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Deathly Thrones Basic


Deathly Thrones

Basic Version

Deathly Thrones is a print & play solo player roguelike game. Use playing cards along with the story laid out in the quest booklet to play. It takes less than one minute to setup, and each game runs about 15-20 minutes long. The rules are simple, you choose your hero, note your health and armor, and then select a Quest to conquer a new throne!

Presentation of the game

Print & Play Game

The game uses a print & play format. All you need is a printer and a standard deck of playing cards. Anyone can play!

Each Quest is on a single page and come in two formats:

  • Booklet version. Just fold the page to create your booklet. No need for glue or staples.
  • Single page version. This is a reference sheet that you can view on digital devices or print to play.

The same quest in

Single player   ;   15-20'   ;   Age 8+

You need a standard deck of 52 playing cardsPlaying cards are used in a new way.

The playing cards are split into 4 decks to help you through your quest:

  • Health: Sort the 1-9 ♡ cards in ascending order face up so that the 1 ♡ is on top.
  • Armor: Sort the 1-9 ♤ cards in ascending order face up so that the 1 ♤ is on top.
  • Battle: Use the  1 - 9 ♧ and ♢ cards. Shuffle them and place the deck face down.
  • Step: With the rest of the cards, create a final deck. This includes all suits of 10 - Kings. Shuffle them and place them face down. 

Your character choice determines how much Health ♡ and Armor ♤ you will have. Turn the cards in the corresponding counters to display the value at the top.

The last step is to pick your quest and you are ready to play!

The Booklet version of the same Quest print in A4 and A3 format

How to play

Using a deck of playing cards, setup your Health and Armor counters. Shuffle the Battle deck cards and the Step deck cards. Choose your Hero and then choose among the Quests which throne you are going to conquer.

[1] Draw a step cards

Use the Step cards to travel in the Quest.

There are 40 steps in each quests. The card value is the number of steps you take to advance your character. For example, a "Jack" is two steps where a "King" is four.

[2] Apply the event

Fall in a trap, take some rest, of fight for your life. This is a RPG. Follow the quest to battle your enemies, trick your rivals to their downfall, and seize the throne for yourself. Make the adventure whatever you want it to be. There are no limits, anything you imagine is possible! Use the Quest guide to direct you through the game.

[3] Check

If you manage to succeed in the event, you start over from phase[1] and draw a new Step card. If you didn't succeed, well, you lose. If you beat the boss at the 40th step, you win!

A picture of a game

How to fight

When you meet an enemy during an event, you will start a fight. Fighting is the main mechanism of this game.

Draw 2 cards form the battle's deck. The first is your attack number, the second is the enemy's attack number.

  • Add the value of your health to your attack number. This is now your attack power.
  • Add the value of the enemy's health to his attack number. This is the enemy's attack power.

The difference between the attack powers is the hit points. If yours are higher you hit, if they are lower be ready to be hit by the enemy. If the hit points are equal to 0, it's a draw. Throw the battle cards into the discard pile and draw 2 new cards to fight again.

Now you want to use those hit points to damage the enemies abilities, or your own if you are unlucky. Subtract the hit points to the armor score of the target. These are the damage points. Choose which part of the target you will damage. It can be the Health or the Armor but not both. If they have more damage points than Health or Armor points, then this score automatically goes to 0.

If both of the fighters still have health at the end of this attack, throw the Battle cards into the discard pile and draw 2 new cards to fight again. If your health reaches 0, it's game over! If the enemy's Health reaches 0, they die, you take the rewards and continue your quest by drawing a card on the step counter deck.

When all the Battle cards have been used, take the discard pile, shuffle it and place the cards face down to form the new Battle's deck.



This is the Basic version of Deathly Thrones.

It contains the rulebook with 3 Quests in PDF format. Includes both the "single page" and the "booklet" version. Formatted to be print in A4 and US letter. Covers are available in black & white and in color.


  • Deathly Thrones Rulebook (print&play)
  • Meeza : Beginner quest
  • Caerleon : Intermediate quest
  • Heirloom : Veteran quest
By buying the More, Stretch and Editor version you obtain the complete set of the game:
Picture of the 7 quests

Dedicated website

If you look at the Editor version, it's really easy to create new stories.

A dedicated website exists to  share your quest with the community.

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October 19th, 2022
Elegant and fun. I loved the story aspect and the fact that the multiple booklets are setup as one adventure. The combat flow and adventure process are easy to get, although there is not that much player agency. It's definitley worth a playthrough! [...]
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