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Lasers & Feelings is a quick-play roleplaying game, based on the songs of The Doubleclicks.

You are the crew of the interstellar scout ship Raptor. Your mission is to explore uncharted regions of space, deal with aliens both friendly and deadly, and defend the Consortium worlds against space dangers. Captain Darcy has been overcome by the strange psychic entity known as Something Else, leaving you to fend for yourselves while he recovers in a medical pod.

What happens next? Play to find out!

Number of players: 3-6
Age of players: 10+
Length: 2-4 hours per game session
Page Count: 1
Release Date: 2013

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(112 total ratings)
AuthorJohn Harper
GenreRole Playing
TagsAction-Adventure, Exploration, One-shot, Romance, Sci-fi, Space, Tabletop


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lasers_and_feelings_rpg.pdf 58 kB

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I just wrote a breakdown of the different sections of this game (and tried to extrapolate broader design patterns). You can check out the article on my substack.


Everyone's favorite little hackable game. So simple that anyone can shape it into whatever they want it to be.


A little gem of ttrpg design. I had my own fun with a little Studio Ghibli hack, Porco & Marco.

I can see that both keywords "prepared" and "expert" are in bold in the document, yet they are not defined in the rules. Are we to assume that it is the GM who makes the decision whether a player is "prepared" or an "expert" for the situation? Thanks for the confirmation.

The group can make the call together. Usually, "expert" means that your character's Style or Role applies to the situation.


Dear John many thanks for the quick reply. That is a really good idea to integrate the Style or Role into defining Expert or Prepared. Thanks for the clarification. There is a lot more depth in this document than it appears...


Thanks for updating the license. I had a blast designing a TMNT-inspired hack.


One of my favorite games with a million variants of it. Surprised no one has hosted a jam of it. 


If I understand license for L&F (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) correctly, it would be illegal to release commercially game, that is based upon Lasers & Feelings, right?


I updated the license to allow for commercial games. See this devlog post here:


Lasers & Feelings is the best way I've found to encourage reticent but curious players to be enticed into the world of RPGs! Excited about the possibilities of the CC update and hope it can expose more people as the gateway to Tabletop. Thanks John Harper, much respect.


My tabletop design class used your game as an example of great experimental rpgs! It was really fun DMing, and I used your game as a heavy inspiration for mine. Thank you so much for designing something so great!


Very cool! Thanks for letting me know. :)


I've played this a while ago (our GM did no prep whatsoever) and really enjoyed the simplicity of the rules and the fun little details strewn throughout the document. The graphic design is also awesome. Thanks so much for making this (and for inspiring a bazillion hacks)!


Glad you enjoyed it!


I run a program for teens playing tabletop games, and this has been the one I've spent (ironically) the most time prepping for, and the teens have had a fantastic time so far.