A downloadable Gothic tale

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In far-off land of slate black sky,

The Countess in her Castle died.

Eleven years since her last time

Within the walls of Raefenheim.

Corvina’s death; a mystery,

Though few would call it tragedy.

In life, her love was e’er reserved

For her beloved black-winged birds.

In every chamber, room, and hall

Of Raefenheim you’ll hear their call.

Rafenheim is a tabletop RPG for 2 or more players in which you explore a mysterious, crumbling castle in a far-away land, inspired by the gothic literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. The rules fit on a single page, making it easy to pick up for a one-shot session.

Play as one of 6 character archetypes, each with their own play style, while one player plays as The Estate itself. Pine, Brood, and Scheme your way through the mysteries of Raefenheim. Try your best not to antagonize the countless crows which inhabit the castle.

The playable archetypes are:

The Romantic

The Byronic

The Elder

The Haunted

The Fallen

The Tyrant

The American

This game is an official recipient of a Baffy Award, as well as a Sandy Pug Award!

Thanks to Brendan, Zay, Ven, and Cat (Peach Garden Games) for their help writing this game, which was inspired by a tweet by Spencer Campbell (Gila RPGs)

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorTadhg Lyons
GenreRole Playing
Tagsd6, gmed, Gothic, Horror, Romance, Tabletop role-playing game


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

In order to download this Gothic tale you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Rafenheim.pdf 303 kB
Rafenheim (Printer Friendly).pdf 164 kB
Raefenheim (text only).txt 7 kB
Character Archetype - The American (Printer Friendly).pdf 633 kB
Character Archetype - The American (Text Only).txt 367 bytes
Character Archetype - The American.pdf 662 kB

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Such an amazing game from an amazing writer! Love your work 

Entirely too kind, thank you.


This is genuinely one of most fun I've ever had GMing a one-shot. It was a true delight playing as the Estate and a seemingly endless number of crows. If you like gothic literature do not sleep on this.


This is the best one-page RPG I've ever played. It's SO GOOD! The writing is very evocative of the genre and even though it's only one page, the game utilizes that one page very well. I highly recommend this game!