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In this context, a hack is an alteration of a game. All of these games are based on Lasers & Feelings, which is is a free, one-page game system by John Harper that creates science fiction stories much like campy Star Trek episodes. Because Lasers & Feelings has a creative commons license, it is legal for others to take the core structure of this game and alter it so that it has a different setting. This page is a list of as many Lasers & Feelings hacks as I could find, organized by genre.

Please let me know if there are other hacks I can add to this list!

 

Distopian Sci-Fi

Lasers and Treason: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ME5SdLoG8tn3UmaY4cEl23tjrcyK8cslUNrudEgQbfg/edit https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bx49xoLD9gZZazc2dnZvaHd1eXc

 

Outter Space

Adventures in Space Garbage (about a salvage ship, more complicated than Lasers & Feelings): https://www.dropbox.com/s/ee8asivcd430s02/Adventures%20in%20Space%20Garbage.pdf?dl=0

Planets & Dragons (space opera meets the Viking Age): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dIyp_0l1kDd2hbQvTIg9JteHzGXH-JvMNWUDwR970ks/edit

Quick & Dirty Battle Born (mech warriors in a spaceship): http://www.emptygamebox.com/empty/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/QuickandDirtyBattleBorn.pdf

 

Doctor Who

Day of the Doctors: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxvmAmE-9BsgYXo0LW9nX2tycUU/view

 

Post Apocalyptic

Vehicle Riders:

Blood and Chrome: https://nathanknaackdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/blood-chrome2.pdf

Witness Me: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9MmdrU01YNFI1S1E

Ride Eternal (based on Fury Road): https://imgur.com/gallery/0NIPW

Zombie:

Grit & Guts: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4Y9pHMOZQFjLTl6WXVnRm5UbW8

 

Steampunk

Clockwork Pace: http://www.crimzee.com/clockworkpace.html

 

Cyberpunk

Neon and Chrome: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzkvDZfGsnq3bGpmMWEzaGRtbTg/view

Rockerboys and Vending Machines: http://www.encodeddesigns.com/rocker-boys-and-vending-machines/

 

Muppet Babies

Muppet Babies RPG: http://origamigaming.com/index.php/2017/07/30/muppet-babies-rpg/

 

Magical Girls

Friendship & Fukus: https://app.box.com/s/t3v7bsek9pk85q2efotik9ylvys103s4

 

Anime

Tactical Waifu (anime girl operators): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/157352/Tactical-Waifu

 

Superheroes

Power and Grace: https://docs.google.com/document/d/16LEJGDtFGqT4nzLP6R35MGfnE0JFmxlpkz8_cjzg5HM/edit

Powers and Punches: https://imgur.com/r/rpg/VL6CXJh

Power and Responsibility: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xm48mgm4ivk04mi/power%26responsibility.pdf?dl=0

Cape & Bureau (this one makes alterations to the core system): http://brianshourd.github.io/CapeAndBureau/cape_and_bureau_complete.pdf

Brains & Brawn: https://imgur.com/2nrxVoL

Pizza & Heroics (teen superheroes): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1tSIlC4Dea3N1hzdlh4ZGZ5OWM/view

 

Animal Characters

Action Cat (cat action heroes): https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/action-cat-a-lasers-and-feelings-hack-now-recruiting.27667/

Whiskers & Claws (mouse guards at a remote outpost): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Kkij9dGdBCUmcwUUpLM1NOQUk/view

Luchadoratón (mouse wrestlers): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yBwThH2kg-OXcb9fLW3bUAD_2gva13f_C2Vz8wWJQPM/edit

Harts & Minds (you are a psychic, cybernetically–augmented deer with a gun in a post apocalyptic setting): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/211473/Harts–Minds

One & Thousands (rabbits, based on Watership Down): https://exposit.github.io/katarpgs/superlite/onethousands/

 

Paranormal and Supernatural

Ghostbusters (alters the core system): https://fictivefantasies.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/ghostbusters-5-9-16.pdf

Die For You: http://blog.fantasyheartbreaker.com/2015/06/04/die-for-you/

Blood & Wine (vampire): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9TmNFSFFvR2VjWlE

Doves & Demons (monster slayers): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9NjJ1amV0RGozRXc

Reckoning World (monster slayers, based on Hunter the Reckoning): https://anadielblackbook.wordpress.com//?s=reckoning+world&search=Go https://anadielblackbook.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/reckoning-world-2-4.pdf

Pack of Strays (werewolves): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1LY0MsvGmaCM1BqTXgxV3kxNWs/view

Tricks & Treats (Halloween themed): http://nickwedig.libraryofhighmoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/tricks-and-treats.pdf

 

Cosmic Horror (may contain ableism)

Teachers and Tentacles (investigation): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/173524/Teachers-and-Tentacles–Ver-12

Sanity & Sorcery: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1un33z6sri2f8v6/sanity%26sorcery.pdf?dl=0

Fear & Reason (note that this has an insanity system): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6pSEYz86L2RYWVyakk0ZWloNXM/view

 

Spy

Shaken and Stirred: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l69nb6xp3iv916j/shaken%26stirred.pdf?dl=0

Agents & Ciphers: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJwLhqGq6UKpuLQ&cid=9178835DB713189E&id=9178835DB713189E%219747&parId=9178835DB713189E%219742&o=OneUp

Guns & Mojo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kstQO9Gc1dekpHSEpVdHdpT0U/view

 

