D&D 5th Edition - Story Mode
D&D Story Mode  is a fan-made ruleset for D&D 5th Edition


D&D 5th Edition did a great job of bringing back a simpler level of gameplay compared to past editions.

But if you’re new to D&D, or just prefer a lighter ruleset, it can still feel pretty complicated.

I created D&D Story Mode to streamline parts of the system and add elements of cinematic storytelling to help create games that feel more like movies and novels.

The Player’s Handbook is not required — Story Mode can be used with the free Basic D&D Rules or the D&D Starter Set.

Of course, you’re free to use as much or as little of these ideas as you want for your own game. Let me know what you think!


Core Rules

Rule Variants


D&D Story Mode was created by Joe Lesko in 2017.

Joe grew up near Lake Geneva, WI, where D&D was born, and started playing (and making up rules) when he was about 7 years old.

He currently works as a user interface designer/engineer, and is the creator of Fabletop, a web-based virtual tabletop with a built-in chat-based RPG system.


  • D&D 5.0-EZ - Another rules-lite variant, by Ronny Hart

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