A downloadable survival horror RPG

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Maybe some of us will last long enough that, one day, the zombies will just suddenly…stop the same way they suddenly started.

Or maybe all we can ask for is to be the last to be eaten.

In Dead Cleveland, you play as one of the few humans who has managed to survive the month following a zombie apocalypse. You left your old home and banded together with your fellow survivors to create a new home in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Each survivor plays a role in keeping your settlement functional, and your role, either by yourself or with a team, is to venture into the city in search of essential supplies and friendly survivors.

What players are saying

"It has become my go-to game for a post-apocalyptic setting without needing to explain a boring rule book." -- Emil's Game Room

What you need

To play Dead Cleveland, you’ll need the following in either analogue or digital form:

  • An active imagination, a desire to be creative and moderately horrified, and a place where you can focus.
  • Some scratch paper and copies of the character sheet and mission tracker at the end of this book.
  • One six-sided die (abbreviated D6).

What you get

  • The 24-page, A5-formatted zine in PDF form.
  • A separate pdf of the character sheet and mission tracker.

Print copies now available

If you prefer your games in physical form, you can get the full-color, A5 saddle-stiched zine. All physical games come with the PDF at no extra charge.

Dead Cleveland and the VRBS system were created for the Ultralight Game Jam. The 24-page long game has only 4 pages of easy-to-master rules, and 20 pages of horrific zombie content.

For solo and team play. Ages 13 and up.

Dead Cleveland is copyright © 2022 by David Garrett. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

This work is based on VRBS, designed and authored by David Garrett and licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this survival horror RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Dead Cleveland 1.0.0.pdf 3 MB
Character Sheet.pdf 42 kB
Mission Tracker.pdf 67 kB

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My husband loves zombie stuff but doesn’t know that much about tabletop games. I played this game with him and we both ended up having a blast! The game is super easy to set up and teach. You can be living your own zombie survival adventure about 10 min after you open the book for the first time. I definitely recommend it if you have creative friends who like survival horror!

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