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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like, But You Can Never Leave is a game for 3+ people, and a surreal horror-flavored hack of Mobile Frame Zero: Firebrands by Meguey & Vincent Baker. It is also a loving homage to The Shining, NanQuest, and the songs of the 70s and 80s that I grew up listening to. 

Play as a Guest, Staff member, or living Anomaly at the Hotel California, the first and only hotel to exist outside of time and space! Create messy entanglements — ally with monsters, or backstab your friends! Inject the surreal and horrific into everyday life! Solve mysteries! Have strange dreams! Chase someone with a knife! Burn it all to the ground!

Additional questions about your stay at the Hotel California may be addressed to their official website


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So nice I accidentally bought it twice! And I gotta say... it's well worth each time. I got it once cause it was a Record Collection entry and another time in my Firebrands research. This is one of the most effective and evocative Firebrands games I've read, the selection of games and how each one creates atmosphere, furthers creepiness, and just generally causes unease is astounding. Perfectly captures The Shining in an RPG, something I would've thought incredibly difficult to do.

Oh gosh, thank you so much! I was wondering if the double buy was an itch fluke, haha. I can totally refund the second one for you if you like!

appreciate the offer but no need! It is very good!