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Mithgarthr: The Roleplaing Game

Durgat Bloodbeard and Glarnack fra Farthklan looked at each other and smiled. “Aye, we have plenty of gold in our bags,” Durgat said, turning his head towards the group of bandits that were blocking their passage on the road. “But not a goddamn coin of it will ever touch your hands,” finished Glarnack with a hearty laugh. The two Barbarians hefted their axes. Before the bandits had a chance to process what was happening, their lives ended in a blur of whirling steel and splattering blood...

Theo'remus coughed as dust, which had stirred up from opening a long-sealed door, made its way into his lungs. “I hate this place… everything feels so… I don't know. It's too damned quiet.” Perren laughed, “Quiet is good, friend. Goblins are loud. Orcs louder still. This tomb is… well, it's silent as the grave. Bones aren't going to hurt us.” Flint quietly smirked.

The wet thwack of an arrow hitting Perren made Theo'remus jump, followed immediately by a yelp of pain from the Ranger. “My brothers, it is time for you to meet the bones that will indeed hurt you,” Flint said stoically. He pulled a small bottle out of his belt pouch inside of which a single firefly buzzed about, and smashed it against a copper coin while saying a quick prayer. The coin flared up with white light, and he tossed it down the hallway in front of him. The coin landed mere feet in front of a group of skeletons, armed with rusted swords, that were silently and eerily making their way towards the trio. Flint pulled the symbol of Odin he kept around his neck out from under his tunic and started chanting...

Theo wasn't the biggest fan of this whole “adventuring” business. He was less of a fan of being poor, however. And of course, he had Glarnack and Finn to help keep him safe. He took in a deep breath, fragrant from the incense he had began burning.

“They're coming!” Glarnack's shout broke Theo's meditation.“Well aware, my uncouth friend, well aware. Perhaps you could let me know in a gentler fashion next time, eh?” Theo stood up, cracked his knuckles, and straightened the pointed cap he was wearing. He took a few steps outside of the magical hut that he and his companions were using to safely camp, and the smell of the band of ogres marauding towards them assaulted his nostrils. “Filthy beasts,” he muttered to himself.

“FLAMME! SCHLÄGT SIE NIEDER!!”With a loud crack, a bolt of fire shot from Theo's finger leaving the smell of burnt ozone behind. The flame raced towards the center of the group of ogres and exploded in a giant ball of fire. When it cleared, the charred bodies of the brutes lay smoldering. “Perhaps it is I that keep them safe,” mused Theo...

Introducing Mithgarthr: The Roleplaying Game! Enter a rich, original world inspired by Norse and Germanic culture. Explore the dark places where Gooblitts and Dýrverr roam. Battle against the treacherous forces of Chaos led by Orcus and The Thrir. Die horribly at the hands of greenskins while trying to get rich quick with your friends!

Mithgarthr takes its mechanics from the fifth edition of the world's most popular role playing game, but molds them against its grim setting. Characters start at zero level with just the skills they have from their mundane profession (of which there are nine to choose from) and a desire to make a better life for themselves. Players may choose from seven races including the murine Ratten and the winged, hawk-like Fjothr. Life is cheap and death comes often, but those adventurers who survive long enough to attain first level have eight iconic classes to choose from. Magic is cast using a point system, and is less common than usual. Monsters have their own magic system, drawing their power from Orcus.

Included in the core rulebook are everything you need to play the game! Character creation rules, combat, adventuring, equipment, magic, monsters, world setting information, and even a fully fleshed out town and surrounding wilderness to start in. 

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Shadow D June 18, 2019 10:33 pm UTC
This a great gritty alternative to default 5e. However, I noticed an inconsistency between “Instant Death” and taking damage at 0hp under the “Death Saving Throws”. As written a character with low HP is more likely of instant death than an unconscious character in any given round in which both take damage.

I would change it to the following simple sentence: “If you take any damage while you have 0 Hit Points, you die.” Then delete the rest of the paragraph.
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Oliver K January 28, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Can it be that the printer-friendly PDF is broken? The regular one downloads and displays just fine.
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Matthew E January 29, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Weird. I've tried downloading it twice from the site today, each time with a different computer and on a different network, and the printer-friendly version downloads fine for me.

Shoot me an email ( with your order number, and I'll get a working copy to you.
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Oliver K February 05, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Now it works for me, too. I tried twice back then and it failed each time. Server fluke... Thanks. :)
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Thomas W July 21, 2017 12:54 am UTC
Very well done. Any chance of a printer friendly version or a version where we can turn the ink eating background off?


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Matthew E July 21, 2017 6:08 pm UTC
Thank you!

Sure thing. Give me just a bit and I'll make that happen (it won't be bookmarked, but since it's for printing that shouldn't matter).
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Thomas W July 22, 2017 1:40 am UTC

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Tim R July 01, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Will there be a POD. No indication of printing on website. Would rather get a PDF + Hardback discount. This game and Gooblitts deserve printed treatment.
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Matthew E July 01, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
There sure will be! Find us on Facebook, I've posted pics of the hardcover proof of the rulebook. I'm still finding little errors (mostly grammar) here and there, and I'm working on getting them fully ironed out before I commit it to print for folks.

If you happen to have already bought the PDFs, when the POD becomes available please email me at and I'll make sure you get a discount.
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John S June 20, 2017 3:14 am UTC
You might want to look into this, as the name and themes seem similar.

Dennis L. McKiernan's setting is Mithgar, a fantasy setting
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Tucker W June 12, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
This looks cool.
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