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a Silent Cave | Alas for the Awful Sea

a Silent Cave | Alas for the Awful Sea

Alas for the Awful Sea on Roll20, Zoom

Price per player-session

You will be charged when a session starts



  • Duration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: None

Price per player-session

About the adventure

Alas for the Awful Sea explores the bitter dilemmas facing starving towns torn apart by crime and loss. To tell this story, it delves into the fantastical, weaving in folktale elements that mirror the beliefs and struggles of the town. Based on the rich myth of the Scottish Hebrides, this folklore springs forth from the same desolate coastal landscapes that dominate the atmosphere of the game. The rules of Alas have their origin in the award-winning Apocalypse World system. However, we have modified and stripped these rules down to their core to create a raw, narrative focused and unforgiving system almost as harsh as the world of Alas itself. In Alas, players influence the world by making moves, either from the core rules, or individual character playbooks. Every move is significant. Success gets the player what they want, while failure will turn the characters, environment, and forces of myth, against them.


3 years on StartPlaying


4 games hosted

Additional Details

How to prepare

You are more than welcome to read the rules ahead of time, but please wait until we're all together (we will be in a discord chat) before getting started on character creation.

What I provide

- Alas for the Awful Sea PDF - Digital Character Sheets - Roll20 Game - Zoom Call (main account)

Gameplay details

We'll meet for about 1-2 hours (not charged) to go through character and world creation together. We'll build a town and talk about the mystery and troubles that go on there. The following four sessions will be nothing but game-play. You'll be walked through every element of the game, step by step. Players new to PbtA or Alas are more than welcome to join!

Content warnings


Safety tools used


How will character creation work

There are no "levels" in Alas for the Awful Sea. We will do character creation together prior to our first session of play.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: None

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