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The Hammer and The Stake: The Workers' Primer (Player's Quickstart)



The Workers' Primer contains ONLY the basic rules and character creation.  This book is designed to allow players who do not want to pay for the full book to get into the game at a discounted price.   

The Full Manifesto is the core book with all the rules (basic and advanced) + setting background.   

The Hammer and the Stake is a stand-alone tabletop roleplaying game with a core mechanic that focuses on player cooperation and wagering to overcome obstacles. 

The Workers' Primer is designed to introduce the game to new players. 

A fantastic alternate history setting: Following the Great War and the disastrous Treaty of Trianon, Count Dracula engineers a fascist vampire-coup in Hungary and Romania and establishes himself as the autocrat of the newly created Nagy-Magyarország ('Greater Hungary'). 

Proletariat freedom fighters work to overthrow Dracula's despotic-aristocratic regime. The threat is very real, Dracula's magic is powerful enough to make manifest the worst fears of Marx.  
Time is of the essence. If Dracula's minions are left unchecked, the people will literally lose their identities and become lumpenproles - beaten down degenerate servants of the Dracula regime. 

You play one of the heroic socialists fighting to liberate the people from both the invisible hand of Adam Smith as well as despotic vampire overlords.


Inside the Worker's Primer You Will Find:

- The Core Rules for the Hammer and The Stake.  Enough to start playing right away.  

- A quick overview of Dracula's Nagy-Magyarország ('Greater Hungary') and the brave socialists that refuse the vampires' regressive vision. 

- A seperate file with a hi-res version of the character sheet (free!)


Burn it.  To The Ground.  

Note: This is NOT the full version of the game.  The Workers' Primer is the players' guide and contains only the player-facing rules to facilitate play.  The full version of the Hammer and the Stake will be released later.  
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Dobos A January 21, 2022 9:34 am UTC
Before you read anything I have to say, I'm not a linguistic, just a native and might be mistaken.
(First thing first LOVE IT and KS money well spent!)
I just seen one word "Vitéz" in the book (at the Titles section) and if I may suggest the translation to be champion instead of warrior or fighter?
Warrior/Fighter mean "Harcos" in my language and it diminishes the glory of what "Vitéz" means(The meaning carries that the person not only good fighting, but have a good and strong spirit and defending the weaks. And I know that knight-Lovag should be similar, but "Vitéz" is not only a title or rank of army, but it used to be used by common folks to call someone extraordinary(regardles of being in a military organisation or not)).
My suggestion is to use Champion(even though it means "Bajnok", but since you never used Bajnok, you can use Champion for Vitéz) or Gallant. Yes both of them are actually kinda adjective-y, but in our...See more
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This title was added to our catalog on April 28, 2021.