A downloadable game

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Where There's Smoke is a tabletop role-playing game about memory and healing set on the ghost of the Earth.

Play as a the personification of a dried up river, a nightmare purged from its dreamer's mind, a reformed battleship, or anything else you can think up, as you and your traveling companions journey across surreal and vivid landscapes in search of a living war story.

 The game is 36 pages including the cover. It is complete, but it will be tweaked and updated with new art as it undergoes a final round of playtesting over the next few months.

3-5 players. 2+ hours. Forged in the Dark. Art by Amelia Miller

If the price doesn't work for you right now, email abejlmendes@gmail.com or DM me on twitter and I'll send you a copy for free, no questions asked.


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

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

WhereTheresSmoke-v1.8.pdf 1 MB
WhereTheresSmoke-v1.8-Sheet.pdf 176 kB

Development log


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With Where There's Smoke, Abe Mendes takes the gritty, high-intensity stakes of Forged in the Dark and refines them, both mechanically and narratively, smelting and reforging a completely new narrative structure. To call this game a "softened" FitD system would be a disservice—it is still dangerous, in the way that children's stories are dangerous, but the the mechanics are streamlined in a fresh and enticing way, and the lore of the text balances the rubble of this sundered earth with tantalizing whimsy (the creature, worldbuilding, and plot hook tables in the back of the book are worth the cost of purchase alone!) A fantastic game, in every sense of the word.

Thanks for the review, Caro!