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The Black Iron - Grimdark Fantasy RPG

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A World Broken Beyond Repair

When the Elves left, they took everything, leaving behind only ashes and death. In the aftermath of their apocalypse, dark things fought their way into the light. The Blood Lords staked their claim on the remnants of the world, slaughtering anyone who opposed them. Mankind is relegated to subsistence, clinging on in a few underground bastions, and in the Last City, protected by sorcerers driven mad by the magic they wield. Somehow, you must find a means of surviving in the ruins of a magical desolation, where the earth itself is trying to kill you, and the only people you can trust died long ago. Will you strive to withstand the creeping madness of the beyond for a little longer? Try to restore some light in a world consumed by darkness? Or do you embrace the chaos, taking what you can from those too weak to defend it?

Dark cults proliferate in the streets. Dread creatures drag themselves ever onwards in search of new flesh. The world freezes, and shrinks, and shudders as it waits to end.

What a time to be alive…

The Black Iron is a dark, fantasy roleplaying game, set in a shattered world on the brink of utter annihilation. It contains everything you need to get started creating and playing characters venturing out to try and scratch a living in the wilderness left behind, and maybe, just maybe, beginning to remake the world.


  • A fast and flexible rule system now allows for customisation and homebrewing.
  • 3 playable Species and 6 Roles that breakdown into 18 Sub Roles.
  • 6 Guilds to join
  • 15 Skills, 45 Knacks and 12 unique Traits.
  • 45 pages of world history including information on lost artifacts, the Blood Lords and places of power.
  • Rules for survival and dealing with corruption and poisons.
  • 3 realms of Magic, Pyromancy, Necromancy and Sorcery, with over 45 unique spells.
  • Rules to create your own spells.
  • Complete guide for GMs to help create adventurers, plot points to help seed ideas, encounter tables and rules for weather. With optional rules like Luck etc.
  • Rules for Fear and Stress.
  • 27 pages of monsters and threats that can be used to challenge the characters.
  • Also a short adventure to get you started.


 
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February 15, 2021 6:03 am UTC
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Hi, i would like to know if the new contents from 5e is also in this book also like the new race Chimeer as an example ? Thanks in advance.
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Jay L February 15, 2021 4:02 pm UTC
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Yes, the Chimeer are in this book, this is the complete RPG whereas the 5e setting is just a setting with additional rules.
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.. . February 10, 2021 2:31 pm UTC
So still no POD? It's been six months already?
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Jay L February 11, 2021 10:40 pm UTC
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Everythings taking longer it will be here soon though, once the backers have had their copies.
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xavier M January 27, 2021 3:32 pm UTC
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Hello could you clarify (both here and possibly in the text, maybe with an update date) the difference between "The Black Iron - 5th edition Grimdark setting V3" and "The Black Iron - Grimdark Fantasy RPG" (the update date on this one is newer than "The Black Iron - 5th edition Grimdark setting V3" that pretends to be "the latest".

From the name I would surmise that the "The Black Iron - 5th edition Grimdark setting V3" is just the settings adapted to D&D 5e and this one is an "autonomous" RPG but ... ;)

I would love to use this setting with Mythras/Mythras Imperative (D100 system) hint hint ;)
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Jay L January 27, 2021 5:19 pm UTC
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Ok, so the Black Iron 5th edition is indeed a setting for D&D, whereas this version is a complete D6 based RPG. I am not sure I can make this available as a setting for Mythras but I may make it a d100 game at some point in the future.
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xavier M January 27, 2021 10:04 pm UTC
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Thanks a lot for your anwser
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Panu L August 29, 2020 4:28 pm UTC
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Could the eventual PoD version use the cover from the games 5th ed version? Or could you make two alternate cover versions?
The cover used in the 5th ed version is what caught my eye back in the original kickstarter afterall. It would sell the game to my players way more easily.
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Jay L September 06, 2020 10:22 am UTC
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Hi Paul I have uploaded the V2 edition which changes the cover to the 5th ed version :)
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Panu L September 06, 2020 12:17 pm UTC
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That looks awesome!! Thanks!
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Patrick B September 07, 2020 1:27 am UTC
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What is new in the V2 edition?
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Jay L September 07, 2020 12:49 pm UTC
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Nothing, just some of the art has been updated, if you have the original you do not need to buy this.
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Alejo T July 29, 2020 9:15 am UTC
Will this get a POD option?
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Jay L July 29, 2020 10:24 am UTC
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Yes PoD will be up as soon as I get back the Proofs and everything is looking good, options will be softback and hardback.
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Allen D July 29, 2020 2:10 pm UTC
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Awesome! Can't wait to see that. I think I will most definitely be in for a hardback/PDF combo! I'll wait anxiously for that option.... :)
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Alejo T July 29, 2020 4:07 pm UTC
Awesome, thanks!
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Allen D August 19, 2020 8:26 pm UTC
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Any update on timing? Do you think in the next week or two for hardbacks to be an option? Closer to year end?
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Jay L August 21, 2020 9:08 pm UTC
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Next few weeks, I am currently working on the 5th edition setting, once that is done I will then move on to getting the hardbacks out.
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Allen D August 22, 2020 12:25 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Allen D August 28, 2020 5:23 pm UTC
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I really want to get this now! If I buy the pdf, will I get credit for that when I buy the hardback? I'd really like to get the pdf to start reviewing and then the hardback will be an auto-buy....
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Jay L September 07, 2020 12:50 pm UTC
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Everyone who buys the PDF will receive a discount code for the Hardback to get it cheaper
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Lee S July 28, 2020 8:02 pm UTC
There is only a partial character sheet as the preview. Is there material missing?
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Jay L July 28, 2020 9:24 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Should be fixed now, apologies for that
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Lee S July 28, 2020 9:57 pm UTC
Thanks, appreciate the quick response.
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Patrick B July 28, 2020 6:42 pm UTC
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What game mechanics does this use?
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Francesco P July 28, 2020 7:36 pm UTC
A d6 pool: a number of dice equal the the characteristics and a success number based on the skill level, if I get this right.
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Jay L July 28, 2020 9:26 pm UTC
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The game uses a D6 mechanic where you roll a number of d6 equal to your skill keep the highest result and add your Attribute to beat a target number, very fast and easy to learn but with a few nuances to make it interesting
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Francesco P July 29, 2020 6:07 am UTC
I'm very sorry for my misleading reply.
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Jay L July 29, 2020 8:48 am UTC
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That's cool
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Nathaniel B July 30, 2020 10:26 am UTC
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Nice, it sounds like the Silhouette system used by Dream Pod 9.
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Jay L July 30, 2020 1:51 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's similar, it was an inspiration along with Blades in the Dark and a few others, we have added an Iron Die mechanic and few other nuances though
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Patrick B August 01, 2020 2:07 pm UTC
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I'm sold! I haven't read it fully yet, but I really like what I've seen so far.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 28, 2020.