Pokémon Tabletop United
Pokémon Tabletop United, or PTU for short, is a tabletop RPG system designed for running games in the world of Pokémon. Players take on the role of Pokémon Trainers and travel the world, capturing and battling with the hundreds of Pokémon species that have been discovered. The core of the system is largely inspired by the Pokémon Special manga, though it can handle adventures ranging from the standard Pokémon League gym romp to more exotic campaign ideas like PokéPirates.
The system is currently under active development and is a sister system or spin-off from Pokémon Tabletop Adventures created largely by former devs of that system. It's an attempt to address many of PTA's underlying issues such as a lack of a skill system and the use of different combat stats for Pokémon and Trainers, as well as the balance issues between classes.
The developers for Pokémon Tabletop United hang out in an IRC channel on the Rizon network, and that's the best place to go with questions or comments. There's also a forum community that PTU shares with PTA, which has active games and homebrewers.
Pokémon Tabletop United is a level and class based system with a relatively high level of crunch. Unlike most class-based systems, however, player characters are completely expected to take multiple classes, even starting from level 1. Classes are more like packages of feats than like templates that completely determine how a character plays.
Attributes and Skills
PTU uses three basic attributes: Body, Mind, and Spirit, where each attribute governs a number of skills. Skills are ranked on a scale from 1 to 6. Skill checks call for an Xd6 + attribute roll, where X is a character's skill rank.
Body Skills are: Acrobatics, Athletics, Combat, Intimidate, Stealth, and Survival
Mind Skills are: General Education, Medicine Education, Occult Education, Pokémon Education, Technology Education, Guile, and Perception
Spirit Skills are: Charm, Command, Focus, and Intuition
PTU has a wide variety of Trainer Classes, mostly reflecting the types of Trainers that are battled in the video games, or archetypes drawn from other Pokémon media such as the anime and manga. Some examples of the classes include Ace Trainer, Hatcher, Capture Specialist, Martial Artist, Researcher, Survivalist, and Type Ace. They can excel at various tasks from training their Pokémon to battle harder, to helping the party travel through uncharted wilderness, to even battling alongside their Pokémon to fight off wild Pokémon or criminals.
Fans of the video games will see a lot that is familiar about how Pokémon are handled and a lot that is new and different. Pokémon have Stats, Moves, and Ablities, just like their video game counterparts, and Trainers share these same traits and use them in battle as well. There are a lot of new Abilities available in Pokémon Tabletop United, however, which serve to help make weaker Pokémon more usable and generally add to the customization of Pokémon.
Most of the raw data for Pokémon is in the separate Pokédex pdf, due to the sheer volume of information needed.
Everything contained in the core PTU pdf is deemed usable for all types of Pokémon campaigns, but over the course of the development of both PTA and PTU, many genre-shifting campaigns have cropped up such as Pokémon in space and an Etrian Odyssey crossover campaign. To help facilitate that, there are a number of supplement books for running PTU campaigns in various other genres and settings.
Do Porygon Dream of Mareep? is a science-fiction supplement for PTU and includes optional rules for handling the vacuum of space and other environmental hazards, as well as a wide selection of sci-fi-oriented items and subsystems. It also adds a few Trainer Classes for customizing Poké Balls, upgrading Pokémon with cybernetic augmentations, and more. Finally, there are a number of sample setting ideas to help GMs get started with sci-fi campaigns and guides for running PTU campaigns in various sci-fi sub-genres.
Game of Throhs is the fantasy supplement for PTU and is structured very similarly to Do Porygon Dream of Mareep?. Notably, it contains the Elementalist Classes, which are there to provide Trainers with elemental powers similar to those that the Psychic Classes in the core pdf can access - though for the other Pokémon Types, of course.
The Blessed and the Damned is a supplement focused on Legendary Pokémon and their treatment as divine entities. There are rules given for Legendaries to give Trainers their blessing or for handling battles against Legendary Pokémon. While the core pdf takes a more conservative and restrained stance on Legendary Pokémon and treats them like any other Pokémon, this supplement is explicitly geared toward treating them as special powers within the Pokémon universe.
Downloads and Links
PTU Version 1.04 (latest version): http://www.mediafire.com/download/ss8xoof408j8swj/PTU+1.04.zip
-includes core pdf, pokédex, supplements, character sheets, and useful charts
IRC Channel: #PokemonTabletop on the Rizon IRC network
Forum Community: http://forums.pokemontabletop.com/index/