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ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG: Core Book PDF

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WELCOME TO GRIM & PERILOUS GAMING

Winner of the ENnie gold Best Game and Product of the Year at Gen Con 2018, featured on Forbes, ranked one of the best-selling fantasy tabletop role-playing games at DriveThruRPG and having moved over 90,000 copies worldwide, ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a bloodier, grimmer and grittier version of classical tabletop role-playing games.

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a game where your characters will:

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

Using the Powered By ZWEIHÄNDER d100 game engine, you will create grim characters, write perilous adventures and build your own low fantasy & dark fantasy campaigns. These rules are a perfect fit for Renaissance and medieval-styled adventures, too. You can also use this book to create your own homebrewed worlds, whether inspired by the works of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Glen Cook’s Black Company, Myke Cole’s The Armored Saint, Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane, Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series or other ‘grimdark’-inspired media.

This 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 are a few friends, pencils and a handful of dice.

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

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“Zweihander has managed to do what so many retro-inspired RPGs currently fail at – it both intimately captures the spirit of a certain type of fantasy (in Zweihander’s case, the blood-soaked and mud-drenched “dark fantasy” genre) and escapes from its mechanical and social shortcomings. Too often, games inspired by what came before forget that this hobby has grown and changed, and hew too close to outmoded tropes and bad design. Zweihander manages by the grim machinations of its creator, Daniel D. Fox, to forge itself into something both eerily familiar and utterly belonging to the current moment in games. The diverse and beautiful art, the modern and purposeful writing and the powerful sense that this game is a game made not only to pay homage to what came before but to make something new of it all elevates Zweihander above every other retro-clone and nostalgia renaissance game out there. If I want a game about gritty losers trying to make it in a world out to get them, I’m going to reach for Zweihander every time.”

– Adam Koebel, co-creator of Dungeon World

Zweihander RPG won the golden ENnie for the best game in 2018, and to be honest, it deserves it. I’d heard a little about the game, but never had the chance to give it a go until recently. Zweihander considers itself a retroclone of Warhammer Fantasy 1st Edition, and if you were listening to me earlier, it’ll be clear to you why this is #1 for me.

First off, the book is huge. 692 pages of grim dark fantasy is an absolute delight to behold, let me tell you. Zweihander is without doubt a huge reading project to undertake, but the beauty of this game is it’s deceptive simplicity. While traditional D&D players may feel overwhelmed upon initial glance, the core mechanics of Zweihander are quickly and efficiently explained. For WFRP fans it’s like meeting an old friend.

Similarly to WFRP, Zweihander combat is intense and pulls no punches. Each round you begin with 3 Action Points, or AP, with which you can move, attack and pull stunts. The huge range of moves you can make within combat allows for parries, ripostes, doges and feints without the clunky advantage mechanics of the aforementioned Warhammer 4th Edition.

Zweihander doesn’t have an official campaign setting that comes in the book. The Grim & Perilous system is designed to inhabit any world to your liking – Game of Thrones, the Witcher, or even a historical medieval world. This means that it’s modular, and adaptable to a variety of situations, though it still includes rules and monsters for almost any given world you could imagine.

What’s more, the book is damnably cheap and affordable. Right now, you can get a 692 page PDF of Zweihander for just $10 on DriveThruRPG. Think about that! That my friends, is bang for your buck.

– Will Jones, Encounter Roleplay



 
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Piero P January 17, 2019 12:26 pm UTC
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Will the print on demand version be available on Amazon also in Europe - thinking of Italy here! :)
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Mitchell N January 07, 2019 2:17 am UTC
will print versions be available here again once the 2nd edition is out?
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Kevin H October 14, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
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I have purchased the PDF for this game and I was curious if there is anyway I could get the discount for the hardcover?
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Luc L October 03, 2018 11:00 am UTC
is the print in color ?
in the preview it is all black and white
thanks
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Tamás I October 12, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
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The art is black & white. Color means they use paper used for color books.
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Mariusz P August 10, 2018 9:27 am UTC
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Ehh, I don't know if I should buy hardcover version. I've got already PDF, but placing some bigass zweihander book on my shelf would be a pleasure. That's tempting idea :D
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Chris M August 22, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
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There's currently a Kickstarter for an expansion to Zweihander; Main Gauche. You can order a reprint of the the original game or the pod version through DTRPG there. The reprint is $65 and the pod is $47.
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Matthew W September 10, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
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I just saw this and I missed the Kickstarter for MG. Is there a way to come in late on the offset edition? Can I pledge after the deadline?
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Daniel D. F September 10, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
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Postpledge will be live in a few short weeks!
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Mariusz P September 26, 2018 7:49 am UTC
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so will it be available in postpledge to order BOTH core and main gauche in offset version? How much it'll cost?
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Christopher P July 09, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
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I would like to order the hardcopy, now that I've enjoyed my digital version. A couple questions though. 1 - is the POD printer the same as other DTRPG products in the UK? I ordered Clockwork and Chivalry and Clockwork and Cthulhu hardcover and all was well. (and it came quickly).
2 - Is it possible to get a discount on the harcover edition if you previously purchased the pdf?
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Daniel D. F July 09, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
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1: yes, it is the POD that's closest to your mailing address. If you haven't moved since ordering, it should be the same printer
2: absolutely! message me at daniel@grimandperilous.com
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Gary F June 10, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
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Which version is the latest? Digital ?
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Kenneth S June 01, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
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What is the bindery on the print on demand version?
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Daniel D. F June 01, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
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It is perfect bound and case laminate, on 70# paper. Saddle stitch isn't an option on DTRPG. However, we haven't heard of any challenges with the binding from customers. Nor, has our own versions at the table shown any signs of detachment from the case.
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Kenneth S July 05, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
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Thank you for the response. The bindery issues with the Shadowrun 5th Edition Core books have made me wary of some types of binding. Today, I purchased the POD version along with the PDF/color POD of the character folio. Should you ever do another run of the Kickstarter/smyth sewn version, I’d gladly purchase it.
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Joe C April 30, 2018 9:57 am UTC
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Take My Money ordering the hard copy later today looking forward to it.
I shall be making apologies to my postman.


