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Quietus Brings The Somber Horror of Haunting of Hill House to the RPG Table

June 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Horror is a stable of RPGs, but usually of the high-energy, panic-and run style. Slower, somber horror is rarer, but Quietus seeks to rectify that. Game designer Oli Jeffery has launched a Kickstarter for Quietus, a one shot, prepless roleplaying game that follows in the steps of melancholy and tragic horror as seen in films like Oculus, The Strangers, The Babadook, and The Haunting of Hill House.

The crowdfunding campaign describes Quietus as “a game of slowly building dread, tension and tragedy. With only one or two main characters, there’s no pressure release via a high body count.” Jeffery drew inspiration from the Forged in the Dark system, popularized by the Blades in the Dark roleplaying game. You can add d6s to your dice pool by doing things that put your character at risk emotionally or psychologically, such as revealing parts of your character’s tragic past or raising your anxiety. Your best hope is to raise your Hope score in order to get away alive…but if your Despair score maxes out first, you die.

The game is already funded after just six days, with some stretch goals already acheived. Backing to get a color PDF of the game is about $10 (specifically, £8). You can check out more about the game at the Kickstarter page and the official website. Once funded, the game is expected to be delivered in December.

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