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Shadowdark RPG Quickstart Set (PDF)

Experience the world's greatest roleplaying game in a whole new light. Lift your torch, draw your blade, and enter the Shadowdark! 

The FREE Shadowdark RPG Quickstart Set is the perfect way to introduce you to the game!

The Quickstart contains two 68-page, digest-sized booklets that give you all you need to play and run thrilling Shadowdark RPG adventures for 1st-3rd level characters.

The set also includes eight 1st-level characters with gorgeous, full art on one side and game statistics on the other. 

Inside the Player and Game Master Guides, you'll find:

  • Lost Citadel of the Scarlet Minotaura 1st-3rd-level dungeon crawl where characters can delve for legendary loot... but where pushing their luck might result in an encounter with the infamous scarlet minotaur!
  • A classic, hand-drawn adventure map + player-safe JPEG for virtual table tops
  • 36 spells, 19 magic items, and 52 monsters
  • The four core classes: priest, fighter, thief, and wizard
  • Full character creation rules for making custom crawlers
  • A form-fillable character sheet PDF

Want the physical print + PDF version? Link here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 62 reviews
Richard Oberton
Top knotch

The ease of running a game, accessible to new players, and the aesthetic have made this my favorite rpg, without question!

Vinnie Rose
It's a fun game!

I got the quick-start pdf because I enjoy reading game books and the pdf was free.
Once I read through it, I really wanted my group to give it a try. We play our first game tomorrow!

Brick Ingle
Incredible system - great RPG teaching system

The starter set for Shadowdark is a very high value product. You could easily play many sessions of Shadowdark with only this starter set. Having the physical booklets and character sheets to pass around the table is a huge boon. I think this game is easily the best game to introduce people to dungeon style play, perhaps making a few allowances to increase survivability.

Dan George

A great free resource!

Andres Dueñas
Amazing Game

Great osr game, got a couple of games under my belt already and is just beautiful. The effort and thought put behind it is just great.