Dead Mall (2020)

Spooky zines this month, starting off with Dead Mall (2020). We did a podcast episode on this one last year, and I still love the game as much now as I did then. It’s a pamphlet that uses Nate Treme’s Tunnel Goons rules (an ultralight 2D6 system, perfect for one-night one-shots like this) to present a game about exploring abandoned malls . Well, no, not entirely abandoned malls. There are horrible secrets in these ruined temples of capitalism! Monsters, psychopaths, ghosts, trans-dimensional entities, who knows what lurks in the back room of the Cinnabon.

Which brings me to my favorite bit, the d100 table of mall stores to populate your dead mall with. So many classics, like Kenny Roger’s Roasters and Tower Records (RIP) and The Wiz. Also included: kiosks, planters, escalators and more! It’s so good.

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