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The climactic Final Duel to the death between the Hero and Villain—sworn enemies with a stormy past—is a swashbuckling staple: Levasseur falls from Captain Blood’s blade, Jack shoots Barbossa with his last shot, Inigo Montoya slays Rugen after spending a lifetime hunting him, and Darth Vader, the once-defeated apprentice, kills Obi-Wan.

These Villains and Heroes were not Helpless when they met their end; their history finally caught up with them. Use these optional rules to ratchet up the tension between your Heroes and Villains. Sometimes, when two rivals find themselves locked in battle, death is practically inevitable.

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Kevin K August 10, 2017 6:45 am UTC
First of all, thank you for taking the time to offer me feedback; this is very helpful, and will help me provide better content in the future. To thank you, I'd like to send you a complimentary copy of The Crow's Nest #1; if you're interested please send your email address to so I can send you a coupon code.

Regarding your thoughts, I'm surprised these rules seemed like they were just a rehash of the standard rules, as I purposely wrote them to turn the official Helpless rules on their head in order to give Heroes the ability to recreate the classic swashbuckling duel to the death, where an errant lunge finishes off the dastardly villain. In the official rules, when a Hero or Villain gets 4 dramatic wounds, they become Helpless. The Hero or Villain needs to then very intentionally declare that they are murdering the other and spending a Hero Point and all of their Raises to do so. The Hero has ample opportunities to prevent this.

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Patrick R July 12, 2017 11:32 am UTC
All in all, I am a little underwhelmed. I have picked up a couple of the Explorers Society bits and this has to be the weakest. I honestly am not sure what this adds, I was expecting some options for interesting set piece ideas or maybe some unique examples of how to do a final duel right, but alas not it just seems to reiterate the standard rules and give some advice on table tension not in game tension.
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