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Against the Darkmaster Core Rules

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Your epic saga is about to begin!

The Darkmaster, an immensely powerful being of pure Evil, threatens the world once again. The last hope of the Free Kins lies in a handful of heroes, who alone dare to defy Him.


Will you stand against the coming Shadow? Will you heed the call to adventure?

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Against the Darkmaster is a tabletop Epic Fantasy roleplaying game of high adventure, heroic action, and heavy metal combat.


If you put together works like The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, sprinkled them with a bit of Labyrinth and Dragonslayer, and put everything in a blender together with a healthy dose of classic Heavy Metal, you’ll get a typical Against the Darkmaster game session.


Travel to distant lands, face terrible dangers, uncover ancient items of power, and gather the armies of the world under your banner to defeat the ultimate Evil.

A complete rule system, including:

  • Unified d100-based action resolution mechanic

  • Huge variety of character customization options

  • Detailed travel mechanics for long overland adventures

  • Flexible magic system with over 300 spells

  • Tactical combat and brutal Critical Strikes

  • Immersive rules for character driven adventures

  • A Bestiary with over 60 fearsome creatures

  • A full introductory campaign in three parts


Grab your dice and get ready to join the fight Against the Darkmaster!


 
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DIOGO A April 22, 2021 10:29 pm UTC
I really wish you could send a physical copy to Brazil. Is not like UPS/DHL/Fedex don't deliver here in a safe way.
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Jakob S March 07, 2021 10:57 am UTC
I can't review this here since I bought (pre-ordered) it through my FLGS; just want to say that I'm actually a little surprised how wonderful this system turned out. I have some MERP nostalgia, but I also remember MERP as being pretty dry and rigid. Against the Darkmaster makes the system a lot more flexible without making it more complicated (in fact, some stuff has become simpler), and it has tons of flavor (and, like me, you don't need to be a metal fan to appreciate the latter). Don't be intimidated by the page count, a lot of it comes down to encyclopedic things like the bestiary and the spell lores - and to a pretty big campaign that is included. This is firmly rules medium.
I'm running a series of blog posts about the game, here's the first one: http://swanosaurus.blogspot.com/2021/03/reading-against-darkmaster-part-1.html
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Matthew S January 29, 2021 10:03 am UTC
When can we buy this in print? And where is your store located? I live in the UK, so American shipping is usually a deal breaker.
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Nikola S February 18, 2021 1:27 pm UTC
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Physical books are available on our online store, but unfortunately we're currently unable to ship to the UK due to the brexit situation. We should solve this problem in a month or two.
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Matthew S March 16, 2021 9:19 am UTC
I don't understand why you can't put them in the mail and ship them regardless of Brexit...I mean it's not like the UK isn't accepting incoming mail.

That said, it would still be super helpful for fans in the UK if you allowed PoD from Drivethru.

