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ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG

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ZWEIHÄNDER print-on-demand now available! The book comes with a full color cover, with black & white interior. We used the Hardcover Color Book (Standard Heavyweight) option to make the B&W images richer. In addition, the heavier paper weight makes this book retail quality! 

As featured on Forbes.com, ranked #3 in the Platinum Seller's list on DriveThruRPG and having raised over $90K on Kickstarter & CrowdOx, ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a bloodier, grimmer and grittier version of classic tabletop role-playing games you may already familiar with. The community calls this style of gaming the “pathetic aesthetic”, but we simply call it grim & perilous gaming.

WHAT IS ZWEIHÄNDER?

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a retro-clone spiritual successor to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, an unrepentant heartbreaker released under Creative Commons License Share-Alike. It is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, one where adventurers will:

  • Live in a gritty, ‘realistic’ fantasy world
  • Make morally grey decisions & enact vicious reprisals
  • Uncover insidious plots & political intrigue
  • Desperately fight in clandestine & open field combat
  • Defend themselves from injuries, madness & mutations
  • Take part in heart-pumping chase scenes
  • Venture into the wilderness & survive its perils
  • Encounter sanity-blasting creatures & their minions

Using the classical D100 system, you will create grim characters, write perilous adventures and build low fantasy & dark fantasy campaigns. These rules are perfectly suitable to run Renaissance and medieval-styled adventures, too. You can also use this book to craft homebrew stories set in the works of Andrzej SapkowskiGeorge R.R. MartinGlen CookScott Lynch and other ‘grimdark’-inspired worlds.

This 692 page, all-in-one game includes most of what you need to play: a character creation guide, game mastery rules and a bestiary brimming with creatures both fair & foul. All that’s left to gather are a few friends, pencils and a handful of dice.

ZWEIHÄNDER awaits, and the fate of your grim & perilous tale hangs in the balance!


 
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Demelza W October 11, 2017 9:19 am UTC
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Just bought this in PDF format, can't wait to dive in!
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Charles N October 04, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
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Just recieved my hardcover. Its a beast of a book. One slight niggle...I think it would be nice if each of the front chapter pages had their chapter titles alonside the existing chapter numbers.
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Maximus H September 29, 2017 7:36 am UTC
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I purchased this eBook and it wont open in Adobe PDF.. says something is keeping this file from opening says the root object is missing. I've re-downloaded both files multiple times and same issue.. I do not have this issue with any other PDFs Any help here, thanks.
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Daniel F October 02, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
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Sorry for the late response here. Can you confirm what file isn't opening for you? The download should include a 150dpi and 300dpi version.
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Maximus H October 03, 2017 5:25 am UTC
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At first neither worked but than the 300dpi one did 10 mins later but not the 150dpi one so I'm re-downloading the 150dpi now and I will see.. worked on none of my devices though I re-downloaded it 3 times already
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Maximus H October 03, 2017 5:27 am UTC
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and now they both work, very strange
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Tim R September 28, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
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I was waiting until after the Tue TSR reprints to come out to pool orders and pull the trigger. Even with the page count, the $10 upper is unfortunate. Would have purchased today.
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Daniel F September 28, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
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Message me at daniel@grimandperilous.com, and I will extend the sale price to you. :-)
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September 24, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
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Got the PDF and liked it quite a bit. 13.00 is great deal. With it being 692 pages not sure about the POD. Have you thought about doing another print run from the printer you used for Kickstart copies?
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Esteban M September 23, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
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Will the book ever include guides to create some spells?
I find the number of spells per wind of magic is super low.
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September 22, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
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Had quick question. With the book being 688 pages. How does the binding hold up since Drivethrurpg does not do stitch binding.
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Daniel F September 22, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
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It’s a solid perfect binding. It’s very sturdy despite the page count. I also like that it’s a square spine, instead of rounded like most spines. That seems to help tremendously around our game table. I thinks it’s significantly better than Lulu’s spine quality.
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September 22, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Thank you quick response
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September 12, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Hi Daniel could you give a list of changes for V4 currently available?
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Daniel F September 12, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
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PDF control can be found here: https://grimandperilous.com/errata/
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Peter R August 23, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
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Hey Daniel, will there be any discount on the hardcover book by purchasing the PDF, similar to what Chaosium does? If not, no worries, just curious!
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Daniel F August 23, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
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Absolutely. Once we work out the details for print-on-demand, we'll spell them out for folks here. Thanks!
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Peter R August 23, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
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Awesome, thanks! Looking forward to the POD version too!
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Alex F October 19, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
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Hey Daniel, I bought the PDF before the hardcopy was available and don't see a discount for the print version here, am I looking in the wrong place?
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Thebayou M August 21, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
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Dear Daniel F,

Do you have a date for the P.O.D release.

