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One Shot in the Dark


One Shot in the Dark is a rules-ultra-light, classic-style fantasy RPG that can be played solo or with up to 4 people.  It's a pick-up-and-play game that requires zero prep. It's also a true one-shot in the sense that it can be played in full in a single session, usually in less time than it takes to watch a movie. A standard deck of playing cards and a set of polyhedral dice (or a dice rolling app) are required for play.

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Matthew G August 28, 2021 7:16 pm UTC
Here to gladly support the “Tales of the Manticore” podcast. Will try to run this as a play over IM with some friends.
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Brian M August 15, 2021 1:25 pm UTC
I'm running OD&D and Shadowrun campaigns at the moment, among other things, so I don't know when I'll get the chance to review this game properly, but I'm happy to support the creator's podcast in some small way.
Keep up the great work, John.
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Leon H August 13, 2021 7:52 pm UTC
John also explains a simple walkthrough for this 'One Shot in the Dark' in his podcast Tales of the Manticore
(Best Podcast 'Ever')
I think this is a great quick -light rule- game to intro players into your sort of RPG (fantasy type) game, play this Solo or up-to 4 players.
I'm a big Solo RPG player, yes we do exist.
Thank You.
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This title was added to our catalog on August 04, 2021.