The Pit and the Pendulum is a tarot-based storytelling game for 1 player character and multiple GMs. The PC is the protagonist in the story, and the GMs describe the PC’s situation.

All players are dealt a hand from the tarot deck. The PC has action cards and reaction cards. They can either describe something they do, or how they react to something that happens.

The GMs have event cards and ambience cards. They either describe something in the dungeon or something the protagonist senses. The GMs must play an ambience card after a PC’s reaction card.

If a GM cannot describe or cannot play a card, a section of the real map of the dungeon is revealed. The more is revealed, the more chance the PC has of escaping their fate.