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Live gothic action and noir investigation in the world of Miserable Secrets!


...the Noblesse stormed out of the east, carrying the banner of the Savior and destroying the Machines that held humanity in brutal thrall.


...the Noblesse demand their own tithes, and must be paid in blood. They rule from great castles and grand cathedrals, drinking their holy communion from mortal veins.

Famine is rare, and villages thrive, yet all is not well in Christendom.


...are a bastard or a second child or a heretic or worse. You are righteous, monstrous, forever wandering.

Everywhere, you are driven to find the truth. You dig bodies from the ground, you face beasts called by sin. You know warm embraces, and the price of a soul.

You fight fear.

You are driven by hope.

You find...


The Setting

Miserable Secrets takes place in a gothic, ruined future ruled openly by the vampire elite. Equal parts Philip Marlowe and Simon Belmont, you'll root out corrupt truths... and then decide what to do about them. In the process, you'll face down monsters both demonic and human.

The System

Miserable Secrets uses a unique, card-based system that integrates investigation with combat, and makes both tactical. 

Each of your character's abilities has a special function in both investigation in combat... and so do those of your foes.

When you investigate, you'll rely on your memory and abilities to uncover secrets from the clue grid, building your hand for use in battle.

When you do battle, you'll use cards to power up and take action in platformer-inspired hit-and-run combat.

Your Purchase Includes

  • A 200-page, full-color book.
  • A unique gothic noir setting covering Christendom, the vampire Church and State, those whose blood they rely on... and those who don't fit in, like gasoline-fueled witches and radioactive shades.
  • 10 unique character backgrounds, from the machine-blooded Alchemist to the disinherited Half-Noble to the righteous (if not holy) Witchfinder.
  • Tools for generating towns full of colorful characters and secret grudges.
  • An expansive bestiary, providing unique twists on classic monsters, each with powers for investigation and combat. Plus complete tools to construct your own!

Sample Pages

Dash Action sample page

Medusa sample spread

Also Available

While you can play Miserable Secrets with two standard poker decks, we also offer a customized Omen Deck with twists of fate on each card! The 48-card Omen Deck also features unique Queens based on major characters in the setting, who can be patrons, rivals, or truest friends.

The Omen Deck comes in full print, print-and-play, and virtual tabletop formats!

About the Creators

Rose Bailey knows a thing or two about vampires, holding the record for longest-serving White Wolf Vampire developer... and for this project, she's forgotten all of it and started fresh! She's also the creator of the swashbuckling Cavaliers of Mars and the time-traveling/trust-building Beautiful Anomalies!

Benjamin Baugh is the much-lauded creator of Monsters & Other Childish Things and its spooky-as-all-get-out followup, The Dreadful Secrets of Candlewick Manor. As Rose's longtime collaborator, he's also written for Cavaliers of Mars and Vampire.

Meghan Fitzgerald is an all-time great of the very weird, developing Changeling: The Lost for Onyx Path and writing for just about every Darkness game there is! She's also written wonders and horrors for Cavaliers of MarsExalted and CHILL.

All of the authors receive royalties from this game.

Made Possible By

The generous backers of Rose's Fantasy Heartbreaker Patreon!

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