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A solo roleplaying game, both ghoulish and strange; an echo of the American Old West | A ghastly supplement to Gentleman Bandit

They called you the Gentleman Bandit, because no one knew your name.

Now they call you nothing, lest they conjure you from the Grim Old Grave: you, your ossa, your white pate, your pale soft parts eaten complete, leaving only the hardest bits — the human pits; your marrow now a poison — the armature for your armament all a-rattle; every sinew in your Pen-and-Pistol hand a memory but still able, still willing, still here, never still or dead or gone, just waiting for their Coward’s call, just waiting to ride again.

Your Tools

  • A copy of Gentleman Bandit
  • Writing implements of your choice
  • A well-shuffled deck of 54 playing cards, Jokers intact
  • One six-sided die (optional)

The Game
Write a 13-line poem to tell of your Death — and terrorize the Living.

In this writing-focused roleplaying game, you assume the persona of the eponymous Gentleman Bandit, a ne’er-do-well highwayman who, in life, left 13-line poems at the scenes of his misdeeds.

Now, the spectral Bandit wanders the Desolation Beyond, still composing his dark verse to haunt and harry the World of the Living.

  • Card draws guide the content of each line so you can tell your Bandit’s tale with dark and anguished aplomb. Tips for writing in character — and setting an ominous mood — help you express your Bandit’s Life-After-Life.
  • Dice rolls determine poetic device add-ons to further shape the experience and ratchet the difficulty (rules included in the original Gentleman Bandit game). 
  • Rules for multiplayer versions — inspired by the Exquisite Corpse style of group poetry writing — are included in the original game for both in-room and online settings.

Mobile-ready PDF included. Layout and graphic design by John Harper, creator of Lasers & Feelings, Blades in the Dark, and AGON.


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Gentleman Bandit: Dark Highway by Allison Arth | Mobile (PDF) 1 MB

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