There’s a lot of folktales from England. Many of them tell of various horrors that lurk out in the dark countryside. Now, I might not normally suggest playing a game based on those stories by yourself in the dark, but that’s just what you’re supposed to do with English Eerie: Rural Horror Stories. The game is a solo RPG from Trollish Delver Games. You can get your copy now.
From the release:
English Eerie is a storytelling game about horror in rural England. The game takes inspiration from folklore, along with the works of M.R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood to help players tell their own haunted tales of the English countryside.
The game is designed to be played over one or a series of dark evenings by the flicker of candlelight. The player, you, will need a journal, a pen, a ten-sided die (d10), a set of tokens in two colours (beads etc) and a deck of playing cards.
The aim of English Eerie is to tell your own tale of rural horror through entries in your journal – just as many protagonists do in horror literature. The card deck will be the engine that drives your story, presenting scenes for you to flesh out and for your character to overcome – all of which is recorded in physical journal entries. As time goes on tension rises and the horror is ramped up until the climactic end scene. There are several scenarios at the end of this book that offer you an inspirational framework to build a terrifying tale. You can choose to play the game in a single sitting or to draw out the experience over a series of nights.
This book contains five spine-chilling scenarios to inspire your tales of terror:
The Beast on the Moor
The Lost River
A Rattle of Chains
For those who want a group game, the Campfire rules offer suggestions for playing English Eerie with friends.