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"What if knights didn't slay dragons and instead helped them with their emotional issues?"

That was the thought that spawned Songbirds, and it aims to carry forward the idea of combating those intangible things that we struggle with on a daily basis. I know I've wanted to punch my anxiety in the face on numerous occasions. Well, now we can. Together.

This game has:

  • 32 unique classes that you won't find in other games
  • Choose a genre to show your characters aesthetic
  • Hearts that you can trade to form bonds and relationships 
  • Stress mechanics that take over for health/damage
  • And a basic contest system that uses ALL dice in a standard dice set

Not to mention that the book is 100 pages (50-odd spreads), and the ENTIRE back half of the book is dedicated to giving you tools to run the game! It includes

  • Principles and Tips
  • Methods for creating villages
  • NPC generation with the unique "Three Things" system
  • Creating adventures using songs
  • and a simple Opponent generation system that allows you to focus on language over crunch

This is a game for fans of classic anime, cartoons, action, adventure, and all flavors of heroics. You will make an entire unique character every single time you start a campaign, and explore personal areas that are meant to challenge your character specifically.

Some kind words--

"This is breathtaking work! I just read the whole thing cover to cover. This game is basically Ghibli / Dianna Wynne Jones meets Nobilis; I can definitely see people in my circle showing up to give this a try at least for a one-shot."

Will add more if they come : )


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Songbirds pdf 5 MB
Songbirds pdf (spreads) 5 MB
Songbird - original soundtrack 906 MB

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Wholesome. Holistic, even – composing baddies is colorful, fun and feels simply productive, making adventures is as meditative and whimsical as making a mixtape (because it is!), and everyone (from recipes to towns to storms to players) can share the same character sheet design and feel like its a perfect fit for their mechanical needs.

i have errata for you! How might i send it?


I love the class concepts! I always find they add so much flavour and depth


How different is this game from the version reviewed here?


It's majorly updated. It runs on its own system now instead of being based off of Into the Odd and expands on a lot of the ideas that were just fledgling back then. Plus the layout is really cute.


Not only is the game wonderful, the included soundtrack is a jam. A whole jar full of jam. This is something special.