The Shab-al-Hiri Roach
A downloadable game
The Shab-al-Hiri Roach is a dark comedy of manners, lampooning academia and asking players to answer a difficult question – are you willing to swallow a soul-eating telepathic insect bent on destroying human civilization?
Even if it will get you tenure?
A fast paced and hilarious game, The Shab-al-Hiri Roach requires no Game Master and can be played in a single evening. If you enjoy crazed one-upmanship, furious stake-setting, and chanting guttural commands in Sumerian, The Roach would like to have a word with you.
Included with this download are PDFs for the rules, cards and character sheets.
Praise for The Shab-al-Hiri Roach
“If you like the idea of a roleplaying game that requires little set-up and no GM, then I give it a green light. If this sounds attractive, go for it! If you’ve ever done roleplaying and want to capture that again without a lot of hassle, I’ll strongly recommend The Shab-al-Hiri Roach.” – Scott Nicholson
“Everything about the game rules drip with theme, and every card reminds you that you will end up doing the Roach’s bidding…sooner or later. Brilliant.” – Chris Bennett
“What a winner of a game. I think this one’s top-notch.” – Ron Edwards
“Jason Morningstar’s The Shab-al-Hiri Roach… may be the best Lovecraftian RPG I’ve seen in several years.” – Ken Hite
“Overall, a lovely physical book and interesting game design. Play should be absolutely hilarious. Well worth a look.” – Mike Sands, Gamester at Large
“Worth playing: You bet. The satirical element is very entertaining, and the cockroach beckons.” – Thomas Munkholt
“The Shab al-Hiri Roach is the perfect game for blissful nonsense galore and I can’t wait to set fire to Pemberton University in my next game!” – Christoph Boeckle
- Players: 3-8
- Time: 3-6 hours
- 78 page PDF of game rules
- 6 page PDF of print and play cards
- 2 page PDF character sheet
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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8 USD. You will get access to the following files: