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The Rotting Dead Walk Among Us! pound the last nail into the board to secure the door even as the moaning and scratching becomes more frenzied outside. Honking in the driveway interrupts the sounds of undead hunger; peering through a window you see through the naked trees of fall that your husband, Ray, and the kids made it back.

"There must be a dozen rotters out there!" you observe in terror, as Ray leaps from the car, beating the dead walkers back with a tire iron to distract them from your two small children. The kids make it to the porch, just as one of the walking dead grasps Ray's arm and rips a sickeningly large chunk of meat out with its teeth.

They said on the radio that their bite will always spread the infection. You open the door and the kids scamper inside, but you slam it shut just as Ray stumbles up.

"Wait!" his voice breaks.

But you know he's already dead.

"That's how we'll survive." you think, looking down at your two sobbing boys.

"It's us or them."

ROTWORLD is a role-playing game complete in one volume. These rules contain:

  • Rules for character generation
  • Guidelines for creating unique zombies for your game
  • Optional rules to account for decomposition in zombie abilities
  • Advice for determining the timeline of societal collapse
  • ...and more!

ROTWORLD is a game of survival horror against undead flesh eaters. This game uses the Pacesetter System&#8482, the same system featured in other games such as TIMEMASTER.

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October 23rd, 2023
A great game for zombie one shots or longer games. It uses the excellent pacesetter system. The action table is easy to use and chapter zombie creation is fun. [...]
March 4th, 2016
Like Zombies in Movies or TV Shows? Then this is a must have in my opinion. Rotworld gives you all the information you need to start a 'Zombie Apocalypse' campaign. Causes of the outbreak, the breakdown of society, pre & post hierarchy, even some [...]
April 14th, 2012
This is a solid game. I am so glad that Gobliniod Games used the Pacesetter rules system. The system is easy to learn and very smooth. No tons of back story stuff. A Corpse Master (GM) can do what ever He/She likes for a setting. [...]
April 9th, 2012
Quite a good old school feel about it. I can see the similarities between Chill & Rotworld (obviously using the same engine). Strangely, I understood the basic mechanics reading Chill (first time round), but it took a few readings before getting th [...]
November 19th, 2011
Rot World is 65 pages of information dense zombie RPG. The book contains almost no background, flavor text, setting or "fluff". It is almost solid rules, mechanics and examples of play. The heart of the game is the Action Table, [...]
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January 12, 2012
This title was added to our catalog on October 26, 2011.