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“Who’re you going to ask for a quote through their website? Wraithzappers!”

Spooktacular is an updated retroclone of a forgotten gem of 1980s RPG design, letting your play out the hilarious adventures of paranormal investigators who use dodgy science, possibly dangerous bleeding-edge paratechnology, and sheer chutzpah to capture ghosts and make a living.

In addition to all the rules you need to play this new take on an elegantly simple hidden classic of RPG design, this book includes:

  • Archetypes that give each character a nifty special ability, and optional Weird Archetypes so you can have an esper, witch, or other weirdo join the team.
  • A selection of wacky ghost-hunting gear. In addition to the basic etheric ray throwers and such, there are things like the Ghost Punchers (special gauntlets that do in fact let you punch ghosts) and Etheric Grenades (special grenades that blow ghosts up).
  • Three sample ghost-hunting companies (Wraithzappers, Ghost Rooter, and Phantom Finders) in various states of funding and legitimacy, as well as simple guidelines for making up your own company.
  • Short guides to ghost-hunting in the cities of Albuquerque, London, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
  • Sample story ideas and a story generator table.
  • A selection of premade ghosts, ranging from the nagging Ancestor to the absurdly dangerous Ghostzilla.

To play you'll need some pencils and paper, a bunch of six-sided dice (with at least one in a different color to be the Spooky Die), a few friends, and a few hours to play. Green novelty beverages are recommended but not required, especially since they haven't made them in a while now.

  • Want to make your own game derived from the core rules of Spooktacular, or just get a sneak peek of said rules? Check out the Sixtacular SRD!
  • Want to make a Spooktacular character for an upcoming game or just for the heck of it? Click on Full-size Preview above if you don't mind dealing with having the words "Sample file" getting in the way a bit!
  • Have the game but wish you had handy reference cards for it? Guess what? Thanks to DTRPG offering POD cards, there's a set of Spooktacular Reference Cards for $7.99 plus shipping!
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Paul B December 08, 2022 3:50 pm UTC
I just want to clarify the intent of something in the rules.

The Badass Archetype reads as follows:
You’re a badass, and generally not someone people should
mess with. Once per session you can spend 3 Awesome
Points to roll an extra die for all Action rolls for the rest of
the scene.

Meanwhile, the Monster Archetype reads as follows:
As it so happens, you’re an actual supernatural creature, if one
that can pass most of the time. You can spend 2 Awesome Points
to reveal your true nature and increase your Action stat by +2
for a few minutes.

As written, Badass is vastly inferior to Monster, so I assume the intent was for Badass to add +1 die to ALL rolls for a scene, not just the Action stat. Is that a correct interpretation?
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Benjamin B April 28, 2020 12:37 am UTC
I heard about this game a year ago from free RPG day 2019, a person had the book and I played a game of it, loved it, but forgot about it until today.

I purchased a printed version with the pdf, will it come with the cover art as is displayed above?
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Ilias L January 18, 2019 4:18 pm UTC
Would really appreciate a cover so I can print this.
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Andrew M January 10, 2020 4:34 pm UTC
The preview image enlarges to a reasonable resolution
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Andrew M January 14, 2020 6:28 pm UTC
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Andrew M April 15, 2022 5:38 pm UTC
This image on the official Amazon listing seems to be of higher quality:
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Andrew M May 02, 2018 10:14 am UTC
I just picked up the pdf and started reading. Is it only b&w without the picture/colour cover?
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Ewen C May 02, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
That's correct. I normally do B&W interiors in my games, especially when I'm also doing a print version.
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Mark P May 21, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Is it possible that those who purchase the PDF could get a file for the cover?
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Chris D February 13, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Is this a retroclone of the first or second edition of a certain RPG based on a blockbuster action comedy film that will go pointedly unnamed?
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Ewen C February 16, 2018 3:45 am UTC
It mostly derives from the first edition, but has some elements drawn from the second added in a much simplified and less cumbersome form, plus some wholly new elements. I released the basic rules as a separate OGL SRD (the "Sixtacular" system), so if you like you can get a bit of a preview that way:
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