A downloadable game

DIE is a comic by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, an bleak fantasy comic about middle-aged adults being dragged back to the fantasy-role-playing world they were trapped in as teenagers. Or, in short, Goth Jumanji.

The DIE RPG is written by Kieron, and (in its present Beta form) allows you to make your own version of the first arc of your series, played between two and four sessions.

In DIE you generate a group of real world people, who then sit down to play a role-playing game, before getting dragged into a fantasy world which is warped by the real-world people's hopes and fears. They then have to come to an agreement of whether to go home or not.  Yes, it’s a little Meta. 

This Beta release consists of three parts.

The Manual: Everything you need to know to play.
The Handouts: Includes all the character sheets (both full and light) and the material for the Gamesmaster.
The Arcana: weird stuff and supplementary material, including some extra help for new players.

DECEMBER 2020:  DIE v1.3 is the latest release, which includes everything in the previous 1.2 patch, and is supplementary to what's in the main manual. If you want to play DIE in the present state, download this, and don't bother downloading the 1.1 handouts - this include the newest version of the handouts. DIE 1.3 is the biggest addition to the game since the Arcana, including things like a fully playable Master class, a rework of the Godbinder and a whole new easy to play scenario for DIE. Also includes neat 1.2 stuff like a reworked Fool and in-game advancement.

If you’ve any thoughts, drop a line to dierpgplaytest@gmail.com.

There is a Discord for discussion of the Beta here. It also includes some extra player generated resources and lovely chatty folks. For those interested in how Kieron's expanding the game into the full thing, go nose here. 

You can play with online character sheets, which are here. From the Gauntlet Community, but updated by Kieron. They're the 1.3 sheets below.


DIE RPG Beta Manual v1.1.pdf 16 MB
DIE RPG Beta Arcana v1.1.pdf 13 MB
DIE RPG Beta Handouts v1.1.pdf 1 MB
DIE RPG Beta v1.3.pdf 2 MB

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