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Rangers of Shadow Deep: A Tabletop Adventure Game

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A kingdom stands on the brink of destruction, as the vast realm called the Shadow Deep slowly swallows everything in its path. As the army fights to contain the tide of evil creatures teeming up out of the black clouds, the kingdom’s best soldiers, the rangers, must venture down into the shadows to gather information, rescue prisoners, and ambush enemy supply lines. It is a desperate fight against overwhelming odds, but every little victory brings another day of hope.

Rangers of Shadow Deep is a solo and co-operative tabletop miniatures game, in which players create their ranger, gather companions, and play through a series of missions in their fight to hold back the darkness. If their rangers survive, they will grow in power and ability, and be sent on more difficult, dangerous and intricate assignments.

This book also includes the first supplement for the game, Burning Light. In this mission, the rangers must venture to ruined convent, searching for an ancient artefact. As they choose what order to explore the ruins, and thus the order in which scenarios are played, they must gather clues to the artefact’s location. But they must be quick, for the longer they remain, the more the forces of the Shadow Deep become aware of their presence.

By the creator of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago.

 
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Michael B February 17, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
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This is a pretty damn solid, game system, Solo play even!

Quick questions - what's the set up with 2 or more rangers (players)? Obviously in solo, you're bringing your crew, but I'd guess with a couple more powerful rangers, you wouldn't 'need' all your companions?
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Michael B February 17, 2019 10:34 pm UTC
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This is assuming I have friends to play with.
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Christian B February 09, 2019 11:21 am UTC
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Hi!
I've heard your interview on Magabotato and was hyped by the game. I bought it here on DriveThru and ordered the softcover. But nevertheless we started playing instantly. We made up two rangers with some companions (one heavy armored two handed ranger, accomponied by an archer and two warhounds, and one ranged clericy ranger with a guardsman and two recruits at his side) and played the first scenario.
It was very interesting and we have lost a recruit, and one of the dogs lost some toes. But we also found a magic armor!
It was awesome - and we are hyped to play the next session,.

Cool game, fast to learn, and easy to learn.

It would be cool to have some kind of reference sheet included in the book - but it's nothing cou can't improvise.

Thank you for the cool game,

Gina and Christian
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Matt N February 11, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
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I think there's a reference sheet posted on Board Game Geek.
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James R January 20, 2019 2:27 am UTC
How many players does this support?
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Joseph M January 20, 2019 6:48 am UTC
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Up to 4.
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Kai B January 04, 2019 11:53 am UTC
I'm watching the ROSD episodes on youtube by GMG ..
As much as I love watching the show, I wonder: if you don't possess lots of terrain (or even miniatures), then how are you supposed to play that game?
I mean:
- Zombies for the first mission
- Spiders for the 2nd
- Kobolds for the 3rd and 4th
- Apparently you need buildings as well as trees as well as scenery for dungeons
Is that a game for the hardcore terrain builders only?
Or does it work without terrain at all? (And if yes, how so?)

Many thanks and kind regards,
Kai
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Kai B January 07, 2019 2:40 pm UTC
Ok, replying to myself here ..

Apparently to play this game you need:

Miniatures:
5 Giant Rats
7 Giant Spiders
1 Vulture
1 Hound
20 Giant Flies
1 Burrow Worm

3 Gnoll Sergeant
13 Gnoll Fighters
6 Gnoll Archers
1 Gnoll Shaman

1 Soldier
2 Prisoners
5 Survivors
1 Man-at-Arms or Knight
4 Civilians

1 Flesh Golem
1 Shadow Knight
2 Trolls
14 Zombies (and 7 swamp zombies)

Terrain:
2.5’ Long River
Bridge
Stream (optional)

Lots of Large Rocks
Scatter Rocks

4 x Nest Trees (Suggestion: make them gnarled, so you can skip the next one!)
Gnarled Trees
Briar Patches
Scatter Trees (including 'small trees' and 'many trees')
Shrubs

Small Camp

4-5 Buildings (Suggestion: make one of them L-shaped farmhouse 12" x 8"!)
Ruined Farmhouse w/ 2 x rooms...See more
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Wesley H January 08, 2019 9:00 pm UTC
That is a lot, there is no question about that. You could always buy the pre-painted D&D, Pathfinder, and Wiz-Kids miniatures. After you have them, then you could use them for a plethora of games.

Concerning the buildings/structures, you can buy the Fat Dragon Games papercraft dungeons and buildings.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product_info.php?products_id=64254&affiliate_rem=25275
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Chris I January 11, 2019 7:51 am UTC
You could also make everything 2d using paper cutouts if you really want to be frugal. Also, you can adjust miniatures like the gnolls could be goblins or even Kobolds like in the GMG vidz. But I agree it is certainly not an out the box game. I think it is aimed mostly at established WGamers that are looking for Co-op experiences.
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January 12, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
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If you are not a terrain builder you could draw out the layout on a battle mat if you have one of those, on paper or cardboard if not, or cut out pieces of construction paper or kiddie foam from the dollar store. It is a game aimed at miniaturists, but is very flexible in the minis to use. You can proxy other minis in, or use Pathfinder pawns or Arcknight flat plastic minis as cheap generic minis, or D&D flat circular pawns. Giant spiders are always available around Halloween at crafts and dollar stores for a pittance.

