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"Groovy. Best Rifts/Gamma World setting ever." ~ Bryce Lynch of Ten Foot Pole


Cha'alt is the beast of a book (218 pages) I've been working on for the past year.  It's a ruined world focusing on a couple of introductory dungeons before getting to the main event - the megadungeon known as The Black Pyramid.  

The Black Pyramid is like nothing you've ever seen before.  Unique design, purpose, feel, magic items, NPCs, monsters, factions, motives, agendas, strangeness, the works!

There's a decent amount of setting detail besides dungeoncrawling - space opera bar, domed city, mutants, weird ass elves, desert pirates, a city ruled by a gargantuan purple demon-worm, and much more!

Cha'alt is compatible with both old school and 5e D&D purposefully blended for maximum usability.  Full disclosure: aside from advantage/disadvantage and bounded accuracy, there isn't much in the way of 5th edition mechanics. It's predominantly OSR.

I've included my own Crimson Dragon Slayer D20 as an appendix, but you can use any of the hundred RPG systems available to run Cha'alt as your own.  The rules-language is fairly neutral, and my priority was helping the Game Master at the table.

The world is gonzo, eldritch, science-fantasy, and post-apocalyptic.  It's a wild ride, perfect for those players seeking something a little bit different, but also recognizable. 

The interior is gorgeous full-color art, layout, cartography and Lovecraftian aesthetics.  Gold ENnie winner Glynn Seal of MonkeyBlood Design went above and beyond his usual fantastic job.  Give the new 32 page preview a look.  I spared no expense making Cha'alt fantastic - this world is alive and spilling over with possibilities.

Cha'alt should give you years of solid, non-standardized gaming. 

Want to check out the follow-up book?  It's called Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise, available here:



p.s. Check out Venger's old school gaming blog for details on how to order your very own luxury hardcover of Cha'alt and soon Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise.

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Samuel M March 22, 2020 11:40 pm UTC
Where can I find the print copy of this?
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Darrick D March 30, 2020 11:39 pm UTC
You have to buy the luxury Cha'alt hardcover from me direct. My blog has details:
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Darrick D March 09, 2020 5:33 pm UTC
Brand-new, hilarious, awesome podcast review of Cha'alt over here:
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Darrick D March 03, 2020 6:04 pm UTC
Over here, I highlight the most recent Cha'alt review from Bryce "Ten Foot Pole" Lynch and give details for purchasing the deluxe hardcover book:
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Darrick D December 06, 2019 5:38 pm UTC
Here's a link to the current Kickstarter campaign for Cha'alt: Fuchsia Malaise:
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Darrick D November 14, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Latest video review of Cha'alt from James "Grim Jim" Desborough:
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Rachael S November 06, 2019 5:12 pm UTC
This looks GREAT but I have to agree that the color pdf is too much to print at home and too hard for old eyes to read. Please notify me when a reduced color page version is available.
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Darrick D October 14, 2019 11:43 am UTC
The glorious hardcovers have arrived... all 2,000 of them! These are not PoD, but fancy off-set printed books. Details here:
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Aaron J October 02, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
Based upon first impressions of the full-sized preview and reviews of the publisher elsewhere, it looks interesting enough and right now because of the daily-deal I'm tempted to purchase it. Really tempted.
Ultimately I have to let this one go.. unless a clean B&W printer friendly version is made available??

Coloured/textured backgrounds and fonts in my books and PDFs drive me up the wall. It's a huge turn-off. Its one reason why I have not and never will buy anything from mainstream publishers like Paizo, WotC, etc. Plus I always print out my PDFs so I won't spring for toner-hogs like this unless there is a clean b&w print version available. Colour illustration 'plates' are fine (they're gorgeous in fact) and I wouldn't want that altered. But the main body of text? uh-uh. Can't stand it. If this were a small book, I might be able to over-look it. But at 291 colour pages, that's just too much toner (and eye-strain) even at grayscale.

I only bring all this up because...See more
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Jason M October 02, 2019 6:33 pm UTC
I bought it but I'm with you on the PDF backgrounds. I cannot stand unnecessary colored and textured backgrounds like that. It's annoying enough in a hard copy of a book, but is even worse in a pdf. The old school did it the right way in that regard. I wish publishers would have more respect for the pdf and those who primarily consume content in that format.
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Darrick D October 02, 2019 7:36 pm UTC
I hear you, Aaron! If I hadn't spent every nickle I had on a print run of 2,000 gorgeous hardcovers (that will be delivered in 2 weeks), I would have offered a black and white, printer-friendly option. Since you can deduct the cost of the PDF from the purchase price, it's an incentive to try the PDF and eventually get the print version when it's available. Hope that makes your decision easier.
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Darrick D August 11, 2019 7:11 pm UTC
Looks like the full-size preview is working again. Yay!
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Marc G August 07, 2019 11:32 pm UTC
Full size preview still not working... gives this error...

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The requested URL /Waiting for previous preview regen. was not found on this server.
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Darrick D August 08, 2019 7:57 pm UTC
Yeah, I'm getting the same thing. Ok, let me ask OBS tech support about it. Thanks for letting me know!
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Jeffrey H August 07, 2019 5:25 pm UTC
The link for the preview doesn't work (full size). The quick preview only shows the contents, which doesn't give you much of an idea of the book.
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Darrick D August 04, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
The preview has been expanded to show the first 32 pages of the PDF.
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