainer; c.f. Peking
- Fugitive (Mike Hall)
He's on the run, trying to prove his innocence.
Subversive (David Eber)
archetype; this is the classic techie with a yen for
- Karate Wizard (Geoff
An flavor of Magic Cop or Monster Hunter from the early
- Lone Rider (Colin Chapman)
The solitary wanderer and dispenser of justice, with special
schticks relating to driving.
- Mexican Wrestler
The classic masked wrestler, turning his (or her) skills to
- Netherworld Traveller (David
A very flexible archetype for Netherworld denizens.
- Reformed Gangster
Mooks gone good.
- Ring Fighter (Trip)
The professional fighter; similar to the Martial
- Sea Captain (David
A specialized archetype with interesting flavor.
- Smuggler (Mike Hall)
One of the classic underworld types, suitable for gunrunning
and other shady pursuits.
- Supernatural Cop
The opposite of a Magic Cop.
- Treasure Hunter
The Indiana Jones flavor of archeologist, with derring-do
- Urban Samaritan (Mike
The protector of his (or her) community; great for players
who like hooks.
- Vengeful Hood (Mike
Another take on the concept of the heroic hood; this one is
a bit darker than others.
- Wandering Monk (Evan
A new kind of martial artist, inspired by Kung
Fu and Kwai Chang Caine.
- Wild Man (Mike Hall)
The noble savage of pulp lore.
- Worldly Martial
Artist (Kevin Mowery)
The martial artist who doesn't really want to
forego worldly things...
- Zen Wanderer (Mike
In tune with nature and the supernatural, this variant on
the martial artist wanders the world.
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