Lovecraftesque first edition softcover + digital


This is the first edition of Lovecraftesque.

A new edition of Lovecraftesque is coming soon!

The first edition was critically acclaimed, won the Gioco Dell’Anno (Game Of The Year) award, was a finalist in the IGDN indie groundbreakers, and influenced a generation of mystery games like Brindlewood Bay, Apocalypse Keys and Bleak Spirit. We’re crowdfunding a new second edition boxed set, building on the lessons from the first to make an even slicker, more inspiring, easier-to-learn experience, with brand new art and a plethora of exciting new scenarios for the game.

The campaign launches in October and you can follow it here.

We will continue to support the first edition of the game, which you can buy below.


US customers can pay +£3 to print and ship from our US printers, for more speedy delivery.

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.




Lovecraftesque resources    Reviews    Video demos

Note: books are printed in the UK, and may take some time to arrive elsewhere, especially outside Europe. There is an “express” option for US customers, which is somewhat faster because we send it from the US branch of our printer.

Bought Lovecraftesque at a gaming store or convention? You can get the digital files for free. Take a look at our digital guarantee.

Lovecraftesque won Game of the Year at Gioco Dell’Anno, has been 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

“[Lovecraftesque] is hands down one of the best systems I’ve seen for running Lovecraftian horror. It deals with the subject matter and the people at the table respectfully and beautifully weaves mysteries together in a more effective way than I’ve ever seen before.” – Who Dares Rolls Review of Lovecraftesque

Lovecraftesque is a beautiful and unique tabletop storygame that starts from a deep understanding of what worked in Lovecraft’s original stories, while challenging and engaging with what doesn’t work.” – Aaron A Reed Review of Lovecraftesque

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

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

“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 Review of Lovecraftesque

“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 Review of Lovecraftesque

“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 Review of Lovecraftesque

Demos and actual play

Party of One play Lovecraftesque. (Audio podcast)

Bored Ghost play Lovecraftesque. (Audio podcast)

Lovecraftesque downloads

Scenarios, handouts and other resources for Lovecraftesque.

Additional information


Print and ship from UK, Print and ship from USA