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This is a narrative solo & duet ZineQuest 2021 game.

It is a procedurally generated catacomb crawl through a candlelit world of stone and skulls beneath a just-slightly-fantastical industrial city, where eccentric patrons insist upon shining the heavy, noxious electric arc lamps of progress, carried on the backs of poorly-paid apprentices, on ancient mysteries, and those mysteries retaliate with obsession and madness.

It has custom cyclic rules, inspired by Blades in the Dark and The Skeletons, for a high-authoring solo or duet experience where a player plays the apprentices balancing their own survival against their need to curry favor with their patron.

It also has system-agnostic tools to generate a (probably) unending crawl through vaguely disturbing, darkly whimsical catacombs, to create a vibrant, haunted city to return your tattered band to, to create miserable encounters along the way, and, finally, tools to populate everything in proper sly quasi-Victorian style.

so what's in here?

  • 192dpi half-letter format pdf
  • 192dpi a5 format pdf
  • 300dpi half-letter for printing at home
  • 300dpi a5 for printing at home
  • 300dpi cover

Also, I am slowly (very slowly) releasing the art that is public domain here. For more games like this one, please follow me here, or check out my website at www.hedonic.ink.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(14 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
TagsNarrative, solo, troupe, Tabletop role-playing game


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

WhereMysteryDwells-halfletter-screen.pdf 39 MB
WhereMysteryDwells-A5-screen.pdf 39 MB
WhereMysteryDwells-A5-300dpi.pdf 141 MB
WhereMysteryDwells-halfletter-300dpi.pdf 146 MB
WhereMysteryDwells-hl-cover-wb.pdf 7 MB

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Community Copy

Please, grab one of these if you'd like a copy but are in need! Generously donated by the good folks who backed the kickstarter for Where Mystery Dwells.