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Veins of the Earth


(2017 ENNIE nominations for Best Monster/Adversary, Best Rules, Best Writing, and Product of the Year!)


At the deepest point of the dungeon, behind the throne, beyond the rooms where the battles took place, after everything is done and the enemy dead, there is a crack. A black empty space where the wall joins the stone floor, a foot and a half high and three wide. A breeze comes out. You’d never notice it. You could lie on your belly and fit inside.


You have existed, up to this point, on the illusion of a plane, bordered by mountains, rivers, seas or the politics of maps, and this life has been a lie. Its borders are made up, its seas are gateways, its mountains are cradles of deep life. There is no plane.

You were raised within a history running back through recorded time, written in ink, carved in stone, scooped from clay, hidden in songs. Your primal myths are an eye-blink of the memory of that place. Your history is a candle burning out.

The real world, the deeper, more true world, is bordered only by light above and fire below, and perhaps not even by that.

When you loathe gold for its weight and count your wealth by a radius of illuminated rock and think yourself lucky to do so, then you have passed into the VEINS OF THE EARTH.

Expertly written and profusely illustrated by the veteran team of Patrick Stuart and Scrap Princess (Deep Carbon Observatory and Fire on the Velvet Horizon), VEINS OF THE EARTH is the most important and comprehensive guide ever published for gaming in the depths of the earth. Included in this essential work:

  • A detailed survey of over fifty new monsters and a half dozen cultures that lurk in the Veins.
  • Procedures for Referees to generate both small and large-scale maps and locations within.
  • Expanded rules for players navigating a realm that has never seen the sun.
  • Full descriptions of the different types of light and the different types of dark.
  • The worst kinds of fear, madness, and nightmare.

VEINS OF THE EARTH is a setting sourcebook for Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Weird Fantasy Role-Playing and other traditional role-playing games.

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Matthew D February 09, 2021 5:00 am UTC
Will this get another print run? I just found out about it.
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Xavier B September 13, 2021 8:17 pm UTC
This book will not be part of the LotFP publications in December (or after December?). It will be it's on thing, up to Patrick and Scrap Princess to decide if they want to make another print run. Based on what they've done with Deep Carbon Observatory, I wouldn't be surprise to see a KS in 2022 for a VotE 2.0
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Michael F February 11, 2019 8:00 pm UTC
I found some of the ideas interesting and possibly useful for an underdark campaign, though none of it was put into practice. However, in light of recent developments in regards to the book's editor I've had to remove the book from my library. No book with Zak Sabbath's name on it will be on my shelf, virtual or otherwise.
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James L May 02, 2021 10:23 pm UTC
Ditto.. I was kind of hoping to find that Patrick Stuart had published similar content elsewhere, because I don't want to support these people, either. From your description though, it sounds far FAR removed from the 'essential work' claims, so I think that I'll just take a hard pass altogether. ;)
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Joseph D July 14, 2021 8:15 pm UTC
The book is immensely useful and really helped make my underdark campaign shine. As for the Zak thing, he is an entitled, arrogant, unlikeable asshole, but he's also the victim of mob justice based on false information. He has essentially proven in court that the claims against him were not correct; that matters. We can't be reduced to burning witches based on "feelings" and "proclamations of guilt".
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Jeremy H October 19, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Not part of the Halloween sale? Bummer.
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Jim R October 19, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
People who feel entitled to discounts should be patient; I'm sure it'll be part of a Bundle of Holding again sometime in 2019 or 2020.
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Jeremy H February 20, 2019 3:14 am UTC
Any chance of a sale soon?
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joseph F February 19, 2018 10:00 pm UTC
I bought a hard copy, so I can't properly review here. but I gotta say, this is exactly what I needed for my starfinder campaign
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Paul S August 01, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Where is the hard copy of this PDF available? I only see the option to buy the PDF.
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Victor V September 27, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
For what system is this? It says this is for AD&D, but that seems rather strange with 5th edition being the biggest RPG right now and all. And if that realy is the case, how much stuff in here is system exclusive?
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Jim R September 27, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
It's OSR stuff, not 5e. It introduces a lot of new mechanics, and I'm told that LotFP stuff is easily used with 5.
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Victor V September 29, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
Will a print version be available in the future?
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Jim R September 29, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Print versions are available from your local games shop (they can order it if it's not in stock) or through the LotFP Webstore.
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Blake F March 02, 2018 7:25 am UTC
I bought a hard copy, even though it's not for 5E a lot of the tables, cave creation, and considerations for light and carrying capacity can go a long ways to making it work for 5E. The monsters listed would require some work converting, but do lay out some good ideas. It's a good version of the underdark.
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