A downloadable Tabletop RPG

Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

Life is tough for the cash-strapped in Pociopolis. Ever since the secret to immortality was discovered, nobody retires anymore! With all the steady jobs taken and no sign of any new ones opening up, there’s only one sure way to make some quick cash: sign up as a Subway Runner and work for the Metro Authority to hunt monsters and repair subway lines below the city.

SUBWAY RUNNERS is a Forged in the Dark game of gig economy adventures designed from the ground up to be played online by folks who are responsibly practicing social isolation. It uses online tools to quickly create random characters, gigs, and adventure details so players can get the ball rolling quickly.

What's Cool About Subway Runners?

I'm thrilled you asked!

We Got Wild with Random Generators!

You can make a character by going to perchance.org/subwayrunners, get them a gig by going to perchance.org/subwayrunnersgig, and get all the details you need for their adventure by going to perchance.org/runsubwayrunners! You're basically already playing. Also, each page has a Print File button on the bottom to save your runner's promotions as a PDF for posterity of future adventures!

Forged in the Dark with a Twist!

Like other Forged in the Dark games, you leverage your actions to take risky actions, get stressed and catch traumas, and do fun stuff to get promotions. Unlike any other Forged in the Dark game we know of, your list of actions is totally different from your fellow runners! You never know the trauma you're gonna get, from "rude" to "romantic"! Both your experience triggers and your benefits for doing them change from runner to runner and game to game! And if you don't like the runner you got, another file is just a click away.

Designed with Social Isolation In Mind!

A lot of folks are staying home right now, and making good choices for their community by limiting their in-person contact with others. Subway Runners is designed to run easy-breezy over discord, zoom, roll20, or wherever you hang out with your chums online! Toss a shared whiteboard in there if you're feeling fancy, or take notes in a shared google doc. On top of all that, the rules reference PDF is great to help players new to the FitD system get started quick.

The PDF has bookmarks!

That's not very cool, but Dan was real excited about it so we thought we'd mention it here.

Praise for Subway Runners

"This game is totally zonkers. Love it."
-Enny nominated tabletop RPG master Rob Hebert

Published 16 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
AuthorGem Room Games
GenreRole Playing
Tagsfitd, forged-in-the-dark, tabletop


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this Tabletop RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Subway Runners PDF.pdf 5 MB
Subway Runners Rules Reference.pdf 51 kB

Isolation Copies

Support this Tabletop RPG at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Isolation Copies

These copies of Subway Runners are FREE for anyone staying at home socially isolating and looking for a game that's easy to play online!

If you missed your chance, reach out to @GemRoomGames to let us know and we'll add some more!


Log in with itch.io to leave a comment.


Um... Bookmarks are wicked cool! When a game PDF doesn't have them, my heart is a little sad, buying a copy, thanks for making this.


Thanks for supporting bookmarked PDFs! I promise we'll do High Magic Lowlives once the order of the text is more finalized :)

This game is totally zonkers. Love it.

Aww, Thanks Rob! We made it as zonkers as we knew how!