Against the Darkmaster is a tabletop pen & paper role-playing game of high fantasy, epic adventures, eldritch magic and bloody combat.
It draws inspiration from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin, Terrys Brooks and Goodkind, and their followers like Weis & Hickman, Jordan, Donaldson and Williams.
Against the Darkmaster is also inspired by the great fantasy movies of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Think of The Lord of The Rings cartoon from Ralph Bakshi. Think of the heartbreaker movies a whole generation was raised to: Dragonslayer, Krull, Labyrinth, Clash of the Titans, Legend.
Finally, think of Against the Darkmaster as a mix of all the above as seen through the eyes of a heavy metal music fan.
A simple resolution mechanic based exclusively on d100 rolls allows for fast play and easy-to-learn rules.
The combination of Vocations, Kins & Cultures allows to build extremely varied playing characters.
A magic system based on Magic Points and Spell Lores, open to all characters for maximum flexibility.
The Attack Tables & Critical Strikes system allows for lethal, tactical combat.
Travel to distant, dangerous places and fabled lands with a system aimed at creating great, epic fantasy quests.
The Passions & Drive system is especially designed to bring characters motivations and goals into play!
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Part-time game designer, amateur blogger, full-time gamer. Basically lives on fantasy books, anime and power metal. Secretly a Wizard.
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Your unconventional geek. I love history, soccer, video games, board games, role playing games, fantasy books, and technology, not in that specific order. Fell in love with RPGs after seeing Elmore’s red box cover.
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40-something geek, old time roleplayer, fantasy addict, illustrator, graphic designer. Fond of crunchy tabletop RPGs, Tolkien, and cheesy ‘80s fantasy flicks. Metalhead. Bodybuilder. Would-be barbarian.
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Fell in love with the Hobbit at nine years old, never recovered. Developer, geek, and tech lover, been role-playing over the last 30 years – better if IRL. Fantasy, history, and nostalgy addicted.
A hardcover 600+ pages book containing all the rules needed to play the game for both players and GMs, fully illustrated by renowned fantasy artists like Marcin Sciolny, Rich Longmore, Heraldo Mussolini and Andrea Piparo.
A full Game Campaign divided in three standalone adventures, with gorgeous maps and detailed statistics of places, faces, and hazards and six pre-generated ready-to-play Characters.
A Game Master Screen containing all the tables and rules needed to play the game, plus Character Sheet and Player’s Cheat Sheet with rules summary.
While you gather your forces for the fight to come, listen to some anthems to inspire your soul and focus your mind.
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