Without any physical kit at all, you could use Roll 20, Tabletop Simulator or other virtual battleboard systems for RPGs on a computer.

But it is a minis game, with the implied gathering of pieces, so if you don't like crafting or collecting or raiding other minis based games or virtualizing minis, then it isn't the game for you.
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Joseph M January 20, 2019 6:49 am UTC
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Some people use stand-up paper figures and play on 2-D terrain. Others just proxy everything. It's amazing how far a set of blocks will get you as starter terrain!
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Kai B January 22, 2019 8:23 am UTC
Hi Joseph,

thanks for the reply!

So, after reading the preview on Amazon, question:
Does the book include rules for creating own scenarios? Does it include rules for balancing encounters? Or do I have to play through the given missions exclusively?

Kind regards,
Kai
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Damien F January 24, 2019 7:46 am UTC
+1 to Kai B question.
What’s the point of this game ? To provide a set of generic rules for gamers who already have some miniatures and terrain (or intend to buy a few), so they could create their own scenarios, campaigns, monsters,… ? Or to provide rules in order to play a well-defined campaign with a limited bestiary ?
I already have a lot of miniatures (and I’m building terrain) but not always the minis that are needed for this game and if I buy this game I don’t intend to buy more minis or uses proxies. So if this game is more the second option (not a generic game), I think it doesn’t’ worth it and it will address only to a few wargamers who already have the material needed to play the game (or players who don’t mind playing with proxies). But if the spirit of the game is “hey, gather whatever miniatures and terrain you have and let’s play with it” then I’m in.

More description of the content would be really interesting.
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Dave K January 24, 2019 11:46 pm UTC
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Hey Kai,

The game book does not include rules for creating scenarios or balancing encounters. I think for anyone who has played Dungeon & Dragons or a similar sort of rpg creating their own scenarios should be no problem. I have created a couple of scenarios with a Lord of the Rings theme where the rangers face brigands raiding around Bree.

Balancing could take some tweaking to get right. The obvious part of it is number of foes faced. There is an experience point system, so as characters defeat enemies and gather mission objectives, at the end of the game they can level up stats, abilities, skills etc. Judging what rewards to give objectives might take some thought. I have played the first scenario in the book a number of times once (as a player and mostly running the enemies), and the second and third scenarios once, so I don't know the effects of higher level characters and speed of progression.

The scenarios are sort of like this (at least up to the third...See more
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Dave K January 25, 2019 12:19 am UTC
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Hey Damien,
Bear in mind: I have only played through the first three book scenarios. It does seem very aimed towards a "well defined campaign" as you said. It is designed as a cooperative miniatures skirmish game. That being said, I am a big Tolkien fan, so I have used the rules for my own Middle Earth based themed game, and made my own missions.

Could you clarify what you mean when you say:
[(or players who don’t mind playing with proxies)] and [ “hey, gather whatever miniatures and terrain you have and let’s play with it” then I’m in]

So in one scenario it calls for gnolls to be the enemy. I personally have no gnolls minis, but I have a lot of orcs, so I used (aka proxied) the orcs in the gnolls place. I used the stats for the gnolls to maintain game balance. If you're willing to do something like that then you should be fine (aka gather whatever minis and terrain you have and play.) If you are not willing to make that sort of change, playing...See more
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Paul D February 15, 2019 1:24 pm UTC
Rich Burlew's 4 download and print packs of 2D figurines, "A Monster for Every Season", would supply all the creatures, PCs and NPCs above. There are 4 (titled after each season), at USD6 each for 300-400 figurines (certain monsters have multiple, different, figurines, and there are "hordes" - pages of a common monster that you often need many of, with more duplication) per pack. Scroll through the various products at https://gumroad.com/richburlew There's a list of what monsters are in which pack somewhere (probably in the item description).
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george K February 15, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
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Paper craft terrain on this website much of it free. One afternoon a printer and a hobby knife and your good to go. Even 2d monsters around here too.
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James D January 03, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
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Ordered a printed copy for myself and a friend a couple weeks before Christmas, they were printed and shipped before Christmas and still haven't arrived. The FAQ on DTR's states it can take up to 5 weeks for delivery once printed. That is INSANE ! Still waiting for my copies to arrive. I am guessing they should arrive by Donkey sometime in 2019. DTR needs to up their game when it comes to online sales. To publishers: you guys need to either find somewhere else to sell your books or get on DTR's case about their delivery methods, there is no where on the planet that you can ship from that should take more then 10 days to deliver from, unless they are printing there books on Mars, and even then I would suspect we might get our items before 5 weeks.
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Joseph M January 20, 2019 6:51 am UTC
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In general, whenever I have ordered it has taken two-weeks or less, in the UK. That said, Christmas time can make a mess of it. If you still haven't received them, you should contact them.
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Will M December 30, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
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I caved and went in for the lot - I'm especially glad I am getting the softcover because I find the PDF to be very unfriendly to print. The pages have a background color to them and they just do not handle well on my laser printer. The pages are muddy-looking and the amount of toner needed to print this many pages (over 200) with backgrounds is unfortunate. I'd love to be able to get a background-less and more printer-compatible version of the PDF because I do want to print it and put it in a binder.
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Will M January 09, 2019 4:44 pm UTC
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Now a hardcover is available.... KHAN!!!!!!

