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Eyes by the Roadside is a communal storytelling game and tabletop role-playing game about Midwestern towns fraught with horrors both supernatural and all too real. As a group you build a Midwestern community from the ground up, including its name, population, and history, and then fill it up with spooky folklore, shameful and confusing mysteries, and terrifying rumors. The group then puts together an inciting Incident which gets the game rolling and brings the characters together to investigate- and hopefully survive- the horrors of the town.

Is the Incident just the most recent manifestation of some darker truth about the town and its past? Or is it another brush with a dark demimonde beneath the surface of our natural reality?

Eyes by the Roadside features an innovative system of dice pools based around taking Risks in order to build up enough dice to survive the inevitable threat encounters, the moments when the darkness of the town swells to dangerous levels and the characters must think fast to survive. Each session can be handled by the same or a different GM, and as the story unfolds, each player will have plenty of opportunities to embellish and elaborate upon the town's many terrifying and vague mysteries.

Eyes by the Roadside is a complete, fully-functional beta of a final game. It is still in the middle of being playtested and is subject to occasional updates. Please contact me on twitter (@gahostan) or through my support email here if you have comments or questions! I'd love to hear from some players who aren't just at my tables. Also, if you like what you see, consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/mataramakesgames! Thanks so much for your support!

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This is my first ever attempt at formatting a book using real-ass book formatting software! It's print-formatted (as in, formatted to be printed out as a book), so it'll look best in your PDF viewer if you set it to two-page viewing mode! I'm going to make updates to this document here and there to touch things up and add a more PDF-viewer friendly version without all the blank facing pages. 

Also! I'm in the middle of securing a variety of dark, spooky art for a third incarnation of this game which will be full of delightful darkness.

UPDATE: The PDF Viewer-friendly version has been added!  If I understand this site correctly, anyone who buys into this project page should get access to both the print-formatted version and the PDF Viewer-friendly one! :D 

If anyone has any troubs with getting either, let me know and I'll look into it. Thanks, guys!


Buy Now$9.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Eyes by the Roadside middlechild.pdf 337 kB
EbtR PDF Viewer Friendly.pdf 572 kB

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Community Copies

Every copy of Eyes by the Roadside (middlechild) purchased at or above the normal price will add a free community copy that someone else can take if their financial situation would prevent them from affording the game at its listed price.

If you can't afford a copy of Eyes by the Roadside (middlechild) right now and there are community copies available, feel free to take one. No questions asked. If you can afford it, know that buying it will get both you and someone else a copy of the game.

Thanks for supporting my work and the community. I hope you enjoy the game!

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