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Barrow Keep: Den of Spies


An Old-School Setting of Young Adult & Romantic Fantasy

When you were young, you thought the great walls of Barrow Keep would keep you safe. But now you're coming of age, and you realize how many troubles have been inside these walls all along: duplicitous courtiers, treacherous kin, and puritanical heresy-hunters. How will you protect yourself and your friends?

Barrow Keep is a low-prep, old-school setting driven by playbooks and adaptable, easy-to-run scenarios. You play the young residents of the Keep, coming of age while dealing with mysteries, treacheries, and intrigues.

What's included?

  • Barrow Keep: Den of Spies, the zine, with content for both players and GMs, including system-neutral rules for ritual magic, custom equipment, and information on the Keep, its residents, and environs.
  • Old School Essentials Playkit with everything you need to run your first Barrow Keep game with OSE: 10 PC Playbooks, including seven new OSE/BX character classes, and 2 Scenario Packs.
  • Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells Playkit with the playbooks and scenarios to run Barrow Keep with Diogo Nogueira's Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells, with details for several new Sharp Swords archetypes.
  • Troika! Numinous Edition Playkit with playbooks and scenarios for the world's other favorite RPG.
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Toby V February 03, 2021 8:38 pm UTC
This might be a silly question, but what are playbooks?
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Joakim J May 12, 2022 1:16 am UTC
Good question, in PbtA games it's just the name for "classes" essentially (possibly named that cause your character sheet(s) also has all the information for character creation so it's all you need to get going) but I don't know if that's what it stands for here
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Richard R May 12, 2022 1:22 am UTC
Hey Toby, I'm really sorry. Until today, I hadn't seen your comment!

Playbooks in Barrow Keep are individual lifepaths for different characters and are used to generate stats and basic character history. You can see some samples for Troika, Old School Essentials (D&D BX), and Sharp Swords & Sinister Spells here: If DriveThru removes that link, you can see them here:

Again, I'm so sorry for not seeing this comment sooner.

Richard, R. Rook Studio
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This title was added to our catalog on December 07, 2020.