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It’s always raining downtown. The streetlights flicker, cutting the world into swathes of light and shadow. People scurry down streets and around corners, collars up, hats down, and always looking over their shoulder

Hard Case is a solo noir RPG on a single page. It is the third game created using the Second Guess System first used in the One White Eye RPG and The Date. Here, the system of impending dread and self deception is instead turned to the scheming and dark dealings of a classic style noir mystery. This game also expands the system with differing game end conditions and short character and scenario setup.

All you need are a d20, a d6, and something to record your journal entries on. Sometimes people surprise you.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
TagsNoir, second-guess, solo, Tabletop


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This was a surprising amount of fun! I did not get far before "Tex" bit the dust, but I enjoyed reading the prompts. It's wild to think that a whole game fits on a single piece of paper. I'll have to try to make a Second Guess System game now, I think. Loved the theme, not enough noir games out there in my opinion. 😊

The game looks interesting, thank you for sharing it! I could give it a try as a pretext for drawing some sketches. 

A possible typo in prompt 15 "Why do they tell you to talk to and why are they hiding in the corner? "


A fun  solo RPG.

I  would love to see a silver-age superhero version.


Ooo... that's an interesting idea.
There is a jam running right now. Maybe someone will make one!