Parable of the Pit
A downloadable tabletop rpg
Parable of the Pit is a decidedly un-heoric “survival horror dungeon crawler” in which the players take on the roles of ordinary people trying to survive and escape an extraordinarily unfriendly place. It aims to emphasize risk-reward, resource management, and creative problem solving.
The Ashcan Release contains everything you need to play and run the game. It is mainly an ashcan because I may add art and optional appendices in the future (additional Warden/GM resources, for example), and because I may yet adjust a few things here and there based on feedback, if I receive any. I may also periodically go back to the document and fix any typographical errors or inconsistencies that I hadn't managed to find the first few times around.
A fairly functional character sheet is available for free download (see below under "Demo").
I view the price to be the bottom of a sliding scale. If you can't quite afford the base cost (no judgments, neither can I), please let me know and I can send you the PDF. I trust that the good folks that make up the indie tabletop gaming community will be fair to me and I have no reason to expect that someone will take undue advantage of the aforementioned offer. I want my games to be as accessible as possible, even if they are, ultimately, a bit obscure and hard to find.
Note: Parable of the Pit is a Powered by the Apocalypse game, which is a tabletop roleplaying game inspired by the excellent Apocalypse World by D. Vincent Baker and Meguey Baker).
In order to download this tabletop rpg you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
Community Copies and Ally Points
Support this tabletop rpg at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.
Claim A Community Copy
If you're a member of a marginalized community and can't currently afford or justify purchasing a copy of this game (but would still like one), please feel free to grab a community copy from here. That's what they're for, no questions asked, no strings attached, pure honor system.
Every time someone buys the game at full price a new community copy gets added to the pool. Every time someone buys a game and leaves a tip, 2 community copies get added to the pool.
Get Some Ally Points
If you're a cishet white person with an annual income of 40k or higher, you're morally obligated to purchase this game at its true cost, 50 American buckaroos, especially if you are willing to uncritically support mid level companies charging similar amounts for PDFs without providing community copies or otherwise making their games accessible to people who can't afford them.
Your contribution will net you 100 Ally Points, applicable towards eventually getting into The Good Place or whatever the heck, and, more importantly, will add 10 community copies to the community copy pool in one fell swoop, so that this game can be accessible to as many humans as possible and I can still eat, drink, and survive.