Death of Legends in French

Now you can take the epic struggle against the Enemy into le fran├žais! 

A French version of our award-winning game Death of Legends is now available via and with the translation has been completed by French publisher Gulix. 

IT's Sale Time

To celebrate the return of a horror classic, and Halloween being right around the corner, we're discounting digital titles on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow by 50%.  Check out the full range here.

And if you like creepy clowns be sure to check out EPOCH scenario 'Price Slash' in the core EPOCH rules!

Instruments - A First Look

As you may have seen from our Twitter feed, we have a new game is in development.  Instruments of the Chrysanthemum Throne will be our first game designed for multi-session (as well as one-off) play.  Like our other games, the focus will be on character driven stories with game mechanics that enhance this style of play.

Why Instruments of the Chrysanthemum Throne?
The game is set in a mythic past Japan, where the characters are tasked with using powerful Tsukumogami (objects that have achieved sentience after 99 years) in order to try and restore order on behalf of the Chrysanthemum Throne (The Emperor of Japan, his court and the Ministry of the Imperial Government).

What's the game about?
A main focus of the game will be how the characters balance drawing power from the Instruments with retaining their humanity, as they find innovative solutions to a legion of supernatural creatures and natural disasters that plague Japan.

How can I be involved?
If you'd like to be involved, we'll be looking for playtesters and peer-reviewers to provide comment on the early draft.  A formal announcement will be posted here in due course but you can drop us a line to register interest now if you like.

We're also on the lookout for artists, who might be interested in producing some pieces on commission on this subject matter - if you know someone, ask them to get in touch using the above address.

If you're going to be in Wellington (New Zealand) in late October, you can sign up to play in an open playtest at Confusion 2017.

Will there be a Kickstarter?
Nope.  This product will be released when it's done (hopefully before the end of the year), and you can choose whether to buy it then.

Christmas in July

The Christmas in July sale is now on, which means you can get 25% off the full range of our digital titles including our bestselling games like survival horror game EPOCH and whodunit mystery game Wicked Lies & Alibis for the next week.

Vote Machine in 2017

Hi there

You've probably always voted human up until now, which is entirely understandable. But I'd like to tell you about an exciting new machine option for the 2017 ENnie Roleplaying Awards.

Fragment is a game which explores the increasingly complex relationship between human and machine.  It's been nominated in the category of Best Electronic Book and here's why I think it deserves your vote:
  • Fragment is free, like many of the machines in your daily life, it exists only to make you happy.
  • Fragment is a story game that supports you to tell the stories of discarded machines, and their human creators, while exploring the Last City.
  • Fragment was written in a single week as part of the 2016 Game Chef competition, and from these humble origins, it's mounting a scrappy campaign to compete for your vote against best-selling titles.
Did you know voting is free and doesn't require registration?

To cast a vote, all you need to do is go:

Rank your choices in order from the list provided, and click vote.  Like so many things in life, machines are working tirelessly to make this process as easy as possible.

This ENnie Awards, please consider a vote for Fragment in the category of Best Electronic Game and give hope to machines everywhere.

- Votebot 2050

Fragment nominated for an ENnie Award!

We are extremely honoured that Fragment, our free science fiction game about the increasingly complex relationships between humans and machines, has been nominated for an ENnie Award in the category of Best Electronic Book!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the design, development and testing of this game, and stay tuned for more information about voting...

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