ORX is now officially OUT-OF-PRINT in all formats. Sorry.
I keep coming across people and reviews mentioning ORX fondly, so the consideration occasionally flits through my brain of republishing an updated version. It’s possible that could happen if there’s enough interest, but for now a stripped down “lite” version of the rules is freely available under a CC3.0 license.
“A lot of the more interesting indie RPGs take an old favorite and do something new. This is the case with ORX…a tension-filled fast-paced game of rapid-fire reversals and conflict, with orcs trying to push into danger as much as possible without getting killed, supporting their tribe yet backstabbing their fellows as they go. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time…Hell, it’s almost worth the $10 for the snappy tongue-in-cheek style…”
- ORX: Nasty, Brutish & Short lite version, CC3.0
- Alternative Rules & Extra Material PDF, includes character sheet
Gamerati had an extensive review of the game,by Kirt Dankmyer but their entire site appears to have been eaten.
- Way-Out “Wednesday”: ORX reviewed by Mad Pawn at the Velvet Dicebag.
“Totally unique dice mechanics, bizarre humour at every turn, an elaborate Stakes system—but you should really just read the thing. It’s a very different kind of RPG.”
- The RPG.net review of ORX by Christopher Richeson.
“If you’re looking for a beer and pretzels RPG filled with backstabbing, nasty behavior, and clever dice mechanics then check out ORX.”
- Murder Your Darlings in which Territan mentions ORX.
“[Orcs] get into mischief, rise above their station, and ideally be taken down in a hail of crossbow-fire if there’s any justice left in the world…effing hilarious.”
- One-Shot, High-Calibre RPGs, Part III by Korvettenkapitän Jasper Aurelius van der Meer on BoardGameGeek.
“Until ORX, Warhammer 40k had one of the grimmest and funniest takes on Ork Kulture. ORX is a mud’n'blood bath of the most down and dirty of red shirts: the ork.”