Stay Away!


A group of archeologists has mysteriously disappeared during an expedition to the risen island of R’lyeh. You are a member of a rescue team sent to aid them.

But as you investigate the site, you encounter something terrible that seeks to destroy your team from within…
You’ll need intuition, nerves of steel, and clever acting if you’re going to survive and win the game.

Who will believe you? Who is who and who is what? 
Exactly, “Stay Away!” because you can’t trust anyone and no one will trust you!

So block the doors, quarantine a suspect, reveal your identity to your “allies”, grab a flamethrower or run away from your place… but look carefully where you will end up, because “The Thing” might be closer than you think…


“Stay Away!” is a game for 4-12 players. The underlying philosophy is to get chills of fear while having fun together.

The concept is simple, but effective: this is basically to track down “The Thing”, a creature 
awakened from a nauseating eternal slumber on the emerged R’lyeh island, that has the capability of possessing the human body, cloning it and there taking its place. So, as you play you won’t know who “The Thing” is or when someone will become “The Thing” or who is infected or not.

Having good intuition, to be to pretend, lie and keep your nerves and eyes open are the basis of winning the game, but you never know how it will end: you may be following in the footsteps of “The Thing” but then become” Infected” and have to negotiate in the name of “The Thing”. Anything can happen and this is what creates chaos, fun and tension in the group of players.


At the beginning of the game, all players are Humans except the player who receives “The Thing” card in the first round. From that moment on, that player assumes the Role of The Thing and he cannot discard or exchange this card.

A) The Humans
The archaeologists are looking for The Thing. Their goal is to work together to to identify which player is The Thing and roast it with a “Flamethrower” card.

B) The Thing and the Infected
One Human will become The Thing on the first turn. Its goal is to annihilate the Humans or turn them into Infected by passing them an “Infected!” card.


Antonio Ferrara

Antonio Ferrara was born in Naples on September 8, 1976. He wrote four novels, including “Gli Occhi del Male” (The eyes of evil), published with Prospettiva Editrice in 2002. Antonio is Affiliate Member of the Horror Writers Association. In 2013 he founded the Francis Marion Crawford Prize for the Horror Literature. In 2014 he published the novels “L’Urlo Bianco” (The White Scream) with Il Foglio Letterario and “NEILA” with Lettere Animate. Antonio created “Stay Away!” with Sebastiano Fiorillo and now is currently working on a new board game and a novel.

Sebastiano Fiorillo

Sebastiano Fiorillo was born in Naples on the May 27, 1983. Architect, game lover and digital graphics passionate, in 2014 he releases, with Antonio Ferrara, the card game “Stay Away!”, where is also the illustrator. Successfully funded on Kickstarter, “Stay Away!” is published for the first time by Pendragon Game Studio.

Game for

Players 4-12

Minutes 15-60

Age 12+


Download the ENGLISH rules

5.3 MB

Download the GERMAN rules

3.7 MB


Video teaser of the game in its final version. Now you can play Stay Away! from 4 to 12 players!


Stay Away! is published in ENGLISH by Ares Games. You can have more information from this link.


Stay Away! is published in FRENCH by Edge. You can have more information from this link.



Stay Away! is published in GERMAN by Traunt Spiele. You can have more information from this link.


Stay Away! is published soon in HUNGARIAN by Delta Vision. You can have more information from this link.



Stay Away! is published in ITALIAN by Pendragon Game Studio. You can have more information from this link.



Stay Away! is published in LITHUANIAN by Kadabra. You can have more information from this link.


Stay Away! is published in POLAND by Galakta. You can have more information from this link.


Stay Away! is published in SPANISH by Edge. You can have more information from this link.


Smart logoStay Away! is published in RUSSIA by Hobby Games. You can have more information from this link.

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Stay Away!

Updated on 2019-06-04T15:44:12+02:00, by pendragonadmin.