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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.

Before playing, you'll need at least two, but ideally four to six players. You'll also need some writing implements, and at least a dozen blank index cards.


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

If you purchase any of my zines for the recommended price, you can request a copy printed up and sent to you. Send me an email and include 1.) your shipping address, 2.) the email address of the account you used to buy it (if different from the one you are writing me with).


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Standoff (for screens) 778 kB
Standoff (for printing) 5 MB if you pay $5.00 USD or more