I am all for cute animals, but playing them in a trash heist is pure ttrpg gold. This game was created by gothHoblin on itch.io and published December 16th, 2021 using the Caltrop-Core (created by Titanomachy) rules system. What got me interested originally was the game's slogan "A Caltrop core RPG of Eating Trash and Doing Crimes." That slogan and the fox image on the logo was enough for me to tell my Thursday ttrpg group that we had to try a new game. The game itself is a 6 page (or 10 depending on which layout you use) booklet, and when downloading off of itchi.io you also get a one page character sheet specifically created for Trash Pals and an additional 2 page document with more playable animals (more details on that later).
There is a lot of love for this game from me. This fun caltrop game is where you get to live your fantasy of eating trash and doing crimes as cute (or not so cute urbanized) creatures. The main book has you picking from four animals (or an additional 4 from the “More Pals” pdf) whom you will embody for the epic and noble quest for trash. This Caltrop Core based game relies on your skills and narrative abilities to play a game where you see if you can collect enough trash to make your hungry heart happy. Recommended game time is between 1-3 hours and can be played in a variety of ways. Play with one GM, or no GM where the players take turns doing the story telling roles. I recommend 4 players as a good max number, and 2 players as the min number. Remember that there does not have to be a gm so it could be 2 players role playing with each other instead of one gm and one player.
Playing the game
Thoughts from the Fox
Trash pals was definitely a love at first sight for me as I was drawn to the bright colors and the animals on the cover. I got Trash pals in a bundle from itch.io (the same bundle in which I first discovered the Caltrop Core). The catch frame was a chef’s kiss. After reading through the booklet and seeing the potential I messaged my Role Play heavy group and went “We got to play this game.” No matter which of the four settings you play through the game is fun and has a variety of things that your players could encounter. The digital art and design that went into the game is eye catching and is fun to look at ion top of Trash Pals being well written and easy to understand.
How to get your own and How to find Goth Hoblin
You can find GothHoblin on Twitter @gothhoblin. I purchased my copy of Trash Pals as part of the TTRPGs for Reproductive Rights on itch.io. You own copy of Trash Pals here https://gothhoblin.itch.io/trash-pals for “name your own price.” You can also find GothHoblin’s other creations such as Space Taxi (Caltrop Core), The Haunting of Muriel Cottage (5e adventure) and College of Counter Culture (5e subclass) on their itch.io page as well.