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This town is haunted. Your home is cursed. Monsters are real.

Haunter in the Dark is a horror roleplaying game about a group of investigators discovering then confronting the supernatural horrors that haunt their home town. The game is powered by the Forged in the Dark engine, with rules to create your investigators defined by their relationship to the unnatural: the Descendent, the Dreamer, the Exorcist, the Scientist, the Sleuth, and the Sorcerer.

The motivations, powers, and minions of the horror are generated collaboratively by the players during the game, with players encouraged to creep each other out and brandish their character's sharp edges. The MC takes the townspeople, world, and monsters that the players depict, then twists the knife to make it worse than they could have imagined. The game helps you create an escalating mystery, followed by a climactic scene of confrontation.

Game information:

  • Number of players: 3-7
  • Age of players: 13+
  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Page Count: 22


A variant set of playbooks are also available to download below for free. These are for those situations when you want to play a scenario from another investigative horror game, but use Forged in the Dark rules.


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Haunter in the Dark.pdf 6 MB
Haunter in the Dark playbooks.pdf 358 kB


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This is so cool! I really like the special abilities, the flavor and design, and the mechanical weight of the Investigation Clock. I'm excited to pitch this to my group, as we tried Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green and weren't really able to get into them, but we dig PbtA and FitD games. Awesome stuff!

This looks great. Looking forward to trying this out at some point. Love the Investigation Clock and the way you generate minions,


Thanks! I'd love to hear what you make of it if you get the chance to try it out.