DIE: The Roleplaying Game

Created by Rowan, Rook and Decard

A tabletop RPG based on the DIE comic, created by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans, and produced by the makers of Spire and Heart.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

November update
25 days ago – Thu, Nov 10, 2022 at 12:12:18 AM


Firstly, thank you all for your corrections on the PDF. We have implemented those, along with a wide variety of other last-minute corrections, to make sure the printed book (and the updated digital version) are as smooth a read as possible.

If you go to your Digital Downloads folder in Backerkit, you should be able to download the updated PDF. There’s no structural changes, but everything is spelled correctly now, or at least we hope it’s everything. You should also receive a handy email with a link, but if you haven’t, go root around on Backerkit and track it down.

If you find any errors with this edition of the manuscript, and I’m sure some of you will, please keep them to yourself. Don’t tell anyone. It’s too late to do anything about them. If you feel they’re really egregious, wait until you get your physical copy and correct them yourself in pen.


We have some sample stuff to show you!

Image cropped to remove my bare foot that was in frame. I don't give that sort of thing away for free

Firstly, here are the art cards. Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that we’ve already shown you the art card proof prints once before, and this is because the company that was printing them for us stopped printing them before our order was fulfilled. Bit of fun, eh? However we’re teaming up with our old friends Belmont Printing down in Northampton to cover us, and they’ve done a lovely job.

Additionally, I hope you like the hedge outside my window. I just trimmed it

Secondly, the GM screen is here! It looks nice. We’re going to implement a couple of tweaks and then we’re good to start printing in bulk.

Please also enjoy: the underside of my desk

Thirdly! We’ve had notification that the Fair Gold coins have finished production, and they’re making their way over to join the dice for shipping to the USA.


RRD’s in-house designer Minerva McJanda is hard at work updating the player and GM resources to make them a) in line with any corrections you spotted b) form fillable and c) printer-friendly. We’ll let you know when they’re all done.


We’ve run into some complications regarding our paper choices, which mean we’re now re-planning our printing process. The good news here is that we can be extra doubly certain that the paper we’re using will show off Stephanie’s amazing art to its best effect, and this also gives us some extra time to work on getting the best possible combination of materials for Rian’s slipcase and special custom cover. The bad news is that it’s getting less likely we will manage to print and ship the books to the UK before Christmas, which tends to be a fairly busy time for retailers regardless..

Given the number of books involved we’ll be working in pallets, which makes the whole process significantly cheaper (and we pass those savings on to you!) but also significantly slower (and we pass that waiting on to you!).

This is still an evolving situation, but we’ll do our best to speed things along while also making sure you get the best book possible at the end of the process. Transparency and communication are our middle names here at Rowan, Rook and Decard (you should see the birth certificate) so we’ll do our damndest to keep you informed about everything you need to know RE the timeline and production of your books.

That's all for now.

- Grant (and everyone else at RRD)

PDFs are in distribution
about 1 month ago – Wed, Oct 26, 2022 at 04:37:16 AM


If you backed us during this campaign or pre-ordered DIE, you should now have access to the PDF of the game through Backerkit. Here's how to get it.

STEP ONE. Check your email. Backerkit emails you when you get access to new digital downloads. It may well be in your junk mail inbox because it looks generic enough to be spam. But it's not! It's got a link to a game in it. Click on that link, download it and have fun.

OPTIONAL STEP TWO. If you can't find the email, you can go directly to, log in, and access your downloads from there.

EVEN MORE OPTIONAL STEP THREE. If you can't find the email and you can't download the game by logging into Backerkit, ask yourself: did I actually back this game on Kickstarter or pre-order it? If the answer is no, that's your problem right there. If the answer is yes, send an email to listing the email address you used on Kickstarter/Backerkit and we'll look into the problem.



If you're a retail backer for DIE, you should already have had an email with a link to a retail order form. If not, you can make your own - click here to make a copy of our retail order form, fill it in and email it back to, and we'll take care of it from there.

IF YOU FIND ANY ERRORS, issues, typos, misprints or other aberrations in the text then you can go to the official DIE Discord (not the RRD Discord as I said on Sunday, apologies) and list them in the specific channel. Please do this before Friday October 28th! We have a tight print schedule on this.

