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The floorboards creak. Something goes bump behind the closet door. Dark things are brewing, and it will be all you can do to Survive the Night.

Survive the Night is a one-shot horror RPG that throws you up against the stuff of nightmare with nothing but your wits and whatever eclectic advantages your character may possess. The dark tone mixed with an emphasis on story and simple rules makes this a unique and memorable experience for the whole table.

With years of play testing, free demos, and hundreds of fans, Survive the Night has proven to be a favorite among both novice and experienced role players Within the pages of this book you'll find everything you need to play or host your own game sessions:

  • The Player's Guide includes the rules for our d6 system, a rundown of Difficulty rolls as the primary mechanic for chance, the Panic! table, and character creation rules.
  • Twelve pre-made characters, one for each of Survive the Night's twelve classes covering classic horror movie archetypes. These include:
    Athletes (Heavy, Runner, Ballplayer)
    Intellectuals (Bookworm, Paranormal Investigator, Sleuth)
    Survivalists (Camper, Doomsday Prepper, Hunter)
    Team Players (Follower, Leader, Wingman)
  • The Narrator's Guide includes lessons from the hard-won experiences of our Narrators, from the differences in running a horror game compared to an adventure RPG to how to structure your own game by controlling pacing and managing character deaths. This section includes a detailed example of developing and executing a homebrew game in a sandbox setting.
  • Aqualung, a 14 page scenario that allows the players to navigate the dank maze of a suffocating underground complex. Friendly to beginning Narrators and players alike, this 90-minute playthrough is a perfect starting point for players new to the game.
  • Unholy Trinity, an 18 page scenario with three classic horror antagonists who are unlocked based on decisions made by the players. Excellent for groups that want replayability, but still prefer a short runtime for their one-shot sessions (2 hour estimated play time).
  • The Dreamer, our original scenario and the first to ever be playtested, it is still a favorite of the play testing team despite Survive the Night's growing library. This 22 page entry chills with its Lovecraftian tone, and clocks in at a respectable 4-6 hour run time.
  • Carnage at Camp Ojibwe is the second long-form scenario available in the book, at 18 pages and with a 4-6 hour run time. As the night deepens in the camp, the characters must venture through deadly woods to reach the parking lot, and escape with their lives.

If you want a scary campfire experience that you can bring out at parties, an RPG that you can share with veteran gamers and brand new players alike, and hair-raising stories year-round, then you've found the right book.

Note: Watch the video below for footage of a full game of Survive the Night run by DM Scotty, of DM's Craft!

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David J January 23, 2022 10:37 pm UTC
Is there virtue signaling in this game?
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Brian C April 11, 2022 1:43 am UTC
Survive the Night is not a vehicle for any political belief of its creators. We want to tell good stories and give you a great table top experience.
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David J April 13, 2022 2:24 am UTC
Then I will buy everything you sell for as long as you continue that neutrality. You are a breath of fresh air.
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Paul U December 15, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
I gotta ask the usual question-
Is there a Print or Print on Demand version coming?
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Brian C December 17, 2019 2:39 am UTC
We do expect to offer print on Drivethru eventually. It will be a few months at least, however.

Thank you for your interest!
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Paul U December 17, 2019 5:17 pm UTC
Cool, thanks.
I love getting PoDs. It's like Christmas whenever, haha.
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Rachel S October 28, 2019 4:25 am UTC
Having trouble leaving a rating but 5 stars!
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Brian C October 29, 2019 2:16 am UTC
We appreciate it!

Not sure what is going on with the site, a lot of people are reporting issues with the rating tab among some other functions right now. Hopefully a temporary affair!
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RunklePlaysGames S October 27, 2019 5:33 am UTC
If you are looking for a good horror one-shot from time to time, Survive the night is exactly what you are looking for. The gameplay is fast and fun. It's easy to learn in a matter of a few dice rolls. Leaving you all the time to dive deep into the story and lose yourself in the game. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this game.
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Dustin C October 27, 2019 6:23 am UTC
Shouldn't this be under reviews?
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RunklePlaysGames S October 29, 2019 2:13 am UTC
As worded yes that is fair. I had in fact just finished my review of the game when I posted my comment but I did not have a DTRPG copy to post as a review comment. So I will admit I was in a reviewer mindset when I made my comment.
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