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De Profundis: Letters from the Abyss

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The Diana Jones 2002 Award Nominated game of psychological horror returns in an all new, and expanded, 2nd Edition. Blending the imagination of H. P. Lovecraft and other contemporary horror and conspiracy writers and themes, De Profundis is a correspondence-based story-telling game that can be played from the point of view of participants from a variety of eras. Whether ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2001 by Hogshead Publishing
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Forrest
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I pointed out in a recent blog post, I was introduced, indirectly, to this game via a newsletter (yes, a physical newsletter sent via post) that a fellow gamer created. I was so intrigued that I bought this book and immediately set about reading it.

De Profundis is written in the form of letters, an intriguing conceit given that the game itself is played by writing letters to one another and riffing off of each other's comments, pulling questions forth from your correspondents, and tweaking
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Damian
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moves beyond horror RPG into a more LARPish realm of involvement known as "psychodrama". Visualisation of the Lovecraftian and Cthulhuesque with letter writing to produce shared epistolary narratives.
Filip
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, rpgs
While usually nothing annoys my as much as someone repeating in a RPG handbook that it is not a game or that it is something greater than a game, in this case it didn't bother me much. It is a really interesting take on RPGs and I am very eager to start it. Now, lets just find someone who is willing to be eaten by a shoggoth...
Ned Leffingwell
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
De Profundis is part role-playing game, part letter writing, and part performance art. It is a game of writing letters as characters from an H.P. Lovecraft story and the game is written as a series of letters. The game looks like an interactive experience that would push the boundaries of imagination and sanity. I will definitely try this game out.
Jay
On the one hand, this is a fascinating notion for a game, one that allows the players to work as equals in creating an environment of dread and paranoia that most horror games can't match. On the other hand, this is a LOT of expectation placed on the players, and the quality of the game as described in the first half of the book is a HIGH bar to set.
Aurumora
Leseeindruck

Fangen wir doch mit den Negativitäten an um dann dazu zu kommen warum mir das Buch doch gefallen hat. Einige dieser Negativitäten rühren vom Druck des Buches her. Es hat wirklich eine miserabel Druckqualität. Den Brief am Ende des Buches konnte ich kaum lesen. Die Schrift im sonstigen Teil ist winzig und auch die Bilder sind manchmal über Gebür verschwommen. Ich hoffe das hat sich in der anderen erweiterten Neuauflage geändert. Zuerst empfand ich den Schreibstil des Autoren zu
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Frances
(bought at drivethrurpg.com - can't edit that in)
Simon Hedge
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is remarkable. I found reading it to be both fascinating and inspiring. I just want to go create now!
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