That's all for now. We hope you like what we've done with it!

- Grant, Kieron, Maz, Stephanie, Zach and all of us at RRD

DIE RPG PDF on Tuesday!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Oct 26, 2022 at 02:56:20 AM

It's happening! It's been a challenge getting here but: we'll be releasing the PDF for the DIE RPG on Tuesday afternoon UK time!


You should receive an email from Backerkit shortly warning you that your order will lock in 48 hours time. Check you've got everything you want and that you've got the right payment info attached. Then, on Tuesday, your card will be charged and you'll get an email with your download details for the DIE RPG PDF (and a bunch of player resources to go with it, and anything else you've ordered from us). This gives us time to make sure that everyone's payments have gone through and we aren't accidentally giving away the PDF for free.

Once you've got the PDF, enjoy it! Read it! Look at the pictures! And if you spot any typos or errors in the text, you can post them in our DIE RPG CORRECTIONS Discord channel. (Thankfully, our extensive passes from multiple editors means that we've managed to pull down the number of errors. But nobody's perfect, eh.) 

Print deadline is imminent so there's only a limited time for backer preview. Get your corrections in quickly. (And: thank you for your service.)


We're planning to print in November/December which means fulfillment will likely begin in February to allow enough time for us to move a bunch of books around the world. (Getting that many books into the States is especially difficult and time-consuming.) Fulfillment is likely to happen in stages as UK, US & AU based partners will potentially receive items at different times and we will get parcels out as soon as is practical in each place. We'll keep you updated as we go.

Now for some specific updates:


If you backed Die as a retailer, you should receive an email shortly with an order form for you to fill in. This includes space for you to order directly all DIE products as well as any RR&D and UFO Press items you'd like to add to your order. Please fill this in and return it to us on email, and we will invoice you accordingly and get your books prepped to ship at the same time as non-retail backers, which will be ahead of general release. Speaking of general release: we're hoping that from March the DIE RPG book and some of the campaign add-ons will be available from both Diamond and Alliance. We'll be sending out sales info sheets along with order confirmations so you have some materials to help you sell the game to your customers.


Firstly, thanks! Secondly - we're planning to split your orders so that you'll receive the non-DIE parts sooner. All being well, you'll get items you've ordered from RR&D's back catalogue in the course of the next few weeks. That means we will need to lock the address tied to your order shortly, so please check your address is correct now. Once this part of your order is complete, we will unlock the address for editing so you can change it before your second parcel ships.

That's all for now. Keep an eye on your inboxes come Tuesday!

- Grant, Kieron, Stephanie, Zach, Maz and everyone at RRD

Outrageously close to completion
about 2 months ago – Mon, Oct 10, 2022 at 03:35:52 AM

We've just had Will's last editing pass over the manuscript (delivered ahead of schedule, thanks Will, you're a class act) and Lone is making the final changes required to the PDF. As keen-eyed readers will have clocked, Kieron's taken his last pass over the document too and tweeted out a bunch of his jokes that made it through the rigorous editing passes.

So: we're very close to getting a PDF into your hands. (Onto your eyes? I dunno.) Please enjoy several more screenshots of the PDF as a sort of proof-of-life:

Right. That's all for now. PDF soon. 

Lots of love,

- Grant (and the rest of us here at RRD)

September Update
2 months ago – Sun, Sep 25, 2022 at 10:57:12 PM

Hello folks,

Some news from our production team:

  • We're doing a extra proof pass to make sure things are consistent, clear and as mistake-free as possible.  Please enjoy these pretty images of layout, specifically the Emotion Knight's class pages:
  • The book is now 400 pages, not 300. This has caused some issues.
  • Delivery time now looking at mid-October, not mid-late September. We'll keep you updated on physical delivery dates, but these are likely to be pushed back. This is due to both the extra work to make the book as good as it can be, and the extra paper we need to source to make it longer.
  • Production on Dice, Coins and GM Screen has started!  If you signed up to the waitlist, we'll be getting in touch to upgrade you on BackerKit (Sign up here if you haven't yet!)

- Grant (and the rest of the team at RRD)