The Paper Game

Mike with the original version of GHOULASH in 1982.

In 1982, writer and game designer Mike Suchcicki had an intriguing goal: He wanted to create a role-playing game that could played by only two people.

“Most RPGs feature a game master, or dungeon master, who controls the game for a group of players,” Mike says. “I wanted something that easily could be played by just two people, with each player acting as game master for the other.”

The post-apocalyptic scenario he designed for the game, with zombies chasing after the hapless players, evolved into a world infested by the giant, green monsters known as Ghouls.

“In my notes I had written down the word ‘ghoulish.’ When I looked at the notes later, I read the word as ‘ghoulash,‘ and the name, and the concept of Ghouls, stuck,” Mike says.

That two-person RPG, originally titled GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth, was refined and streamlined over the years and eventually posted on It was downloaded and played by gamers around the world, and was translated by fans into six languages (including Hungarian Ghoulash!). The game has been used by teachers as an aid to teach everything from math to English as a second language. It’s been featured and reprinted in magazines in the U.S., Great Britain and Australia.

Marco Statua, a GHOULASH player from Italy, calls it, “the perfect game!”

“Cannot express how much I love this game!” says Brent Millis from Japan.

Watch our trailer for GHOULASH: The Game of Pen & Paper Peril

The game, now called GHOULASH: The Game of Pen & Paper Peril, is played entirely on paper, using specially designed Game Charts.

Each player takes a chart and hides the Ghouls, Holes, Debris, and First-Aid Kits on one of the two grids, known as the Obstacle Grid. Then, you take turns describing your journey through the other grid, the Movement Grid. As you move, your opponent follows along on their Obstacle Grid and tells you what items or obstacles you’ve encountered:

GHOULASH: The Game of Pen & Paper Peril is the perfect social distancing game. Here Mike, in Florida, plays with Scott, in California.

“As you enter the building, you fall into a Hole.”

“At H-13 is a First-Aid Kit.”

If you fall in a Hole, you lose a turn. If you encounter Debris, you suffer a wound.

If you encounter a Ghoul you must fight it. Hit its Weak Spot and it’s destroyed, but if miss you get a wound. Receive 12 wounds and you die!

Be the first to destroy all eight Ghouls and you win!

Our Game Books provide you with thick stacks of removable charts, enough for 16 two-player games! The game charts represent four exciting locations in which to conduct your Ghoul battles.

The Game Books are only $2.95 each, cheaper than printing them yourself!

Stick GHOULASH in your backpack, your purse, your pocket. Play GHOULASH at the beach, at the park, at school, at work, at your local gaming group. Play in the waiting room, or in line for a movie, or in-between classes. Give a couple of charts to the kids to play in the back seat on a long car ride.

GHOULASH: The Game of Pen & Paper Peril is easy to learn, quick to play and fun for the entire family!

Head over to the Games of GHOULASH Store and pick up some game books today!