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The necromancer shrieks with cruel laughter, plunging the glowing dagger into the warrior's heart. Armor and bone tear like paper before the might of The Cursed Dagger of Ag'tekk. As the blood drains from the wound, Taft gloats, "Fool! All your struggle was for naught. Your soul will be but a tasty morsel for my dark master!"

He starts to pull the dagger out, but finds his wrist stopped cold by Francesca's iron grip. She stares back with an icy glare. Taft stammers, "I—Impossible! I caught you right in the heart!" A glint of light catches the necromancer's eye, and he looks down to see the talisman of protection. "But that means..."

Wresting the dagger from the necromancer's cold hands, Francesca grins. "That's right—I hid all my vital organs in a pocket dimension!" Taking a free hand to dip a finger in what appeared to be blood, she tastes it and chortles. "You wasted the ichor of Ag'tekk on nothing more than a large ketchup packet!"

About This Game

Standoff is a game where everyone works together to tell a ridiculous story full of twists, ripostes, counter-feints, and triple-double-crosses.

Number of Players: A small gang (2-6 players).
Time to Play: Approximately 60 minutes.
Required Materials: Blank index cards and writing utensils.
Format: 24-page booklet (5.5 x 8.5 in).

Standoff is a game by Matthew R.F. Balousek (itch, twitter), with illustrations by Carey Pietsch (website, twitter) and book design by Joviana Carrillo (website).

Printed Versions

This game is pay-what-you-want, with a minimum price of $1. If you pay $5 or more, send me an email with a shipping address and I'll send you the current version of the game. If there are any updates to the game, you can request a new version sent to you.

If you prefer, you can also print the game for yourself. The print-ready version is set up for duplex printing on standard printer paper. Make sure the printer is set to flip the page along the short side. Fold the pages in half and bind them if possible with a stapler or needle-and-thread, and you're ready to go.


Buy Now$1.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.00 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Standoff (for screens) 778 kB
Standoff (for printing) 5 MB