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Round the beggar from Varassa all sat in a ring,

and by the campfire they sat and heard his song.

And about walkers and wolfkin and every terrible thing,

and of his fear he sang to them all night long:

“There is something beyond the mountains, beyond the howls beyond the mist, there is something behind the veils, behind hearts cold as stone.

Hearken, something walks and whispers, walks and lures you in and whimpers:

Come to us, for this earth shall ever be ours and ours alone!”

Forbidden Lands is a new take on classic fantasy roleplaying. In this open-world survival roleplaying game, you’re not heroes sent on missions dictated by others - instead, you are raiders and rogues bent on making your own mark on a cursed world. You will discover lost tombs, fight terrible monsters, wander the wild lands and, if you live long enough, build your own stronghold to defend. Contents:

  • Player’s Manual including rules for fast character generation, visceral combat, lethal magic, dangerous journeys and for building your own stronghold - easily be ported to your own favorite game world.
  • Gamemaster’s Guide including a rich and detailed description of the Forbidden Lands setting, a large illustrated Bestiary, extensive random encounters, and three complete adventure sites.
  • The Legends & Adventurers booklet, letting you flesh out your characters and give them unique backgrounds.
  • Full-color map, giving you the freedom to explore the Forbidden Lands any way you want, hex by hex.

From the creators of the award-winning RPGs Tales from the Loop, Coriolis - The Third Horizon and Mutant: Year Zero.

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Joshua V December 12, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Is there a copy of the map in the pdf?
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Marcelino S December 08, 2018 8:26 am UTC
I know I'm asking a lot but I want to make sure about something's before I buy it. I see in stores this game is not coming out until next year. If I order it from the publisher will I get it soon. Or will it be next year? The box game looks amazing and really want it. Any answers will help.
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Matthew T December 08, 2018 11:31 am UTC
If you order a physical copy, they are available now. The distributor has a backlog problem right now though, so it may take a couple of weeks to dispatch.
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Adrian J. C December 08, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
If we order direct from Free League, what is the expected delivery time to the US? Also, how do you distribute the PDF codes...via DTRPG

Thanks in advance.
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Chad K December 08, 2018 3:16 am UTC
Im interested but i need a real preview, not a map. Give me a character sample, stats, a game play example. (Black Dougal ...) I need a lot more before i hand over $25 for just a pdf.
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Roc W December 08, 2018 3:08 am UTC
I got the notification of the release today and it sounds pretty good to me. I did wonder though, the notification said, "Forbidden Lands is a legacy game, in which your actions will permanently change the game map, turning it into a living chronicle of your adventures." and I am really curious about how this mechanic works?

I mean, all of the RPG campaigns I've run, this is pretty much what happens anyway, but I was wondering if there is something special about the map that you can "change the game map" as players do stuff? Or are you supposed to just draw new stuff or scribble out existing stuff on the original map?
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Matthew T December 08, 2018 11:33 am UTC
The box comes with not just a double sided map, but also transparent backed stickers, so that you can place the adventure sites wherever your party discovers them. The PDF of course does not include the stickers. :)
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Roc W December 09, 2018 1:21 am UTC
Ah, good. Thanks for answering that, I was really curious. Do the stickers remove easily if you want to reuse the map for a new campaign or will there be issues?
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Matthew T December 11, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
I have not tried, but I wouldn’t remove the stickers. I think Free League planned to sell extra map/sticker packs
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Bill E December 07, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
The preview is only one page, and that's just a map. Is this a mistake?
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Garth D December 07, 2018 12:05 am UTC
"In this open-world survival roleplaying game, you’re not heroes sent on missions dictated by others - instead, you are raiders and rogues bent on making your own mark on a cursed world. You will discover lost tombs, fight terrible monsters, wander the wild lands and, if you live long enough, build your own stronghold to defend."

This is a new take? It, well, sounds like a very OLD take on fantasy roleplaying. Dating all the way back to Gygax's table and the LBB.
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Matthew T December 07, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Which is as intended. Its retro in the narrative, novel in the mechanics. See my review.
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Jeff W December 07, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Yes. It's a new take (modern mechanics with a survival focus) on classic fantasy (discovering dungeons, fighting monsters, etc.). It's a well designed game with a clear theme.
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Garth D December 11, 2018 12:57 am UTC
In other words, it's a fantasy heartbreaker. Got it.
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Matthew T December 11, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Well it is not what I would consider a fantasty heartbreaker. But you are at liberty to disagree.
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Marcelino S December 06, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Can I order the book in the USA or is it sent from overseas? Just wondering?
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Tomas H December 07, 2018 9:23 am UTC
Hi! Sure, you can get the physical game in, for example, our webshop:


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Marcelino S December 07, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Hi Tomas
How long would it take to ship and would I get a pdf that I could get right away. Sorry to sound so needy. I'm kicking myself for missing this Kickstarter. It looks amazing.
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Marcelino S December 06, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
If I buy the actual book will I get a pdf a long with it. I really want then hard copy. So nice.
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Andrew M December 07, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Yes, Bits and Mortar = SOLD for some of us.
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