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Against the Darkmaster Core Rules


Your epic saga is about to begin!

The Darkmaster, an immensely powerful being of pure Evil, threatens the world once again. The last hope of the Free Kins lies in a handful of heroes, who alone dare to defy Him.

Will you stand against the coming Shadow? Will you heed the call to adventure?


Against the Darkmaster is a tabletop Epic Fantasy roleplaying game of high adventure, heroic action, and heavy metal combat.

If you put together works like The Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, sprinkled them with a bit of Labyrinth and Dragonslayer, and put everything in a blender together with a healthy dose of classic Heavy Metal, you’ll get a typical Against the Darkmaster game session.

Travel to distant lands, face terrible dangers, uncover ancient items of power, and gather the armies of the world under your banner to defeat the ultimate Evil.

A complete rule system, including:

  • Unified d100-based action resolution mechanic

  • Huge variety of character customization options

  • Detailed travel mechanics for long overland adventures

  • Flexible magic system with over 300 spells

  • Tactical combat and brutal Critical Strikes

  • Immersive rules for character driven adventures

  • A Bestiary with over 60 fearsome creatures

  • A full introductory campaign in three parts

Grab your dice and get ready to join the fight Against the Darkmaster!

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Paul D October 22, 2020 3:12 pm UTC
Wow, what an absolutely stunning, beautiful book. So much content. Absolute proof you don't need a full colour book to produce a modern gorgeous product.
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Christoph D October 20, 2020 7:42 am UTC
Hi! Will there the possibility to buy a print version (english) of the core rules (and of the screen) here on DriveThruRPG some day?
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Nikola S October 21, 2020 8:46 pm UTC
No plans for now, but we'll reopen orders for physical copies soon on our website.
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Christoph D October 21, 2020 8:55 pm UTC
Cool! Good to know! I'm looking forward to it! Finally a compact/neat "Rolemaster/MERP version" without the randomness in the character creation and without a lot of unnecessary rules, but with a lot of style!
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Daniel P October 15, 2020 2:30 pm UTC
Hello! I'm getting a 404 on the large-size preview. Any chance we could get it fixed?
Cheers! :)
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Nikola S October 16, 2020 7:34 pm UTC
We've updated the preview file, should be working now!
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Daniel P October 17, 2020 2:31 am UTC
It does! Thank you very much!
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Terry A October 15, 2020 8:34 am UTC
Wow that Darkmaster typeface looks familiar... could it be... Rolemaster? ;-)
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Nikola S October 16, 2020 7:35 pm UTC
OMG, That Terry A? We're not worthy!!
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Wayne R October 09, 2020 10:54 am UTC
Hi! I watched a stream where there was a very awesome/functional roll20 character sheet. As someone who can only play online these days I was wondering if this was ever going to be shared? If or when it is, could someone respond to this comment that way I can buy this product. Cheers!
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Italo I September 28, 2020 5:47 am UTC
Realizzerete anche la versione in Italiano
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Italo I September 28, 2020 5:50 am UTC
é una domanda, ho dimenticato il punto interrogativo.
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Nikola S September 28, 2020 8:03 am UTC
Non abbiamo ancora una data per la versione italiana del regolamento!
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Italo I September 28, 2020 9:52 am UTC
Peccato, capisco la scelta dell'inglese per avere un bacino di clienti più ampio ma visto che siete italiani aspetterò per una eventuale localizzazione.
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Peter C September 27, 2020 11:48 am UTC
This is a fantastic take on what is essentially MERP 2.0 (without the Tolkien IP) bought bang up to date with an allocation based character generation system (you can still go random) and well, lots of other goodness that I’m currently exploring. Great work guys! I shall enjoy reading and playing this immensely!
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Py R September 26, 2020 3:11 pm UTC
Loving the book so far! Is it possible to make a more optimized version for handheld devices? The book reader on my ipad seems to be sluggish whenever it loads pages with images (which seems to be half the time).
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Nikola S September 26, 2020 7:51 pm UTC
That's a great idea, we'll see what we can do!
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Rhys M September 26, 2020 5:46 am UTC
Will this be available on PoD or will it be available in print through some other means?
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Nikola S September 26, 2020 7:01 am UTC
We'll make the print version available right after we'll finish shipping backers' copies! No plans for a POD version for now.
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Rhys M September 26, 2020 7:32 pm UTC
Awesome. I will definitely be getting a hold of this then.
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Stacie W September 27, 2020 11:01 am UTC
Me too. This game looks very cool. I'm sad I missed the KS.
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Todd W October 13, 2020 2:18 am UTC
Looks fantastic, I played MERP and ROLEMASTER back in the day! Once the POD is ready, I'll get me a copy! Woot! Well done!
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October 16, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on September 25, 2020.
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