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In the Ironsworn tabletop roleplaying game, you are a hero sworn to undertake perilous quests in the dark fantasy setting of the Ironlands. You will explore untracked wilds, fight desperate battles, forge bonds with isolated communities, and reveal the secrets of this harsh land.

Are you ready to swear iron vows and see them fulfilled—no matter the cost?


  • Guided: One or more players take the role of their characters, while a gamemaster (GM) moderates the session.
  • Co-Op: You and one or more friends play together to overcome challenges and complete quests. No GM required.
  • Solo: You portray a lone character driven to fulfill vows in a dangerous world. Good luck!

“Dark Age, low fantasy, vow-driven quests with an elegant take on Powered by the Apocalypse mechanics. Hugely recommended, a fantastic game.”
- Graham Spearing, Wordplay Games


  • Quest-driven mechanics and fast, flexible character creation
  • Story hooks and creative prompts to eliminate game prep and push your adventures forward—with or without a GM
  • A setting guide for the Ironlands, a rugged and treacherous peninsula at the edge of the known world
  • Inspiring tools to customize your setting and ­ fine-tune your gameplay experience
  • Extensive advice, examples, and options for exploring the story of your characters and their fateful vows


The Ironsworn digital package is free and complete. It includes the rulebook, character sheet, over 45 printable asset cards (with more avaialble!), and extensive reference materials. The rulebook PDF is bookmarked, searchable, and optimized for fast tablet display. Portrait and landscape (two-page spread) formats are included. Select the PDF option (above) to add the digital edition to your acount.

Ironsworn Digital Edition


Note: The print version shows as "color" in the product summary, but the interior of the Ironsworn rulebook is actually black and white. The color printing process is used for heavier paper and improved image quality. 

The print edition includes the Ironsworn rulebook in your choice of hardcover or softcover. The rulebook is 6x9, 270 pages, heavyweight 70# matte paper, glossy color cover, and black and white interiors. All other materials, including the character sheet, asset cards, and reference materials, are provided in digital format. Select a print+PDF option (above) to purchase the book and add the entire digital edition package to your account.

Ironsworn Print Edition


"During no other roleplaying game, and certainly not during a solo game, have I ever felt myself so on edge to find out what happens next ... All in all, probably the best new rpg I've played all year."
- Ethan U.

"This is a well designed, clearly presented and extensively playtested product ... The rules are designed for flexibility and the author provides detailed advice to adapt the game to different settings."
- Evandro N.

"This is on the path to becoming one of my (if not THE) go-to choices for gritty narrative fantasy games."
- Stefanos P.

"Frankly, this is one of the best uses of the PbtA rules I've ever read. Evocative, simple, and the quality of the book is high for it being completely free."
-  David A. G. A

"The use of world building, character generation, and character-driven story all weave together to form a tapestry unlike anything I have seen before in RPGs."
- Fernando D.

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Yannick J November 26, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
An absolute masterpiece of a RPG. The very best when it comes to solo RPG, the world and mechanics really drives the story in unexpected and fiction-coherent way. It been years since I have seen such an inspired product.
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Shawn T November 26, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Thank you so much! That makes me super-happy. And thank you also for sharing your awesome character sheet with the community.
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Mark F October 11, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Spectacular! The sense of excitement and adventure builds just from reading this well written manual. Great job Shawn! The book feels sturdy, well printed and bound too.
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Shawn T October 11, 2018 1:25 am UTC
Thank you, Mark! I really appreciate it.
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Addramyr P August 15, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
This is gold.

Solo/Coop tabletop RPG is something we don't see often. The game is very well designed, it feels like a pbta game and yet it has its own unique twists. The dice mechanic is brilliant. Layout is very smooth and elegant, easy to read and tablet friendly. Everything in the book, from images to examples, has a very distinct mood and is always very evocative.

It seriously is my favorite RPG reading this year. I can't wait to try it out!
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Shawn T August 15, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks! I really appreciate it. Please let me know how it goes once you try it out.
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David S August 06, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Congrats, Shawn and nicely done!
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Sam S August 01, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Super minor piece of feedback regarding the Asset cards: the sheet of back images of the companions and paths (first back image sheet) is not laid out such that double-sided printing is possible. That is, because 2 of the companions are 'left-aligned' on the front, the corresponding back images should be 'right-aligned'.
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Shawn T August 01, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
Thanks, Sam! This was noted a few days ago by a helpful community member as well, and the DriveThruRPG files should be updated to correct the issue. You will now find a version with alternating fronts/backs with the mixed rows flipped for duplex printing (Ironsworn-Assets-Volume-1-With-Backs.pdf). There is also a non-backs version for folks who don't want to print the backs (Ironsworn-Assets-Volume-1.pdf). Holler at me if you run into any issues.
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Dave S July 25, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
I never understood all the hype about PbtA until I got this game. Highly recommended.
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Jakub N April 28, 2018 9:29 am UTC
I can't wait for PoD option. This game is awesome.
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Philip W April 27, 2018 8:18 am UTC
Every thing about this game is professional and beautifully done.

Well done!
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Shawn T April 27, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Thanks Phillip! I appreciate it.
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Philip W April 27, 2018 8:17 am UTC
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Maria Mercedes M April 27, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Fantastic! Well written and beautifully put together. I want to buy a hard copy! 5 stars!
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Shawn T April 27, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Thanks, Maria! Printed copies will be available here once I've finalized the PDF and completed the proofing process (a month or so?).
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A Point of Inspiration A April 06, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Won't let me rate it for some reason, but def a 5 start product!
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Robert N April 12, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
I had the same issue when I purchased it. I had to repurchase and now I can rate it.
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