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This is the final Illustrated Version 3 of ZWEIHÄNDER GRIM & PERILOUS RPG. If you previously downloaded the Illustrated Version 2 prior to May 14th 2017, grab the latest version here at DriveThruRPG. Illustrated Version 3 includes a new Table of Contents and fixes for page skipping from previous versions. Both 150dpi and 300dpi versions are available for download and are no longer watermarked.

As featured on 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.


ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is an OSR Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay loveletter/retroclone/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 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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Jakob S May 23, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
Quick question: If I buy the pdf now, will I get a discount on the printed book later? I'm more of a dead tree person, but I'd love to get further into the system right now.
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Daniel C May 17, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Maybe I missed the information here, but do we have a date for the hardcover book? I also wonder if it is full color or black and white art when printed?
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Daniel F May 17, 2017 9:44 pm UTC
The cover is color, and the interior B&W. The print version will not be ready until the latter part of June from DriveThruRPG, as we have yet to go through the proofing process yet with them. Lulu has taken priority, as our Kickstarter and CrowdOx backers are up to bat first.
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May 11, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Is their going be softcover black and white version of POD. I also looked at the non release version of the game and did not see the tables. I could have overlooked them. I was used old Warhammer tables. Thanks for the response.
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Daniel F May 11, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
We are only doing hardcover.

As for the critical hit tables, they are in the Game Mastery section.
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May 11, 2017 4:28 am UTC
So when the POD ready. Also are there critical hit tables?
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Tamas I May 11, 2017 6:37 am UTC
They are working on the print proofs. Yes, there are critical tables for moderate, serious, grievous injuries, and there are four tables with SLAIN! descriptions.
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Mark L May 09, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Am going to take a look at this and try out an adventure - are there any community adventures available for it? If people created adventures for this system - are they able to resell them via DriveThru?
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Daniel F May 10, 2017 1:35 am UTC
There is a 30 page adventure in the back of the book called A Bitter Harvest. Enjoy
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Thomas V May 01, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
Oooh this looks good ! Any chances for PoD (reading 688 pages on a screen would be a tad too much) ?
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Daniel F May 01, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Very soon! Waiting for proofs before we bring POD live to the public later this month.
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Ville O May 03, 2017 8:30 am UTC
If it's possible, I would appreciate a softcover option as well. The book is so big, that the glue binding used in the POD books makes it hard to keep the hardcover book open.
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