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Pick Up & Play RPG! Easy to learn, card-based mechanics. Hardback book, professional art, haunted house horror! Will you alone survive?
Pick Up & Play RPG! Easy to learn, card-based mechanics. Hardback book, professional art, haunted house horror! Will you alone survive?
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Purgatory House is a pick-up & play, horror-themed, haunted house role-playing game for 3 or more people.

Play-through video is now on youtube: https://youtu.be/W0DEz_PrvXI

It lurks atop a hill, behind a rusting gate, squatting amidst decades of weeds and neglect. Broken windows grin across the facade like jagged rotting teeth. Unseen eyes peer out with malice at those who pass it by. It watches, waiting, warning us not to venture in.

It creeps into our dreams. An unspeakable horror chasing us through a warren of endless rooms and devious disasters, a maze from which we can never escape.

There are stories about the House. About the witch that lives there. About the couple who bought it years ago and then mysteriously died. About the old man who murdered his wife and kids. About the young woman who poisoned her abusive husband. About the lights that flicker in the windows on All Hallows Eve. About the faces in the shadows that watch from the attic. About the treasure buried in the basement. About the kids who went exploring inside and never returned.

No matter the city, no matter the year, the house is there; a blight on our subconscious, a foundation of the neighborhood. It slumbers, hunger building till another damned soul climbs the hill, opens the gate, crosses the weed-choked yard, and slips inside.

Then the House wakes up… And it feasts!

  • 6" x 9" Hardback Book! (printed in the USA)
  • Easy to Learn "Blackjack" Mechanics!
  • "Toe Tag" Style Character Sheets!
  • 4 Starting Scenarios & 24 Pre-Generated Characters!
  • 46 Unique Rooms & 52 Deadly Obstacles!
  • Totally Replayable! The House is different every time!
  • Pen & Ink Illustrations from Master Artists!
  • Free US Shipping! 
Layout has already begun!
Layout has already begun!

 

  • Character creation is a snap, but you can jump right in with the included pre-gen characters! 
  • No dice to play, just two decks of regular playing cards (with Jokers!)
  • Definite endgame! A single adventure plays in 2-4 hours.
  • Death is not the end of the action! Dead characters become shades and can still impact the outcome of the adventure.
  • There are no complicated rules to memorize! If you can play Blackjack, you can play Purgatory House!
  • Four starting scenarios are included, with opening descriptions and detailed Horrors!
  • You don't have to create an adventure beforehand! The House Deck determines what rooms open up and what obstacles appear, the Dealer simply interprets how to implement them.
  • The book is filled with examples, gameplay options, and descriptions for each room and obstacle!
  • All challenges are resolved with a hand of Blackjack. A player only takes damage if they bust!
  • Players can exhaust relevant traits to adjust their total score or use found equipment for a one-time bonus!
  • Failure creates "Rising Tension" which makes the next test harder!
  • Jokers (face up in the deck) can either heal a player or summon an Unstoppable Horror!
  • For a video of the mechanics in action, see Update #7!  
  • For a google doc of the base mechanics, go here!

Role-playing games need art. Pictures can do much more than words in setting the mood and expressing the tension. We want this book to have great art! 

We have already contracted four amazing artists to provide their unique touches with pen & ink illustrations, once we are funded. We pay for art (a third of our budget is dedicated to it) and good art is worth every penny.

 

 

  •  See Update #2 for a description of all the extras!

 

We are going to have two types of stretch goals for this game, social goals and funding level goals.

Social goals will trigger when we hit a certain number of backers. Once they are achieved, we will add a new starting scenario (including a new horror and 6 more characters) to the main book.

  • 75 Backers (Achieved!) - Kentucky Creepy Hotel (KS Insert)
  • 125 Backers (Achieved!) - "Scooby" Rules & Scenario
  • 200 Backers (Achieved!) - 3 new scenarios!

Funding level goals trigger after we have achieved our initial funding, and start being able to afford some extras. Once these are achieved, we will create a tri-fold travel brochure for new non-house locations.

These are essentially hacks to the core game that will add entirely new House and Obstacle charts, as well as a new scenario, horror, and characters. These will not be included in the main book but will be provided, for free, to all digital and physical level backers. Possible new settings include: Haunted Amusement Park, Dungeon Crawl, Post-Apocalyptic Underground Vault, Abandoned Space Station, and Bermuda Triangle Cruise Ship.

