A downloadable tabletop RPG

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Peace. Kids playing in mech wreckage. A ghost. 

One last journey across an ancient battleground to find a pilot's final resting place.

  • A GM-less storytelling and map-drawing game for 3 or more players.* 
  • About how we remember war, how we forget, and all that remains when the echoes fade.
  • 1-3 hours to play (usually 2+ hours if more than 4 players). 
  • 4 pages (excluding cover and hex map). 
  • 3 random tables for creating an advanced or low-tech landscape littered with destroyed mechs from the last great war.
  • An optional blank hex map is also available to download and print. 
  • You will need to bring your own pencils or crayons for drawing the map, and a 6-sided die would be useful, but not necessary.

* 1-on-1 play is also possible. See ECH0_1-on-1.txt.

This game was inspired by the wreckage of a downed Japanese Zero fighter I came across in the Sabah countryside when I was a kid. The stripped fuselage had been lying there for nearly 40 years. A lonely, fallen engine of destruction. 

Once, a pilot depended upon the machine for his life. I wonder what conversation I might have had with his ghost. I wonder if the wreck is still there.

As heard on Friends at the Table: The Road to PARTIZAN!

Watch ECH0 being played on Gauntlet Hangouts featuring Rachelle Dube, creator of Dino Wranglers.

We recorded a 1-on-1 Actual Play of our micro-RPG Ech0!

Game Jam  |  Emotional Mecha Jam 

Game Design |  Kai Poh (@tunkaipoh) 

Graphic Design & Layout  |  Elisha Rusli (@elisharusli)

Photo  |  Emjeii Beattie (@emjeiiamira) 

Website  |  www.roleoverplaydead.com 

Social Media |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram  |  YouTube

"Ech0 by Kai Poh stole my heart and I will always shout my love for it from the rooftops. It's gmless, pick up and play, and short though provides a really beautiful story that I'm still thinking about. It's just a great game." - Rachelle Dube

"A very whimsical RPG. If you ever need to add character, humanity or background material to a more serious Mecha RPG, this would be it. But it's also nice as a standalone." - zenai2020

"love looking back at maps made from previous sessions of this game and remembering those stories! i particularly enjoy the chance to see a world through lenses of the now (the children) and the past (the pilot)." - justinquirit

"I really like Ech0! Got that Tales From The Loop feel down pat. Very countryside childhood exploration." - Ben Chong |  Swords and Flowers

"Today I picked up ECHO by @tunkaipoh. A haunting game about children who find the ghost of a mecha pilot among piles of wreckage. The presentation of this game is so lovely highly recommend!" - Hannah Shaffer


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

In order to download this tabletop RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

ECH0_Final_V2_Colour.pdf 2 MB
ECH0_Final_V2_BW.pdf 2 MB
ECHO_Map_V1.pdf 508 kB
ECH0_1-on-1.txt 259 bytes

Download demo

ECH0_Beta_V1.txt - FREE DEMO 6 kB

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Hey, seems neat. Check out my own Stranded, I think it could go hand in hand with it.


Can't wait to play this game!

Thank you! Can't wait for you to play either!


Gives one a wondrous, childlike feeling of exploring something beyond your understanding - with the chilling adult understanding of what a forgotten war machine represents. Also looks tight as hell.

Belated thank you! Means a lot.


The setting is remarkable and reminiscent of Iron Giant.
If I have kids would love play this with them.


Thanks, that means a lot! If you find the right kids to play with, that could be great.