Your Cart is Empty
Taxes and shipping calculated at checkout
5.0 / 5.0
(3) 3 total reviews
The PDF version of the Shadowdark RPG core rules! Old-school gaming, modernized.
Shadowdark RPG is a critically-acclaimed tabletop fantasy RPG that raised $1.3 million on Kickstarter in March 2023!
"Feels just like the ideal version of a game I was playing forty years ago, but forty years better."
Matt Forbeck, New York Times Bestselling Author and Award-Winning Game Designer, Forbeck.com
"A grimdark witches' brew of B/X, real-time mechanics, and the best random charts I've ever seen."
Professor Dungeon Master, Dungeon Craft
"The perfect jumping-in point for 5e players interested in the OSR!"
Baron de Ropp, Dungeon Masterpiece
Simple, clean, familiar but also refreshingly different. This has quickly become my go-to system."
Jake House, House DM YouTube Channel
In Shadowdark RPG, you and your group of crawlers use magic, steel, and wits to delve into mysterious ruins, lost cities, and monster-infested depths.
Wondrous treasures and long-forgotten secrets await you! But don't let your last torch burn out, or you could be swallowed by the Shadowdark...
5E players will find what they've been waiting for: an intuitive and complete TTRPG that serves as a seamless bridge into the heart of the Old School Renaissance.
Old-school gamers will find a system that is familiar and nostalgic, but with major quality-of-life upgrades that modernize the old-school experience.
Your legend awaits, crawler.
Lift your blade, light your torch, and plunge into the unknown depths of the Shadowdark!
• The four core classes: fighter, priest, thief, wizard
• A d20-based, roll-high system
• No darkvision — total darkness is dangerous
• Treasure grants XP, and tracking it is dead simple
• Roll-to-cast spells — magic is exciting and risky
• Simple distances (close, near, far)
• Monster morale and reaction rolls
• Always-on initiative — time is easy to track
• The six classic stats (3d6 in order)
• No skills — just ability checks and advantage/disadvantage
• Separate ancestry and class
• Randomized character class abilities — emergent character growth!
• Low hit points — fast and deadly combat
• Simple encumbrance (gear slots)
Shadowdark RPG is a complete game with all you need in one tome. It includes:
• 330 pages in a concise, two-page spread layout
• Full rules for characters, gameplay, and GMing
• 239 classic monsters
• 85 iconic spells
• 97 mighty magic items
• Dozens of robust roll tables for just about everything
• Spectacular black-and-white art
• Chapter markers along the side of the pages