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Lightning War is a roleplaying game set in a high fantasy world’s World War II. When three of the most powerful nations in the world succumb to the insidious evils of fascism, everyday people are forced into a desperate war for their survival. This book includes all of the rules you need to play, from squad creation to tense exploration and deadly tactical combat. It also features a gallery of adversaries, and guidelines for game masters to design devious missions. 

Lightning War is about acts of heroism in the face of constant danger. Creep through ancient ruins and ruined cities. Battle ruthless enemies and dangerous monsters. Use creativity, strategy, and teamwork to win against all odds.

At this critical moment, even the smallest victories could turn the tide of the war.


How is Lightning War different from other tabletop RPGs you might've played?

Lightning War uses an original system that combines fast-and-loose rules with tactical teamwork-based combat. Each player controls a team of characters: one specialist and two grunts. Think of specialists as your “main character,” but grunts provide helpful bonuses while they are still alive. It’s a game for roleplayers who relish high stakes and hard choices, and a game for wargamers who enjoy the unique narratives created by writing battle reports or playing unusual scenarios.

Combat in Lightning War is extremely dangerous - but there's a way characters can cheat death. Once per session, a character can avoid a fatal attack by revealing a detail from their backstory. This “Flashback” mechanic encourages you to give history and depth to characters who could otherwise be treated like expendable pawns.


  • A broad overview of Lightning War's high fantasy setting.
  • A full-color cover, and a colored interior with lined artwork.
  • Five playable species: cinderfolk, dwarves, halflings, humans, and orcs.
  • Ten playable roles, including the crafty Arcanist, terrifying Flamethrower, decisive Officer, nimble Scout, and fearless Support.
  • Fast-paced and intuitive rules for exploration and roleplaying.
  • A fine-tuned combat system that allows for fast-playing but highly tactical battles.
  • A robust GM section with guidelines for customizing the game to fit your group.
  • Random tables GMs can use to quickly generate interesting mission prompts.
  • Over thirty versatile NPC profiles, including allies, enemies, beasts and monsters.

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Diego B October 30, 2020 12:31 pm UTC
Hi, just bought it. No core rulebook in the files. Could you please look into that?
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Diego B October 31, 2020 3:58 am UTC
Just sorted it out. Seems like library is messing up the names of the files
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Ben S October 31, 2020 7:29 pm UTC
Hi Diego, sorry to hear that, but I'm glad you were able to find everything!

We had this issue when the title launched, but I was pretty sure I fixed it. I just double-checked and updated the file names so that this problem doesn't pop up again.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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William A September 14, 2020 11:50 pm UTC
Vehicles, tanks?
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Ben S September 20, 2020 1:36 pm UTC
Hi William!

The game primarily focuses on infantry and small-scale, squad-versus-squad conflicts.

Vehicles are in the game, but as supporting characters, not player options. The rulebook includes stat blocks for two different tanks (a friendly one and an enemy one), and the Radio role can ask for a fighter plane to strafe an area. Giving players direct control of vehicles was beyond the scope of the stories I wanted to tell with the game.
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William A September 22, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
Thanks for reply. Sorry to hear that. Tanks and vehicles (Halftracks, Jeeps, Scout Cars) are among to strong appeal of the period to me, especially with tactical emphasis. Have to pass on this one.
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