What Lies Beneath

Fervent Workshop

Regular price $6.00
What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath
What Lies Beneath

You dream you’re in a chapel. Small, high-pitched voices sing an ancient song. Yet a sense of unease washes through you. The core is more macabre. Dream yields to waking confusion. Dust, bones and dried death. A flickering torch. Underground. A crypt.

You catch a wisp of a breeze, heavy with the stench of rot. You gag. Yet a breeze suggests a way out. You take the torch, determined to get out of here alive.

Structured as a branching narrative, What Lies Beneath invites you to direct the plot – but only if you master a unique combination of game mechanisms. Enjoy all the challenges of solo roleplay:

+ Buffing your character: Gain items that unlock new powers
+ Classic skill checks: Roll against thresholds to hit enemies
+ Intellectual puzzles: Manipulate dice using limited actions
+ Dexterity tests (optional): Flick dice at specified targets

And when (not if) you die, you can spend experience points to boost your next character. Perhaps, this time, you will survive.

Note: In the PNP edition, you only need to print 1 page (your character sheet). The rest of this game is a hyperlinked PDF. You can download a printer-friendly version of the character sheet from"


  • Players: 1
  • Ages: 14+
  • Length: 1-2 Hours


  • Publisher: Fervent Workshop
  • Designer: Chris Scaffidi
  • Art: Jason Glover


  • Page count: 204
  • Components: Book PDF
  • Additional components needed: Print 1 page; also need 6D6, pencil, eraser

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