Also, where is your store shipping from?
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Paul D April 05, 2021 3:54 pm UTC
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PoD from Drivethru isn't down to the publisher but Drivethru, they only allow PoD for products that have sold a certain volume.
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Matthew S April 08, 2021 8:37 am UTC
That is...not true at all. As a publisher, I have routinely set up PoD for new products so that they go live basically at the same time as the PDF. I am a very small publisher and have never had the hits of a kickstarter behind my brand. Anyone who publishes on Drivethru can list their product as PoD. In fact, they could even have the product be PoD only as far as I know. They just have to put in the work to get the files in the proper format (which since they have an offset print run, they already have). I mean, even if what you said were true, this is a Gold seller. It has sold hundreds of copies and if Drivethru placed some restriction on number of units sold, they have long since blasted past it.
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Matthew S April 08, 2021 8:50 am UTC
In fact, selling your products POD would enable you to sell to the UK market without dealing with Brexit at all as it would be shipped from inside the country.
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Laszlo S January 24, 2021 5:31 pm UTC
Is a big adventure campaign planned for this?
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Nikola S January 25, 2021 3:22 pm UTC
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Hi, we have several adventures/supplements planned, we'll have some announcements during the course of 2021.
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Gianfranco B January 15, 2021 4:57 pm UTC
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Comprando il pdf di questa versione potrò avere quello italiano un domani o dovrò ricomprarlo?
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Nikola S January 15, 2021 10:38 pm UTC
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Salve Gianfranco, non saprei cosa risponderle al momento visto che non abbiamo ancora discusso i termini per una eventuale traduzione italiana.
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Guilherme M December 30, 2020 11:21 pm UTC
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Great game!
Any plans for support on VTTs like Roll20? At least a character sheet?
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Nikola S January 02, 2021 1:29 pm UTC
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Thanks! There's a fan-made Roll20 sheet coming in the near future, and you can find some resources for the Foundry on our Discord channel.
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Kai Z December 26, 2020 11:14 am UTC
How does this differ from the original MERP versions?
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ANIL K December 20, 2020 3:20 pm UTC
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Hello can we have a better 300 or higher dpi pdf? I recently bought a high res tablet and the artwork quality seems low quality even with the newest 1.3 version 150dpi pdf. Somebody also mentioned it below but the answer to that comment suggested the 150dpi pdf looks ok unfortunately in my experience it is not that great. It wasn't noticeable on my low res cellphone but on the tablet artwork seems a little bad when I zoom in. I can't buy physical books because the shipping and customs fee is too much for me I can only use pdfs and print some of the good art in the books
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Nikola S December 22, 2020 8:50 am UTC
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We'll add an hi-res version with the next update!
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Carlos C December 02, 2020 3:11 pm UTC
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Will Amazon sell the physical books?
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Nikola S December 02, 2020 5:21 pm UTC
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Physical books will be sold through our website
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Paul B December 29, 2020 11:29 pm UTC
Any idea when those will be available?
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Carlos C November 20, 2020 5:02 pm UTC
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Hello! I just pulled the trigger for the PDF and my intent is to print it, but I noticed that the artwork is low resolution, I believe. Could you upload a high resolution option for download? Thank you guys and I'm loving this tome!
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Nikola S November 24, 2020 4:01 pm UTC
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Hi Carlos, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of the file (1.3 currently), which should be 150dpi. Physical books (offset print) will be soon available on our website.
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Matthew S November 28, 2020 12:00 am UTC
Where will you ship from? I would be interested but live in Europe.
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Ricardo C November 19, 2020 5:09 pm UTC
When it's planned in Spanish?
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Nikola S November 20, 2020 1:32 pm UTC
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Hi Ricardo, you should contact Other Selves publishing for information about the Spanish edition of Against the Darkmaster.
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Paul D October 22, 2020 3:12 pm UTC
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Wow, what an absolutely stunning, beautiful book. So much content. Absolute proof you don't need a full colour book to produce a modern gorgeous product.
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Christoph D October 20, 2020 7:42 am UTC
Hi! Will there the possibility to buy a print version (english) of the core rules (and of the screen) here on DriveThruRPG some day?
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Nikola S October 21, 2020 8:46 pm UTC
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No plans for now, but we'll reopen orders for physical copies soon on our website.
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Christoph D October 21, 2020 8:55 pm UTC
Cool! Good to know! I'm looking forward to it! Finally a compact/neat "Rolemaster/MERP version" without the randomness in the character creation and without a lot of unnecessary rules, but with a lot of style!
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Daniel P October 15, 2020 2:30 pm UTC
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Hello! I'm getting a 404 on the large-size preview. Any chance we could get it fixed?
Cheers! :)
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Nikola S October 16, 2020 7:34 pm UTC
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We've updated the preview file, should be working now!
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Daniel P October 17, 2020 2:31 am UTC
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It does! Thank you very much!
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Terry A October 15, 2020 8:34 am UTC
Wow that Darkmaster typeface looks familiar... could it be... Rolemaster? ;-)
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Nikola S October 16, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
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OMG, That Terry A? We're not worthy!!
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Wayne R October 09, 2020 10:54 am UTC
Hi! I watched a stream where there was a very awesome/functional roll20 character sheet. As someone who can only play online these days I was wondering if this was ever going to be shared? If or when it is, could someone respond to this comment that way I can buy this product. Cheers!
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Gold seller
Pages
580
ISBN
978-1-7358474-0-5
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137.68 MB
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File Last Updated:
October 16, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on September 25, 2020.
Publisher
Open Ended Games, Inc.
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