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Rats in the Walls: A Roleplaying Game of Cosmic Horror


Rats in the Walls is a new rules-lite Lovecraftian-style roleplaying game from Les Livres de l'Ours with the goal of "...run[ning] quick one-shot adventures while at the same time, [being] rich enough to allow for long-term play".

 

The system was inspired by Advanced Fighting Fantasy, Traveller and others.

 

Rats in the Walls runs to 34 pages for the "art-free" edition which is available to download now from DriveThruRPG on a pay-what-you-want basis.

Rats in the Walls: A Roleplaying Game of Cosmic Horror

 

Rats in the Walls is a roleplaying game of cosmic horror, inspired by the writings of H.P Lovecraft (but without using HPL's Mythos).

 

The game system is inspired by classics like Advanced Fighting Fantasy, Traveller and more recent titles like Maze Rats or Into the Odd.

 

The goal was to have a system that is simple enough to run quick one-shot adventures while at the same time, rich enough to allow for long-term play.

 

The default setting is the roaring '20s but an appendix allows you to create medieval characters. A Sci-Fi setting is on the way as well.

 

So grab a character sheet, 2d6, pick a profession and a reputation and go fight the Old Ones or die screaming.

 

All money made by this version will pay for the art of the final version.

 

Source: https://www.drivethr...artfree-version

 

See also the discussion topic in the Yoggie forums: Rats in the Walls: A Roleplaying Game of Cosmic Horror

 

[Some free paper miniatures are available as well.]



3 Comments

This is a great game - elegantly simple, with rules that provide firm structure yet they also melt into the background, not calling undue attention to themselves. I am so pleased that ‘Rats in the Walls’ is getting attention on the premier Lovecraftian website, YSDC!

Thanks a lot for the spotlight Sir!

Nice purchase !   Spotted a couple of small flaws in the equipment section.  No scotch tape in the 1920s, and dynamite WAS easily available in hardware stores.  

 

Amused to discover that Swiss Army Knives DID exist in the 1920s.  They were invented in the 1890s.