A downloadable game

Books & Bullets is a micro tabletop-rpg of weird horror, investigation, and pulp adventure. It shoots the line of complexity between Trail of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark, and which avoids the Insanity death spiral without taking the sting out of the horror.

The game includes three single-sided play sheets. (I recommend using the Resources page as the back of both the Player and MM sheets.)

Player – introduction, story hook, character sheet, character generation rules, dice mechanics, and rules for insight, mythos checks, and helping/hindering.

Mythos Master – your agenda, insanity & death, scaling mythos checks, running adventures, and an introductory mystery

Resources – (for everyone) tech by era, word lists, name lists, equipment list, sources of inspiration

This game is released under the CC-BY-NC-SA license. 


A4 Size 2 MB
US Letter Size 2 MB


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Have you played this yet?

Honestly, no. However, I know Lasers & Feelings inside and out, so this was a quick remix of that with the goal of using Unknown Armies style fear triggers over the insanity death spiral of CoC, which in my opinion engenders a very specific and for me problematic style of play. To be specific, I get tired of playing with people who seem to be more interested in going insane, and comedically playing insanity, than they are interested in experiencing horror or solving a mystery or exploring the unknown.