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Castle of the Dead: A Micro Chapbook RPG
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Castle of the Dead: A Micro Chapbook RPG

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An undead horde has awoken from its ancient slumber in a nearby abandoned castle. Will you, brave hero, be able to quell this threat before they invade town?

Castle of the Dead is a Micro Chapbook RPG--an ultra-light roleplaying game that fits in a single folded chapbook. Simply print off the two rules pages back-to-back, fold in half, and you have a completely playable Micro Chapbook RPG. 

These rules are specially designed for solo play on a grid map or graph paper but may also be used as quick and simple rules for a traditional GM run RPG game. Combine with other Micro Chapbook RPGs for extra options!  

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Andrew R May 09, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
In this scenario the cloak gives health and chainmail give willpower. I played them as reverse of this, though to be fair I just bought blessed armor because it is the best.
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Noah P May 09, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
Makes sense to me! The game is open-ended with the intention to be homebrewed if you wish. Thanks!
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Justin C May 05, 2020 10:30 pm UTC
This seems great! I actually don't have any graph paper lying around but I do have plenty of dungeon tiles! A few questions:
If you run out of a room back into a room you've been in does it respawn monsters?
What if you don't have a melee weapon? Do you automatically fail the strength check, or just do no damage?
If you die you start back at square one with 2d6 gold only? I was thinking of leaving perished adventurers and their stuff in the dungeon where they died.
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Noah P May 05, 2020 11:02 pm UTC
Justin! Thanks for playing.
*If you left the room empty, roll 1D6. On a roll of 6, new monsters appear. You don't earn new treasure. The deluxe core rulebook goes into more detail on this.
*If you don't have a melee weapon, roll the strength roll as normal as a sort of "dodge" roll. If you pass, you dodge the enemy attack. If you fail, take damage.
*You could easily delve back into the same dungeon using the backtracking rule above until you reach the room where your previous character perished to collect all the items and gold!
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Matthew G April 30, 2020 12:25 am UTC
This is a great little product, Noah. I just ran in and out of my first dungeon. I’ll be grabbing the deluxe and hacking to my heart’s content, but here are some observations and questions:
* how should fighting 4 monsters of LF=2 be different from fighting one monster of LF=8?
* have you thought about the interaction between monsters and room size or treasure? I’m going to limit # monsters to room squares and think about monsters giving a bonus to the treasure roll.
* I understand the old school aesthetic of rolling under, but I’ve hacked it to be STAT as +0/+0/+1/+2 to start and all rolls need to be greater than or equal to 6 for success. This got me into my happy space of rolling high to win while preserving probabilities.
* keep up the good work!
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Noah P April 30, 2020 12:43 am UTC
Matthew, thank you so much for the comments! I love some of your ideas.
*I guess the only difference is the "Story" involved in the fight.
*I love this idea. Limiting the monsters to the number of squares is great. I think the thought had passed my mind during really early designs. Didn't make it into the final product.
*I enjoy this style fo rolling and it is completely acceptable.
Thank you!
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John W April 10, 2020 9:52 am UTC
Youe=r game is awesome. I would really like like to discuss some ideas with you for group rules and such.
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Noah P April 22, 2020 4:28 pm UTC
John! What are your ideas!
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John W April 28, 2020 3:41 am UTC
Dude you probably have read my mind when you produced the deluxe book lol, but anyway what about a setting book or a creature catalog for a follow up to deluxe.
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Noah P April 28, 2020 12:39 pm UTC
John, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the new books I'm working on. Obviously, there will continue to be the free mini products such as this one, but I have a good number of deluxe ones in the works as well!
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Todd V April 09, 2020 6:36 pm UTC
Loved it!!! Such a great little solo game!
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Noah P April 09, 2020 6:48 pm UTC
Thanks, Todd!
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