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The Zealous Order of Kol Ban Ri has spread its influence in the region surrounding the island city of Wotta Rue. Some have followed the Order willingly, some have been somehow charmed or manipulated into it, and still, others have been frozen in place by a cruel spell. Tonight, Wotta Rue was overrun by frothing zealots on a quest to purify and convert the city for Kol Ban Ri. The four bridges leading out of the city are each guarded by a different mysterious foe.

Can you escape the city?


This zine is a generator that creates a dangerous crawl across a zealot-filled city as you play. As you move, you will learn secrets about the dangerous bridge guards blocking the only bridges out.


- 24-page full-color zine
- Designed for Cairn and 5e. 1-4 players (Level 3 for 5e).
- Supports GMless and solo play
- Uses a standard playing card deck to generate locations and encounters
- Includes unique Secrets mechanic that describes the bridge guard as you play
- Random tables, oracles, bestiary, and NPCs


Using oracles and the card-based location/encounter/secrets system You can play without a scheming game master. Someone still has to keep track of initiative, HP, etc, but the storytelling comes out of the game mechanics.


Jim Hall - Writer and Illustrator
A.J. Montague - Copy Editor

Get this game in print on the Brooklet Games Store or the official Cairn Store.

Updated 28 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
AuthorBrooklet Games
Tagscairn, GM-Less, physical-games, Solo RPG, Tabletop role-playing game, zine


Buy Now$6.00 USD or more

In order to download this zine you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Escape the City Spreads v1.pdf 15 MB
Escape the City Pages v1.pdf 15 MB
Escape the City Pages v1 - Grayscale Pages.pdf 2 MB
Escape the City Pages v1 - Printable Grayscale Booklet.pdf 2 MB

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Several of the creatures and NPCs lack a STR stat. Is this intentional?


If a stat is missing, it is default 10 (if playing Cairn).


This is the correct answer! 


Thank you, Will!

I’m really bummed I just learned about this and it’s sold out at exalted funeral. I prefer to play my rpgs screen free, so without pdfs. Staples is now charging 75 cents per color page. If the author reads this and wants to sell me a print cooy, if possible, let me know. Looks cool. 

So glad you’re interested in running it! You can buy copies at BrookletGames.com :)




Picked up the print copy from Exalted Funeral, this module is great.

So glad you enjoyed it! I hope to do more books in this style.