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The People's Revolution has overthrown the nobles of the realm. The last emperor died cursing the land and all who deposed him. Now the only coin that is left lies buried with the undead lords beneath the capital. Delve into the dungeon, twice-kill the dead kings, and redistribute their wealth.

A Single Player RPG Forged in the Dark

Using a single-player variation of John Harper's Blades in the Dark rules, players generate characters with unique backgrounds and vices, and use their actions and limited resources to overcome difficult encounters, and push their luck to delve deeper and deeper into a randomly generated dungeon. When your pack is full of broken crowns and demon bones you return above ground to the imperial capitol for downtime where your character can recover, indulge their vice, and craft items and incantations to fuel their next delve.

If you succumb to your wounds you die.

If you become corrupted by diabolism and the wealth of the dungeon you die.

If your last torch burns out in the middle of the pitch black dungeon you die!

The only way to live is to kill the ghoulish nobility in their crypts, take their wealth as your own, and survive to delve again. 

For the realm! For the people! For the Revolution!

  • Players: 1
  • Playtime: 45 minutes per session
  • Requirements: 6 six-sided dice and something to write with. A character sheet, reference sheet, and random tables are provided with the game.

Cover photo by Linus Sandvide on Unsplash

Music For Killing Dead Lords

Early Access

This game is currently in early access. While it is in early access it has a discounted price. It is fully playable and will be getting regular updates in the future. If you play or read the game I want to hear from you!


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

A Torch in the Dark Rulebook v0.1.pdf 2 MB
A Torch in the Dark Character Sheet v0.1.pdf 98 kB
A Torch in the Dark Reference Sheet v0.1.pdf 38 kB
A Torch in the Dark Tables v0.1.pdf 89 kB

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Community Copy

Each purchase of this game creates a community copy. These copies of A Torch in the Dark are for people experiencing financial hardships and cannot afford the game. If you would like to check out A Torch in the Dark and lack the funds to do so, these copies are for you. Please take one.

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