independent games & design by Nathan D. Paoletta



These games have been retired from the ndpdesign catalogue. 



Haunted was written as a commission for Graham Walmsley in 2013, and all proceeds from its sale have been donated to the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. It is retired as of 2019. If you really want it, make a donation to Shanti Bhavan, then get in touch to let me know and I’ll send you the PDF.

Haunted is a card game of haunted house ghost stories. Not the kind told around the campfire for cheap thrills. No, this game is one where you are drawn into a house of your own creation, built from the bricks of your past and mortar of your secrets. Will you get out? Discover the answer? Go mad?

All of the above?

Haunted is a tabletop card game with a narrative edge - you don't have to get into character or come up with evocative descriptions to play, but it helps.

All the players are trapped together in a haunted house. You use a regular deck of playing cards, and play cards to represent rooms of the house. As you discover more rooms you have the ability to move them around and connect them in order to try and get to the exits. 


About The Game

The Dance and the Dawn was designed and written by Dev Purkayastha. It was released in 2009 and published under license by ndpdesign through 2016. It is no longer available via ndpdesign. When it becomes available again, however, you'll find a link here. Until check, check the Sweet Potato Press website!

This game tells a fable of three Ladies who came upon the Ice Queen’s court and danced with four Lords, all in the pursuit of the One True Love that could yield happiness.

The conclusion of that fable is up to you.

The Dance and the Dawn is a game for 3-5 players and is played over a chessboard. One player plays the part of the Narrator (and will control the Duke and Queen, as well as several Lords), and the other players will each control one of the Ladies. The game is a bit of a fairy tale and a bit of a puzzle: each Lady is trying to determine the character of the various Lords, and must pick one at the end of the game.