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Soth: a game of cultists vs investigators

Soth: a game of cultists vs investigators

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In Soth, you play cultists in a small-town, trying to summon a dark god. If you complete three more rituals, Soth will rise. But can you conceal your murderous crimes from family and friends?

Soth is a mix between Breaking Bad and the stories of H.P. Lovecraft.

It’s a noir thriller that uses a diceless system to evaluate how suspicious the cultists are being. You then spend 'Suspicion' to put the cultists under pressure.

Duration: 1-3 sessions
Players: 3-7
Ages: 16+
System: diceless, low-prep, low-complexity

What people have said

"Soth captures the essentials of committing ritualistic murders to summon a dark god that will destroy humanity, but in a way that's hilarious, murderous fun. I'm excited to play it again!"
 Mike Sands, author of Monster of the Week

"This is such a wonderful, innovative game, that takes the staple premise of most modern horror roleplaying games and subverts it wickedly. I can't wait to play it - all hail Soth!"
— Andrew KenrickDead of Night

"Soth is a fun and creepy game that rewards clever play and smart problem solving. In a lot of ways it’s like a game of Fiasco, except that the players are all genuinely trying to make things work, so when they don't—when things go terribly wrong for the cultists in entirely predictable ways—it's all the more brutal and hilarious.
— Simon CarryerOn Mighty Thews, Nod

"The guy who wrote the book on GMing My Life with Master delivers aFiasco-esque tale of Lovecraftian cult life in Middle America. Soth is coming for you!"
— Jonathan WaltonGeiger Counter, Restless, Planarch Codex

"I really like all the elements that point back to the mundane lives of the cultists. That helps keep the game from being an exercise in one-upping each other to see who can be the most depraved. I also like that (in general) the moves allow the cultists to actually be competent in their dark dealings. We aren't laughing at their hijinks: they're really f**king serious about this."
— Jesse Burneko, from his 2013 Game Chef review

"This is a wonderfully crafted game. It's a huge joy to run. Sessions can cover the gamut from dark comedy to thought-provoking and harrowing, but it's always enjoyable."
— Angus Dingwall, playtester

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August 24, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
Is there a way to receive Soth 2019 in print even when not aware of the past kickstarter ? I heard a really good "actual play" of Soth (2d6+cool) and can't wait to play it.
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NZ4694426 Stephen H October 11, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
Absolutely. I'll be offering the print-on-demand version through DriveThru. I'm still working on finalising the copy at the moment but it will be going to layout soon.
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NZ4694426 Stephen H February 23, 2019 11:54 pm UTC
I've just launched a kickstarter for a print-on-demand version of Soth with upgraded art

DriveThruRPG doesn't allow links to external sites, but you can search Kickstarter for 'soth a game of cultists vs. investigators'.

Existing pdf customers will receive a free copy of the upgraded pdf, as a way of saying thanks for your support.
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Jeffrey S January 26, 2018 4:52 am UTC
Any closer to a having a soft or hard cover option?
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NZ4694426 Stephen H January 26, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Hi there. The two artists I've hired are busy on pieces for the book at the moment. One of them has three of her four pieces nearly finalised; the other artist is revising his end-piece for the book. I'm hoping to have made enough progress to order a second test print by late March / early April 2018.
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Colin F November 16, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Yeah I'd also love to get a printed version!
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NZ4694426 Stephen H January 01, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Thanks for your interest, Colin. I'm working on formatting a print version now.
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Duane P October 18, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Is there a way to get a printed copy of Soth? Thanks!
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NZ4694426 Stephen H January 01, 2017 5:40 am UTC
Sorry I missed your comment, Duane! I'm working on formatting a print version now. No ETA just yet, unfortunately.
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