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HELL CABIN is a tabletop horror rpg for 2-4 players based on films like Evil Dead, The Lodge, and The Rental

Each of four roles (Survivor, Friends, Cabin, and Evil) has unique dice mechanics, strengths, and goals to allow for a truly gm-less horror experience. Each will interact and compete for power while accepting an inevitable fate. 

  • The Survivor cannot die, but that doesn't mean they are unscathed. Using a d20, they will face off against unnatural forces while attempting (and often failing) to protect the things they care about the most.
  • The Friends expect a rebellious weekend getaway and get more than they bargained for, introducing aspects of troupe play and a d6 system that makes their situation worse the longer they live.
  • The Cabin introduces neutral elements of the domicile and surrounding area, allowing all the other players to interact with setpieces for better or worse, using a pair of d10s.
  • Evil awakens after eternal slumber to reek havoc on the rest, using a d8 and point-buy system to do increasingly nefarious actions and taking over fallen Friends.

This game was originally designed as a poster-sized print, available at worldchamp.io/store and made possible by backers at patreon.com/worldchampgameco in August 2020. It is presented here as a screen-friendly PDF with each role's rules on individual pages for easy distribution.

Hell Cabin is a companion piece to Hell Cabin 2, approaching similar settings and themes with different dynamic mechanics and supporting varied play styles.

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Hell Cabin is a minimalist TTRPG homage to Evil Dead.

The PDF is 6 pages, with rad art and layout that prioritize vibes and atmosphere.

Setting-wise, the players take on the roles of a survivor, their supporting cast, a cabin, and the evil that inhabits it and narrate a story of things going wrong in the woods.

Mechanically, Hell Cabin is gory and to the point. To resolve checks, players roll a "Ratings Die" which determines the film rating of the result. Low is PG, high is X.

I don't think I've ever seen this particular approach before, and while it kinda needs everyone to be on the same page about what kind of a movie Evil Dead is, it also adds a lot of tension to every roll.

Supporting this, each player role has a full playbook describing how to handle it. The supporting cast drops like flies, and gets to play as the antagonist at the end. The survivor chops through their friends or loses things they care about, but always makes it to the conclusion. The Evil spends points to trigger negative twists in the story. The cabin plays the environment and eggs everyone on.

Overall, if you dig brutal, vibes-y horror and want something for a oneshot, you should get this. The design is tight and the playbooks interact in clever ways, and it's a great game to break out on a camping trip or cabin getaway with friends.