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Santa But...

A Christmas RPG

In Santa But… you play the role of one of many Santa’s but… there’s a catch. You have a specific trait that makes you different from the more traditional Father Christmas.

A game of Santa But… takes place on Christmas Eve inside a family home. The aim of the game is to find a way into the house, search the house for clues as to who your assigned child is and what they want for Christmas and leave them their ideal Christmas present before they wake up.

At its core, Santa But... is a bizarre detective game where you hunt for clues around a house to find out what the children who live there would like for Christmas which is made all the more difficult by your distinguished trait.

So, which Santa will you be?

Maybe you'll be Santa but...

...you have crab claws for hands.

...you are a goose.

...you are made of a thousand sentient bees.

...you are a living snowman.

...you turn into a polar bear when you are startled and can only turn back into a human when you eat Christmas food.

...you are a two-foot tall elf.

Or maybe you'll be a completely different kind of Santa!


To make your gameplay more immersive you can also add to your order an hour of fireplace ambience to listen to whilst playing. It features the atmospheric sounds of a crackling fireplace with the occasional sleigh bells in the distance.

Alternatively, you could play the game by an actual roaring fireplace


Player Count: 3 to 6

Game Length: 1-2 hours

Pages: 12

Designer: William Long www.longgames.co.uk

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“Santa But…” is an elegant game with enough substance and style to inspire creativity in DMs and players alike. And most importantly, it’s flat out fun.

...if there’s anything we learned from playing “Santa But…”, it’s that everything is more fun if you get weird with it. In “Santa But…” 

Read the full review by Pod Of Blunders HERE.

You can listen to their playthrough of the game HERE.

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorLong Games
GenreRole Playing
TagsChristmas, clues, Detective, longgames, scavenger


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Santa But.pdf 4 MB
SantaBut_Atmos.mp3 54 MB
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I keep running into this error while I try to claim the game during your "3 Free Games" Sale: There was an error generating the download URL, please try again. I'm not sure if it's something on my end. Also, I get directed to the Community Copy Donation regardless of what download or claim/"get for" button I click, although it still says the game is on sale at $0.00.

That's very strange. Try downloading it from the game's page instead of the sale page. That might work.

It was a strange problem! I figured out too late what went wrong on my end and it was the opposite of what you suggested; I kept trying to download it from the game page rather than the sale page and based on later experience, that would have completely solved the problem! Luckily, I was able to claim this game as a community copy thanks to someone's generous donation. Nonetheless, thank you for your timely response and help! I hope to be able to play this game with others sometime, perhaps around 2022's holiday season, or to at least read through it and be able to leave a rating and review. It's the least I could do, after all this kerfuffle!