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WHAT IS SHIVER?

SHIVER is a tabletop roleplaying game that lets players bring their favourite scary movies, spooky tv shows, and horror stories to life. Ever wanted to play through the plot of your favourite film on the tabletop? Or wanted to make sequels, prequels and original stories in the worlds of pop culture you love? SHIVER lets you play that!

SHIVER is setting neutral allowing you to play any story, anytime, and as anyone. Want to play a game of teens in survival mode against a zombie horde? Kids on Bikes who dread exploring a haunted house on Halloween night? Or perhaps a medieval monster hunter looking for a werewolf, vampire or mage? SHIVER can deliver stories and characters for anything from cult pulp classic to Cthulhu fuelled eldritch mystery.


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SHIVER has easy to learn rules which make it fast to play and keep you immersed in your chaos and dark magic filled stories. SHIVER uses symbolic dice to keep players immersed in the story as well as providing a visual role playing aid that does away with pesky arithmetic. Character creation is quick and easy with a simple skill point and ability system that links to the game's dice.

SHIVER is perfect for a one shot or short story between main campaigns. It can also be used to form longer narratives tying one-shot stories together using rules for sequels.

Check out a review on Geek Native Here!
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SHIVER is inspired by many great bits of pop culture which we really wanted to play on the table including:

Stranger Things, Dracula, Jurassic Park, Aliens, Evil Dead, Friday 13th, Hellboy, League of Extrordinary Gentlemen, Gothic stories, Hellraiser, Indiana Jones, IT, Stephen King and his works, Fallout, HP Lovecraft, The Thing, and many more...

With the SHIVER Core Book you can play with the full dynamic Archetype game system featuring: 

  • 224 Full Colour pages jammed packed with illustration.
  • Highly detailed character creation for any setting
  • An easy to use character sheet
  • Monsters and enemies galore to slay or do some slaying.
  • Full Doom Clock rules to keep your story moving and raise that tension.
  • Thought death was the end of your story? Think again and get haunting.
  • Full rules for both Players and Directors (Game Masters / GMs ).
  • A suite of weapons and items from the generic to the esoteric.

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David M P January 09, 2024 9:36 am UTC
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My gaming group have been loving Shiver, it's been great getting them into the ttrpg hobby, I own the physical copy of the Core rule book, I'm not sure if it comes with a pdf copy or if I need to buy that separately any help would be appreciated
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Richard G October 11, 2023 9:51 pm UTC
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My brother and I have both bought copies of this book, hoping to run a few sessions of SHIVER ourselves for Halloween, as the system feels really nice to run and has good info on how to set up any horror scenario you wish.
I really like some of the videos online of how SHIVER is played with the creators of the game and other players, which help with my grasping of the mechanics of the game.

Question about character and creature sizes:
The book does state that all things will be either be small,
Humanoid, Large, Giant, and Colossal, and the book does mention about using minis and a grid on page 114.

My ask is, for those using a grid and minis, can you confirm if there a guideline on how much space creatures and characters would take for each of the sizes?

Example, small and humanoid takes up a 5x5 ft square, large is a 10x10ft square, huge is 15x15ft, etc.
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Andrew S October 12, 2022 7:21 pm UTC
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Question on combat: When players attempt an attack, their attack hits if the successes in their attack roll meet or exceed the target enemy's CR. But when an enemy attacks a player, is there also some form of threshold that needs to be overcome for the attack to land? Or is every attempted attack from an enemy a hit, unless the player character had armor to block?
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Barney M October 12, 2022 7:48 pm UTC
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Player characters start with CR 1, there are abilities, items and other effects that can increase this.
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Ed S October 04, 2022 1:51 pm UTC
"After getting the quick start rules here"

Where do I get this quickstart?
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Chris S October 05, 2022 12:20 am UTC
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It looks like they've taken it off of DTRPG, but it's still available on itch.io: https://parable-games.itch.io/shiver-quickstart-guide
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Ed S October 07, 2022 7:16 am UTC
Thanks, Chris.
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John P October 31, 2023 10:53 pm UTC
Quickstart is gone unfortunately now. Link leads nowhere and the itch page for Parable Games doesn't show a free Quickstart...
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Andrew M July 26, 2022 12:41 am UTC
I love everything about this game!
After getting the quick start rules here, I watched a recorded example of the 'introductory module' being played. That did it.
I ordered a physical copy and a set of dice.
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Barney M September 21, 2022 5:26 pm UTC
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Amazing news Andrew, glad you're enjoying SHIVER!
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Andrew M September 27, 2022 5:48 pm UTC
Dear Barney,
Thanks mate- I cannot wait to purchase Gothic in print!
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Shogen J July 15, 2022 12:47 am UTC
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This game is really disappointing. Its got that same D&D problem of talking like it is one kind of game and really just being a combat simulator. In this case paying lots of lip service to being a horror game, even a movie horror game, and having next to no rules that make it actually feel like a horror story but having lots and lots of Cawmbat abilities, and I mean Lots. It even talks about talking the game for optimizing play, which is basically anathema to an actual horror story. A huge huge disappointment.
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Barney M July 15, 2022 1:51 pm UTC
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Hi Shogen,

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the game. The game has plenty of horror mechanics so I think it it a bit unfair to say there are next to no rules; built in fears, degrading character capabilities over time with damage, a narrative clock that works with skill checks to keep narrative tense and moving forward, reactive enemies that don't just stand around waiting for you to hit them.

