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Survivors is a science-fiction role-playing game designed for and as a one-shot cosmic horror scenario where players are faced with survival questions while also encountering an unknown alien force which threatens their very lives. Together they may find ways to survive (or at least hope to) but they will hardly escape the psychic horror they pose themselves. Is it the desperate situation or something else which drives them mad to a point of no return to their former selves?

… you wake up from your uneasy sleepy delirium as the rescue capsule clanks against something metallic outside. A view from the window provides you with a hopeful sight – clamps activate and a bridge extends from a small station of unknown design and origin.

Players in Survivors take over the role of different travelers on a galactic transit liner. Their journey is cut short due to some malfunction or sabotage as they run towards the rescue pods and are ejected into the blackness of space. After several days of floating towards the unknown, their pod stumbles upon an unknown space outpost. Who built it? What was its purpose? And why is nobody on board? More important – will they find a way to survive and call for help?

What follows is a slow and desperate falling towards madness, as the PCs develop mental conditions which provide them with more intensive role-play prompts described on individual cards, which you can print out, cut out and play with... slowly leading them all to a state where they lose their previous selves until all is lost. Like this one:

One of the Madness Condition Progressions

What do you get?

  • a fresh and new lightweight system developed for this experience which supports role-playing without breaking flow of the story
  • adventure scenario with descriptions of individual outpost locations (and story clues)
  • fully described condition cards for 5 different madness progressions to cut-out and play with
  • map of the outpost (did it myself, so hopefully this works for you) :D

What was updated?

I have uploaded a new version of the PDF and made couple of adjustments based on feedback from some players:

  • Character creation was enhanced. Also, a PC's proficiency has a mechanical impact on Task Resolution in the game.
  • A new rule regarding a Critical Fail was introduced which may benefit also the player.
  • Conditions: A sixth affliction was added and Death was renamed to Final Transformation (which is more fitting).
  • General clean-up of the text. ;)
  • Let me know in the comments should you have any feedback.

Map of the Outpost

This is my first ever published game and scenario, so I am very happy to receive feedback to make it even better and more solid for an intensive role-play experience!

Thanks for playing my game! You are awesome!

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Benjamin N December 09, 2023 10:17 am UTC
Can this be played solo?
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Alex S December 27, 2023 11:30 am UTC
Sadly not. At least not currently, as I am developing a solo mode for the game. ;) Currently the game is made for classic setup of one GM and a group of players.
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November 17, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on July 01, 2023.
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