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HARTHBREAKER: A rules-light 2d6 fantasy RPG system 

Welcome to HARTHBREAKER, a tabletop roleplaying game set in the fantasy world of the Dungeon Age published adventures and stories.

HARTHBREAKER is a rules-light 2d6 fantasy RPG. Game content is set in the world of Harth, which leans toward dark fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, the Dying Earth genre, and similar materials. 


  • HARTHBREAKER is designed to be easy to teach to new players (and young players), and easy to set up a completely new game at a moment’s notice. 
  • New players can create a unique character in just 3-5 minutes. 
  • The Game Runner can use the many (many!) provided tables to quickly generate a one-shot quest, or a far more complex long-term campaign.
  • The core gameplay mechanic is the Powered by the Apocalypse system of rolling 2d6+Trait to produce one of three results: Total Success, Partial Success, or Failure.
  • Character creation is skill-based and class-less. (But you can select particular skills to create classic fantasy classes and archetypes.)
GAME TYPE:  PbtA / Classless / Skill-based / Dungeon Delver / Rules-light / 2d6 / Sword and Sorcery


A 10-page Player's guide, including:

  • General advice to players
  • The Harthbreaker Character Sheet
  • Character creation instructions (takes less than 5 minutes)
  • Explanations of the 28 Special Skill options
  • 5 original Folk (ancestries) options (in addition to humans)
  • Guide to buildinging archetypal classes in this skill-based class-less game

A 57-page Game Runner's guide, including:

  • General advice to GRs
  • 35 tables and lists to create adventure content, including:
  • Lists of Harth's foes and monsters
  • How to create original creatures
  • How to generate Quick Quests
  • How to create detailed villains and conflicts
  • How to create rival factions and organizations
  • How to create detailed and unique NPCs
  • How to build unique villages and populate them with villagers
  • How to create wilderness locations and encounters
  • How to create dangerous social encounters "on the road"
  • How to build dungeons, dungeon rooms, and traps
  • Lists of Saintly Shrines, Eldritch Altars, and Weird Water fountains to interact with
  • How to create Magical Items and Weapons
  • Lists of magical clothing and tools
  • The sample adventure: "A Theft in Lonely Moor"
  • A bit of design advice for hacking this game


  • This product includes two PDF files: one 70-page game guide and one character sheet.

PRODUCT KEYWORDS: Dungeon Age, RPG system, fantasy heartbreaker, Powered by the Apocalypse, Dying Earth, Law and Chaos, Dungeon Delver


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Brian S April 23, 2023 1:00 pm UTC
So can the Harthbreaker rules easily run all of your previously published Dungeon Age adventures?
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Joseph L April 23, 2023 1:09 pm UTC
For me, yes. Dungeon Age adventures are formatted for specific systems, like 5E and OSE. However, once you are comfortable with the Harthbreaker rules, I believe you can run any adventure with them pretty easily. One of the strengths of a rules-light system is that you don't need to do a lot of conversion work. You just present the scenario, the player reacts, and you call for a relevant check/roll. Once you get used to focusing on the fiction over the mechanics, it goes pretty smoothly. Cheers!
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Brian S April 23, 2023 9:21 pm UTC
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. Is there any chance this item will be available as Print on Demand? I've been looking to try a PbtA type game, as I have never played one before, and the preview of this looks really nice and looks like something that I would love to try at my table.
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Joseph L April 23, 2023 9:34 pm UTC
I will start looking into what I need to do to make that happen. Thanks!
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Brian S April 24, 2023 2:12 pm UTC
That sounds great! I'm a fan of your various adventures, and I'm a regular reader of tenfootpole dot org where you consistently get really nice reviews from Bryce. Your adventures are so creative and different from alot of the cookie-cutter dungeon delves out there. Though I still do love a good dungeon delve. I love the format of your work as well, with the three columns and just the nice way everything is laid out. But now, one quick nit-pick. The cover to Harthbreaker is a bit odd, lol. It doesn't really invoke excitement for me, or a Dying Earth vibe. Most of your other covers are amazingly good, so I was just a bit puzzled by this one. If you do a print on demand at some point, is there any chance of a new cover? Sorry to be an art snob, I just think your stuff is SO good that this cover drags the product down a bit. Just my opinion. Thanks for listening!
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