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Cursed! is a horror roleplaying game based on Ben Milton's Knave.

Cursed! is meant to help referees run any horror adventures they find as long as the protagonists are humans facing unnatural horrors.

What kind of horror? Cosmic horror? Vampire hunting? Alien invasion? You should be able to do it all: The rules are designed for a modern setting (late 19th century monster hunting to contemporary survival horror). It comes with dangerous and draining spells and  customisable monsters.

No classes and no levels: characters can get better but you'll see no hit points bloat here, even on the monsters side, keeping encounters tense and deadly for the unwary.

Horror made easy: short and easy guidelines, never be afraid to run a horror game again!

The game is licensed under a Creative Commons 4.0 International License: you are free to share and adapt this material for any purpose, including commercially, as long as you give attribution.

Inside the game's folder you'll find:

_a PDF of the game

_the character sheet

_an .odt text file for all your hacking needs

_the game's cover

_three "This game has been Cursed!" logo to add to your games or adventures if you wish to.


Thanks to Brexit and new customs rules everywhere, I also put a print version of the book on Lulu. It's a 33 pages zine with illustrations by Charles Ferguson-Avery. It's a digest sized, saddle-stitched book, printed on creamy paper (oooh, creamy....).

Here's the link to it:

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Javier F February 10, 2022 9:37 am UTC
Hi Alexandre, my name is Javier and I'm an independent rpg publisher from Spain. I'm interested in translating this game and I know that I don't really need your permission, but I'd really want you to know and if we could talk I think it could be better. You can get me back in

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Alexandre J February 19, 2022 11:12 pm UTC
Thank you for your message I've sent you an email!
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Jeremy H November 14, 2021 12:16 am UTC
Any material on threat creation (monster generators, etc.)? How about tips on setting the mood, description, etc.?
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Alexandre J November 14, 2021 1:41 am UTC
There is material and advice to create your own monsters (it's not a random method using several tables though if that's what you meant, I don't like these).

I'd like to make a "companion"/second issue with more profession tables, pulp characters, telltale signs of a monsters presence, etc. The goal here was to have a low page count (as Knave) that let you run existing horror adventures from the get go

I'm glad you wish to see more material for the game :)
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Jean-François P November 14, 2021 9:27 am UTC
A companion would be a great addition, especially with pulp rules!

I do appreciate the principle of a 'low page count' rules. I will undoubtedly use these rules the next time I'll launch a Pulp Cthulhu campaign ;)

Inspiring reading and brilliant creation. Keep on your good work ;)
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Alexandre J November 14, 2021 9:39 am UTC
Thank you, will do ^^
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This title was added to our catalog on November 12, 2021.