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Take Risks and be Inspired to Survive in this Pitch-Black Tabletop RPG

"... the adventure itself is an amazing entry point into the world of Dark Peaks .... For an introductory adventure, Festival of Swords hits all of it’s marks."

"... if you are a fan of OSR-style brutal dungeon hacks you’ll likely get a kick out of The Festival of Swords ... "
Australian Table Top Gaming Network


THE DARK PEAKS: FESTIVAL OF SWORDS is an introductory adventure within the Dark Peaks setting and the Dark Peaks Gaming System (DPGS). The Dweller has risen. Deep beneath the darkness of Deepmaw Fell, this malevolent entity is gaining power from its cavern at the mountain's base. As evil rises, heroes must rise to face it. The Festival of Swords has been announced, and anyone who attends will receive weapons and armour to fight with. Be they commoner, knight, peasant or king, all are welcome to join the campaign against the Dweller. Will you answer the call?

The rules within The Festival of Swords includes:

  • Four different commoner background: each with specific abilities and weapon. Take the dungeon with a scythe, a sledgehammer, or fabric shears ...  
  • Risk Dice: change the game by making tough calls and gaining inspiration with critical successes. Fail, and the results could be disastrous.
  • Fears: fears change the game and make it harder to operate. Overcome your fears by taking more risks.
  • Chaotic Melees: fighting taking place at the same time. Collisions, mutual strikes, desperate retreats, all can happen in a fast paced and reactive combat system.
  • Unique Art and Monsters: The world of the Dark Peaks features many different creatures. In the Festival of Swords you can find rules for the Goataur - a strange goatperson, and the Duskling, a creeping beast enemy used to living in tunnels and caves. There is a final, terrible creature as well ... but only the unluckiest will find out what that beast might be! All of these are illustrated in full colour, with unique enemy cards. 

Within this starter book you will find a full adventure, where brave commonfolk will make their first venture into the Deep of the Fallen Floor. This adventure is designed to fill a single session of play, to give an focused flavour and experience of this game system.

This 36 page book includes a full-colour dungeon map and Game Master guidance for every location The aim of this adventure is to rescue a out-of-their depth boy, but such bravery may come at a lethal price. For in the gloom beneath Deep Maw, hostile creatures await. Dusklings, Taurs, Roguish humans and the nature of the dungeon itself will test them to their very limits. The Mountain of Deep Maw is brutal to those who are cowardly and unlucky. 

Will your brave commonfolk survive, or will they join the corpses and bones which already litter the darkness?  Find out inside!

This book is the first publication for The Dark Peaks series, an independently produced TTRPG with no publisher support. Any and all support we is coming from you, the fans. Tell us what you think in the comments below! 


The Dusklings thank you for your interest in our game! 

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Ghoul King . May 09, 2020 8:41 pm UTC
On pg 12 in the 'Declaration' section of 'the Combat Turn' is says "The GM will multiply the group's total fleetness value by three to give the time in seconds for the declaration phase." But, in the 'For example' section that follows, the total fleetness value is multiplied by two ( Which number is correct?
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Kieran M May 20, 2020 4:08 am UTC
First - apologies for the slow reply, I didn't get a notification for the comment. Second, thanks for asking this question!

The answer is 3. 2 was a playtesting number which must have slipped in, but it's generally too fast for the players to think and react.

I'll issue an amended .pdf asap.
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