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Heart: The City Beneath

Heart: The City Beneath

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Ennie GoldEnnies 2021 

Gold: Best writing, best setting, best layout

Silver: Best game, best monster/adversary, best interior art, best cover art. 

A red wet heaven slumbers fitful under the city of Spire.

Heart: The City Beneath is a tabletop roleplaying game about delving into a nightmare undercity that will give you everything you’ve ever dreamed of – or kill you in the process.

It is a dungeon-crawling, story-forward tabletop RPG from the designers of Spire that focuses on what characters have to lose in pursuit of their dreams in the chaotic darkness beneath the world.


  • Full rules for playing and running games of Heart
  • Nine strange character classes and five dangerous callings
  • 21 Zenith Abilities – the ultimate expressions of power – almost all of which kill the user when activated
  • Over 50 landmarks to explore such as predatory pubs, entropy machines, community centres in churches devoted to forbidden gods, cursed underground stations, vast subterranean forests and portals to multiple heavens  
  • Over 30 adversaries to avoid, put down or get killed by such as the cannibalistic Butcher, the pathetic Feral Psychopomp, mad trees, train worshippers, burnt-out occultists and Flightless Owl Hives
  • Over 40 gorgeous full-colour illustrations by Felix Miall
  • An extensive gamesmaster advice section with guidance for all experience levels

Sharing a setting with Spire, Heart expands the unreal world beneath it. It uses an expanded and updated version of the Resistance system, the mechanics that power Spire, to help you tell stories of desperation, hubris and adventure in the City Beneath.

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Maciej T June 20, 2020 12:35 pm UTC
Are there any hand outs for print when You buy PDF ?
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Jeremy T April 07, 2020 10:05 pm UTC
I hate this already. It looks so much like the rpg that I am developing. I do not like it when people make better versions of the things I am making before I make them.

*grumble grumble* Guess I'll go pre-order it then *grumble grumble*
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Kai H October 17, 2021 12:58 pm UTC
Most likely, you would never have completed your RPG anyway. That's what happens with most personal game projects people have.
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George K April 06, 2020 8:31 pm UTC
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Christopher T April 06, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
We’ll be releasing the physical book for purchase and distribution when it’s printed and gone to Kickstarter backers. It won’t be print on demand.
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George K April 06, 2020 9:28 pm UTC
Oh, that's too bad, I was going to purchase this as a PDF/PoD combo. Guess I'll skip on it.
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Christopher T April 06, 2020 9:31 pm UTC
No worries. When physical copies go on sale, it'll be available as a PDF & book bundle from our site.
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George K April 06, 2020 9:36 pm UTC
But not from here, gotcha...
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Christopher T April 07, 2020 5:48 am UTC
Unfortunately not unless DriveThru starts to allow us to sell offset printed books direct to customers through here, no.
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George K April 07, 2020 10:11 am UTC
That's alright, Drivethru usually has deals on their PDFs eventually, websites don't. So again, I'll just skip this thanks.
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Morgan N July 22, 2020 5:37 am UTC
A real shame. It's a masterpiece.
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George K July 22, 2020 11:30 am UTC
Lots of other "masterpieces" around, trust me, that I can PoD from Drivethru.
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