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The Dark Eye, Europe’s most popular fantasy RPG, is now available in English!

The Dark Eye has enthralled players across Europe for generations. The award-winning setting of Aventuria accommodates every fantasy genre: epic fantasy, medieval intrigue, barbarian adventures in the wilderness, or classic pirates’ tales, to name just a few. The Dark Eye lets you bring your stories and visions to life!

People have been playing The Dark Eye for over 30 years!

With hundreds of thousands of players, The Dark Eye has the largest active community of any European roleplaying game. With the release of the English edition of the game, our community of fans is growing worldwide. The editors of TDE are all roleplaying veterans and fantasy writers who started playing TDE as children. Years of gaming and stories provide a depth to the world not commonly found in other games.

An ENnie Award-winning setting!

Ulisses Spiele was thrilled to win the 2017 Silver ENnie Award for the Aventuria Almanac, our comprehensive setting guide. Now more than ever, we are committed to supporting your Dark Eye campaigns with entertaining adventures, information-packed source books, and optional rules for every type of player and every style of play.

The Dark Eye Core Rules: Gateway to Aventuria!

The Dark Eye core book is a gorgeous, 400-page masterpiece! Full-color illustrations on almost every page immerse you in the setting of Aventuria. Color coding helps you stay on top of the comprehensive yet elegant rules, and the layout is tailored for ease of use at the gaming table. Visit our Web site to view our growing selection of sourcebooks, adventures, reference cards,
and downloads, and share your ideas on our forum. Have great ideas of your own? Join our Scriptorium Aventuris fan program and publish your own Dark Eye products!

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Kai B September 22, 2021 8:14 am UTC
Welcome to "The Dark Eye" - the RPG that tried so hard to NOT be D&D that it developed loads of good ideas only to screw them up entirely:
Instead of rolling just once for a skillcheck, you have to roll three times, thus tripling your chances of failure
Instead of rolling just once to see whether an attack hits, the opponent gets a roll for blocking away the entire damage before he even suffers the damage - with ridiculously good chances for the wrong weapons (like a 60% chance for a wand-wielding wizard)
Instead of a weapon being able to wound a hero lethaly, even a "Rondrakamm" (the zweihänder) leaves but a scratch upon a hit.

If you are in for a system, that is meant to put the emphasis on Storytelling because the rules for dicerolling get in your way of succeeding at a task anyway, THEN TDE might be something for you - as well as pretty much any other system, that has been designed for storytelling in the first place.

So, yeah, if you want...See more
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Nathan G October 11, 2019 2:35 am UTC
I have all three of the TDE core books, but I haven't gone through them and I just wanted a quick primer on the basics of the game system. This introduces the basic mechanics, but man for something with these production values, there are lots of typos.
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Jonathan S September 01, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
This is VERY basic and not enough to give you a true appreciation about this game.
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This title was added to our catalog on August 12, 2015.