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Lovecraftesque is the GMless storytelling game of brooding cosmic horror you’ve been waiting for. You tell the story of a lone Witness at the mercy of strange and terrifying events. The game helps you create a slow-building mystery, culminating in a climactic scene of horror.

  • You create your own monsters and mystery that feel like something out of Lovecraft's notebook.
  • All the players contribute clues to surprise and creep each other out.
  • The rules ensure that the story flows seamlessly, as if an invisible GM were guiding it.
  • There won't be any Mi-Go or Deep Ones—you'll get a completely fresh take on the genre.

This book includes everything you need to play, as well as scenarios and other material to inspire you.


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Lovecraftesque won Roleplaying Game of the Year at the Gioco Dell'Anno 2018, was nominated for the Golden Geek game of the year 2015, and was a finalist in the IGDN awards for best setting and best art 2016.

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“Beautifully crafted … A valuable contribution to the growing canon of roleplaying games” – The Mary Sue

“[Lovecraftesque] may be the most faithful RPG to Lovecraft’s original vision.” – Geek and Sundry

“The GM-less storytelling approach is both refreshing and inspiring … The structure and play is solid, and a lot of fun for players with different levels of gaming experience and Lovecraft knowledge.” – Shoggoth.Net

“Lovecraftesque is one of my favorite games from the last few years … Highly recommended!” – The Gauntlet

“In less than three hours, my friend and I had crafted, from nothing, a sanity-losing concoction of cosmic dread and I couldn’t be happier with the product.” –Ericvulgaris.Com

“Lovecraftesque is a very special game. It’s easy to teach, easy to play, and works even when you wouldn’t expect it to … It is a beautifully crafted game with surprising depth considering the simplicity and usability of the ruleset.” – On the Remembered Slopes

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Benjamin N March 20, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
What's the game system like?
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Joshua F April 07, 2017 2:29 pm UTC
Lovecraftesque is mostly freeform in system, albeit constrained by a set of three rotating roles:
- The Narrator, who describes the world, plays NPCs and introduces the Clues that drive the game.
- The Witness, who says what the main character does and says their fears and rationalisations out loud.
- The Watcher(s), who add to the sense of atmosphere by elaborating on everything the Narrator describes.
The roles rotate at the end of every scene, so everyone gets to take a turn or more at each role. There's a system called "leaping to conclusions" which makes sure that, even though there isn't a GM to steer the story, the Clues follow a logical pattern rather than just being random ideas thrown into the pot. Basically after every scene you write down your theory as to what is really going on, and then use it to guide your contributions.

Although the game is freeform, it follows a structure - the first six scenes are investigation scenes in which one Clue is introduced...See more
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Joshua F April 07, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
By the way, if you want to get an idea of how the game plays, there's some video demos out there. There's a bunch linked to from the Black Armada website (link in the sidebar above), or google "lovecraftesque video demo" and there's one in the first few hits.
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This title was added to our catalog on November 28, 2016.
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