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I can’t sleep in the new house. Every night... I know someone’s watching. I woke up on Tuesday to a toad on my windowsill! I scared it off but so creepy.. Last night I climbed up to the roof to look out to the valley.

“I know you’re here!” I yelled. “Whoever’s out there, just say something!” Nobody did.

Then I saw her. I swear a real-live witch flew by on her broomstick! Actually.. it was two witches, in some kind of fight! Dad said magic families lived in this countryside, casting spells and all that.. But I don’t think they like each other anymore. I think the covens are at war... And they won’t stop until they’re the only ones left standing!

SPIRITBOUND is a Studio Ghibli-hack of IRONSWORN by Shawn Tomkin! This is the free and earliest version:



This solo RPG lets you explore fantastic worlds inspired by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. You can make the worlds yourself, together, or reveal them as you go with oracles, tables and moves.

Create period worlds (like Princess Mononoke and Howl's Moving Castle) or modern fantasies (like Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro)! Explore the complex interactions between humans, spirits, demons, and more...


  • Rulebook. Character sheet. Assets. World creation sheet. Moves list.
  • Great for Solo, Guided, or Group play
  • Spirit companions and dozens of spells.
  • Spirit creation oracles
  • Village and city creation oracles


Based on Ironsworn by Shawn Tomkin, and licensed for use under the  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/).

Images used with permission from canva.com and pexels.com

Use this game for anything that complies with the Ironsworn license. For more information, contact me at MarcusStrocks@gmail.com

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorMarc Strocks


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

spiritbound.pdf 452 kB
spiritbound moves.pdf 273 kB
spiritbound sheet & assets.pdf 204 kB
spiritbound world sheet.pdf 69 kB
spiritbound-booklet.pdf 5 MB
spiritbound-bw.pdf 276 kB

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Any chance of adding credit card support? Paypal is on my boycott list, permanently.

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Unfortunately, I just see the Pay with PayPal option under payments. 

Hi, firstly I just wanted to say that these resources are great and have saved me a lot of work creating a Ghibli-inspired setting for my daughter, we are both really excited to play. I was wondering if you could clarify something about the assets please? On a few of them e.g. Witch, you are instructed to choose other assets like spells which would normally cost asset points. Is this still the case or are they free with the original asset? It seems as though you could end up with a lot of assets right at the start of the game, especially if you also choose a drawback or two to gain 4 extra points. Obviously I could house rule this but I was wondering what your original intentions were as the designer and whether I have misinterpreted the rules?

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Hi there. Thanks for checking out the game. So, if a Path gives you spells or companions, go ahead and take it for free! It's true you may have quite a few cards in front of you if you have lots of spells (+ your usual assets) but I think that's part of the play experience of being a magic user. Spells are just optional tools so feel free to use them as little or as often as you like. If using them makes your gameplay feel overly-complex, that's alright. You can avoid them and focus on other aspects of the game. Thanks for your interest and questions.

This looks really cool, but the way the rules and move pdf's are set up I can't print them the way I want to. I'd like to print them as a booklet. I can't read a pdf on the screen for prolonged periods do to getting head aches. Can you reformat them to be easier to print out?

Hi there. Thanks for your interest. I don't believe the character sheet or assets would work in any other format. And the worldbook should be easy to print. But for the rest of the materials:

I added a printer-friendly version of the Rules document combined with the Player Moves. You can use this to print the pages however you wish. I also plugged it into Adobe Acrobat and created a booklet-style pdf as well. This should print correctly. Hope this helps!

Thank you sooo much! I really appreciate it!