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Key Facts

  • 2-7 players
  • 30-90 minutes 
  • Zero prep


Premise is a collaborative worldbuilding and storytelling game.  There are three sub-games – Setting, Character, and Plot – and you can play them independently or chain them together to explore a world in depth. Each sub-game has it's own template and play consists of simultaneously filling out parts of the templates, passing the sheets, and building on each other's ideas.

More Info

Premise works great on it's own but can also be incorporated into other games. You can use Setting to build out locations for a campaign or Character to quickly create NPCs. The game also lends itself well to creative writing exercises and I'm working to get it used in classrooms.

The basic approach for Premise (passed templates) is extremely extensible and I'll likely be adding more sub-games over time. If you're inspired to make your own sub-games, good luck and please share the results!

Included Files

I've broken the game into several files to make things easier for you:

  • The game's rules and half-page templates
  • Just the half-page templates, for easy printing
  • Full-page templates, with more room to write
  • Google Slides templates, for easy online play

With Deep Gratitude To...

Premise was originally published on my Patreon, with the support of many excellent backers: Alice Kyra, Andrew Fox, Avital Lubin, Corrin Elizabeth, Dustin Freeman, Eric Brunsell, Eric Wilson, Greg Lubin, Hailey Austin, Harry Pottash, Laurel Halbany, Madelyn Miller, Nick Punt, Patrick Ewing, Raphael D'Amico, Rob Abrazado, and Wendy Lubin.

Additional thanks to the many, many playtesters who have provided feedback since I started working on this in 2016! Unfortunately, I've lost track of the  main list of testers but a special call out to Avital Lubin, Raphael D'Amico, and Nick Punt who have provided extra feedback on the drafts of the game.

Diegetic Games
CategoryPhysical game
Release date Feb 16, 2020
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
AuthorRandy Lubin
TagsCo-op, Creative, GM-Less, worldbuilding, writing
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer


Buy Now$6.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Premise - Setting, Character, Plot.pdf (Main Rules and Templates) 489 kB
Premise Full Page Templates Only.pdf 414 kB
Premise Half-Page Templates Only.pdf 414 kB

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Oh I am so gonna use this with my RP discord!

I am not sure what to do in the conflict resolution area. Could you give me examples?

It’s for describing how the Major Conflict of the setting resolves. For example if the major conflict was between the Mars settlers who want to terraform and the settlers who want to leave Mars natural, perhaps the Conflict Resolution is that they agree to creat giant domed Martian preserves that won’t be affected by the terraforming.