We do also talk a lot in the book about how options of play for those who are fans of combat heavy role play versus those who are more interested in mystery and suspense elements. SHIVER is designed to cater to a wide variety of play styles so there will be elements of the book that some people will use more than others.
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Shogen J July 16, 2022 4:30 am UTC
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Ok, can you better direct me to these mechanics? Because I am just seeing gobs of combat stuff and advocacy for optimising. Two things that really don't belong in the genre. I would happy to be wrong about this, but where is this stuff you are talking about? Again I would love to be wrong.
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Barney M July 20, 2022 9:26 am UTC
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I've added a few page references to some horror mechanics below. One thing to bear in mind is the system is setting neutral both in terms of location/time but also in terms of horror which is a pretty broad church from Scooby Doo all the way out to Saw. If you don't believe optimising and combat fits in your horror game then we encourage you to play the way you enjoy the most and even not use some of the more complex/crunchy combat rules, but some people do want a horror light pulp romp punching zombies. SHIVER can do both and it's up to the Director and players to decide how they want to use the tools provided. We certainly don't preach a 'correct' way to play the horror genre on the tabletop as there are so many options that it's entirely a personal choice:

Some page references for you:
Fear - pg 96-97 (all characters must have at least one and they make you significantly less good at passing checks if you are Afraid/Terrified)
Fatal Flaws pg 79 (rules for making your character worse...See more
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Shogen J July 28, 2022 11:51 pm UTC
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Ok. Thanks for that. I will take a second look and take your words into consideration. If the game is easier than it looks to scale back, I could be seriously on board again. I don't want to dislike games, so I would be happy to be wrong about this one.
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Dominik S October 05, 2022 9:50 am UTC
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I am sorry to say I am with Shogen here. Had some high hopes for the game and I do love the artwork and the general wirting style. That said it feels more like trying to merge D&D with Forbidden lands and writing some Horror Combat Simulator. Maybe it is for People who like D&D and want something more tailored for Horror Rpg but i was expecting some fresh Indie Horror Game and was disappointed. But please dont get me wrong: For many people this might just the thing there are looking for, since D&D is widely popular. Just not my cup of tea but i can see the effort put into the product.
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Shogen J July 07, 2022 3:36 am UTC
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Page 10 is messed up. I. The example the stat block says 5 core skill and one talent. Then in the related dice pool it has 5 skill dice and Two talent dice. Also the talent dice depicted are d6s instead of D8 like they should be.

Also Page 11 second colour second paragraph. It says "To succeed in a skill check the player must Roll a number of core skill symbols of the specified type......." This could be confusing for some people and might should say core symbols of the specified type or Talent Symbols.

All in all the relationship between the talent dice and symbols and skill dice and symbols is muddy in the writing. I get it just fine, but it is vague and inconsistent in the wording. Likely because it was written kind of short hand by people who know the game really well. This is the exact kind of thing some over anxious new gamer would use to confuse and double guess them selves.
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Nichlos M April 18, 2022 2:31 pm UTC
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Is there a place to purchase a revised version of the director's screen? It has a few typos on it. Most notablly the large 'Inteeligent' on the right fold.
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Barney M May 24, 2022 8:46 pm UTC
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Hi Nicholas,

That is a good spot! We don't have an updated digital version currently, but are working on one for people to print & play should they choose. If you spy any other error please do email us at contactparablegames@gmail.com

All the best
The SHIVER Team
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Marlon G March 24, 2022 11:14 pm UTC
What do you think if a Director send the players the whole core book so they can read more bout the archetypes for example without the GM?
Do you appreciate that or shall the players maybe spend money by themselves? i mean its not expensive so that wouldnt be any problem its more a question of curiousity.
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Barney M May 24, 2022 8:44 pm UTC
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Hi Marion,

We ask that customers use the books for personal use and not share the files with others.

All the best
The SHIVER Team
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Frank T March 09, 2022 4:26 pm UTC
I would love a print copy as well. I was hoping it was available in light of the Kickstarter for the new stuff but I guess that is not the case right now. :(
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Adam H March 11, 2022 1:33 pm UTC
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You can add a physical copy of the original core book to your Kickstarter pledge for the new Gothic expansion:

http://kck.st/3hqOBaE

Hope that helps!
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Brian B February 24, 2022 10:12 pm UTC
Would be nice to have the option of an Printed version.
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Adam H March 11, 2022 1:34 pm UTC
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You can add a physical copy of the original core book to your Kickstarter pledge for the new Gothic expansion:

http://kck.st/3hqOBaE

Hope that helps!
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Adam H February 16, 2022 2:49 pm UTC
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Brilliant game - got my physical copy and custom dice, all set for ghouls and good times. Now just to wait for Shiver: Gothic to come out!
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David W J August 05, 2021 2:14 am UTC
If you get a character sheet made on roll20 so I can play it there, I'll buy every product you sell.
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Michael L June 28, 2021 2:12 am UTC
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Any word when a print version and the dice will be available to people who didn't back the Kickstarter?
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Barney M September 06, 2021 7:40 pm UTC
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We're hoping to have it on general sale by the end of 2021 but we are experiencing some COVID related delays currently.
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Michael L September 06, 2021 9:41 pm UTC
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Good to know and looking forward to it!
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Dave T May 25, 2021 6:31 pm UTC
Here's a video overview and review of Shiver that I made!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1TwWu6-hJs&t=21s
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Tore N May 26, 2021 7:02 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Neil S April 14, 2021 1:43 am UTC
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