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(Attention: The print-on-demand hardcover version is currently being updated. It should be available to purchase towards the middle or end of April.  If you purchase a PDF and want the hardcover, just get in contact with me and I can send you a code to buy the POD version just for the cost of printing)


WICKED ONES is a Forged in the Dark tabletop RPG about a group of fantasy monsters building a dungeon, launching raids on the surface to gather a hoard, and pursuing your nefarious master plan. Along the way, there's pillaging, rituals, concoctions, contraptions, discoveries deep in the ground, dungeon rooms, traps, creatures, minions, and so much more! You build your dungeon over time throughout the campaign and no two dungeons will ever be alike.

You bask in choosing the greater of two evils as your group strives to accomplish its master plan and terrorize the region around your dungeon. However, your vile deeds lure increasingly greedy and powerful adventurers into your dungeon. Can you stave off the inevitable onslaught of heroism that your notoriety brings?

This game may not be suitable for those under 13 years old.


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360 pages | 6×9″ Hardcover or PDF| Color Interior

MAIN FEATURES

● Forged in the Dark: Built on the framework made by John Harper for Blades in the Dark, with significant changes to better represent monstery gameplay.
● Build a Dungeon: Rules for building and drawing out a dungeon together, including traps, tricks, creatures, locks, minions, and things you discover underground.
● Cycle of Play: Four phases of play (lurking, calamity, raiding, and blowback) that set the pace of dungeon life.
● Dark Hearts, Dark Impulses, and Going Feral: Game mechanics that reinforce that you’re a monster.
● Flexible Spell System: Players choose a specific path of magic or god they worship, then flexibly create spells of different power levels on the fly.
● Powerful Ritual Magic: This extends magic further, allowing the creation of very powerful magical effects, though you must fulfill some special requirements and fight off those who might seek to stop your rituals.
● Monster Science: A robust crafting system to create whatever contraptions and alchemical concoctions you can imagine.
● Safety Tools: A write-up on recommended safety tools (X-Card, Movie Ratings, Lines & Veils) to help your group with sensitive subject matters.
● Nine Monster Playbooks: Play as several different types of monsters, each of which have a lot of room for making unique characters. Play as a Brute, Conniver, Crafter, Hunter, Marauder, Shadow, Shaman, Warlock, or Zealot.
● Five Dungeon Themes: Each theme has a unique core function and list of rooms that can only be built within that dungeon, allowing your dungeon to match your group’s preferred playstyle. Build an Enclave, Forge, Hideout, Stronghold, or Temple.
● Four Regional Sandbox Maps: Each sandbox is a region to build your dungeon within, giving you a list of factions to target with raids or you can fill it with factions of your own! Play within the City Sewers, Colonial Seas, Quiet Valley, or Warzone.
● Primal Ability: Choose any monstrous race and represent them by building their own unique abilities.
● Primal Monsters: Play as four powerful monster types with their own unique mechanics. Play as a Braineater, Doomseeker, Facestealer, or Goldmonger.
● Easy Start: A clear session 0 / session 1 starting scenario to get your dungeon up and running while teaching all players the game mechanics.

ART & LAYOUT

The visual style of Wicked Ones was a labor of passion that matches the effort put into crafting and playtesting the game mechanics. It’s a 360-page, full-color book designed by Ben Nielson and illustrated by artist Victor Costa. This two-person team created a consistent style and quality throughout the book that captures just the right flavor of “evil.”

The book itself contains more than 50 full-page illustrations which serve to highlight the type of gameplay that work best with the mechanics and tone of the game. Aside from the full-page illustrations, the book is packed full of character concept art to give give players ideas and more than 30 tiny, humorous imps ready to give you advice about the game.

EXAMPLE PAGES

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WO-Magic.jpg  WO-Minions.jpg

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DIGITAL ASSETS

We've converted a lot of the game's design assets into digital assets that you can use in your online games or print out for use at home. These are bundled for free with the game. These include adventurer, monster, and imp figures and tokens, 4, 6, and 8 segment clocks, dungeon tokens, and much more. You also get 300dpi images of the 4 sandbox maps:

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KICKSTARTER VIDEO


 
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Xavier B April 01, 2021 2:12 pm UTC
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ahah, what an Irony, bought the hardcopy *just* before you remove it for the 1.2 T_T
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Ben N April 01, 2021 3:05 pm UTC
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Ouch! :(

Well, the good news is that the changes weren't that substantial overall. Had I not made them really clear, I doubt anyone would've noticed.

That said, if you'd like to order the latest version, get in touch and I'll send you an at-cost code. You could then gift a friend the older one or something. This goes for anyone that has bought the older version!

