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Sword Noir


Hardboiled sword & sorcery-it's Conan seeking for the Maltese Falcon, it's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in the Big Sleep, set in Lankhmar, it's hardboiled crime fiction in the worlds of sword & sorcery.

It's Sword Noir.

Inspired by mashing up the novels and stories of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Robert E Howard, and Fritz Leiber, in Sword Noir: A Role-Playing Game of Hardboiled Sword & Sorcery, characters' morals are shifting at best and absent at worst. The atmosphere is dark and hope is frail or completely absent. Violence is deadly and fast. Trust is the most valued of commodities-life is the cheapest. Grim leaders weave labyrinthine plots which entangle innocents. Magic exists and can be powerful, but it takes extreme dedication to learn, extorts a horrible price, and is slow to conjure.

Now is the time for your characters to walk down mean streets, drenched in rain, hidden in fog, and unravel mysteries, murders, and villainy.

The print version is a 6" x 9" softcover book with black & white interiors running 104 pages. It is otherwise the same as the PDF version.

Head on over to for some sneak peeks:
- of the art;
- multiple opponent rules;
- Qualities;
- some characters and early artwork;
- the Appendices which include the character tracker, pre-made characters, the character sheet, and a map of the city of Everthorn;
- and an example of combat in Sword Noir.

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September 14th, 2011
After reading the game I envision a gritty fantasy mashup of a Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser meets Sons of Anarchy... or the Sapranos. Heck with this rich setting both would rock. The system reminds me of a Fate lite system. It's actually quite elegant. [...]
July 9th, 2011
I have been tinkering with game design for some time. Now that I have read this, well, I can pretty much stop. SEP managed to capture everything I could want out of this genre mesh-up. I really am speechless, it is almost as if my mind was being read [...]
Thomas B. [Featured Reviewer]
June 2nd, 2011
WHAT WORKS: A very professional, yet low-key, presentation, especially for the price. The art and layout aren't fancy, but they both fit the feel of the product. The system is a nice little mish-mash of various systems, but thought has actually gone in [...]
April 24th, 2011
Excellent concept – badly in need of editing, or perhaps just more focus. I like parts of it - the magic system (similar to Amazing Engines’ - For Faerie, Queen & Country), the idea of Sword Noir, and adventures. They were done well. I [...]
Erathoniel W. [Featured Reviewer]
April 8th, 2011
Hoo boy, when they said this was dark and gritty, they weren't kidding. Take everything you know about film noir, only instead of using guns, use swords. Ok, it's maybe not that close, but it's pretty darn close. The hopefulness of this s [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on April 03, 2011.