Throwback Thursday: Dark Storytelling

March is a stressful month for me job-wise so I’ve decided to give myself a break on Thursdays and also give some prompts for you, the readers! Today I’m going to be looking at some of the past posts I’ve written about creepy, scary games. Check them out if you missed them, if you forgotten about them, or even if you just want to give them another looksy.

  • Tales From the Loop: This fantastic game won all sorts of ENnie awards after my initial review of it (in three different posts) including Best Game, Product of the Year, Best Setting, Best Writing, and, unsurprisingly, Best Interior Art. Tales From the Loop is an incredible RPG of kids trying to negotiate a mad-science version of the eighties in either Sweden or the American Southwest and it’s just great. I backed the Kickstarter for the sequel (Things From the Flood) and recently got the finished book so expect a review of that puppy soon.
  • Cthulhu Invictus: I’m a sucker for anything having to do with the Roman Empire and this game has the advantage of being really well-written and having the entire Lovecraftian mythos to play with. Cthulhu Invictus for the 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu is an update of the original Cthulhu Invictus product but is much more than just new mechanics. It’s full of tables and information to help you flesh out a Roman setting and you can read all about it in my review.
  • Red Markets: I wrote a post of the game with an Active Session Zero (which, now that I think of it, I should do more of). It’s a game about economic anxiety and zombies, in that order or reversed depending on your play style. If you like gritty games this is one you should definitely check out as it has you managing resources and employees all while fending off the undead. So, adulting.
  • Journey to Ragnarok: This is one that I just reviewed but you might want to check it out if you like dark storytelling. The setting and characters are based on Norse legend and specifically the end of the world. Doesn’t get much darker than that, and there’s certainly enough grimdark axe-wielding to make you happy.
  • Early Dark: One of my first articles here was about character creation for the Early Dark roleplaying game. I still love this setting and have returned to it fairly often in my reading. This post isn’t my favorite in terms of writing but it’s old enough that I suspect even a fair number of regulars haven’t seen it. The game itself is very detailed and subverts a lot of player expectations so it dovetails very nicely with groups that like Shadows of Esteren, even providing some other cultures you could pull into that game.

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