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Simon S April 18, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Hi all

How printer friendly is the PDF?
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Daniel D. F April 18, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
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I would recommend using the 150dpi file if you intend to print. We don't have separate layers in the PDF for the borders, so it's going to be ink-intensive. However, I know several people have printed it out on their own at Kinkos and have been pleased with the quality.
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Simon S April 18, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. It was the borders which were alarming me and my copy machine.
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Dan B April 14, 2018 9:14 pm UTC
Does the game include a setting? Even a fantasy Holy Roman Empire would be awesome.
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Daniel D. F April 18, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
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It includes four 'campaign seed' settings, which should give you some fodder to either run those or to create your own setting.
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Joe C April 13, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
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Any Idea how long this offer lasts ?
This is a tantalising price indeed was thinking of ordering towards the end of the month or in early May
However at this price it may well pay to order sooner.
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Daniel D. F April 18, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
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The deal just wrapped up on Monday, but stay tuned - we'll have more deals rolling around May!
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Joe C April 19, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
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Thank you I'm looking at definitely ordering week ending May 12th regardless of any offer
After all I've read heard & seen I'm rather sold on this one.
Its a wonderfully well thought out & thoroughly play tested product. It's well worth the price.
Looking forward to Main Gauche an all.
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Scott N April 11, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
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Wow I just purchased the PDF+Color Rulebook for $54.99 on monday and today they send me an email saying they're lowering the price of the pdf to $7.99 and the POD to $52.99 are they going to refund or credit my account $2.00?
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Daniel D. F April 11, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
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Hi Scott, thanks for your support! Send me your DTRPG email address to daniel@grimandperilous.com, and a list of products you haven't bought from us yet. I'll cut you a sweet deal better than a mere $2.00.
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David V April 07, 2018 3:39 am UTC
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Nice product. But I do have a question. I don’t have full bookmarks. I’ve tried the pdf on different pdf viewers and it’s the same on each.
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Daniel D. F April 18, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
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Sorry to hear you're having this issue. We haven't heard of this problem before. Can you send me screenshots of the PDF you're using to daniel@grimandperilous.com?
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Curt H April 02, 2018 11:54 pm UTC
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Nitpick, when you send the book, put a little shipping cushion around it, just sticking it in a cardboard box guarantees all the edges arrive damaged. Not a big deal I guess, but very bush league of you. Game system is good, though.
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Daniel D. F April 03, 2018 12:51 am UTC
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Hi Curt. Unfortunately, DriveThruRPG’s partner print shops handle all shipping. We literally have zero control over packaging. However, if there is damage to the book in transit, we can definitely help by running it up the flagpole to DTRPG. Please feel free to reach out to me direct at daniel@grimandperilous.com
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Curt H April 03, 2018 1:52 am UTC
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Not a major issue, but looks like I'm not the only person in this discussion list with damage issues, so you should definitely let them know!
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Devin B April 02, 2018 10:43 am UTC
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I've been really looking to try this out but I've been having problems downloading the pdf, I've tried deleting and redownloading the files and even buying them again and nothing has managed to fix the problem has anyone else had this problem and are there anyways to fix it
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Devin B April 02, 2018 12:03 pm UTC
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Never mind was able to get the first file to work looks good so far hopefully it’ll be as good as it looks
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Daniel D. F April 02, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
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Excellent! Let me know if you run into any challenges: daniel@grimandperilous.com
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