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THE SKELETONS is meditative structured freeform game for 1-6 players. You'll need a few hours and a private space.

Years fly by like dead leaves. Everything is darkness. Everything is silence. You stand vigilant before the sarcophagus without thought or breath-such is your compulsion. You do not remember your name and still you watch. The flesh has fallen off your bones and still you watch.

And then one day there is light and motion and you weigh your bearded axe and raise your shield, lusting for the fray, eager to measure your skill against these tomb-robbing children so full of blood. You’ll never be alive again, but in this moment-in the chaos between violation and destruction-you truly live, and you remember what you once were, and you taste the sun.

The Skeletons flips the script on the classic dungeon crawl— here you play not the intruders, but the guardians, cursed to spend all of eternity defending a tomb. As time passes, both the tomb and its guardians will change. Ferocious battles are fought and won, and the skeletons slowly remember who and what they once were. Melancholy, introspective and spanning epochs, The Skeletons is unlike anything you’ve ever played.

What's Included?

The printed edition is a 60 page, 6x9 booklet game that includes the rules for the basic game as well as variant settings by Jason Morningstar and Sara Williamson. It includes the digital edition for the same price.

The digital edition is a 17 page, letter-sized PDF of the rules and an additional 9 page PDF for the character sheets, each loaded with unique, interconnecting questions whose answers will be revealed in play.

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Angelo A March 14, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
Simply beautiful. An experience my friends and I will remember for a long time. Thank you!
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Nicholas P January 14, 2019 3:08 am UTC
If I purchase the PDF for $10, is it the same exact content as the printed version?
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Steve S January 14, 2019 5:36 am UTC
The digital edition (including the rules and characters sheets) is the exact same content as the print edition. If you buy the print edition, you get the PDFs as well at no additional cost.
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zackery W May 28, 2018 11:53 am UTC
So if i just buy the PDF I dont get the content of the 60 page book?
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Stephen B March 31, 2016 3:12 pm UTC
Is there any chance of a pdf+pod version? I'd love to buy this for a friend... okay, I really want two print copies!... but books are much nicer to give as gifts than pdf links. Cheers.
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Steve S April 01, 2016 2:09 am UTC
I'm afraid the POD version wouldn't be very exciting- the PDF is formatted for letter-sized printing and is too short for a book. We'll consider some more elaborate print editions for the future, however!
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Steve S August 15, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
It looks like I was wrong last year! We've now released the print edition of the game, and I hope you get the chance to enjoy it.
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Jason M March 19, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
Guillaume, thanks for asking that question. The Skeletons doesn't have any real randomness in it, and the outcomes are fixed, so you resolve fights just like everything else - by talking it over and deciding what's best and most interesting, or by asking one person at the table to do that for you (you can rotate this role from scene to scene if you like). Your friends' creativity will surprise you! This approach takes some getting used to but is a very fun way to play, I promise! --Jason
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guillaume T March 19, 2016 2:11 am UTC
I bought the game and found the concept amazing.
But apart from the optional rule to roll 1d6 to choose what is going to happen, how do you take care of fights in this game?
(I am a beginner in free form rpgs, and used to rolling dice when fights arise)
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Christopher H March 16, 2016 7:11 am UTC
Can I just say 'yes'? We are going to try this later in the week, but this is exactly what has been missing from my life. This is amazing.
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This title was added to our catalog on March 15, 2016.