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Shadowdark RPG (PDF)

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!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Martin P
Amazing system with tons of material

I 've been DMing for a long time now and this system is great in it’s simplicity for new player to the TTRPGs world and has a unique flavor of danger lost in D&D taking accountability of actions back in the game. Here danger is dangerous and night is terrifying. Not only this, but at the same it gives masters basically everything they need for basis of world building so players who wants to try it out can do it without overthinking. One thing I would like to see in the future (but not essential) are tokens. With that I would say is the perfect system for newcomers.

Ofek Saroya
Intuitive and fun

Been using it for Solo TTRPG’s. And it’s very fun, easy and intuitive to use. Not to mention it’s a great system for people who want to dip their toes in to OSR style games.

I love the flavor and enjoy the ethos and I certainly can’t wait to run this game to other players.

Thank you for the cool game Arcane Library

Michael Merrill
Easy and accurate

Reviewed site for the suggested pdf book that I was looking for. Found it easily. Looked through the free character files for added details about the product and found that to be very informative. Paid the purchase price for the product and downloaded the pdf soon after. Reviewed the contents over the next few days and found that it was simple, easy to read and understand, and was soon putting it to work.
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the photo quality and that it's so simple, that it's pure 'Hack and Slash' gaming. It doesn't even have skills for you to roll play, but on the other hand, that's what it advertised, so its also accurate too.

Phil Lockhart

Planning on introducing some of the mechanics herein to my 5e players in an effort to coax them into trying something new.
Already used some of the random tables to design the current campaign.

Cant wait to run it

This is exactly what I've been looking for. Doesn't wait your time or your players time and doesn't make the play by the seat of your pants seem arbitrary or hokey. The randomness of the encounters are explained and I'm glad to see a reaction table back in the game. Designing a story led campaign is fun but so exhausting. Thank you for this.