(This is for the digital/PDF version of Picaresque Roman)
Picaresque Roman: A Requiem for Rogues is a rules-light, narrative-driven tabletop RPG from Japanese design studio Group SGR that features a streamlined 2d6 system, beautiful anime art, and a slew of unique and engaging gameplay mechanics.
Picaresque Roman: A Requiem for Rogues is played with 4-5 people, as well as a gamemaster. Each person makes their own player character (PC) with a quick, streamlined system, then competes with each other in addition to the GM to earn the highest amount of "influence" each game. Over the course of a session, players can earn secret info that gives them a leg up on the other PCs, as well as make deals with or even steal from them. Regardless of whether or not you decide to help or hinder your fellow rogue, all that matters at the end of the day is who's got the most influence of the group, which means stealing from the sought-after "VIP" character who's under the GM's control each game and is often the focal point of the scenario or story.
Do watch out, though, because just to make things interesting, one of the players is secretly a traitor working for the VIP. If you can't figure out who it is before the end of the game, you might just find all your hard-earned influence gone—stolen by the traitor!
Behind the Scenes
You can view Picaresque Roman's Kickstarter campaign page here to see how the project came to life thanks to the support of backers.