Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Kickstarter - The Woods at Blight's Hollow - Folk Horror & Fairy Tales RPG

Alright, for just over 31 bucks US, for a Hardcover and PDF, I'm in for a copy of The Woods at Blight's Hollow - Folk Horror & Fairy Tales RPG via Kickstarter.

A small town. An infinite forest. A conspiracy of silence. You have a year and a day to solve this mystery.

The Woods at Blight's Hollow is a folk horror tabletop roleplaying game of mystery and imagination illustrated by Corey Brickley (Penguin, Disney, Harper Collins) and written by Oli Jeffery (Quietus, Extreme Meatpunks Forever, Trophy). It concerns the children of Blight’s Hollow, an isolated village surrounded by a trackless forest in a time before electricity and radio, a world of hearthside tales and nights to be feared. Inspired by the works of Guillermo Del Toro, Angela Carter, The Brothers Grimm, Kirsty Logan and Mary Shelley amongst others, this is a tabletop roleplaying game of the darkest fairy tales and the queerest folk-horror.

Mysteries in The Woods at Blight’s Hollow have no set outcome. Using the innovative mystery system seen in games like hit Grannies-vs-cosmic-horror TTRPG Brindlewood Bay, the players may uncover clues called Breadcrumbs provided by Mother (our name for the Games Master or GM) by Sticking Their Nose  Where It’s Not Welcome, but no one - not even Mother - knows what the Breadcrumbs mean at the start. Once the players have gathered enough clues, they will Tell a Tale Out of School, collaboratively answering questions that will allow the children to defeat the Beasts plaguing their town. Even though there are no canonical answers to how to defeat the beasts, this system makes it feel like you're really solving the mystery yourself!

Play conducted in the village is, relatively speaking, safe; but the final clues needed to solve any mystery will always require the children to enter the forbidden woods, where their lives and perhaps their very souls are at risk.


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