The Phaethos Role Playing Game is a fantasy RPG from Simian Circle LLC. The game takes place in the world of Phaethos which is basically a mash up of Fantasy, Steampunk, Old Western U.S., and Sci-Fi genres. Phaethos is heavily influenced by the impact cartoons in the 1980s U.S. had on me when I was growing up. While the game does not reflect these influences directly in all cases, these influences have contributed to many ideas and concepts that exist in Phaethos.
Like most RPGs, the Phaethos RPG is all about imagination, excitement, entertainment and fun. It is designed around a core set of rules that expand outward allowing for players and GMs to expand the game as they see fit. The core rules are given as guidelines, with examples (like Kore Magic Spells) which can be used to expand the game as needed. Phaethos offers players and GMs the ability to freely create spells, abilities, items and pretty much anything else they can think of.
Phaethos utilizes a d10 dice pool where participants roll and take the highest number and compare it with a Target Number or against an Opposed Roll. All conflict resolution in the game is handled in this way whether it be Skills, Abilities, Combat, Social Combat, Attributes checks, Magic, Psionics etc.
Phaethos offers 12 starting class templates which reflect the area of training the character has at the time of creation. These templates are starting guides for the players and allow them to begin with a better than average set of skills and abilities. As the game progresses, players may choose to build their characters as they see fit. In a nutshell, Phaethos utilizes class templates to start and then allows players the complete freedom of upgrading their characters however they see fit.