Archer: RPG-Lite

Archer | Thursdays | 10PM | FX Networks.

Archer is an American adult animated television series set in a unique universe at the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS).

This is, hardly, a game at all. It’s more pass-the-stick than roll-the-dice. The whole point here is to have fun, get into shenanigans, and laugh. The rules are pretty broad but it’s the character creation that drives home the Archer feeling.

Look. The rules are less than 115 words. Don’t expect Pathfinder. Heck, don’t expect InSpecters. This is barely a game.

Rules

Everyone plays a character.

Everyone starts with 10 points every episode.

Every episode someone introduces a Problem; They set a scene and explain, in character, what’s going on.

Players then take turns settings scenes on the road to dealing with the Problem.

Anytime one of the Character’s Traits are referenced they get a Point.

A Trait can only be referenced once per episode.

Starting a Scene or Adding to a Scene costs 1 Point.

Whenever players Disagree they bid Points.

Whoever bids higher wins and decides the outcome.

At the end of the episode whoever has the most Points narrates the last scene.

After every Episode everyone gets to add a new Trait.

Character Creation

Aliases: These are other names you go by, are called, or use as cover identities. You start with Three.
Quotes: These are things you say. You start with Three.
Boons: These are things that help you deal with the Problem. You start with Five.
Exacerbation: These are things that make the Problem worse. You start with Five.
Kink: This is your particular sexual fetish\hangup. You start with One.

Sample Characters

Archer-port


Sterling Malory Archer

Aliases
Duchess
Chet Manley
Randy Randerson

Quotes
“I swear, I had something for this…”
“Phrasing!”
“READ A BOOK!”

Boons
World’s Most Dangerous Spy
Insane Alcohol Tolerance
Extensive Trivial Knowledge
Male Casanova
Amazing Lacrosse player

Exacerbations
Elaborate Voicemail Pranks
Verbally Abusive
Fainting Spells
Minor Tinnitus
Mommy Issues

Kink
Red Ping Pong Paddles

Lana-port


Lana Anthony Kane

Aliases
Truckasaurus
Shirley Temper
Spray and Pray

Quotes
“NOOPE!”
“YUUP!”
“What the shit?”

Boons
Internationally Renowned Master Spy
Two, Fully Automatic, TEC-9’s
Impressive Grip Strength
Highly Trained Counter Sniper
Not Easily Intimidated

Exacerbations
Former Radical Environmentalist
Only Two Clips
Baby Crazy
Severe Trust Issues
Insecure About Appearance

Kink
The Emotionally Unstable

Cheryl-port


Cheryl R. Tunt

Aliases
Carol
Cristal
Cherlene

Quotes
“You’re not my supervisor!”
“Just like the gypsy woman said!”
“Whoooo! Outlaw country!”

Boons
Descendant of Cornelius Tunt
Skilled in Macramé
Dedicated Personal Assistant
Famous Country Singer
Constant Personality Changes

Exacerbations
Sadist
Disgusted by Babies, Deformities, and Handicaps
Lactose Intolerant and Allergic to Penicillin
Pyromaniac
Technologically Ignorant

Kink
Erotic Asphyxiation

Cyril-port


Cyril Figgis

Aliases
Chet Manley
Odie McCracken
President of San Marcos

Quotes
“Jeezy-petes”
“SUPPRESSING FIRE!!!”
“Just Jackin’ it.”

Boons
ISIS Comptroller
Trilingual
Fluent in Law Practices
Skilled Military Strategist
12-inch Penis

Exacerbations
Not Able to Use a Gun
Chubby
Doesn’t Understand Sarcasm
Bookish, Awkward and Lacking Self-Confidence
Total Contempt for Coworkers

Kink
Sexual Addiction

Pam-port


Pamela Poovey

Aliases
Snowball
Shiroi Kabocha
Cokie Monster

Quotes
“Holy shit snacks!”
“Sploosh!”
“That’s Inappropes!”

Boons
ISIS H.R. director
Skilled Graffiti Artist
Impressive Alcohol Tolerance
Highly Accomplished Drift Car Racer
Underground Fighter

Exacerbations
Allergic to Soy
Overweight
Office Gossip
History of Drug Use
Grossly Unattractive

Kink
Sexually Promiscuous

Krieger-port


Algernop Krieger

Aliases
Doctor
Clone Wars
Adolf Hitler

Quotes
“Me, too!”
“Damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
“Meh…don’t worry about it.”

Boons
Able to Improvise Devices from Scavenged Equipment
Certified Diver
A Series of Rush Themed Vans
Fairly Accomplished Drummer
Virtual Holographic Girlfriend

Exacerbations
Notorious Food Rapist
Not a Doctor of any Kind
Zero Scruples
Not a “Serial” Killer
No Modern Street Vernacular

Kink
Inappropriate Erections

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