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MIDDENARDE takes place in 15th century England, a land rife with turmoil, where folk live and die by the sword. Many English troops now return from the Hundred Years' War to find their country bubbling over with strife. The Church's power has grown fractured and disorganized, and while the Crown is weakened by internal forces vying for its future, petty lordlings take advantage of the chaos to enrich themselves by declaring war on one another.

The setting sun highlights a young man leaving his village.

The word “middenarde” means “the middle abode,” i.e. the earth as it is situated between heaven and hell. The British Isles are full of squabbling lords, small-town cults, hidden magick, and most importantly – opportunity. These are interesting times, when upward mobility is at its strongest, and anyone can make something of themselves, if they can survive long enough. Even you.

In the midst of this discord, a story emerges: you, an inexperienced commoner, leave your home in search of better fortunes. Perhaps you are forced out by bandits, or a lordly raiding party. Maybe you are lured out by tales of ancient treasure, valuable artefacts, or mystical beasts. It may be that you are simply tired of your empty life, and want to seek more fulfilling prospects, or new experiences.

Either way, you will emerge blinking and dazed into a world where everything is up for grabs, and everyone is trying to take as much as they can get. It's the perfect time to make something of yourself -- but also the perfect time to wind up dead in a muddy ditch. In this tale, you are not the heroic adventurer bouncing from one quest to another, strolling through fights with nary a scratch. You are the pile of bones that crunches under their foot when they step into a dungeon.

Two warriors face off in a duel.

Your characters will be just as mortal as the foes they face, and every violent encounter will be a brush with death. Even slaying all your enemies may leave you scarred and disfigured, and you will have to rely on sturdy metal for your armor, not plot. You are not destined for greatness -- but you have the potential for greatness. Your character will grow and learn, becoming more competent, better equipped, and less naive, as you build them up, through hardship and trial, into something to be proud of.

This book includes everything you need to create and launch your own campaign in the world of Middenarde. The core rulebook introduces you to the setting and guides you through the process of character creation, as well as all of the game's mechanics. Ready-to-play adventure modules will be forthcoming.

"I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Middenarde. It’s different, but it’s the right sort of different." -GeekNative

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Todd S February 02, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
Are you still planning on a POD version?
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Nathan Q March 29, 2019 12:53 am UTC
Yep. Easier said than done, though, plus the moment the book is printed my ability to tweak its balance is drastically reduced.
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Nathan Q January 16, 2019 7:21 am UTC
I've created an official website for the book:

You can also contact me there.
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Mathew S September 07, 2018 9:39 am UTC
So, so good. Some negative coverage of this online, but I can assure you, it's all bunkum and all based on a biased slant towards an older version of the system. I will have a full review up for it this month. Nathan, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you but real life stuff has kept me away from my RPG duties for quite a while now, sadly, but this thing is really good! Keep up the good work, hope to see more from you in the near future!
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Nicholas M July 22, 2018 5:29 am UTC
Just a heads up — looking at the preview, it appears that at least one font is not embedded in the PDF. (It's substituting Adobe Sans MM on my computer)
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Nathan Q July 23, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Can you provide a little more information? It may have not been embedded properly because it would have mangled the ability to copy-paste text from the PDF.
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Nicholas M July 23, 2018 8:40 am UTC
I uploaded a screenshot of what it looks like here:
It appears that the Liberation Serif family is missing entirely from the PDF. (It should say either 'embedded' or 'embedded subset' in the Document Properties window.) Most apps are supposed to embed all the fonts used in a document, but maybe the export settings in your production application are set to not embed fonts (which is hopefully easily fixed - I have never used Scribus; I only have experience with InDesign).
If I can help more, please let me know!
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Nathan Q July 31, 2018 4:03 am UTC
I believe I've managed to fix it! Do let me know.
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Nicholas M July 31, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Looks good! Definitely gonna pick this up when I have some cash (between jobs at the moment, sadly). And you should be good to do POD with it now, as well ;)
And if it makes you feel better, there's at least one product that had this problem _on its cover_ that still hasn't been fixed yet (product 215772 for the curious).
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Nathan Q July 13, 2018 2:13 am UTC
Link to the Geek Native review:
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Alice R July 04, 2018 1:18 am UTC
This was a lot of fun to play with a group of five friends. We had a blast getting into our characters. The scenarios were interesting and proceeded smoothly. I recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Nathan Q June 20, 2018 7:00 am UTC
Those of you interested in trying the game out: I'll be running tests for the upcoming Adventure Modules on Roll20. You're welcome to join.
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Alan B June 02, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
POD coming?
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Nathan Q June 04, 2018 1:11 am UTC
Workin' on it!
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Tim R July 17, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Will you discount POD for an already purchased PDF or should we wait until it is ready? ETA?
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Nathan Q July 17, 2018 8:52 am UTC
I don't know if it's even possible for me to discount POD for PDF purchasers, so you should wait until it's ready. I have no idea when that might be, though; it's a huge undertaking. There's a reason it was initially designed only for PDF release.
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