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The Grimdark Pamphlet (5e)


The Grimdark Pamphlet suggests rules additions and changes for the fifth edition ruleset to allow you to play grimmer adventures with morally ambiguous characters in a fantasy world beset on all sides by dire powers. In this world, life is brutal and short, victory is never assured, and madness and corruption threaten even the most resolute and steadfast.

Be forewarned. Characters will face greater challenges and are more likely to die. Immortality in this world is a distracting fallacy held tight by those too cowardly to truly live.

Inside You'll Find:

  1. New Abilities and an Ability-focused Alignment system
  2. New Skills for gritty games
  3. Madness and Injuries, and how to cure them
  4. Rules for Active AC
  5. Suggestions for making magic rarer in your games
  6. New Melee Weapons and Firearms
  7. Grimmer Feats
  8. The Apothecary and Pirate classes.
  9. Mutations.
  10. And a growing sense of impending doom! We add more content, monthly, at no extra cost.

Design Goals and Format

Our design goals for The Grimdark Pamphlet were straightforward: provide quality, playable, yet simple rules for playing darker stories with the fifth edition ruleset.

Second to this was that the rules should be packaged in a modest format that could easily grow. We’re not going to get too fancy with artwork and flashy layout here.

Lastly, The Grimdark Sourcebook is intended to test the water for a potential grimdark sourcebook and will grow with feedback from the community—your feedback. We’d love your input.

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Rodney S June 04, 2021 10:01 am UTC
We've updated the book with the apothecary class, which is an alternate bard class. This includes two Apothecary Universities; the University of Leeching and the University of Alchemy.

The update also includes new base mutations for the mutant race, which apothecaries of the University of Alchemy can tap into with one of their abilities.
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Jared C March 17, 2021 2:15 pm UTC
Not too bad for the price but considering the class, backgrounds and race all seem to be geared around pirates and similar theme rather than grimdark, it feels like it should be two seperate booklets. extra weapons could just be reflavours of existing weapons and for the most part they are, most function exactly like weapons from the 5e phb except for having different names and having 'light/finesse' properties
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Rodney S March 17, 2021 2:49 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback Jared. New classes are coming in the next update that'll push the grimdark side more.
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This title was added to our catalog on September 01, 2020.