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ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG: Revised Core Rulebook

ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG: Revised Core Rulebook

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WELCOME TO GRIM & PERILOUS GAMING

Winner of the ENnie gold Best Game and Product of the Year at Gen Con 2018, featured on Forbes, ranked one of the best-selling fantasy tabletop role-playing games at DriveThruRPG and having moved over 90,000 copies worldwide, ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a bloodier, grimmer and grittier version of classical tabletop role-playing games. This revised PDF edition is published in celebration with Andrews McMeel Publishing, and features a refreshed layout, new artwork, rules clarifications, color plates by Dejan Mandic and errata.

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a game where your characters will:

  • Live in a gritty, ‘realistic’ fantasy world
  • Make morally grey decisions & enact vicious reprisals
  • Uncover insidious plots & political intrigue
  • Take part in heart-pumping chase scenes
  • Venture into the wilderness & survive its perils
  • Desperately fight in clandestine & open field combat
  • Defend themselves from injuries, madness & mutations
  • Encounter sanity-blasting creatures & their minions

Using the Powered By ZWEIHÄNDER d100 game engine, you will create grim characters, write perilous adventures and build your own low fantasy & dark fantasy campaigns. These rules are a perfect fit for Renaissance and medieval-styled adventures, too. You can also use this book to create your own homebrewed worlds, whether inspired by the works of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Glen Cook’s Black Company, Myke Cole’s The Armored Saint, Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane, Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series or other ‘grimdark’-inspired media.

This 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 are a few friends, pencils and a handful of dice.

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG awaits, and the fate of your grim & perilous tale hangs in the balance!

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“Zweihander has managed to do what so many retro-inspired RPGs currently fail at – it both intimately captures the spirit of a certain type of fantasy (in Zweihander’s case, the blood-soaked and mud-drenched “dark fantasy” genre) and escapes from its mechanical and social shortcomings. Too often, games inspired by what came before forget that this hobby has grown and changed, and hew too close to outmoded tropes and bad design. Zweihander manages by the grim machinations of its creator, Daniel D. Fox, to forge itself into something both eerily familiar and utterly belonging to the current moment in games. The diverse and beautiful art, the modern and purposeful writing and the powerful sense that this game is a game made not only to pay homage to what came before but to make something new of it all elevates Zweihander above every other retro-clone and nostalgia renaissance game out there. If I want a game about gritty losers trying to make it in a world out to get them, I’m going to reach for Zweihander every time.”

– Adam Koebel, co-creator of Dungeon World

Zweihander RPG won the golden ENnie for the best game in 2018, and to be honest, it deserves it. I’d heard a little about the game, but never had the chance to give it a go until recently. Zweihander considers itself a retroclone of Warhammer Fantasy 1st Edition, and if you were listening to me earlier, it’ll be clear to you why this is #1 for me.

First off, the book is huge. 692 pages of grim dark fantasy is an absolute delight to behold, let me tell you. Zweihander is without doubt a huge reading project to undertake, but the beauty of this game is it’s deceptive simplicity. While traditional D&D players may feel overwhelmed upon initial glance, the core mechanics of Zweihander are quickly and efficiently explained. For WFRP fans it’s like meeting an old friend.

Similarly to WFRP, Zweihander combat is intense and pulls no punches. Each round you begin with 3 Action Points, or AP, with which you can move, attack and pull stunts. The huge range of moves you can make within combat allows for parries, ripostes, doges and feints without the clunky advantage mechanics of the aforementioned Warhammer 4th Edition.

Zweihander doesn’t have an official campaign setting that comes in the book. The Grim & Perilous system is designed to inhabit any world to your liking – Game of Thrones, the Witcher, or even a historical medieval world. This means that it’s modular, and adaptable to a variety of situations, though it still includes rules and monsters for almost any given world you could imagine.

– Will Jones, Encounter Roleplay



 
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Thijs V September 16, 2019 3:57 pm UTC
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On page 248, the italicised description lines under "subdue" and "take aim" have been swapped.
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Ben B September 15, 2019 9:12 pm UTC
I almost bought this at the bookstore - full cover price.

Then saw the "Gender Neutral" statement inside.

IMO "GrimDark" and "Political Correctness" do not mix. Oh, you can do GrimDark without going non-PC - Warhammer 40K for instance - too busy with endless war to get into anything else and even where it should get into it (Slaneesh) it is so comical like a "Morality Play". But "Political Correctness" is essentially about NOT hurting other's feelings... Early Warhammer joke penal legions were made of "Liberals", btw... And most of the people who played the RPGs back then were/are liberals though old school pre-SJW ones think with 70s, 80s Heavy Metals nearby and maybe a few treasured Underground Comix...

Now, I looked through it later - wanted to like it. Really, I wanted to like it... And aside from the PC issue and my allergic reaction to it it seems pretty legit but...well...
IMO it's if the infamous...See more
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Kevin M June 27, 2019 2:16 am UTC
Where is the POD? How do I get a hard copy?
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John P July 26, 2019 8:31 am UTC
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Not sure if you ever found out, but the nice Offset print has been available at retail for a bit.
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Kevin M July 26, 2019 6:28 pm UTC
Yes, bought a copy off Amazon, thank you John!
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Ben B September 15, 2019 9:18 pm UTC
I saw it recently on the shelves of B&N. I know you bought it, Kevin, but putting this here to help others.


