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Dark Places & Demogorgons

Dark Places & Demogorgons

Monday 14 June 2021
In June 2021 we presented the Dark Places & Demogorgons Bundle¬†featuring Dark Places & Demogorgons, the 2017 horror RPG of 1980s monster-of-the-week weirdness a la The Goonies, E.T., Weird Science, and Buffy. Amid sinister events in tiny Jeffersontown, Kentucky, your intrepid teen investigators — nerds, jocks, geeks, goths, punks, hoods, and the occasional teen wolf — face supernatural perils, meddlesome adults, clueless cops, and the horrifying ordeals of adolescence. YouTuber Ivan Podgwaite (IvanMike1968) calls Dark Places & Demogorgons “an unholy mixture of The Breakfast Club and Scooby-Doo.

Designed by Eric Bloat of the memorably named Bloat Games, Demogorgons uses the Survive This! rules system, a fast-playing fusion of Old School Revival spirit with modern rules inspired by D&D Fifth Edition. This past April, Eric Kickstarted a 1990s Grunge-era spiritual sequel to Dark Places, We Die Young.

This bargain-priced offer presented most of the DP&D game line along with its companion Survive RPG of street-level superheroes, Vigilante City. There were seven titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $47) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete Dark Places & Demogorgons core rulebook (plus its Player Options & GM Guide and GM Screen Inserts); the Survive This version of the Vigilante City Core Rules and its essential companion, the Vigilante City Villain Guide; and the Dark Places rules supplement Martial Arts Mayhem.

(Runehammer Games has adapted Vigilante City for its Index Card RPG system, and this past March we presented that version in our Index Card RPG Bundle. This offer presented the original Survive This version.)

Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price¬†also got our entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $57.50, including the modern OSR bestiary Dark Places Cryptid Manual; two Dark Places setting guides, Santa Muerte and Jeffersontown; four monster-hunting sourcebooks (Vampire Sourcebook, Werewolf Sourcebook, UFO Investigator’s Handbook, and Ghost Hunter’s Handbook); and two Vigilante City supplements, Superhero Team-Up and Into the Sewers.

Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to this offer’s pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.