House of the Dread
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
House of the Dread is a single-session role-playing campaign, where players choose a Profession and go ghost hunting. However, players also acquire Menaces that will force them to pull from the Tower of Dread as they explore, and if the tower falls then that player is dead for the rest of the game. Not that being dead means you can't play, sometimes death is only the beginning.
Dread is a horror role-playing game that uses a tower of blocks for all potential player actions - no dice, no stats. If a player makes a pull from the tower and places it back on top, they succeed, choose not to pull and they fail. If the tower ever falls, that player dies.
This campaign was written to be easy to play, for first time role-players and first time Hosts alike.
- One player is the Host (like a Dungeon Master)
- Everyone else controls a single character they create
- Print out the campaign notes, Character Sheets, and Menace/Item cards
- Uses a block tower (typically called Jenga)
- Best for 4-6 players (not a hard limit)
- Roughly 3 hours to play, broken into 3 acts and character creation
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