Anyway, sorry about the timing!
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Xavier B April 05, 2021 8:59 pm UTC
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Ah you're gold Ben, thanks, I'll try and contact you when the new version of the POD will be available. cheers.
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Guillaume P March 13, 2021 5:45 am UTC
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Greetings! I am curious to know if or when the Print version will be updated to 1.2, because I am really forward to getting this one it has been updated!
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Ben N March 14, 2021 1:05 am UTC
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It will be, though it'll be at least at the end of April when I submit the revised print edition, and likely another month to get the test print and get it up for sale here.
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March 04, 2021 8:53 am UTC
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Hello,

we had a session and I'm not sure how loot works. Am I supposed to roll loot dice and get the total in gold pieces?
I would be glad for an answer as my group is eager to spend the loot.

Kind Regards
Mathias
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Ben N March 04, 2021 11:15 am UTC
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Check out Loot Rolls on pg. 234! But I'll paste the relevant section here.

Loot Rolls
You roll a number of dice equal to the amount of loot you
hauled in from your last raid. Each die rolled gives you
something based on its result.

Failure: You enjoy some revelry, gaining a dark heart. If you already
have two dark hearts, you instead overdo it!
Mixed: You gain 1 gold or spend it on revelry instead.
Success: You pull a mundane or valuable item from the loot. The player
chooses what it is.
❖ You can combine two successes into a critical to pull a powerful item
from the loot instead. The GM chooses what it is.
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March 05, 2021 7:05 am UTC
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Many Thanks for the quick answer, I only had a look on the loot in the Raid chapter on page 256.
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Ben N March 05, 2021 7:55 am UTC
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No worries! The information is separated on two pages, so it is a little difficult to reference. In v1.2, which'll be uploaded soon, there will be a page reference to the other part on each page.

Also when in doubt, don't forget there's an index!
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Daniel B February 21, 2021 12:18 pm UTC
Is there a potential for this game to be played solo ? Lots of work to do, many modifications to implement ? Seems like it could be a very fun world to play !
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Ben N February 22, 2021 6:25 am UTC
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Actually, we have a set of solo rules in the works right now, being written by Peter from Parts Per Million games. He's written a lot of other solo rulesets you might be familiar with! The beta doc just got posted up on our Discord (http://discord.banditcamp.io) if you'd like to give it a try now, actually.

I imagine the Solo rulebook will be released in about 2 months.
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Daniel B February 22, 2021 10:23 am UTC
Will check it out. Thanks ! :)
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luka B February 18, 2021 10:49 pm UTC
How long would a game of this be ? Could you play this longterm or is more of a one time sort of game ?
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Marshall L February 19, 2021 4:24 am UTC
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It can do one-shots, but you won’t get into high-tier dungeon upgrades unless your GM is generous with starting loot.

From pg. 21:

“While the game works well as a one-shot or even a short length campaign, an ideal campaign of Wicked Ones covers about 16 sessions, which is 4 months of weekly 3-5 hour sessions. You can expect a dungeon invasion about every third or fourth session and your dungeon to increase in tier at the same rate. As your dungeon approaches tier 4, you get closer to realizing your master plan and the region around the dungeon becomes more likely to unite against you.”
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Markus K January 14, 2021 12:44 pm UTC
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Is there any chance for a cheaper softcover version of the book?
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Ben N January 14, 2021 1:14 pm UTC
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No plans at this point (and the softcover would only be $5 cheaper). It just doesn't seem like a bif enough difference...

The real difference would be in standard color, but I'm really hesitant to release a standard color version because it doesn't do the artwork justice.

I think giving people options would be nice, but I think the naming (standard/premium) isn't really indicative of quality, so I'd have to try to explain that within the product description. It's a can of worms that's mostly solved by having one print option that we're happy with.
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Markus K January 14, 2021 2:27 pm UTC
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Thank you for the fast answer Ben. Well i will eventually XXX the bullet the moment one of my current campaigns are done. Way too instresting work you´ve done.
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Marshall L January 10, 2021 1:55 am UTC
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Is the current errata incorporated into the PDF/POD, or will be in the near future? Just want to time my POD purchase if that’s on the way.
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Ben N January 10, 2021 3:23 am UTC
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The current errata isn't posted anywhere yet. I've compiled a short list of errors (mostly layout / spelling - nothing mechanical) and clarifications, but haven't uploaded it yet. It will be going up in the WO download package later this week.

The PDF itself won't be updated for a few weeks, unless there's a major error discovered.