Kind regards,

Robert O
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August 17, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
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I think that there might be something wrong with the pdf file. It always fails to download. I have re-tried several times now, but it always fails at around 10% of the download. I have no problems downloading any other pdf that I have purchased on Drivethru RPG, only this one.
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Daniel F August 17, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
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Our PDFs are all sent through Distiller, and are optimized for hosting & downloading. Some folks have luck downloading to DropBox, or by using the old interface (clickable in 'My Library'). Unfortunately, you may have to reach out to customer support. Wish there was something else we could do to help!
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August 17, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
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I was able to solve my downloading issue by switching to Microsoft Internet Explorer. It would seem that the problem was that Firefox was causing the download error for some reason. If other people have this problem in the future, it might be worth suggesting that they try switching to Microsoft Internet Explorer to complete the download.
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Scott N August 11, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
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Where do you get a hardback? I mean at 700 pages, thats allot to get printed even in b&w.
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Thebayou M August 12, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
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the site said there is a print on demand option coming and if you press it it goes to DTRPG site.
so yea.... i hope they print a hardcopy of this game.
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Daniel F August 14, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Print on demand is coming this month. We're waiting until shipping begins to our Kickstarter and CrowdOx backers first, however (as they got the limited edition higher quality hardbacks).
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Thebayou M August 17, 2017 11:09 am UTC
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Will there also be a option for a hardcover print on demand?
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Daniel F August 17, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We will only have hardcover print-on-demand. Stay tuned!
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Thebayou M August 17, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
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good!, i can't wait for it.
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Mathew S August 01, 2017 6:43 am UTC
Shouldn't this be called "The Deal of Most Days"?
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Daniel F August 17, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
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Maybe!
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Eric P July 25, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
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I have been following this for some time, and had the early beta version. As a player of Warhammer 1e back in the day (and a little 2e...and hater of 3e), I found this to be a fantastic evolution of the game. I couldn't resist picking this up. I will hopefully get in on the hardcover as a late pledge come payday.
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Daniel F August 17, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
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Awesome, glad to see Warhammer fans come into the fold. WFRP 1e's atmosphere was a massive, massive influence.
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LI JEN L July 25, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Friends keep telling me I should try "gritty and edgy" RPGS.
But I got to ask before putting my 5 dollars on the table.
Is there ANY room for Honor, Decency, Kindness, Heroism and Hope in this Dark RPG (like there is in Werewolf the Apocalypse and Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch) or does the characters you play have to be a heartless child-raping sociopaths who cackles with a wine in one hand and a whore in another as fields innocent people are nailed to and burnt at stakes, like every character in that pointlessly black-hearted and cynical HBO waste of time snuff film series pretending to be (and FAILING to be) "Soprano meets Lord of the Rings"
Thanks!
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Daniel F July 25, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
From the book:

This is not a story of good versus evil, but about truth and consequences. It is a world cast in many shades of grey between rare extremes of black and white. Short-term solutions are likely to have more harmful consequences in the long run, but deals with what must be done now. Sacrifices must be made to realize a brighter outcome. The necessary means to achieve order and balance requires tough decision-making on the part of the players.

However, ZWEIHÄNDER is not a game of violence for the sake of violence. In a grim & perilous world, death means something. However, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice mean something greater, for only they can overcome the pessimism, disillusionment and depravity that pervades and threatens society. This is a world where cynicism and disintegration of society (chaos) is pitted against idealism of a better tomorrow (order). These two principles often blend together, feeding off one another in an eternal tug of war where there is...See more
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Eric P July 25, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
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Dark and gritty doesn't mean "evil characters campaign", it just means that life is exceptionally hard and dare I say it, grim, for the characters. It makes the heroics of high fantasy incredibly difficult and improbable...but not impossible. And unlike most fantasy games, this genre takes into account mental trauma and that wading into battle, or worse yet, facing "Things Man Wasn't Meant to Know" can drive someone insane. Knowing your kind and good hero could (and probably will) end up physically disabled AND mentally crippled is a bit daunting but is what makes the genre fun for those that dig it. It's the consequences of adventuring that make it so exciting. Often in the old Warhammer 1e days, I found that I had great adventures in actually trying to AVOID adventure. Haha. My gamemaster and I had many laughs over those sessions, because my character, a disenchanted university student with a desire to see the world, was solo traveling across the Old World with only his skill at drinking...See more
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Dave M July 25, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
How often is this going to be Deal of the Day? Seems like at least three times in the last month!
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Daniel F July 25, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's totally random on DTRPG's part, and in line behind other Deals Of The Day. We want to make sure everyone has a great chance to pick up an awesome RPG on the cheap.
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John B July 26, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
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I was wondering the same thing. This has been the Deal of the Day five times since May 25.

May 25: $13.50 (50% off of $27.00)
June 23: $13.50 (50% off of $27.00)
July 10: $13.50 (50% off of $27.00)
July 17: $10.00 (50% off of $20.00)
July 25: $5.00 (50% off of $10.00)

Since July 10, it seems to be the “deal of the week” with an ever-shrinking price. [grin]

Daniel F., thanks for making this a better deal for folks with the price reductions. I bought mine during an early Deal of the Day. This is not a request for any refund of the difference in the price from then to now.

DriveThruRPG, you might want to check your random function.
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Daniel F July 26, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
One casual observation I would add is that there are oftentimes less than 20-odd products in queue for the Deal Of The Day. It costs a lot of Publisher Points to get it into queue, and I feel strongly that larger publishers are oftentimes unwilling to cut their prices while smaller publishers cannot afford to get into the queue because of the Publisher Point cost.
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