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You are an assistant curator of the natural history museum in the city where you live. It’s a comfortable life; your antiquities department is well-funded and you have staffed it with hard-working people that you trust. Today, a new donation has arrived. The crate has no return address, and when you open it, it contains only one strange artifact nestled in packing material, and no other information.

The artifact is mysterious - you feel uneasy keeping it in your office, but don’t want to store it anywhere until you figure out a bit more about it.

Strange things start to happen soon after you acquire this artifact, and you begin to have vivid disturbing dreams. You quickly realize that something is using this item to try and push its way through into your reality, and the strain is tearing at your physical and mental health.

Can you convince others that this threat is real before some otherworldly terror is loosed on the world? As your dreams and waking mind are corrupted by its influence, can you stave off madness long enough to find a way to destroy this accursed artifact?

You don’t know, but the consequences of failure are too terrible not to try.


The Artifact is a downloadable PDF of all the rules and information that you need to play through this solo cosmic horror storytelling RPG experience.


This game was inspired by Chris Bissette’s game “The Wretched” (http://loottheroom.itch.io/wretched), is based on the Wretched and Alone SRD (https://sealedlibrary.itch.io/wretched-alone-srd), and was created for the Wretched & Alone game jam. It was also inspired by works of cosmic horror including the mythos of H. P. Lovecraft and R. W. Chambers, the “Fallen London” online browser game, the TV shows “Gravity Falls” and “Twin Peaks,” and “The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All” by Laird Barron.


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

The Artifact_v1.04.pdf 4 MB

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Enjoy, and I hope you have fun with the game!

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