The Slow Knife


A card-based story game of wretched scoundrels and patient revenge.

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Published by Mousehole Press
Distributed by Deernicorn Distro

The Slow Knife¬†is inspired by stories like¬†The Count of Monte Cristo, where a simple death is too good for all those years the villains took from their victim. You’ll establish a promising young soul whose life is ruined by a handful of grasping scoundrels, then you’ll tell the decades-long story of the victim’s overdue and inevitable vengeance. You’ll tell this story from the perspective of the villains, with the protagonist –¬†The Knife – moving in the shadows or behind disguises. You’ll answer card prompts about your villain’s life as you add notes and connections to a pinboard of sin and scandal. By the end of the game you’ll have constructed the conspiracy that destroys your wretched character as they find themselves broken and utterly ruined, face-to-face with¬†The Knife for one last reckoning. Then, as the sun rises on a land free of those avaricious scoundrels, you’ll consider what solace – if any –¬†The Knife¬†might find for the rest of their days.

You’ll also find three¬†playsets, story starters that¬†provide an original, pre-written setting and define all the major characters of your story‚ÄĒthe Knife, your villains and the setting itself. These playsets are designed to be a quicker experience than the ‘from scratch’ approach, and they will fill your board with people and possibilities to propel you into your story.

The three playsets, each illustrated by a different artist, are:

  • The Count of Saint-Lazare‚ÄĒinspired by The Count of Monte Cristo of course.
  • Arcadia Prime‚ÄĒa near-future, neocapitalist nightmare on an orbital station.
  • The Lament of Broken Glass‚ÄĒa fantasy tale of elves, fashion and weird magic.


  • 90-page full-color hardcover book
  • Includes PDF version and printables

Number of players: 2-4 players
Style: Conspiracy-building story game
Creators: Jack Harrison of Mousehole Press


The Slow Knife lets you craft a conspiracy of betrayal, and the revenge that follows – Polygon

Additional information

Weight .63 lbs
Dimensions 5.80 × 8.30 × .5 in

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