Almost bought it instantly but can't get myself to accept PC (the Gender Neutral language thing, see my entry) and the not geared to Dungeon Crawling part.

But beautiful book - Barnes and Noble - if you like it (and are a member/get coupons) well hope I help someone who does like it... They put a LOT of work into it and unlike most PC attempts at RPGs I do NOT wish them ill!
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Dave E May 28, 2019 3:58 pm UTC
I wanted to say thank you for the offer to send pdf's to veterans. As a veteran I am grateful for this offer to help my brothers & sisters that struggle with the things that they went through defending our way of life. I have two copies of the book on pre order and look forward to their arrival. Thanks again for the kind gesture.
Sincerely,
Dave
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Theo F June 01, 2019 2:04 pm UTC
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Where is this offer available? I’m a vet and would love to know about this.
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Kenneth S February 19, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
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There are display/compatibility issues with both Zweihander Revised 300 & 150 v8 files on iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 Plus using Adobe Acrobat. The Apple products are up to date with the latest iOS and the latest versions of Acrobat. Page 11, 17, 27 and a few others don’t display anything but a little diamond. The little diamond also appears in other places where art is missing on the page, like the top half of page 5 for example. However, these same Zweihander files that have display issues on the Apple products, do display properly in Win 7 & 8.1 with up to date Acrobat. To ensure it wasn’t just me, I downloaded new copies of the files on a different computer, erased everything on the iPad and restored it to factory defaults so that just iOS12 was on it. After that, only Acrobat was installed, the version that just released yesterday, along with the 2 files. These issues are still occurring.

iOS 12.1.4
Adobe Acrobat 19.02.00
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Francesco L February 09, 2019 3:22 am UTC
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Finally managed to download the v7 version, i noticed it's easier to send it to a dropbox account and download from there.

Also noticed in Chaotic Rot effect section there's a copypaste of its treatment section and no mention of its actual effects.
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Thomas H February 08, 2019 7:40 pm UTC
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Where do I find the original PDF, the Creative Commons one?
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Stephen Y February 07, 2019 3:44 pm UTC
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Managed to download the V7 150dpi version (which seems to be OK after a quick check).
The V7 300dpi version (417mb) is still being problematic.
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Daniel D. F February 07, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
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Thanks for the note. We are working on a final v8, optimized for all devices. Stay tuned!
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Stephen Y February 06, 2019 9:41 pm UTC
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Having similar problems with V7 (150dpi & 300dpi) like the other people below.
When can we download it?
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Daniel D. F February 07, 2019 4:08 pm UTC
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You should see it now. DTRPG has some server issues during migration, which has caused syncing issues.
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Alexandre L February 04, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
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DTRPG still doesn't "allow" the upload of V7?
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Daniel D. F February 07, 2019 4:08 pm UTC
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DTRPG has some server issues during migration, which has caused syncing issues. You should see it now.
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Steven Z January 31, 2019 12:34 am UTC
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The 'Zweihander_Revised_Bookmarks_300dpi_digital.pdf' file still has an incorrect table of contents (pages indicated no correct or do not exist), or pages are missing from the pdf.

It is not possible to download 'Zweihander_Revised_Core_150dpi_Digital_V6.pdf' or 'Zweihander_Revised_Core_300dpi_Digital_V6.pdf' due to error 504 (gateway time-out).

When will this situation be corrected?
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Daniel D. F February 07, 2019 4:09 pm UTC
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DTRPG has some server issues during migration, which has caused syncing issues. Ping DTRPG if you continue to have problems, however other customers are now reporting in our Discord that they can access it: https://discord.gg/fYbV2X
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Andrew M January 27, 2019 2:01 pm UTC
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DANIEL: RE YOUR REQUEST TO RATE AND REVIEW ON AMAZON -- get message that since it's a preorder it can't be reviewed.
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Michael S January 26, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
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Will you be fixing the pagination on the revised edition? There are two pages numbered 9, which throws off the numbering of the first ten chapters, then there are multi-page jumps at the starts of chapters 11 and 12. By the end of the book, the page numbers are off by five.
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Andrew M January 27, 2019 2:10 pm UTC
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Whoops. Just checked it - not fixed!
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Luke W January 28, 2019 3:12 am UTC
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Its fixed now.
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Daniel D. F January 28, 2019 3:13 am UTC
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Should be fixed in version 6. Sorry for the delay!
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Piero P January 17, 2019 12:26 pm UTC
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Will the print on demand version be available on Amazon also in Europe - thinking of Italy here! :)
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Mitchell N January 07, 2019 2:17 am UTC
will print versions be available here again once the 2nd edition is out?
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Kevin H October 14, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
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I have purchased the PDF for this game and I was curious if there is anyway I could get the discount for the hardcover?
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