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Bad Debt - Adventure for Zweihander RPG


Bad Debt is an introductory adventure for the Zweihander role-playing game. Plunge your players into a grim and perilous world where they must start from the very bottom of the pile. Set in a notorious debtor's prison Bad Debt will see the protagonists struggle to survive in a brutal environment, while trying to resolve a mystery that might, just might, set them free.

Bad Debt is specially written for players who are new to Zweihander. The pregenerated characters are provided in a revised character sheet format, that ensures all the information needed to play is right in front of the players when they need it, including a handy half page summary of the key Zweihander rules. NPC profiles and stat blocks are provided in a helpful condensed format, intended to make running sessions as quick as possible. 

The pregenerated characters are

  • Leopold van Nonstein, a rake, whose credit has finally run out
  • Dunstan Berwick, a hedge knight, determined to emerge from gaol with his honour intact
  • Djako, an ogre footpad let down by his former friends
  • Katja Volker, a courtier betrayed into prison
  • Johanna Aigler, an investigator whose clients couldn't pay
  • Odo Rook, a halfling hedge-wise tormented by spirits
Of course should you wish players of Bad Debt can generate their own characters. Just roll up a regular Zweihander character, take away their equipment, assign them a debt they can't pay and you're ready to go. 

As well as the scenario Bad Debt includes an in depth description of the Flotte prison, which operates as a prison, a hub for organised crime, and a business. The Flotte could be a great location to add into any existing game of Zweihander for that moment when the player's luck (and credit) run out.

Bad debt should take a GM and four players around four hours to complete, although it could easily be expanded into a mini jailhouse campaign. Alternatively, if you are aiming to run it in a convention slot with limited time, suggestions are included for reducing the running time. 

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Wade O July 26, 2020 3:53 pm UTC
This is a great setting - could make a whole campaign - I had a blast running. Thank you!
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William H February 23, 2020 3:45 am UTC
I'll be running this for some co-workers in a month or so -- it looks perfect as an into the game! Thanks for making it!

Errata -- page 23, typo: "inlcuding"
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Roslyn J November 04, 2019 11:14 pm UTC
Peril Threshold [+6 ] stat is incorrect on the character sheets.
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Martin L November 07, 2019 7:33 am UTC
You're right. No idea how that happened. I'll fix it.
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