War

Witches of 1941 (witches in WWII): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9UHAwa1Vkb2FEX3M

 

Courtroom Drama

Facts & Innuendos (this one has alterations to core game system): http://ashgamedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/facts-innuendosv1.0.pdf

 

Political Drama

Politics and Policy: https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AJwLhqGq6UKpuLQ&cid=9178835DB713189E&id=9178835DB713189E%219748&parId=9178835DB713189E%219742&o=OneUp

 

Wild West (contain varying levels of racism)

Quickdraws & Longshots: https://nathanknaackdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/quickdraws-longshots1.pdf

Deputies & Desperados: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/182507/Deputies–Desperados

Grit & Slick (the weird west): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BynxeEXUlnG7UHpNSDFuZFJKNWc/view

 

Historical World Settings (may contain racism)

Poisons & Perfumes (Middle East): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9MzBkLWVVcUlxT1U

The Little Dance – Yin & Yang (China): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9ZU1hSzhUa2w1M0E

DAISHO (Japan, based on The Legend of the Five Rings Role-Playing Game): http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=94629398705833441041

Honor & Oni (Japanese Samurai): http://www.rpgnow.com/product/217897/Honor–Oni?term=honor+and+oni&test_epoch=0

 

Mythological

The Fading Flame: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7sTLtS0sF-9TGtMNkhSd0d4LWc

 

Religious

Sins & Virtues (pilgrims traveling through the desert to a holy site): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-4PB32XtzulS2w7WelSNStOTsG08oUQf6g5o2fv-4p0/edit

 

Wizard School

Magic & Mischief: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i64aaqgpl5iutl4/AABirC4aTp4X7gxgZKiPzBGba?dl=0

Magic & Muggle Stuff: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByeayrQPZplzU3lSRHcySWhfZ2M/view

 

High Fantasy

World of Warcraft mimic:

World & Warcraft: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uDajyqA3xpACeJCzgt_bSXWoLbZwGJOBJmwbh6ueFws/edit

Dungeons & Dragons mimic:

Scrolls & Swords: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6uX2PHkX2zBY281a0p3Vi1VcVU/edit

Muscles & Miracles: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ceyj2c2omius2q/Muscles%20%26%20Miracles%20US%20Letter.pdf

Caverns & Kobolds (contains alterations to core system): http://ravenxau.tripod.com/Caverns_Kobolds.pdf

Dungeons & Dragons: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=62538561952242618457

Similar to Dungeons & Dragons with a change:

Magic Goes Awry (more involved character creation than the core system to encourage interesting and distinctive characters, less combat focus): http://writingalchemy.net/magic-goes-awry/

Sorcerers & Sellswords (here the setting is a bit different): http://jellysawgames.blogspot.com/p/sorcerers-sellswords.html

Tires and Tribulations (Dungeons and Dragons tropes go fight monsters in the desert at night using monster trucks, many additions to the game rules): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19Mmss7efj-JxZIk3n61gfxgDLagBJ1_FjGY6Xr1Y5UY/edit

Other:

Danes and Dragons (humans and their dragons, seems like some alterations were made to the core mechanic): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Sx116KlqBSQy1OREhoOHpWQ0k/edit

Mage & Mundane (altered rules, magic focused): https://imgur.com/FnnNIUK

Steel & Silver (based on The Witcher Series): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3FP6KdSH8t-UHNpRFVwMDFvU00/view

 

Contemporary Satire

Logic & Bravery (Internet trolls): https://mega.nz/#!BsgzjaBA!0HOSiFPAnal_zktDlxVeVg_ipUgVqJl1THM7-6NcxmY

Pisskids and Ratbags (based on The Bachelorette reality TV show): http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/212258/Pisskids-and-Ratbags

Tools & Coconuts (stranded on a tropical island): https://demonwyld.blogspot.com/2017/07/tools-coconuts-laser-feelings-hack.html

Hackers & Hustlers: A Silicon Valley (Mis)adventure (high tech farce in a San Francisco startup): https://diegeticgames.com/hackers_and_hustlers_rpg/

 

Core Game Systems

A Good Day to Die: This is an altered version of Lasers and Feelings, not a genre. “Use AGDTD to play games that are brutal and don’t require a whole lot of crunch to work well. Cyberpunk, horror, sword and sorcery, gothic fantasy, etc. all work great with AGDTD”: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/211360/A-Good-Day-to-Die

{{Blanks}} & [[Spaces]]: For those who want to make their own hack, this is a version with blanks ready to fill in): https://joshtjordan.com/2017/01/23/77/

 

Sources I used in assembling this list

https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?777562-Lasers-amp-Feelings-hacks-hacker-guides-etc-do-they-exist

https://rendedpress.blogspot.com/2017/07/lasers-feelings-assorted-l-mods.html

2 Responses to “Lasers and Feelings Hacks”

  1. Abby says:

    Luchadoraton caught my eye (how weird and fun!), as well as Harts and Minds and Danes & Dragons. Thanks for this, can’t wait to bring them to my RPG group.

    • FayOnyx says:

      I am so excited that you are finding this page useful! <3

      This was something I created because I need it. There are a few lists of Lasers & Feelings Hacks out there, but none of them are easy to use (they are either discussions in forums or long lists with no information on the content of the game). I am hoping to play some of these in my Unfamiliar Heroes Podcast Series, and I wanted to have a list I could show to participants to help them quickly find games they were excited about trying.

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