Murder on the Acheron Express

Murder on the Acheron Express

Homebrew Game on Discord

Price per player-session

You will be charged when a session starts



  • Duration: 2 to 6 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Open to all

Price per player-session

About the adventure

On the world of Erderra, undead provide the disposable labor force to fuel their industrial revolution. When a wealthy noble is murdered on an isolated mountain train with few suspects, the undead onboard have been assumed responsible. Play as sentient undead, indentured to menial lower class positions and treated as second-class citizens in return for your extended unlife. Indentured undead pay off the debt of their reanimation for decades before earning their freedom, and have extremely limited civil rights. All Player Characters are passengers in the "Corpse Car" at the rear of the train. The nobleman died in the adjoining car with no witnesses, and the Undead have been blamed. Find the real killer before the train reaches the station, or all players will be summarily executed without trial. This game is a stand alone one-shot intended to be completed in a single 2-6 hour session. Play style: Mystery Setting: Homebrewed (Era: Industrial Revolution, Guns Allowed) System: Endless (Homebrew, not-yet-published) This game uses the Endless system, and comes with a list of premade characters for players to choose from and a Quick Start Guide for those who have not played it before.

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2 years on StartPlaying

1 game hosted

Highly rated for: Storytelling, Inclusive, Creativity

Additional Details

How to prepare

Players need a working mic. A google doc with your premade character sheet and their motivation for being on the train will be sent to you, and should be kept in an open tab while the game is in session. This scenario is storytelling focused and mechanics light, intended to introduce players to a new system. The GM will explain everything the players need to know before play starts. The GM will bring dice if playing in person, otherwise online dice rollers can be used.

What I provide

I will bring dice and premade characters. This game is currently being playtested with intent to publish, and all playtesters will be recorded and sent a copy if/when it is released as a stand alone box game. The physical game uses a set of note cards and fits in a single box (that I will bring if in person), that serves as the prototype of what a published box-set will contain to play as a stand-alone game.

Gameplay details

This game takes place in a gothic horror setting and includes investigating a murder as part of the premise. The topic of civil rights is viewed through the lens of the living and undead. The GM depicts undead segregation as a metaphor for racism without depicting or targeting any real peoples, and does not tolerate discrimination of any kind. This table is a safe space. BLM, LGBTQ+, Equality for all.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Debriefing
  • Luxton Technique
  • Luxton Technique Discussion
  • Monte Cook RPG Consent Checklist
  • Open Door
  • X, N, and O Cards
How will character creation work

This adventure uses Level 1 Premades that come with the game, intended for new players to pick up and play. Players familiar with the system can create their own Level 1 Undead PC.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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