"Don't Let It Die" is a cooperative survival game based on early humanity's struggles to cement their place at the top of the food chain. You will gather resources & food, fight deadly predators, and learn the mysteries of fire. Your task is a difficult one, but no matter what happens, remember: you and the fire must survive...


Game Design by Dustin Hendrickson

Editing by Kyle McCarley


Lightning strikes a nearby tree. Fire! Your group of Neanderthals must now endure Mother Nature and work together to keep the fire going long enough to learn its mysterious powers and destructive capabilities. You have 14 days to uncover its secrets before a massive flood drowns the valley and extinguishes humanity's one chance at becoming the apex predator and escaping extinction.


Game Overview

Your tribe consists of 4 characters, all taking turns to search for resources, fight off dangerous animals, unlock new discoveries, and working together to keep the fire alive!

Players: 1 - 4

Playtime: 45-90 minutes

Ages: 12+


Completely Cooperative

"Don't Let It Die" was designed from the ground up to offer a re-playable, interactive, strategic cooperative experience for 1-4 players. The key to victory lies in your group's ability to adapt to the ever-present and always changing threats of prehistoric life. Should you focus on hunting and foraging to feed your starving tribe? Or should you be more concerned with supplying the dwindling fire with more wood? Perhaps constructing a weapon or tool might ease the stress of gathering resources...

These choices and more await you in what will surely be the ultimate test of survival.


13 Unique Characters

With 13 characters that all have unique skills and specialties, you'll have over 715 combinations of mix-and-match strategies to plan out. Try experimenting with different characters to find your group's favorite play style!

Resource Management

Brave the wilds to collect resources such as berries, plant fiber, rocks, meat, wood, hide and bone! Cooperate with each other by planning the best use of the scarce resources you find.

Some characters have skills that will assist you to obtain resources more easily. Equip them with items and unlock new discoveries to uncover their true potential!


Fire Discoveries

The core box comes with 4 different Fire Knowledge Trees to play against. To win the game your tribe must investigate the fire to learn its secrets before it burns out. Each discovery will help you to survive another day, and unlocking the ultimate discovery, "Fire Starter," means victory!

Fire Knowledge Points, or FKP, are earned by spending stamina to roll the Fire Die, which awards anywhere from 0-3 FKP tokens per roll. You may then spend your FKP on Discoveries which help the entire group.



Crafting WEapons, Tools, and Buildings

You will need to craft various tools, weapons, and buildings to be able to survive long enough to learn the fire's secrets. Tools will assist you in obtaining resources, while weapons will help you to survive encounters with Danger! cards, providing meat from killing the attacking predators and preventing some if not all damage taken from skirmishes. There are also extremely beneficial buildings you can craft to aid the whole tribe, but choose wisely: you may only build one per game!

Core Box Contents

  • 2 Extra Slot Cards
  • 33 Item Cards
  • 4 Fire Knowledge Trees (1 Easy,2 Normal,1 Hard)
  • 1 Day Tracker Mat
  • 1 6 Sided Fire Die
  • 1 Fire Pit Card
  • 1 First Player Card
  • 1 Current Day Marker
  • 1 Player Helper Reference Mat
  • 1 12-Page Rulebook

  • 105 Resource Tokens
  • 40  FKP / Unlocked Tokens
  • 1 Linen Black Bag
  • 130 Resource Cards
  • 30 Night Event Cards
  • 4 Character Mats
  • 13 Character Cards
  • 4 HP Markers
  • 4 Stamina Markers
  • 8 Max HP & Stamina Markers
  • 8 Skill Used Markers


RIVAL TRIBES - Expansion


Tired of Getting along and playing nice with everyone? Now's your chance to show your friends and family who's the best at Don't Let It Die!

Rival Tribes is an Expansion for the core game Don't Let It Die. It adds PvP to the game in the form of 1v1 up to 3v3 matches. 

Be the first tribe to unlock the Fire Starter Discovery or be the last tribe standing to win!



Rival Tribes Contains

  • 105 Resource Tokens
  • 40  FKP / Unlocked Tokens
  • 2 Character Mats
  • 2 HP Markers
  • 2 Stamina Markers
  • 4 Max HP & Stamina Markers
  • 4 Skill Used Markers
  • 33 Item Cards
  • 4 Fire Knowledge Trees
    (1 Easy,2 Normal,1 Hard)
  • 1 6 Sided Fire Die
  • 1 Fire Pit Card
  • 1 Player Helper Reference Mat
  • 1 Page Rule Sheet

    * Base Game "Don't Let It Die" required to play.

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