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The Enderwoods (Free PDF Edition)

The Enderwoods (Free PDF Edition)

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The Enderwoods

The Enderwoods is a game of investigative horror set in the 1900s of a Balkan peninsula quite similar to our own, yet dreadfully distinct. It is a world of wonder, where uncertainty and intent guide powerful and unpredictable magic; a world in which Gods walk the land and monsters appear at every step.


    No predefined classes or races, just what you bring to the table! A ten-step, ten minute character creation process gets you to the point where you know what your character is good at in a moment of panic. Everything else is free-flowing narrative.


    No wargame past, no combat rules. Every action has a reaction, and almost all of the reactions hurt in their own different ways. Do as many things as you think you must, and endure their piling consequences.


    The Enderwoods start in the Balkans that never was, built on the lore as well as the history of this region, without a fear of change, of the unknown, different and diverse. It is a world drowned in supernatural dread, kept safe only by the strength of acceptance of everything that it means to be human.

The Setting

The Enderwoods happens at the Crossroads of the World. It is dark, magical, and uncertain. It is a place where humanity and its allies fight the void and the oblivion forever. The year is 1908. The Balkan peninsula. Defined by the howl of the four principal winds, these lands are keepers of wealth for ones who cross them north to south, a prophecy of the future for those going south to north. Turning to the sun at 2pm and following its path leads you into the domain of death and protection eternal. Looking where it meets the horizon when setting will teach you the smell of mulberry groves and salt. The devils of at least three hells dine on this land every night, mingling with angels of at least three heavens. They share their food with each other while spell-bound demons learn Romani music from the travelers, and play it to make hearts falter and still the winds. Whoever remembers the symmetries of their faces, imprints upon themselves the yearning for life and the fear of the void.

The world remembers and forgets the Balkans as it needs to. It is a place wherein one can hide their greatest treasure, and find the worst surprise. Oftentimes, these two are of one and the same cloth. The ancient wardens of this land, the rivers of Danube, Sava, Vardar, Drina and Temes, define it by compacts so ancient that humanity could twice be reborn before it even sees the first of the symbols of power that make it. Empires come here to find their fates and all that do fall inevitably. There is no one god that likes to call this their own domain; the earth is so thickly covered in their pacts that holy places all lay barren.

Publishing Options

You're looking at the FREE PDF Starter for the Enderwoods. This is a package that contains the following:

  • full rules

  • basic setting descriptions and details

  • one starter adventure included

We're currently working on a Print-on-Demand version that will contain:

  • full rules plus more examples

  • tons of setting descriptions and details

  • random tables for political ties, trade routes, and organizations

  • five adventures to get you to meet all of the Enderwoods!

  • more art, maps, newspaper cutouts, and other handy printouts

That version will arrive to DriveThruRPG around the end of March 2020.

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James C February 06, 2020 12:02 am UTC
There doesn't currently seem to be a PDF included in the download. It's just two maps.
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Miroslav G February 06, 2020 12:05 am UTC
This is very strange, as it both shows the file and downloads it for me. Give me a moment to resolve this, please! :)
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Miroslav G February 06, 2020 12:11 am UTC
There really seems to have been an error where it cached the file for some users, but didn't show it for others. I've just now tried from two browsers and found it to behave differently in them. The file is uploading now. You will receive a message as soon as it is uploaded. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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Miroslav G February 06, 2020 12:17 am UTC
The issue should now be resolved. Please tell me if the problem persists.
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James C February 06, 2020 12:35 am UTC
It works now. Thanks for the quick fix!
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Tony M February 04, 2020 12:38 pm UTC
p.35 "Driving and Psychology are six cells apart..." They're nine cells apart on the table on page 31. Did you mean Philosophy, you can make that work with an 8, and it's 4 away from Future Sight...
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Miroslav G February 04, 2020 12:44 pm UTC
There were slight changes to the table since, this incongruency was a result of that. Philosophy would work, we'll get that fixed! Thank you!
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George F February 04, 2020 1:49 am UTC
Was 'Beginners Digest' intentionally misspelled 'Begginers' throughout that entire section??
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Miroslav G February 04, 2020 8:41 am UTC
Haha, no it's due to a typo in the master page template, which is replicated throughout. Thank you for catching this, it will be corrected today.
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