Free RPG Day

Saturday, 17 June is Free RPG Day, where you can get a range of free roleplaying games and products to try something new and different at no cost.

We have a range of award-winning free games, ranging from the dark-fantasy Death of Legends to modern conflict Route Clearance.  These games are ready to download, print and play right now!  Take a look at the full list of our free games here.

A German Caper

Thanks to the hard work of Thorsten Panknin there's now a German version of the heist micro story game Caper.  This version uses all the same layout and graphics as the English-language edition.

You can check it out here for free, to formulate your plan to steal a priceless treasure and ensure you aren't double-crossed!

Remember, if you want to see more micro-story games from Imaginary Empire please spend a few moments to rate our current games on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

Route Clearance

Imaginary Empire is proud to publish Route Clearance.  In this micro story game you play recently deployed soldiers tasked with clearing the road between Kabul to Kandahar of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the invasion of Afghanistan.

This is an expanded and revised version of Andrew Millar's winning entry in the 2017 edition of the 200 Word RPG Challenge.

You can get it for free from DriveThruRPG and RPGNow or from our Micro Games page

Also, please consider making a donation to the victims of war via or by supporting your local veterans, or returned services, association.

Introducing Micro Story Games

Last year I published my 200 word RPG challenge entry, Candidate.  This year I've decided to publish my 2017 entry Caper, and also formalise these games as micro story games.

This is a short roleplaying game where the players collaborate to imagine and describe the people, places and events of a shared story.

The short and simple nature of a micro story game, requiring minimal preparation, means that it works well to:
  • introduce people to roleplaying
  • entertain a diverse range of ages
  • act as an ice-breaker between rounds at a roleplaying convention
  • fill time while waiting for players to arrive to a regular game session
There are currently two micro story games listed on this website.  Stay tuned for more!

A Good Start to 2017

Thanks to your generosity through donations to the EPOCH Christmas Special scenarios a donation has been made to UNICEF to support Syrian children in need.  That's a great way to start a New Year.

As the winter closes in, children critically need warm clothing, blankets and other essential winter supplies. Donations made to the EPOCH Christmas Special products during 2016 are enough to purchase 3 thermal blankets for children as part of the UNICEF Syrian winter appeal.

In other news, EPOCH, Wicked Lies & Alibis and Death of Legends: First Kingdoms are all on sale as part of the DriveThruRPG New Year, New Game sale

Happy Holidays

Thank you for your support and interest over the last year.  At this time of year we normally publish a Christmas Special scenario for the EPOCH roleplaying game, which supports children in need.  However, this year I've been too busy with an exciting new project to organise or write a scenario, so if you're looking for a little nightmare before Christmas, with all proceeds to a good cause, you might like to check out our past specials:

Polaris Six: features a trip to the North Pole and a memorable encounter with an exploding Santa.

White Wedding: invites you to a holiday wedding where the family of the groom are likely to leave a strong impression on their guests.

Silent Night: a stopover in a remote airport, hostile weather and some truly terrifying Christmas spirits.

Bundle of Holding for Halloween

Right now you can get EPOCH and The Experiment Continues, the EPOCH companion, as part of the Bundle of Nerves +4.  Not only do you get a great discount on a range of horror games, ten percent of your payment (after payment gateway fees) goes to charity, Save the ChildrenHere's the details:

"Through Monday, October 24 the all-new Bundle of Nerves +4 presents the fourth annual collection of horror and dark-fantasy RPGs for every taste.

This new collection includes Kickstarter successes like Undying (a diceless Apocalypse Engine tribute to Vampire: The Masquerade), Breakfast Cult, and the unusual Ten Candles, a game of tragic horror played entirely by candlelight. Pay just US$8.95 to get all four titles in this offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • EPOCH (Imaginary Empire, retail price $8): The “Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror” — character- (and card-) driven horror-movie survival adventure.
  • Shadows Over Sol (Tab Creations, retail $15): Hard-sf horror in a dark Solar System two centuries hence, from the designer of Against the Dark Yogi.
  • The Hell House Beckons (Kiel Chenier, retail $12): An Old School haunted-house toolkit and adventure of brain-cauterizing terror.
  • Sins of the Father (Third Eye Games, retail $10): You’re hellborn — your soul was sold long before you were born. Can you get it back?
And if you pay more than this offer’s threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, you’ll also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with seven more titles (retail value $75):
  • Undying (Magpie Games, $15): A diceless Apocalypse Engine game of generational vampiric intrigue, a tribute to Vampire: The Masquerade.
  • Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors (Dead Gentlemen, retail $15): The 2015 Fate-based Second Edition of this ridculous-horror RPG of small-town monster fighters.
  • The Cold Ruins of Lastlife (Magpie Games, retail $10): A Dungeon World Chaos World of undead characters seeking lost memories.
  • Breakfast Cult (Liberi Gothica Games, retail $15): School days meet the End of Days in this Fate Accelerated game of detention at Occultar Academy.
  • Ten Candles (Cavalry Games, retail $10): Tragic horror in a darkened room with ten tea candles. When the last candle goes out….
  • EPOCH: The Experiment Continues (retail $7): New rules and four scenarios take EPOCH into new horror-movie genres.
  • NEW! Undying: All Men Must Die (retail $3): Undying designer Paul Riddle adapts his game to handle medieval court intrigue a la Game of Thrones."