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Shadowdark RPG Quickstart Set


Shadowdark RPG 

Experience the world's greatest roleplaying game in a whole new light. Lift your torch, draw your blade, and enter the Shadowdark! 

The FREE Shadowdark RPG Quickstart Set is the perfect way to introduce you to the game!

The Quickstart contains two 68-page, digest-sized booklets that give you all you need to play and run thrilling Shadowdark RPG adventures for 1st-3rd level characters.

The set also includes eight 1st-level characters with gorgeous, full art on one side and game statistics on the other. 

Inside the Player and Game Master Guides, you'll find:

  • Lost Citadel of the Scarlet Minotaura 1st-3rd-level dungeon crawl where characters can delve for legendary loot... but where pushing their luck might result in an encounter with the infamous scarlet minotaur!
  • A classic, hand-drawn adventure map + player-safe JPEG for virtual table tops
  • 36 spells, 19 magic items, and 52 monsters
  • The four core classes: cleric, fighter, thief, and wizard
  • Full character creation rules for making custom crawlers
  • A form-fillable character sheet PDF




What is Shadowdark RPG?

Classic gaming with elegant execution.

Shadowdark RPG is what original DnD would look like after being redesigned with 50 years of innovation and new ideas. It's our "sixth edition!"

The game is fast, familiar, intuitive, and deadly. It’s built for sword-and-sorcery adventures where fell monsters slither in darkness and frosty gems glint upon forgotten thrones, waiting to be discovered.

In Shadowdark RPG, real time comes into play. A torch only holds back the looming darkness for one hour of actual game time! There isn't a moment to spare when your only light source is guttering low...

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George F November 11, 2022 8:02 pm UTC
As this is a 'quickstart' set, is there going to be a full version released later?
Also, I'd love to have print copies of these two books.
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Kelsey D November 18, 2022 3:19 am UTC
Hi George! Yes, the full book is going to Kickstarter this March. :)

And I do sell print copies of this on The Arcane Library’s website, if that would ever be of interest!
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George F November 18, 2022 12:44 pm UTC
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Joseph A October 23, 2022 5:18 pm UTC
Arcane Library really needs to continue to support this line, the flavor and feel sets it apart from both osr and 5E enough to justify it's existence in this niche, I really hope she converts her earlier adventures to this style (yes B&W art versions would be awesome!).
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Kelsey D October 24, 2022 4:30 pm UTC
Thanks so much, Joseph! :) Lots more material coming down the pipe for Shadowdark RPG (and an already flourishing third party publishing scene). A lot to look forward to! :)
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Rod N October 18, 2022 2:40 am UTC
Highly recommend this product, and you should definitely pick it up! The adventure included is Aces, and I just finished running it. What are you waiting for, download it now!
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This title was added to our catalog on October 17, 2022.