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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 Grimdark, 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.

Inside you will find:

  • A Complete Background to the World.

  • New Race – Chimeer a melding of Human and Animal.

  • New Classes – 4 New Classes and over a dozen new Sub-Classes.

  • Guilds and Cults which Characters can join.

  • New ways to look at Weapons and Armour, with quality affecting their use.

  • Fear and Corruption rules.

  • A Bestiary with new monsters.

  • A short adventure to get you started.

The Black Iron is a Grimdark setting for the Worlds Oldest Roleplaying Game, it is not heroic and magic is hard to learn and dangerous to use. 

This is the most up to date version of the game. Those that bought the previous versions will already have this version in their library

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prashant P November 04, 2021 5:06 pm UTC
Where is the map? I didn’t see a map of the current world anywhere.
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Jay L November 09, 2021 8:10 pm UTC
There is a small map in the GM section pg 134
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prashant P November 15, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
Thanks. The Pre-fall map is great for PCs but it would be super helpful to have a post fall map to help the GM.
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Alex T November 30, 2020 1:11 am UTC
Will this eventually be available in hardcopy?
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Jay L November 30, 2020 4:00 pm UTC
Yes it will after Xmas
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Rhett C November 27, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
How well would this setting work with the Delve RPG?
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Jay L November 27, 2020 8:56 pm UTC
You would need to do a bit of tweaking to get it to work, but changing all modifiers to 10s (so instead of +1 its +10) would help
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Mark E November 21, 2020 10:55 pm UTC
Rather than spreads, any chance you could upload the PDF as single pages? Thanks.
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Jay L November 24, 2020 4:27 pm UTC
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This title was added to our catalog on November 17, 2020.