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ZWEIHÄNDER Grim and Perilous RPG - Early Access

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NOTE: Although the Early Acccess PDF of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG has everything you need to play, it does not have any illustrations. If you like what you're reading, please purchase the fully-illustrated (over 500 gritty images hand-drawn by Dejan Mandic) version of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG, which you can get at this link.

ZWEIHÄNDER has been nominated in the 2018 ENnies Awards for Best Game and Product of the Year!

As featured on Forbes, ranked in the top 20 best selling, Platinum Rated on DriveThruRPG and having sold over 26,000 physical copies and 62,000 digital copies worldwide, 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.

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 Sapkowski The WitcherGeorge R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice And FireGlen Cook's Black CompanyScott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards and other ‘grimdark’-inspired worlds.

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a retro-clone spiritual successor to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay first and second editions, an unrepentant OSR 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

This 692 page, 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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Giulio T April 12, 2017 11:37 am UTC
I love WFRP 1st and knowing of this games was a blast!
After a bit of exploring (I'm not reviewing the title) the main thing I've been struck is the amount of text.
The book is too verbose and useful information is too diluted.
Fact are difficult to find and often not to the point.
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Giulio T May 04, 2017 11:15 am UTC
Following up from my review ( I can't find a way to replay),: I'm happy playtester and backers feel different about the game.

I've spent a fair bit amount of time reading the book, but I'm in no way expert.
For example, choosing to have armour/injury location as optional in the GM section, give the impression on a non 100% integrated system.

The "perilous stunts" are another choice I feel not really spot on. I need "Coordination test" to disarm, but coordination seems to be a skills used for body agility (dexterity, flexibility, balance and grace in movement) but suddenly is used in lots of combats skills: for most of those I felt more appropriate using the current weapon skill.
You can have a high coordination character (jester?) that is capable of amazing combat feats, but can't strike as effectively.
Probably I've missed something.

The three tables of how you slain an adversary are nice, but a bit redundant: it's dead.

My...See more
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Charlie S April 11, 2017 1:42 am UTC
BiGGG Question. Will. It. be. Available. in. Print?
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Charlie S April 11, 2017 1:42 am UTC
The final version, I mean.
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Thomas M April 25, 2017 12:32 pm UTC
They plan on having a Print on Demand release over drive thru when they get all their print copies sent over to their Kickstarter and Crowdox backers.
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Daniel F April 26, 2017 3:24 am UTC
It sure will! We're waiting for proofs to approve, before uploading here on You can follow our progress on our Facebook page:
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Bill E November 19, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
CrowdOx link not working (?)
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Daniel F November 21, 2016 8:57 pm UTC
It's fixed now, thanks for checking!
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Bill E November 30, 2016 7:14 pm UTC
Hhhmmm. It still isn't working for me on several different computers.
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Daniel F November 30, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Please try this link:
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