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Fear of the Unknown - Core Rulebook

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Fear of the Unknown is a zero prep horror mystery game designed for one-shots and inspired by horror movies, from slasher flicks to possession films to conspiracy thrillers

Solve mysteries, face perils, encounter horrors, and see how that changes you as a person.

Together, one Oracle and one or more other players will collaboratively create the small town setting and populate it with a diverse and contentious cast of characters. Each player creates their protagonist, and then the Oracle creates a horrifying mystery for them to solve. Every game has a real mystery to solve with a real secret to uncover, with zero prep required! 

Fear of the Unknown introduces the Seeking the Unknown system, which focuses on leading questions that help you create a world, characters, and story with no preparation, and lasting changes to your character with every decision you make and every time you roll the dice. It also has advice for how to make your own Seeking the Unknown game.

To get a taste of what awaits you, check out the free quickstart rules, which contain everything you need to play, but without the GM tools. To change up your game even further, check out the first collection of themebooks, and the charity zine Killing for a Cause issue 1: Bloodsuckers, which is Pay What You Want and all the proceeds go to support the Against Malaria Foundation.

A map of a fictional small town filled with hidden horrors

"This game feels like you just got back from the video store and you rented one of the spooky movies and your friends are over for a sleepover. There's a very VHS-punk feeling I'm getting...This game I really kind of fell in love with in a lot of respects. It's absolutely wonderful." - The Story Told RPG Podcast

"This design is beautifully quirky and brilliant. Intensely clever." - Sean Patrick Fannon, author of The Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible, Savage RIFTS, and Prowlers and Paragons

"A clever campfire tales type of game that returns imagination and group storybuilding back into the genre. Be prepared for sleepless nights!" - Brian Patrick O'Toole, screenwriter of Evilution and Basement Jack

"My new favorite RPG. The most fun I've had worldbuilding for a game, and the easiest, most satisfying way to run a mystery I've found." - Howard Frieze, superfan

"The mechanics work really quite well. I did enjoy that." - Scott Dorward, writer for Chaosium

"I want to briefly praise the GM tools in this game... there's some great resources in there... I think it makes it a really solid Powered by the Apocalypse game that has plenty of guidance for a Game Master." - Lexi, The Gaming Table

"I dreamt someone imprisoned me and a bunch of other people and made us play death games before forcing us to play this." - James Avery, superfan

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Elliot S September 25, 2023 9:50 am UTC
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I purchased a hard copy of the rulebook, but chose the wrong option and didn't get the PDF. Is there any chance I could please get hold of the PDF? I'm not sure what you need for proof of purchase but I can provide an order ID if that's useful. Thanks.
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Thomas E November 07, 2023 5:28 pm UTC
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Hey, I'm sorry for not seeing this until now! Yes, you can absolutely get the PDF. Send me an email at Thomas (at) SixpenceGames (dot) com and I'll set you up.
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Gilbert I February 13, 2023 3:13 am UTC
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I didn't get an answer for the 'how many pages' does the game have, so I opted for the PDF. I wish I hadn't. The 'two-page' format makes this pretty much unusable on any phone and barely usable on my tablet. Please, could you export the digital PDF of this into single page instead of facing pages?
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Thomas E February 21, 2023 5:41 pm UTC
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That's a good idea! I have updated it and now you should be able to download a single page version as well as the spread version. Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this! If you want to contact me directly, since I don't always get notified about comments here, my email address is my first name (at) sixpencegames (dot) com
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Gilbert I February 21, 2023 9:54 pm UTC
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Much appreciated!
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Gilbert I February 09, 2023 5:04 am UTC
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What's the page count? I'm trying to decide between PDF only or softcover and PDF.
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Thomas E February 21, 2023 5:27 pm UTC
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Sorry about the late reply, I just saw this. It's 253 pages
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serena F January 17, 2023 8:19 pm UTC
PDF + Softcover, B&W Book €7.180,98 wow...
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Luis O Moura D January 17, 2023 10:28 pm UTC
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Must be a clue!
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Thomas E January 17, 2023 10:59 pm UTC
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Haha yeah that was a mistake, a leftover from when it wasn't meant to be available to the public. It's updated now - you get the PDF for free with the softcover!
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