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The town of INCHWICK holds a deadly secret. In its dark woods, in its maze-like streets, in the depths of the old coal-mine, nefarious rituals are carried out for the veneration of a terrible, unseen master. You have stumbled across their secret. Now they are coming for you.

Take the role of unfortunate outsiders defending a remote cabin against terrible foes. You must survive through a long, deadly night until the safety of dawn. Bar the windows. Bolt the doors. Fight off the night. You are not prepared for what is coming.

Bar the Windows, Bolt the Doors is a pick-up-and-play horror tabletop roleplaying game which does not require a Game Master. Players instead work together against foes whose acts are determined by the contents of this ruleset. Bar the Windows, Bolt the Doors is intended to be played in quick, single-session adventures packed with horror tropes and scary fun, and is designed to make the experience different every game!

"Such a fun game with monsters who act in accordance with conditions! They just move themselves! Your perfect cabin in the woods oneshot spooky game" - Cat Elm, Cat Sìth Press.
"Had just a stupid amount of fun... I cannot WAIT to play this again. Perfect campy horror Halloween fun" - Ella Watts.


  • The rulebook as a digital pdf, containing over thirty pages of rules with atmospheric illustrations
  • A map of the cabin for use at your table, plus two bonus maps: an old coal-mine and a half-burned mansion
  • A printable character sheet

You will need:

  • Two to six players
  • At least one six-sided dice and twelve-sided dice
  • A pack of cards

Content Warning: contains insect-based horror, cults, home invasion, the undead, and general gore.

Pick up the Winter expansion Blood Yule here for more monsters, locations and lore!

Updated 25 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
TagsGM-Less, Halloween, Horror, Tabletop, Tabletop role-playing game
Average sessionA few hours


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

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

Bar the Windows, Bolt the Doors Rulebook v1.2.pdf 11 MB
Bar the Windows Extra Materials.zip 3 MB

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A splendid accomplishment, looking forward to playing soon with my gaming group!  Quick suggestion: consider adding “GM-less” to your tag list so that your creation can be more readily found with itch’s search system. 

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Thanks so much! I'll certainly do that :)

I´d really like a example gameplay. I don´t understand the mechanics at all. Is there any of this in the web?

I don't currently have example gameplay up, but that's a good idea! If there's anything in particular you're having trouble understanding, feel free to drop me an email at stoneshore.trpg@gmail.com - I'll be happy to talk through the mechanics, and this will be helpful in clarifying the rules for future updates :)


Just to say there's now an actual play from RPPR over at http://actualplay.roleplayingpublicradio.com/2021/12/systems/bar-the-windows/bar...!


There are some community copies? would like to try it :)

Hey, thanks so much for your interest! Community copies aren't available at the moment, but if you want a copy of the core rulebook for review purposes or can't afford the full game, email me at stoneshore.trpg@gmail.com :)


Thank you so much, I'll write you. :)


This is such a brilliant concept, and I absolutely love how the game plays. Highly recommended!!!


Thanks Ella!!