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Hair Metal Horror (HMH) is a narrative pulp horror RPG game for two to five players, set in an alternative version of the 1980's at the height of Glam Metal glory. 

Inspired by terror comics such as CreepyTales from the Crypt, and Vault of Horror, each zine contains quick-play rules, a chilling scenario, maps, illustrations, pregenerated characters... everything you need to play for a night aside from writing instruments and some six-sided dice.

Hair Metal Horror's mechanics are based on Blades in the Dark (found at, product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license ( 

In the adventure "Fooling", the characters are struggling rockers from New Jersey that have reinvented themselves as the German Glam Metal band LuftKuss. After booking a headlining gig a the "Corn-Fest" in rural Liberty Grove, it seems their luck is finally changing. Aside from the fact that the locals are were-lizard cultists lead by a WWII hero harboring a grudge against Germany, what could go wrong?

  • Play one of four band members with different strengths and special abilities.
  • Write a custom background for each character and assign a bonus Action Point that reflects their personal history.
  • Unlock a sixth Action Point and second Special Ability once the "fog of war" clock is completed for each character. 
  • Escape the rain drenched fairgrounds and sparse town or get devoured trying!
  • Stretch Goals unlocked two bonus playable characters: "Thor" the grizzled roadie for the band, and "Gator Hawkins", an unwitting carnival worker caught up in the nightmare!
  • "Glam Metal" Spotify playlist for use with the optional "Speed Metal" gameplay "mode".

Hair Metal Horror #1 was created for the "Zine Quest" Kickstarter initiative, and is the first of three titles to be released!

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Daniel S August 07, 2020 5:19 am UTC
Hoping to see the next two issues of Hair Metal Horror.
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