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The End Starts Here!

Sometimes the world needs heroes, but sometimes, the world takes anyone it can get. Whether you’re playing an unhinged wizard armed with dark magic or a valiant champion fighting in the name of the New God, a shifty-eyed changeling, or a malicious goblin, in these dark times, all must come together if the Demon Lord would be stopped. Now is your time to make a difference, to take a stand against the demon, the cultist, the monster, and the chaos. It falls to you and a group of mismatched others to do your part to save the world. 

Drawn from the pages of Shadow of the Demon Lord, this supplement includes everything you need to create and play a character in a world gone mad. Inside you’ll find: 

  • Complete character creation rules letting you choose from humans, changelings, clockworks, dwarfs, and orcs, along with numerous tables to help you create interesting characters in little to no time at all.
  • All the rules you need to know in order to fight the shadow and stay alive.
  • Advancement options for novice, expert, and master characters.
  • Pages of gear covering everything from weapons to incantations
  • 330 spells divided between 30 traditions of magic

The Demon Lord’s shadow creeps across the world, sparking war, upheaval, and chaos. Now is the time for heroes to seize their destinies, villains to accomplish their despicable goals, and everyone else to fight for their survival. In this game, you and your friends can tells stories about thwarting the plots of insane cultists, hunting down and destroying bizarre demons, uncovering lost lands, investigation weird mysteries, and more. You just need your imagination!

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Jerry L May 05, 2018 2:10 am UTC
From Schwalb's Twitter: "If you want an inexpensive way to get SotDL in print and you just plan to be the player, check out the new Player's Guide"

This supplement is obviously for folks just getting into Demon Lord and wanting to jump right in. Not for those of us who own literally every supplement.
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Tim R April 19, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
After being gouged for paying for the soft and had copy of the 3 most recent POD releases, I would beware purchasing if you want the PDF and the printed copy. Hopefully this will not be in substandard 6x9" as per the has 3: Scions of the Betrayer, Bred for Battle, A Land Divided
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Justin S April 19, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Yeah, I don't think this is for anyone who is already invested in SOTDL. If you have the core rule book, I don't see it as anything different, so I suppose that this might be for new players looking to just play? Yeah, it doesn't have all that GM and Northern Reach stuff in it, but man, the CRB sure is great. I'd rather just pay the extra $7 for it as it's on sale right now.
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Robert L April 18, 2018 3:07 am UTC
Not sure what the spell count is in the core rulebook- maybe this has more?
Otherwise I'm not sure why they would release this.
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Geoffrey W April 21, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Because sometimes people want a book that just has the player facing rules without all the GM stuff.

It's a low-cost option to allow players to have a book without having to pay full price for material they don't need.

Lots of games have Player's Guides as an alternative to the full core book. Numenera comes to mind.
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Ismael A July 18, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Seems legit.
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Chris D April 18, 2018 1:06 am UTC
This product appears to be nothing more than a reprint of the first 147 pages of the Shadow of the Demon Lord corebook. With the exception of certain items obtained through the Freeport Kickstarter, I have purchased every item for this product line. I will not be purchasing this product, and I actively discourage others from doing so.
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Simon S April 20, 2018 9:14 am UTC
I think this has been released to replace the Victims of the Demon Lord book which people have complained is not adequate for players in a campaign. It's a nice compromise between having to buy the full book and victims. I wish they had added the ancestries and paths from the DLC to this for ease.
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Ben T April 17, 2018 12:27 am UTC
If you have the main rule book would you need this?
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Simon S April 20, 2018 9:15 am UTC
No this is just player centric material from the core book.
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