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“Where there is no imagination there is no horror.”
—Arthur Conan Doyle

Horror maims and kills.

That makes the genre a tough beast to tame for any role-playing game. And once tamed, it isn’t horror any longer.

Other genres—fantasy, sci-fi, westerns, modern combat, and such—are about characters who go seeking adventure. It’s only natural that their lives are a string of such escapades.

But horror stories involve innocents caught up in peril they never sought out. Even if they survive, they’ll be scarred physically or psychologically.

This game of “grim horror across time and space" depicts just that, in an episodic fashion like an anthology or TV series. With it you can play any horror plot you have ever read, seen on film, or yourself imagined.

Within the pages you’ll find a “One Roll to Rule Them All” system, using a unique “dl3” mechanic for actions, and tarot cards to represent the dangerous, unwieldy nature of paranormal abilities.

Horror maims and kills. Are you ready to face it?

The D13 RPG is designed by Origins Award winning game designer Lester Smith, author of the Dark Conspiracy RPG, Dragon Dice, the D6xD6 RPG, and many others.

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July 30th, 2020
Lester Smith has delivered again. The latest piece of horror by the grandmaster of rpgs had me hooked from beginning to the end. highly recommend! David [...]
July 28th, 2020
The D13 RPG is a masterpiece. The tone, the rules, the writing, the art - they all come together in a Poe-esque "unity of effect." As the promo text highlights, the game portrays an interesting balance between long-term play and the im [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on July 23, 2020.