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grimDARK: A Fistful of Ashcan Edition is here! In worlds of dark fantasy, grim prophecies, bad manners, cold tea, and constant rain, you and Several Others will go from Nobody to Somebody to Big Cheese, or die in assorted horrific ways. This Ashcan edition of the game is a stable beta of the real grimDARK experience.

grimDARK is a rules ultra-light tabletop RPG based on Graham Walmsley's award-winning Cthulhu Dark. It runs on a d6 dice pool system and a game can start in as little as 15 minutes. For an even lighter implementation, or to just try the rules before you buy, just search for grimDARK: So Basic A Nobleman Can Do It.

This Cthulhu Dark-based game is reflavored for dark fantasy, rather than worlds of Cthulhu Mythos horror. It also adds several layers of optional crunch and granularity, as well as whole systems of its own for combat, health, and intervention by the Hand and Wrath of God. Being inspired by years of exciting storygame development, this is the game that Graham Walmsley himself called "interesting stuff"!

We'll be bringing this beauty to Kickstarter in 2021 to fund art, layout, and general gorgeousness as well as editing, more and/or less words if need be, and all that good stuff. We'll also be doing print on demand copies on DriveThruRPG, for people who like physical books.

This Ashcan is play-ready, but is unedited first draft material and has suffered a number of humiliating playtests. (This is a joke, it's very playable and around 90% done, which is why we bring it to you now.) It currently reflects the most recent edition of the rules, formerly posted via the Eldritch Tomb Patreon leading up to the launch of the Kickstarter. We will also be introducing Ashcan Supplements, which may or may not be implemented into the final product via the Kickstarter. There's a lot going on behind the scenes, so we hope you enjoy grimDARK: A Fistful of Ashcan Edition.

 
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James R July 14, 2020 3:55 am UTC
I'm interested, but need to understand a bit more about the system. Looking at your inspirations, I'm guessing it is a narrative game, but I can't really work out any more than that from either the preview or the description. Any chance of a bit more information?
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Tristan J July 14, 2020 6:41 am UTC
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I just updated the page with more information, but I'll copy and paste it here in case it's unavaible to you for some reason:

grimDARK is a rules ultra-light tabletop RPG based on Graham Walmsley's award-winning Cthulhu Dark. It runs on a d6 dice pool system and a game can start in as little as 15 minutes. For an even lighter implementation, or to just try the rules before you buy, just search for grimDARK: So Basic A Nobleman Can Do It.

This Cthulhu Dark-based game is reflavored for dark fantasy, rather than worlds of Cthulhu Mythos horror. It also adds several layers of optional crunch and granularity, as well as whole systems of its own for combat, health, and intervention by the Hand and Wrath of God. Being inspired by years of exciting storygame development, this is the game that Graham Walmsley himself called "interesting stuff"!
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