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You are a dark elf. Your home, the towering city of Spire, was occupied by the high elves two hundred years ago. Now, you have joined a secret organisation known as the Ministry, a paramilitary cult with a single aim – to overthrow the cruel high elves and restore the drow as the rightful rulers of the city.

What – or who – will you sacrifice to achieve your aims? Will you evade the attention of the authorities, or end up shot in the street like so many before you?

Spire is a 220-page PDF which contains:

  • A quick and easy D10 system that lets you tell stories of brutal rebellion
  • Details on the districts, factions and personalities that make up Spire – the frozen high elf kingdom of Amaranth, the lawless undercity of Red Row, the mysterious Mortician sect and the bleeding hole in reality known as the Heart
  • Ten character classes, including the vagabond Knight, the sorcerer-artist Idol and the arachnid nurse Midwife
  • Multiple extra advances to sculpt your character, allowing them to learn the hidden magicks of the Ministry, fall back on their military training, or devote their existence to a mad cannibal king who lives under an abandoned warehouse
  • A gamesmastery chapter, written with an eye to help you craft conspiracies and power structures that your players can topple, subvert or be consumed by
  • Over fifty illustrations by the tremendously talented Adrian Stone
 
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Patrick B April 01, 2020 7:54 pm UTC
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If this is a game, it sounds pretty interesting. The problem is, with the misunderstood dark elves fighting against the oppression of the light elves, it seems a bit on-the-nose. Like it could be an excuse to make social justice political statements. I play games for escapist fun, not to raise awareness of social issues. So is this a game meant to be played for fun or is this a game meant to highlight the plight of people of color? As a disabled person I already know what it's like to have people look at you differently and treat you differently, and I don't need that in my games.
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Christopher T April 01, 2020 8:32 pm UTC
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It's meant to be a game that includes political and social issues that relate to many different areas of the real world, and you play as characters who are part of an underclass, attempting to overthrow colonisers. If you're not interested in games that tackle these particular social and political issues, or you'd prefer to avoid tackling certain topics at your table, this might not be for you, and that's fine. It is, however, definitely a game; if you're just interested in getting a look at the system without the setting, we've broken that out separately as the Resistance Toolbox (which is pay-what-you-want) as a way for people to create their own settings built around the same idea: starting by asking what the characters have to lose, what they're willing to fight for, and what they're willing to risk in order to make a change.
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Patrick B April 01, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
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I will check out that rules reference. Thank you very much for the fast response!
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John C October 11, 2019 4:01 pm UTC
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ok, I see the previous comment that Web_v11 is newer than the one with that's just spire? Now there's Second web. From the indicia it looks like that is the most recent one. Is that correct? Would it be possible to name them consistently like instead of second web I'm guessing would be v12? Or just tack on the date you upload it so Spire-051019 so it's easier to tell what is the most recent version?
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Christopher T October 11, 2019 4:55 pm UTC
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Hi John! The latest file is the second printing, hence the Second filename. And yes, you’re right; we should have amended that before uploading. Apologies.
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Marvin B October 25, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
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Just bought the game, but have a couple of minor questions. (1) What is the difference between the regular file and the "web_v11" file? (2) I've seen references to a quickstart version of the Spire and would like to try running that before mastering the full rulebook, but where can I get a copy of the quickstart?
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grant H October 25, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
1) The web v_11 file is more recent, with a few changes added in. It also has bookmarked chapters.
2) The quickstart file was released during the Kickstarter. It came with the rules, a few pre-generated characters, and an adventure. You can get all the bits aside from the rules (which you have) by downloading the pay-what-you-want Blood and Dust scenario here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/241756/Blood-and-Dust?src=also_purchased
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Marvin B October 27, 2018 2:47 am UTC
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Yeah, I bought Blood and Dust (and every other Spire product I could find) but I was hoping that the quickstart would have a shortcut set of rules so that I could get into play faster. I have a lot of RPG experience with D&D style games, but not so much with narrative style play and some of the ideas are a little alien to me still. :(
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DIOGO A June 01, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Hi, is there going to be a PoD option ?
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Christopher T June 01, 2018 5:37 am UTC
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Hi Diogo, unfortunately we haven’t found a PoD option that meets our quality standards. But there are currently physical copies of Spire on sale through our website (rowanrookanddecard.com) and we’re working with IPR in the US and Asmodee in the UK to distribute copies to game stores.
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DIOGO A June 01, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply, Christopher, I've just ordered it from your website.
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Jenna S May 28, 2019 3:09 am UTC
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Any update on US side? Would love a physical copy, but ordering from your website is just too expensive.
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Christopher T May 28, 2019 4:37 pm UTC
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Hi Jenna! We're working on restocking IPR now, so hopefully those books should arrive and be ready for distribution within the next few weeks.
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Nik M May 27, 2018 3:15 am UTC
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Would it be possible to get a separate download for the character sheet that:
a) Doesn't pre-shade all of the resistance free slot boxes, and
b) Allows the background blue to be toggled on/off for home printing (e.g. as a PDF layer)?

Thank you. Looking forward to running Blood & Dust soon :-)
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Christopher T June 01, 2018 5:37 am UTC
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Hello! We’re working on this - should have a download added soon.
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Daniel K May 21, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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Really great stuff!
Any plans to make the highly detailed maps from the Kickstarter available for purchase? I’m starting a campaign and it would be really helpful to have a better map than the one in the front of the book.
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Christopher T May 24, 2018 10:22 am UTC
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Thank you! Yes we're going to be putting those up for sale in physical and digital form in the next few weeks.
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Daniel K June 27, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
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Great! I have been having great fun running it but badly need a guide to Spire by level to complement the guide by Domain which is included in the main rules.
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Christopher T May 11, 2018 7:29 am UTC
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Hi - really sorry you're seeing that. At our end we can only see one version; we'll definitely version the file names from this point on.
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Louis B May 10, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
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There are two files named "spire.pdf" to download here now. Which is the newer one? Please version the file names if possible.
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