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Exhumed is a pamphlet dungeon inspired by Dark Souls tutorial levels: short and somewhat linear, but meant to set the stage, give opportunities to learn the style of play, and offer hints of interesting things to come.

  • 1 page long – fits on two sides of a single sheet of letter-size paper. 
  • Simple rules for risk, magic, and stamina, inspired by Into the Odd,In the Light of a Ghost Star, and Mechanisms for Tabletop Roleplaying 2
  • 6 character types, 12 additional starting items, and 12 spells
  • An introductory scenario about awakening in a tomb littered with souls and filthy with ghouls, with seeds for follow-up adventures

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CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(40 total ratings)
AuthorJason Tocci
GenreRole Playing
TagsDark Fantasy, microgame, roleplaying-game, Souls-like


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Is it possible to modify some of the rules to fit in with more bloodborne or at the very least soulborne type of stuff?

I have a couple other games that aim to emulate Bloodborne and/or Dark Souls using other approaches (like Grave and Nighttide), so one of those approaches might work better for you. If you think you might modify Exhumed yourself, I’d love to see what you come up with!

This absolutely owns! It’s hands down my favorite game for emulating Dark Souls at the table. 10/10 

Thank you so much!


This pamphlet is incredibly focused and concise, providing an entire ruleset and adventure on two pages. And, to top it all off, it's actually quite good. Highly recommended.


Thank you so much!