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The Spire. A towering edifice a mile high and nearly a third wide at its base. This conical spike pierces the fertile soil of a small valley, standing before a narrow pass that cuts through the Perilous Mountains. From a distance the Spire is as black as night, but upon close inspection it is made of dark volcanic glass, seamless. Openings lead inside, to dark levels that rise high, stretching from its Roots and the obsidian tunnels that criss- cross underground, to an interior garden and woodland. Higher still are levels where water is collected from rainfall, feeding a waterfall that waters the woods inside; excess rainfall cascades down the sides of the Spire, pooling around its base to form a small lake and a river that flows down through a gully below.

The Spire is a system-neutral setting/dungeon and settlement set in and around a cone of obsidian that holds dungeon levels reaching up into the sky. This 168-page PDF/book contains an overview of the setting, details of the town and key buildings, details of the Spire itself and the thirteen levels that make up its structure, and notes on factions within the dungeon and town.

Most locations are on two-page spreads, one page holding the map, the other the map text. Some go over several pages, usually 'tables' of loot, information, interesting characters.


  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Shadow-Under-Spire
  • Church of the Aspirants
  • Church of Consumption
  • Church of the Bold
  • The Black Oak
  • Guildhall
  • Pilgrim's Rest
  • All-Seeing Eye
  • The Offal Pit
  • Dead Man's Rise
  • Gloaming Forest
  • Factions
  • Index

Spire Levels

  • Roots
  • Common Crypts
  • Aspirants Crypts
  • Haunted Dormitories
  • Infested Workshops
  • The Gardens
  • The Iridescent Falls
  • The Rain Gods
  • Purgatory
  • Chambers of the Maestro
  • The Wind Watchers
  • The God in Amber

There are illustrations, drawn by myself, which are pretty basic, so don't buy this expecting amazing artwork. The fun is in the maps and text, the artwork just adds another dimension to the book.

Other Note: on my website ( I will be, at some point in the future, adding new classes, monsters, stats for the inhabitants of this setting, so keep your eye out for that.

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Stuart F March 16, 2019 9:42 am UTC
Is the PDF supposed to be significantly more expensive than the hardcover book? Page is currently showing $30.20 for the PDF and $13.77 for the physical book. Combo PDF+book also $30.20, marked down from $30.61.
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Simon F March 16, 2019 2:07 pm UTC
No, it shouldn't be. I assume this is a glitch after the GM sale. I'll fix it.
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David R April 09, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
I got my copy by following the author on Patreon, so I don't show as a purchaser to review it, but I have read it. First - it's good. The spire itself is a dungeon crawl with a lot of vertical movement. Forster's maps make the product, and are worth the price of admittance alone.

The crypts are full of undead, which is pretty standard, but there's a twist on that, and enough twists on the village around to still make the text worthwhile as well.

The big caveat is that, being systemless, any GM running this will end up statting it themselves. Hopefully as people do so they'll post their results somewhere (as I intend to if I complete it), so we're not all reinventing the wheel.
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Simon F April 16, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Thanks for the review :) I'll be posting stuff up on my website for the ACKS-version, eventually, at:
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