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ON THE HOUSE: DEATH SPIRAL is a house-rule supplement for Old-School (OSR) tabletop role-playing game systems. It helps reduce the game’s lethality, giving the characters the possibility to survive beyond 0 hit points, and even act — if they choose to — but with an increasing probability of actually dying with each additional round of action.

PC lethality, especially at lower levels, is one of the main features of OSR play and we do not wish to remove it because it brings a sense of palpable danger to the game.

However, in specific situations, like some one-shot games, we want to be able to keep our characters for a little longer after a single wrong call or a bad die roll, while keeping other elements of old-school gaming. These rules are meant for those cases.

This text is licensed under the Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

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This title was added to our catalog on August 03, 2022.