From the table 'Strange Things In A Haunted Mansion'
An almost empty and dusty room. In the center, finger sized fly grubs wriggle and cry like babies pulled from their mother’s breast.
While approaching the mansion, a PC sees a deer grazing languidly near the side of the road. The doe, spots the players and lopes off revealing the body of a dead buck. The doe appears to have been eating it.
Something outside presses its face against the windows, peering in and looking for intruders. It cups its hands around its large, bulbous glowing eyes as if to shield them from any outside light while pushing its flat abhorrent face to the glass.
Paintings with eyes that seem to follow you. If removed from the wall there are no eye holes beneath. The “eyes” are a mated pair of flatworms with eye spots on their back. A complex system of chromatophores create a blinking pattern. If their painting is disturbed they slither like lighting onto the victim and attack the eyes, doing their best to burrow in and replace them with their own rubbery bodies.
13 Tables To Terrify
What could you find if you search a decaying body? What ghastly things await your players in a haunted mansion? Whispers In The Dark gives you the tools to find out! 13 system agnostic tables with 20 entries each provide you with story seeds and strange happenings that can be dropped into any adventure or have an entire campaign built around them.
Need something strange for the players to investigate? Roll a d20 on the Local Legends table!
The mist that fills the moor? It’s not natural. There is a corpse pinned to the earth out there. Some ancient sorcerer or consort of the infernal. The mist pours from his desiccated eyes and mouth. Strange things hide in that fog.
Got a session tonight and need an antagonist last minute? Roll on the Strange Undead list, get a 3 and introduce your players to this monster:
A mass of worms shaped like a man tumbles and spills down the steps of basements. It lives in the dewy, moldy darkness listening to the families above. It breathes out half remembered words and tries to learn how to be a human again. Woe to those who discover this student of humanity. It hates how people react to its otherworldly nature and does its best to suffocate their screams in handfuls of spiraling, slimy night crawlers.
If we reach $1000 we will add a new, terrifying list and companion art!
For every $500 after that we will add more lists and more art!
How Far Along Is The Project?
As of the launch of this Kickstarter 11 of the 13 tables have been written. There are 6 pieces of art made with the aim of having at least one piece for for each of the 13 tables. Once the tables are finished they will be reviewed and edited for maximum creepiness and a small description for each table will be added.
After the writing is complete, which we predict will be done by the end of February, we will begin layout with the art. At the same time we will be narrowing down the best way to print and ship the zine to you!
Who Are We?
Majdi Badri: Writer. Has ideas too often.
Majdi got his start in RPGs by running through a field house in the Chicago park district pretending he was a Changeling when he was 13. Since then he's worked as a developer and writer on the video game Octodad Dadliest Catch, and the currently in production Deck Box Dungeons board game. Working on an RPG product is a dream come true. Majdi currently works as a designer at a mobile games company in Chicago.
Cait Malone: Artist. Editor. Cat Wrangler
Cait is new to the RPG scene and has been enjoying zines for years. This is the first zine she has worked on and while it's full of unexpected challenges, she revels in tackling each one and is loving this new craft. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago where she studied Non-Fiction writing.
Risks and challenges
This is our first kickstarter project and our first zine. While we are confident that we can create a great product we are still learning the ins and outs of this craft.
There is a risk that our project could be delayed while we figure out our best printing/ construction options but we guarantee that, delayed or not, we will have a product to deliver.
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