The POD book won't be updated for a few months, probably in mid Spring. If anyone buys the PDF now and wants to wait on the POD, you can send me a message later with proof of purchase and I'll email you an at-print-cost code for the POD. The same goes for anyone that purchased the original POD and wants to update to the most recent version.
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Alessandro U January 10, 2021 3:11 pm UTC
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Hi, I am also interested in this. So, if one would like to have the updated physical copy + a PDF to look through, what would be the best way to accomplish that? Can we buy now the combo but have it printed&delivered once it is updated? Should we wait instead?
I am also interested in the extra material from the kickstarter/etc.
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Ben N January 10, 2021 3:15 pm UTC
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If you buy just the PDF and email me later with proof of purchase, I can send you a discount code to get the hardcover just for the cost of shipping. This would give you the PDF now and you can pick up the hardcover whenever you'd like.
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Alessandro U January 11, 2021 5:40 pm UTC
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Thank you for your kindness. I will proceed as you suggested.
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Ben N January 13, 2021 11:28 am UTC
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NOT shipping, printing. That was a typo (though for you, Alessandro, I'll cover the printing costs because I misspoke. :P)
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stephen G January 08, 2021 8:29 pm UTC
Is this an A4 size book?
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Ben N January 08, 2021 9:58 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's 6x9"
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Chad K January 06, 2021 10:52 pm UTC
Any play examples? Im trying to learn more about the game. Is it like Orcs of Thar, in that you can run a humanoid campaign? Thanks.
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Ben N January 06, 2021 11:00 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We're actually starting an actual play campaign on Twitch on Thursdays at 6:30 MST. First episode is tomorrow and then the videos will later be uploaded to Youtube!

http://twitch.tv/BanditCampio

There are also some other actual plays and play reports posted on the Discord as well:

http://discord.banditcamp.io
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Zsigó B January 04, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
Hey I'm not entirely sure what's going on but for some reason I seem to own this according to Drivethrurpg, yet I'm rather positive that I never bought it, did this use to be some kind of a quickstart for the game or something like that? I was interested in picking it up once it was out as I remember some of the early matterial from it looked really interesting.
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Ben N January 05, 2021 1:35 pm UTC
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Hey, sorry about that. There was an issue with DTRPG. It's still being worked on.

If anyone else has an issue like this, please reach out to me here, on the discord, or at ben@banditcamp.io
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Ben N January 14, 2021 1:14 pm UTC
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This issue was resolved by DTRPG support.
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Italo I January 04, 2021 10:43 am UTC
I don't understand how this book merges with the rules of Dungeons & Dragons and about wich edition we're talking about, can you please explain to me?
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Ben N January 04, 2021 11:52 am UTC
PUBLISHER
It's not, just mostly inspired by years of D&D dungeon delving. It's like "reverse D&D," though in a completely different system.
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Italo I January 04, 2021 2:53 pm UTC
Oh ok, I was asking becaus D&D is listed among the Rule Systems
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Cat S January 03, 2021 1:43 am UTC
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Any way of joining the discord and is there sheets for Roll20?
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Ben N January 03, 2021 6:57 am UTC
PUBLISHER
This should redirect you to our Discord server: http://discord.banditcamp.io

Roll20 sheets are currently being developed. You can check out the progress on the Discord's #wo-workshop channel!

Foundry sheets are also in development as well (and a bit further along than the Roll20 sheets).

Finally, I'll also be releasing Google Sheets that you can use to play online very soon.
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Aaron W January 01, 2021 11:15 pm UTC
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Will you guys release a DM screen? If so, it'd be really cool if it had a Progress clock worked into it with a movable plastic arm.
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Ben N January 02, 2021 1:14 pm UTC
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No plans in the works, mostly because Forged in the Dark games tend to be pretty open about information shared around the table.

We'll be releasing some reference sheets pretty soon (including two specifically for GMs) that can be slotted into GM screens, though!

That idea about clocks is neat, though. I wouldn't mind seeing a Kickstarter or something that had those kind of progress clocks and a space for dry-erase labelling.
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SeungHan O December 28, 2020 10:49 pm UTC
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I have a question about Drawing the dungeon process(p.171):

1. Should one of the player choose sanctum as one of the dungeon features?

2. Are the number of initial dungeon features determined by the number of players? (So, 3 players = 3 features, like tier 1 room/tier 1 trap/tier 1 trick)


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Ben N December 30, 2020 1:51 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No, each dungeon begins with each of those features listed on pg. 171. The players take turns choosing one of those from the list and drawing it out. I will add a note in the errata to clarify this. The new text:

> A new dungeon has one of each of the features below. Players go around the table clockwise choosing and drawing a feature from the list until everything has been drawn.
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Dontrell H December 26, 2020 5:47 am UTC
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Does this have a fillable character sheet? I'm interested in buying it, but me and my friends very far apart from each other.
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Ben N December 26, 2020 8:24 am UTC
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Not an official one, though a Google Sheets version will be released soon and there are VTT sheets in the works.

There's also a community-made Google Sheets version available from a user on the Discord.
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William E December 24, 2020 6:05 pm UTC
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If we purchase the PDF will it be possible to email someone for a discount on the PoD price if we decide on that option down the line? Thanks!
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Ben N December 25, 2020 2:34 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Sure, I would do that for anyone interested in it. If you pick up the PDF now, just drop me a line later with proof of purchase and I'll give you a discount code for the PDF.

Also, if anyone happened to accidentally buy the hardcover but forgot to grab the PDF for free, just get in touch and I'll get you a code for the PDF, too.
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