  • $9,000 (Achieved)  - Haunted Amusement Park
  • $9,750 (Locked) - Abandoned Space Station
  • $10,500 (Locked) - Chosen by Backer Poll
  • $11, 250 (Locked) - Chosen by Backer Poll
  • $12,000 (Locked) - Chosen by Backer Poll

 

Risks and challenges

We have successfully completed 4 previous Kickstarter projects, two books and two games. This game has been through rigorous playtesting and all that is left is some extra writing, art, layout, and printing.

What is different from our last project is that we are working with a new printer, asking for fancier options (the glow in the dark limited edition), and are depending on art from four skilled artists.

Our biggest risks are simple delays. We have given ourselves 6 months to get this game out the door and in your hands, but that timeline depends on art being turned in on time, printing going smoothly, and no undue actual hauntings.

No matter what, we will be upfront with communicating and setting realistic expectations. Ultimately we want to deliver a quality product that you will enjoy playing, even if that takes longer than we have planned for.

No copies of this game will be made available for public consumption before we have shipped it out to our backers, guaranteed!

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    Clearly, you like to live dangerously! That might come back to haunt you in the end, but it works out in your favor today. You will receive a hardback copy of the finished book and all unlocked stretch goals. Plus, your name will appear in the credits of the book.

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    We overlooked the importance of an early bird reward level, but we have heard your cries and are fixing that with a Slump Week Special! This level is exactly the same as the "Professional Investigator" level below, but less expensive for fast acting backers!

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    Professional Investigator

    This is no mere accident for you, this is a lifestyle! At this level you will receive a limited edition, hand signed and numbered, glow-in-the-dark cover version of the hardback book with a ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding. You will also receive six custom joker cards and three reproduction photographs of old, and quite likely haunted, houses. These will be included in a wax sealed envelope secured to the book's inside cover. Of course, you also get all of the unlocked stretch goals and your name in the credits of the book.

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    UK Only - Occult Scholar

    This reward is for our UK friends only! This summer, minion extreme Greg will be returning to the UK for holiday. He has agreed to shlep some books across the pond with him and mail them from the local post. Yay, Greg! This level is exactly the same as the limited edition level above, but includes a small luggage fee instead of a large shipping fee.

    Please note: Greg doesnt go till July, so to take this amazing offer, you understand that you have to wait a wee bit longer.

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    All the Games!

    New Reward: At this level you get a Limited Edition Copy of Purgatory House, a physical copy of my last game "Are You Mental?", and one of the few remaining copies of my first published game, "Hogswallow!"

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    • Two Player Insert
    • PDF Copy of the Book
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    Tormented Soul

    It looks like you are going to be stuck in the House for all eternity! Not only do you receive the limited edition book with all of the trimmings, you also get to appear as a Pre-Generated Character in the book as well! We will work with you to create your likeness or a character of your design suitable for one of the starter scenarios presented in the book. You will also receive two full decks of cards from a defunct casino, all unlocked stretch goals, and your name in the credits!

    (Note: More slots will be added to this reward level if we open new scenarios through stretch goals.)

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    Personal Nightmare

    New Reward: At this level you get the Limited-Edition book with all the trimmings, your name in the credits, and the pdf copies of everything.

    But wait, there is more! I will also create a one-of-a-kind scenario just for you (and your friends) based on your own personal fears. You will receive the only "Travel" brochure style, physical copy of this scenario, including 6 unique pregen characters, signed by me, and NEVER to be released by us in any form to anyone else. It will be just for you and your private group!

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    Unstoppable Horror

    Why go it alone, when you can bring your friends along with you? At this reward level, you will receive one limited edition copy of the book, with all the extras, plus four regular copies for your friends. You will also get the two decks of casino cards, all unlocked stretch goals, and your name in the credits. But the best part is that the designer, Robert Turk, will come to your location (or an agreed upon destination) to hand deliver your rewards and run a private game for you and four friends! He will also provide the pizza for dinner.

    (Note: This reward is only available for destinations within a 3-hour drive of Columbus, OH or the conventions of Gencon, Origins, or Con on the Cob.)

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