Frayed Nerves at Bundle of holding

Dread - an interesting take on horror gaming

With Halloween just around the corner, Bundle of Holding have two horror RPG bundles on the go, and they look fantastic!

First up is a repeat of the original Bundle of Nerves from 2013.  I missed this one first time around and it has a lot of really great stuff in it.  As usual, there are two tiers to the bundle.  The first tier will cost you $6.95 and includes:

  • Don’t Rest Your Head (Evil Hat Productions, retail $5): The classic indie RPG by Fred Hicks of insomniacs with superpowers, fighting exhaustion and madness to stay awake for just one more night in the Mad City.
  • Dread (Impossible Dream, retail $12): The suspense RPG that uses a Jenga tower.
  • Kingdom of Nothing (Galileo Games, retail $7.50): About the people who lost everything and slipped through the cracks into the Forgotten Places, where the Nothing manifests their fears as twisted monsters.
  • Murderous Ghosts and Murderous Ghosts: Northampton State Hospital (Trauma Games, retail $5 each): Vincent Baker’s cutthroat two-player RPG of cat-and-mouse pursuit. The Northampton State Hospital version debuted in this offer.

For the threshold price (currently $16.48), you can also get a whole load of other titles:

  • The Demolished Ones (Rite Publishing, retail $13): Brian Engard’s Victorian noir, steampunk, Lovecraftian horror, murder-mystery, quest-for-identity, Fate-based adventure.
  • Don’t Lose Your Mind (Evil Hat Productions, retail $10) and Don’t Read This Book (retail $5): Twenty-six new Madness Talents for Don’t Rest Your Head, plus 13 forbidden tales from the Mad City edited by Chuck Wendig.
  • The Final Girl (Gas Mask Games, retail $8): Bret Gillan’s fast, low-prep game of slasher-flick action. The Final Girlis sold exclusively in this offer and nowhere else.
  • Ocean (Atarashi Games, retail $10): Jake (Tokyo Brain Pop) Richmond’s GM-less survival/mystery story game set in an abandoned underwater research station.
  • Spookybeans (Chapter 13 Press, retail $10): A morbidly funny comic-book world in the goth vein of Charles Addams and Tim Burton.


Some of these titles (I’m looking at you, Spookybeans) don’t have me especially excited, and I already have Dread from an indie bundle.  Other titles are very interesting to me, particularly Ocean and The Demolished Ones.

To pick up this bundle and support The Innocence Project, you can click here to visit the bundle page.


Whilst the first of the horror bundles is a re-release of the original Bundle of Nerves, this latest bundle is labelled as Bundle of Nerves +3.  For $11.95, you can get the first tier of this bundle:

  • Shane Lacy Hensley’s complete 193-page Savage Worlds Deluxe Explorer’s Edition rulebook from Pinnacle Entertainment, and the Savage Worlds Horror Companion (Pinnacle, $20 total retail price).
  • Kevin Crawford’s Silent Legions (Sine Nomine Publishing, retail $20): Sandbox-style Old School Lovecraftian terror from the designer of Stars Without Number.
  • NEW! Dead Teenager RPG (Creepy Doll Studios, retail $10): Play the victims in your own slasher flick, angling to be the last one left alive.

The current threshold price for the second tier is $19.73 and will net you yet more RPG goodness:

  • Accursed (Melior Via, $20): The Witchmarked monsters who fight for redemption in the dark fantasy world of Morden.
  • Rippers (first edition) and the Ripper Companion (Pinnacle, $20 total): The original editions of the Victorian steam-tech Savage Worlds setting that just raised $90K+ on Kickstarter for a “Rippers Resurrected” edition.
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 0 – Prologue and Book 1 – Universe (Agate RPG, $20 total): The English translation of the sensational French fantasy RPG that shows its Gothic atmosphere on every gorgeous page.
  • NEW! Noctum: Full Corpse Edition (Wicked World Games, retail $15): A disturbing modern-day RPG of existential horror.

This is a good bundle for anyone wanting to get started with Savage Worlds, as it includes not only a horror-themed sourcebook, but also the core rules themselves.  Shadows of Esteren is an interesting inclusion, giving something a little bit different.

If you are interested in picking up this bundle, and supporting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the process, you can click here to visit the bundle page.


Of the two bundles, I do think that the original Bundle of Nerves is the better deal, with more interesting content and a better price  That said, both are still good buys and represent a lot of different options for someone who is into horror roleplay.


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