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Do not read this journal!” is a horror-themed, pamphlet sized journaling experience where you obtain a cursed journal, write all the strange events you experience while you have it, and then pass it to a friend. Once you pass the journal to someone else, the curse is lifted from you and passed to the next person. The experience continues until there are no more pages left on the journal.

If you’re the last person to own the journal, remove the pamphlet and put it to a public place for someone to find it.

A Spotify playlist is available to accompany your journaling experience and put you in the right mood for the story:

If the price of this game is a hardship to you, free community copies are available below. 

If you share pictures and/or videos of your journal, please use the #dnrtj hashtag, so I can see your amazing artifact.

If you don't have a deck of cards, you can use this random card picker.

Spanish and Turkish versions are also available. 

An amazing example made by BudgetVersailles, using "Do not read this journal!"


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

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

Do Not Read This Journal.pdf 459 kB

Community copies

Support this experience at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Community Copy

For anyone who feels they cannot afford this experience right now, but want to try it, there are free community copies available, no questions asked. If all the community copies are gone, please send me a DM via Twitter @lunchweek and I'll send you a download key. Again, no questions asked.

If you enjoy the game, please consider rating and/or reviewing it. All comments are welcome, including negative ones. It really helps to make the game more visible to others.

Community Copy Donation

For every $2 you'll receive a copy of Do Not Read This Journal! and donate 2 copies of the game for those who are experiencing poverty to claim. Thank you!

Download demo

Do not read this journal! - Spanish 467 kB
Do not read this journal! - Turkish 786 kB

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It's easy to play, collaborative and creative! You can freely wander in your mind to create a story without feeling restricted by the fear of how society would receive it, and pass it on  anonymously. It's a freeing experience in my opinion.

Hello. I downloaded a community copy, and while I myself am unable to play it, lacking some of the tools needed (a working printer, for one), I must say it's really something. If anyone wishes to play the game, go for it.

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Thank you so much for that <3 You don't need to print it to start, you can just use your computer. And if you need cards, you can use this random card picker. All you need to start is a journal and a pen/cil.

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Hi from France (so sorry 4 my poor & bad english)

I started to play this weekend and i publish my lil diary on FB ^^ . Today, i draw the 3 of Spade that ask me about the previous owner. But i did not know any previous owner 0_0 So, i thought about the author. Maybe he is the previous owner and i've just wanna know if he's safe after created this game. 

Fanx 4 answer, it's maybe important ;)

That's an amazing way to use the cards! As mentioned in the rules, the cards are there to inspire you :)

And I'm ok by the way. At least for now...

OK, i am happy to read that :) it is maybe a good news 4 me too ^^ i ll see next saturday ;) fanx again !!

Fanx for your FB diary Damien, it was nice to follow your doppelgänger "adventures"... ;)

de nada but... after reading some coms... i think i'll wait a lil time before another meta-RPG on fb ^^

I'm so interested to see this :)