The city has been walled up from the outside. You are stuck with breathless Crawlers roaming as far as the eye can see. You are surrounded by strangers, and the only thing left to do is survive. You can’t give up now.
Content Warning: death, violence, gore. Languages: English, Français Presskit: Link
This game was designed as part of the Draconis Game Jam 2022
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked
Breathless is a survival horror role-playing game where you play as Survivors trying to stay alive in a walled city full of Crawlers (zombies). The entire game fits on two sides of a letter-sized sheet of paper, making it the perfect game to print at home and enjoy for a nice and cozy zombie killing one shot.
The game is inspired by things like: Shaun of the Dead, Left 4 Dead, The Last of Us, and other great zombie related media.
Basically, if you want to kill some breathless living dead, this is the game you are looking for.
Beautiful half-fold brochure that contains everything you need to play.
Simple, yet deadly rules that reflects how tiring it is to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Rolling tables for weapons, locations, complications, missions, and more.
Looting mechanics to make sure you are properly armed against the undead.
Items deterioration mechanics for when you use them as a way to stay alive.
A beautiful character sheet available directly on the back cover of the brochure.
Breathless is also freely available as an SRD, so click here to start designing your own Breathless game!
This game looks amazing and I can't wait to try it out. The rules are so simple and easy to learn but have so much depth to them! I love usage dice! https://t.co/VNj8hQPCAq — Sofia (@MythicSofia) March 1, 2022
Acknowledgements & Thanks
Breathless is inspired by both the format and mechanics of 2400 • Jason Tocci. I want to thank Jason for having designed the 24XX SRD, and for all the time he's taken to review and give me suggestions on Breathless. It truly meant a lot.
I also would like to thank Andrew Boyd from Pandion Games and Bruno from Opal Breeze Games who've also reviewed and provided suggestions on Breathless. Your opinions and friendships are very important to me.
Breathless is a product of Fari RPGs (https://farirpgs.com/) Developed and authored by René-Pier Deshaies Made possible by support of the Fari RPGs Patreon supporters. This game was previewed, proofread, and enhanced by the Fari Community.
Breathless is one of my favorite systems. It's super elegant and incredibly simple to learn, but the framework also allows for SO MUCH customization and modification. I'm also a sucker for games that let me use a full polyhedral set :D
Need proof that I love Breathless? I've made three Breathless games and I fully intend on making more (and expanding on some of mine that are already done!)
I was recommended this game via a solo rpg group. Is it actually possible to play solo, though? The description says 2+ players suggesting needing a traditional GM. No problem whichever the case, just wanted to make sure before buying it.
I absolutely love the look of it but I'm not a fan of playing solo rpgs with "oracles" (e.g. Mythic) so tend to lean towards ones with built-in solo modes. I would definitely be very interested in Breathless if it had a solo mode/version.
With simple mechanics that constantly ratchet up tension, Breathless is an excellent way to drop into a world where everything is out to kill you, and see if you’ve got what it takes to make it through another bloody day.