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ZWEIHANDER Fantasy Horror RPG: Starter Kit

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Everything you need to play your first role-playing game, set in the fantasy horror world of ZWEIHANDER RPG.

ZWEIHÄNDER RPG is an award-winning, cooperative storytelling game set in a medieval fantasy world. It teaches starting gamers how to create their own fantasy characters who’ll embark on adventures filled with intrigue, mystery, and supernatural horror.


What's Inside:

  • One rulebook for creating characters
  • One rulebook for running the game
  • Secrets of Swanzi feature-length adventure
  • Gamemaster’s Screen
  • Poster and village-crawl map
  • Profession Folios
  • Fortune and Misfortune tokens
  • Clue, Injury, and Spell cards





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  • V1.2 (November 22, 2022) retail release

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michael B January 25, 2023 5:10 pm UTC
I'm considering getting the physical starter set and was wondering if there are any plans for limited, more narrow focused expansions to it specifically (as opposed to the full RPG supplements). I'm referring perhaps to, for example, a separately purchaseable pack of additional professions updated to the new rules and in the same format as those in the starter for additional variety.
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Larry S January 13, 2023 10:33 pm UTC
Is one of the Full Tankard maps supposed to have labels?
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david S December 04, 2022 11:42 pm UTC
Can you get a physical copy at all?
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Andrews McMeel Universal A December 08, 2022 4:32 pm UTC
Hi David, you can indeed! Zweihander RPG Fantasy Horror Starter Kit is now available at your FLGS, or barring that, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target in-store or online.
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Mathias B December 02, 2022 4:42 pm UTC
So far I'm liking what I see.
I would have liked an example character or more explanations on professions.
I tried to roll a sellsword, but it's not clear if I get all three talents automatically or only the professional trait.
It says:
'Looking at your Profession Folio, unlock its Professional Trait by writing its effects down on the third page under Talents & Traits:'
So that would mean: No, don't add the Talents. But why are they even mentioned on the Portfolio Folio Card?
After some reading I found it on page 61 under 'Unlock New Abilities'. It would have been better to at least write a small sentence on 'Step 1: Your profession'.
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Jeremy G November 22, 2022 8:32 pm UTC
First impressions of the rule changes (not a review because it doesn’t encompass the tools or adventure provided, nor utility for new players):

I’m glad the fortune system from FoF (trading back and forth) is official for Zwei now. (We were already using it)

Not a fan of how much stronger PCs are. They feel far too heroic from the start. We enjoyed earning that status, which set Zwei apart from games like D&D.

The conciseness of the rules is much better.

Careers having a stat boost is cool, but it’s not truly backwards compatible if the RCR and MG careers don’t have stat boots listed.

New ancestries are cool. Removing ancestry stat modifiers was weird but fine. (ogres aren’t strong?) However it does contribute to the players being too strong because while bonuses were moved to upbringing and career, penalties were seemingly removed entirely.

I’m unlikely to use most of this starter kit’s content. (and likely would not...See more
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Todd S December 11, 2022 2:51 pm UTC
I'm also disappointed in the direction of the changes. The game feels less grim and perilous and more like d100 D&D.
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