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The "Bootleg Edition" serves to introduce players to the world of the upcoming full ruleset of the Dark Trails RPG releasing in 2020.

Within the pages of the Dark Trails RPG Bootleg Edition, you'll find a majority of the rules for the game in addition to a sampling of all 11 classes and their abilities/powers (from 0 to 2nd level). This preview document also includes a complete adventure designed to take characters from 0-level to 1st is included.


Things have gotten plum weird since the events of The Seven Days of Night brought an end to the war, revealing the presence of an evil thicker than the darkest molasses that’d make the Devil himself blush! You can turn tail, or take the fight to the night, and you ain’t about to be called yeller! So, saddle your horses and clean those irons, ‘cause there’s something slithering across the dark frontier and it’s dead set on making vittles out of you and your ragtag posse.


The Dark Trails RPG is a standalone weird West role-playing game influenced by the works of HP Lovecraft and folklore pulled from all over the world. The game offers a new take on the genre with a rule set based upon and compatible with the popular Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG published by Goodman Games. Within the pages of the Bootleggers edition, you’ll have enough rules, classes, and an exciting adventure “Death Crawls West” to wet your whistle and prepare you for what’s coming in 2020.


Within the 190+ page preview of the upcoming standalone RPG, you'll find-

  • 11 playable classes all touched by the supernatural

  •  A complete rule set that introduces several new mechanics to help throw your players into a haunted west filled to the brim with weird!

  • Spells, contraptions, elixirs, and miracles for those classes gifted with the talent of channeling the arcane/divine.

  • "Death Crawls West" a ready to run adventure written by Peter C. Spahn and Brandon Goeringer.





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JD S March 29, 2020 2:21 am UTC
$12 for a preview?
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Peter S April 02, 2020 8:46 pm UTC
It is a fully playable intro.

Full adventure and full rules for playing a funnel and up to level 2.
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JD S April 03, 2020 11:48 am UTC
When is the full system available, and will those who buy this $12 intro get a discount?
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Mark E April 06, 2020 4:24 pm UTC
I’d like to know the answer to this, too. Definitely not interested in paying $12 for an intro only to have to pay full price for the final copy.
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David B April 19, 2020 3:02 am UTC

David here. I'll definitely look into that. I'm still trying to figure out the workings of DriveThru. The quick start was renamed "thick start" by the time it was ready (192 pages) so it does contain a bulk of the game.

Still, I understand the nature of the request and will give it some thought! Thanks for expressing interest!
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Chad H April 21, 2020 1:24 pm UTC
Thanks for replying. Is there an ETA for the full release? I'll definitely pick it up - you had me at DCC-based and the excellent artwork on this page - but I'd prefer to get the full-fat version.
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