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The Nameless Grimoire is a supplement for The Nightmares Underneath (and other old school fantasy role-playing games) that covers spells and spellcasters.

Now revised for the second edition of The Nightmares Underneath, this book includes:

  • 666 spells and dozens of variations, arranged in 33 spell schools (with simple guidelines for specialist caster), as well as a single d1000 table.
  • Optional rules to modify spellcasting, including an extensive magical miscasting table, various effects that can be used to customize spells, and rules for using material components (second edition only).
  • 6 new character types: Battle Wizard, Blood Caster, Chaos Mage, Shadowsneak, Sorcerer, and Spellslinger.
  • Options for supernatural heritage or sorcerous backgrounds that give your characters mechanical benefits and drawbacks.
  • A new random equipment table for wizards and spellcasting characters.
  • Some procedures to help you create your own arcane traditions, including two new social institutions (second edition only).
  • Random spell name tables and random wizard name tables.

The first edition version of The Nameless Grimoire pdf comes bundled with the revised second edition pdf. The first edition includes:

  • 4 other character types: Avatar, Druid, Mystic, and Witch. The second edition versions of these will appear in other books.
  • Rules for divine patrons and six example patrons. The second edition versions of these rules will appear in their own book, where they can be presented in more detail.
  • Rules for crafting your own magical items, made from magical ingredients. The second edition version of these rules will also appear in a separate book.
  • A short bestiary of monsters mentioned in the spells. The second edition versions of these monsters will appear in their own monster manual, along with those from The Nightmares Underneath.

The Nameless Grimoire is intended primarily for use with The Nightmares underneath, but you can use it with other old school games if you like. Only the first edition reprints the spellcasting rules, however, and they are not the same as those in the second edition.

The pdf is Digest sized pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, while the print version is US Trade sized, 6 x 9 inches.

 
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Monty R March 26, 2021 5:39 pm UTC
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Is it still possible to order the first edition in print?

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Johnstone M March 27, 2021 5:32 pm UTC
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Yes but only from Lulu. There's a hardcover version clearly marked first edition over there.
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Monty R March 27, 2021 7:43 pm UTC
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Thanks! Would it be possible to cancel my print order and pick up the first edition from lulu? I'd be happy to pay any extra shipping costs.

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Johnstone M March 28, 2021 6:18 pm UTC
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I have no control over that, so I have no idea, although I'd expect not if the order has gone to the printer already. You'd have to email DriveThruRPG's customer support and see what they can do for you.
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Patrick D March 24, 2021 11:30 pm UTC
Will this book work for other OSR games [Black Hack] without a lot of tweaking?
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Johnstone M March 25, 2021 2:51 pm UTC
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I think so. The rules are pretty solidly osr, I'd say they're closer to the Black Hack than they are to DCC or Stars Without Number, for example.
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Krzysztof C March 24, 2021 8:50 am UTC
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The book mentions another product, "The Incursionists", with regards to monsters such as golems & elementals. I'm guessing that one is still in the works, as I can't find it anywhere on the Web?
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Johnstone M March 25, 2021 2:40 pm UTC
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Yeah, it's not finished yet. I'm aiming to release it later this year.
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Krzysztof C March 25, 2021 2:52 pm UTC
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Excellent news! TNU is such a beautiful and well thought-out game I really can't stop recommending it to my friends and can't wait to run a longer campaign! Good luck with "The Incursionists" :)
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Rod B June 03, 2020 2:58 am UTC
The dust jacket hardcovers are no longer available from the previous POD source :( , will you be printing them via DTRPG or will they be available via the previous system later?
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Johnstone M June 05, 2020 1:14 pm UTC
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Lulu recently did a site revision that was not entirely smooth, so I have to check all my titles there to make sure they are okay before I put them back up for sale. That should hopefully be soon. Once The Nameless Grimoire is updated to the 2nd edition rules, that will probably be available in print here on DTRPG as well.
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Rod B June 13, 2020 1:11 am UTC
Thanks, Johnstone, I'll keep an eye out.
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Maciej R June 15, 2020 8:03 am UTC
I think books on Lulu might be region-locked. I am from Europe and I cannot make any order from them. I have no problem ordering printed materials from drivethrough, however.
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Ralf N May 26, 2020 10:48 pm UTC
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Hi Johnstone, love your stuff!

Are there any gotchas or other things to be aware of when using this with 2nd Edition TNU?
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Johnstone M May 28, 2020 11:14 pm UTC
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Hi Ralf,
Most things should work just fine. Effects that de-memorize a spell should cause spell corruption instead. With the new static Disposition rules, most spells that cause 1dX + caster level damage should lose the level bonus and spells that do 1dX per level damage should be just a die (or two) + caster level. And you might have to change some of the sorcerous professions to match the new Wizard, but that's about it I think!
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Ralf N May 29, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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Ok, great! Thanks!
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Maciej R May 22, 2020 2:04 pm UTC
Again, can we expect Print on Demand version? I wanted to order directly from US, but 40 dollar shipping fee is just too much for a single $60 book.
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Matthew S February 11, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Will there be a preview?
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Johnstone M February 13, 2018 11:25 am UTC
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Thanks for the reminder! I added a 47-page preview. See the "publisher preview" link just below the cover image thumbnail.
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Matthew S February 20, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Whoa! Now that's a preview! Cheers!
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Johnstone M January 31, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
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A print option is coming soon! It just takes a long time for the proofs to get to me in Canada, so small problems mean extra-long delays. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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Jarad C January 18, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Also curious about POD, if the option is incoming?
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December 28, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
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When will this get a POD version?
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