A diceless horror game
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Pro Creates excellent tension
GRIN uses a a standard deck of playing cards to create a fast paced and deadly feel that evokes modern horror films. One of the best horror games made, its ideal for Halloween or horror movie nights.
Pro Easy to pick up
The game has just one page of rules. It can be explained in a minute -- even to people who have no rpg experience.
Pro Zero dice required
GRIN uses a a standard deck of playing cards instead of dice.
Pro Easy to improvise
With the intrinsic arc of a classic horror narrative built into the core mechanic, Grin can be an intuitive framework for improvised play.
Pro Unique mechanic
In true horror movie style, death becomes increasingly likely as the game's story moves irrevocably forward.
Pro Narrative focus
With no intrusive dice or math players can focus on the story, with every action being resolved by the simple draw of a card.
Pro Its great for single session games
Like any horror film, characters will die. Grin lends itself to deadly games and rally shines with 4-6 players and narrative arcs lasting 3-4 hours.
Con Can be seen as too simple for some
Because each encounter has just two possible outcomes - success or death - there's little wiggle room in terms of roleplaying.