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"The most singular and romantic RPG in my collection." - Tun Kai Poh, Malaysian RPG Union

"Q: If you had to point someone to an overlooked RPG product, what would that be? A: Thomas McGrenery's Malandros." - Robin D. Laws

Malandros is a tabletop role-playing game of swindlers and street fighters, of love, hate and community in the last days of imperial Brazil.

About the Game

Rio de Janeiro at the end of the 19th century: a city of slums and palaces, street gangs and tycoons, magic charms and outlawed martial arts. Cunning, bohemian and streetwise, the malandro walks its streets without fear - because there's always a way out.

Malandros is based on the award-winning DramaSystem rules engine created by Robin D. Laws. 

You play characters in a tight-knit community caught up in tumultuous times: gang leaders, captains of industry, fishermen, martial artists, swindlers and more. You all know each other - you're family, friends, rivals or enemies, all living in the same part of town. You all want something from each other. Maybe it's respect, maybe it's love. Maybe it's fear, or something else. 

Will you get what you want? That's what we're here to find out.

Malandros is presented in 168 lavish full-colour pages, featuring art by Linus Larsson, Edgar Degas, Kalixto Cordeiro, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Victor Meirelles, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many more. Photography in the book includes the work of Pierre Verger, Marc Ferrez and Walker Evans. 



"To my personal tastes this is the most singularly interesting game to occupy the intersection between RPG and storygame. I'm in love with the setting, and the way the mechanics bring out the setting. Malandros is a jewel in my collection." – James K., DrvieThruRPRG purchaser

"Malandros does for Hillfolk what Urban Shadows does for Apocalypse World (and what second-gen OSR games like the Black Hackdo for BECMI D&D). It’s a second generation spin on a foundation text, clarifying and retooling [an] innovative system into something more accessible and functional, but also a conscious deviation. Malandros is something special, and if you’re a tablet reader the PDF is a bargain." - Ralph Lovegrove, Department V

"An exciting narrative game set in a city of colour and culture. Malandros is an excellent example of a roleplaying game dedicated to dramatic interactions. Everything in the book, text, layout, artwork and rules supports this goal. Worth buying just to look at." - Jaye Foster, 6d6 Blog

"Tom McGrenery did some splendid work on this game. It's a rare gem, regarding its historical setting and flavor." - Josephe Vandel, Mapforge

"O período histórico e seus ricos personagens são explorados de maneira magistral." ("The historical period and its rich personalities are explored in a masterful manner.") - André Cruz, O Velhinho do RPG

"Puede que Malandros no sea un juego “típico” y su sistema pueda intimidar a los jugadores menos narrativos pero, si se le da una oportunidad, es un producto que ofrece inspiración, ideas y lugares distintos y especiales que nos permiten narrar historias e interpretar a personajes en un mundo vivo y lleno de encanto." ("Malandros may not be a 'typical' game and its system might intimidate less narrative players but, given a chance, it is a product that offers inspiration, ideas and different and special places that allow us to tell stories and play characters in a lively and charming world.")Ignacio Sánchez Aranda, The Tapadera Vineyard

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Jeff B February 23, 2018 12:43 am UTC
What's the difference between the two PDFs: one is "Malandros_obs.pdf" and the other is "Malandros.pdf"?
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Jeff B February 24, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Ah, thank you, Tom!
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This title was added to our catalog on March 16, 2016.