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DARK ASTRAL: Chapbook for Zweihander RPG (Phone PDF + Digital PDF)

DARK ASTRAL: Chapbook for Zweihander RPG (Phone PDF + Digital PDF)

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t is the far future, but one seen through the eyes of the Renaissance and intermingled with the New Testament. Following the desecration of the garden world Eden, humanity fled in a diaspora to the heavens. An ark bore them into the Vault of Night, powered by prayers to the god-head Sol Invictus. A new Jerusalem was erected among the stars; a pinnacle of humanity's greatness. As time progressed, the memory of Eden was lost to a new dawn, regarded only as a faint echo in convocations to Sol Invictus. But then came The Other - and with it - the destruction of New Jerusalem. Left with no other choice, humanity returned to Eden... but it was not the world they remembered.

DARK ASTRAL casts the familiar trappings of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG through the lens of Biblically-inspired science fantasy. Steeped in superstition and living in the wake of an apocalypse, Characters struggle against the dangers of unknown Eden. Humanity ekes out existence within the crashed flotilla-megalopolis of Outremer. Inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky's unrealized take on Dune, mixed with a healthy influence of Xenogears and gritty science fantasy, this chapbook expands your ZWEIHÄNDER game into a whole new world of grim terror. Inside, you'll find six unique Professions, a host of technological trappings, and all-new weapons, gear, and mods.

In the grim darkness of humanity's future, DARK ASTRAL and its cosmic horror await!

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JD S September 21, 2021 2:39 pm UTC
While I am thrilled at the idea of 40k brought to a manageable level of lore, I was dismayed that this book did nothing with skills despite the massive change in technology. This feels very flimsy indeed, more a money grab than anything else. Is there any intent to take this from its current state to a viable expansion? I'll wait on my review until I get more information.
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Adam S March 31, 2020 5:03 pm UTC
I like the direction this is going, even though this is remarkably similar to Warhammer 40K. I'm not complaining about that, as 40K has a lot of great ideas that could be taken in different and perhaps even better directions that GW has taken them. That being said, this is painfully light on content. I would very much like more info/lore on the world, denizens thereof and geography. I think this would be an excellent place for Dark Astral to distance itself from 40K. As it stands now, this is $10 for an idea--its not even the size of an old-school splatbook from the AD&D 2nd edition days.
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Alex P August 11, 2018 4:58 am UTC
I noticed that this can be printed as softcover black and white or softcover color. Would the color make a difference? I was under the impression the all the art was in black and white anyway.
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Ron S June 18, 2018 12:06 pm UTC
So I just picked this up and perhaps I'm missing something... But this is just a straight trip from Warhammer 40k, correct? This is just WH40k with another name? I'm fine with that but it seems almost a little too on the nose. ZWEIHANDER is obviously a baroque system and takes most of its inspiration from the earlier editions of the Warhammer Fantasy RPG but I was hoping this would be something different. It is not.
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Joe C May 08, 2018 3:34 am UTC
I have been inspired by this.
It has teased yet ideas that I'm forming myself for grim perilous SciFi
Granted their isn't a load of content but what it contains has triggered my own imagination .
I'm sure Dan & his team will no doubt be adding more into this,
In the not so distant future.
Spacehander will be something to behold.
This taster is worth your while if your looking at getting your creative juices flowing.
May your cup runneth over.
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Jeremy H May 08, 2018 1:57 am UTC
I'm going to hold off giving this one an official review for a bit in hopes that it gets more attention in the Discussion section. I dig it so far, but it feels a bit incomplete. I would be far more likely to play something like this than the "old worlde" style Zweihander. And, Zweihander is cool as well, but I know my tastes and interest run far more towards the grimdark space opera influences of this game. So, this might be pie in the sky wishing, but I would like to see this little chapbook married to a concise ruleset with a few race/class profiles. I'm not a fan of DH and the recent RT. Those recent publications are good efforts and have lots of interesting fluff, but the systems are too arcane for me. Back in the day, we played the original RT as an RPG. It wasn't perfect, but it worked. There was minimal rules (oldskool means rulings not rules) and lots of fluff plus tables and art galore. It was simple and inspiring. I hope this product takes further inspiration from Codex Imperialis and the...See more
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