lol - I wish I'd known and i would have held out for it...
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David J December 27, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
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I haven't had the chance to play it but I love the softcover book. It's beautiful. It's worth the $30 for sure.
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Raymond W December 25, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
How much miniatures/scenery would I need to buy in order to play this? Would it be doable on the cheap?
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Joseph M December 27, 2018 8:26 am UTC
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You could play the game using nothing but printable scenery, most of which you could find free.
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Joshua F December 20, 2018 7:27 am UTC
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I bought this game and am loving the way its looking. I am about to try it with my roommates but I am having a little trouble figuring out the unarmed rules. There are a few references to it throughout the document, but there are no clearly stated rules that I can find about what happens when you are unarmed.

Can someone please direct me to an FAQ or a support email?

Thanks in advance.
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Joseph M December 27, 2018 8:27 am UTC
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If you join the FB group, there is a very short errata/FAQ there. I will get it posted in a more general location. (Or just email me via my blog: https://therenaissancetroll.blogspot.com/) Unarmed is -2 Fight -2 Damage.
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Matt N January 16, 2019 9:37 am UTC
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For those who neither have a FB account nor will ever get a FB account, but who really like this game, can the FB content (erratta, FAQ, additional scenarios, etc) be posted somewhere like Board Game Geek?
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Olivier V December 14, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
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Great addition to the Frostgrave brand.
I have written a short review and after action report of scenario 1 on my french blog : http://oll.free.fr/Imagifig/?p=7057
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Dave K December 15, 2018 5:50 am UTC
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Oliver,
I enjoyed your writeup. Thanks for the post. :)

For others who are interested in his post, but might not read French, you can put the URL into the Bing translator so you can read the text in English, or any one of a number of languages.

We are living in a great age!
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joshua O December 13, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
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Hi is the PDF bookmarked? I don't see any bookmarks. Will this be done in an update?
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Nicholas B December 07, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Hi, could anyone clarify is this is a miniatures skirmish/scenario game or an RPG? At least one review calls it an RPG but then seems to describe it as a minis game.
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Matt N December 09, 2018 12:26 pm UTC
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I'd call it a miniature skirmish game with RPG elements. No GM required.
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Nicholas B December 10, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks! That helps greatly.
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Michael D December 02, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
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Please could you add an index of hyperlinks to enable quick navigation around the PDF please
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Matt N December 09, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
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This would be a fantastic improvement. Index and PDF bookmarks wil be great.
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Kristopher G November 27, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Could someone give a quick summary of the system/mechanics used?
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November 27, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
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Its like Frostgrave.
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Kristopher G December 02, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Not familiar with it.
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Enzo M December 07, 2018 5:03 am UTC
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It is a narrative driven solo skirmish game where there is an AI that drives the enemy. Quote from the book "these rules as a set of guidelines, and not as a hard-and-fast set of instructions. The entire point of Rangers of Shadow Deep is to have fun pushing figures around on a tabletop. If you can see a way to modify these rules and increase your own enjoyment playing the game" To play the game you need a table, miniatures, a couple of twenty-sided dice, a deck of standard playing cards, a ruler or tape measure marked in inches, a copy of the Ranger Sheet from the back of this book, and a pencil. You use whatever miniatures you want. Each scenario has events, these events are driven by a standard deck of playing cards and a lookup table. You follow the missions in the book and you can level up your characters along the way. It is pretty easy to learn. I believe it took me about 30min to read and learn and then I was just playing. After using the PDF, I highly recommend either printing it for...See more
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Nathaniel S January 10, 2019 4:15 am UTC
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Basically each "side" rolls a die, adds a value to it. Whoever rolls highest wins. Then you subtract their defense from it, and if the value is above 0, you do damage.
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Enzo M November 24, 2018 4:22 am UTC
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I hope a future version might be available in a format like ePub that allows pages to be bookmarked. Also, when creating the PDF, how about including the table of contents as part of the PDF generation because many PDF Readers will show the table of contents and allow you to navigate directly to that section. I am sure I can could print the document but I rather not and use an electronic device instead. Otherwise, very happy with this ruleset and have been playing this Thanksgiving weekend.
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Charles P November 22, 2018 4:42 am UTC
Now the question is whether to grab the PoD now or wait for the hard cover?
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Matt N November 22, 2018 11:46 am UTC
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How patient are you? The hard cover will undoubtedly be high quality and will likely stand up better to abuse. I, personally, went with the softcover to get it in hand quicker. My other softcover gaming books have stood up well to use so fingers crossed on this one!
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Charles P November 22, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Yeah good point! I still have my hands full with frostgrave, gaslands, and dracula's america...maybe i'll try to be patient.
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