Shadowdark RPG

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Shadowdark RPG

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Shadowdark RPG

In Shadowdark RPG, you and your group of crawlers use magic, steel, and wits to delve into mysterious ruins, lost cities, and monster-infested depths. Wondrous treasures and long-forgotten secrets await you! But don't let your last torch burn out, or you could be swallowed by the Shadowdark...

Shadowdark RPG has familiar elements of classic fantasy gaming, but it isn't a retro-clone. A lot of new game design ideas have emerged in the last 50 years, and we bring our favorite concepts together into a nostalgic-but-new adventuring system.

In this game, torches only last one hour of real time. The characters (and players) must make decisions quickly, or they'll run out of precious light! 

Other features include:

  • The four core classes: fighter, priest, thief, wizard
  • A d20-based, roll-high system
  • No darkvision -- total darkness is dangerous
  • Treasure grants XP, and tracking it is dead simple
  • Roll-to-cast spells -- magic is exciting and risky
  • Simple distances (close, near, far)
  • Monster morale and reaction rolls
  • Always-on initiative -- time is easy to track
  • The six classic stats (3d6 in order)
  • No skills -- just ability checks and advantage/disadvantage
  • Separate ancestry and class
  • Randomized character class abilities -- emergent character growth!
  • Low hit points -- fast and deadly combat
  • Simple encumbrance (gear slots)

Shadowdark RPG is a complete game with all you need in one tome. It features:

  • Full rules for characters, gameplay, and GMing
  • 239 classic monsters
  • 85 iconic spells
  • 97 mighty magic items
  • Dozens of robust roll tables for just about everything
  • Handy reference charts
  • Spectacular black-and-white art 

Includes Starter Adventure

Lost Citadel of the Scarlet Minotaur!

Adapted for Fantasy Grounds by: Marcus Hill, and Kevin Heffernan

Requires: An active subscription or a one time purchase of a Fantasy Grounds Unity license.

Screenshots may differ from what you see in-game based on the extensions and ruleset you have loaded.

Owned by The Arcane Library. Copyright (C) 2024. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Released on May 07, 2024

Designed for Fantasy Grounds version 4.4.1 and higher.