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Lovecraftesque is the GMless storytelling game of brooding cosmic horror you’ve been waiting for. You tell the story of a lone Witness at the mercy of strange and terrifying events. The game helps you create a slow-building mystery, culminating in a climactic scene of horror.

  • You create your own monsters and mystery that feel like something out of Lovecraft's notebook.
  • All the players contribute clues to surprise and creep each other out.
  • The rules ensure that the story flows seamlessly, as if an invisible GM were guiding it.
  • There won't be any Mi-Go or Deep Ones—you'll get a completely fresh take on the genre.

This book includes everything you need to play, as well as 17 different scenarios and other material to inspire you.


Lovecraftesque won Roleplaying Game of the Year at the Gioco Dell'Anno 2018, was nominated for the Golden Geek game of the year 2015, and was a finalist in the IGDN awards for best setting and best art 2016.

Review quotes

“Beautifully crafted … A valuable contribution to the growing canon of roleplaying games” – The Mary Sue

“[Lovecraftesque] may be the most faithful RPG to Lovecraft’s original vision.” – Geek and Sundry

“The GM-less storytelling approach is both refreshing and inspiring … The structure and play is solid, and a lot of fun for players with different levels of gaming experience and Lovecraft knowledge.” – Shoggoth.Net 

“Lovecraftesque is one of my favorite games from the last few years … Highly recommended!” – The Gauntlet 

“In less than three hours, my friend and I had crafted, from nothing, a sanity-losing concoction of cosmic dread and I couldn’t be happier with the product.” –Ericvulgaris.Com

“Lovecraftesque is a very special game. It’s easy to teach, easy to play, and works even when you wouldn’t expect it to … It is a beautifully crafted game with surprising depth considering the simplicity and usability of the ruleset.” – On the Remembered Slopes

Updated 28 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(11 total ratings)
AuthorBlack Armada Games
GenreRole Playing
Tagscthulhu, gmful, GM-Less, Horror, Lovecraftian Horror, Mystery, story-game, Two Player
Average sessionA few hours
LinksCommunity, Blog, Downloads


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one of my favorite games since it's publishment, a joint effort to create a disturbing story that stays with you once you've left the table.  GM-less, it doesn't rely on someone coming up with a twist, but the table as a whole letting the story organically twist and turn into something horrific

I love this game. The mechanics work like a charm to facilitate very personal or world-ending horror. It gives the players creative freedom and at the same time a solid framework to construct a coherent narrative. And it facilitates cooperative storytelling.
During the last two years, I've already followed the fate of a doomed young painter at the court of Louis XIV. Her fate was very personal and she's probably still trapped with the dread Marquise in one of her own paintings.
Then there was the ambitious arctic scientist who had to witness how plant/fungi spores infected more and more people and took over the world.

Thank you so much for you lovely comments :)