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A future, unimaginably distant…

The sun, now in its dotage, is a swollen maroon orb. It stutters and blinks. At any moment it may finally go out.

Earth, immensely old… Dig anywhere and find a buried city or the shore of a vanished sea. Deodand-haunted woods stretch from decadent Kaiin to the Land of the Falling Wall. Erbs and grue hunt in the wilds. Isolated villages embrace surprising customs. Larger towns favor debauchery and mincing murder.

Magic, rich and colourful… Enchantment shapes the world. Any dabbler may know a few simple cantraps. Magicians in lavish manses struggle to master Earth's last great spells, while all-powerful cabals intrigue against rivals or plot revenge for ancient feuds.

Enter this vivid world in this roleplaying game authorized by master fantasist Jack Vance. Here, the importance of a flashing sword is matched by nimble wits, persuasive words, and a fine sense of fashion. Create an adventurer for any of three different kinds of stories:

  • a typical mortal, such as Cugel the Clever, surviving by wits and cunning;
  • an ambitious magician searching for lost lore, like Turjan of Miir;
  • a supreme mage to rank with Rhialto the Marvellous, commanding the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins

Created by Robin D. Laws and John Snead, The Dying Earth RPG features easy, fast-playing rules that encourage creativity and interaction. This core rulebook contains everything you need to play a one-shot or campaign set in this evocative world.

No knowledge of Jack Vance's work is needed for play, but fans of the stories will enjoy the badinage, as well as the comprehensive summary of the world's places, creatures, and known spells.

Praise for The Dying Earth RPG:

"Pick of GenCon: Dying Earth. Of all the new RPGs at GenCon, the one I want to run most is Dying Earth. It's extremely stylish, which, of course, a game based on the Dying Earth ought to be. The detail that won me over is that characters need to do different things to "recharge" depending on which skills they've been using."
Jonathan Tweet, D&D 3rd edition author

"In a flood of fantasy fiction and games, there are fewer and fewer that are truly exciting, exotic, and strange. The Dying Earth is all of those, and exciting, too; reading over the rules makes you WANT to plunge into life and adventure in the setting---even if you've never read any of Jack Vance's delightful fiction! If you have, of course, the game skillfully expands, rounds out, and suggests new trails to adventure...in a setting that is at once whimsical, sinister, gloriously cynical and colorful, eccentric, and oh, so polite. A superb game and setting that could easily provide delightful play in a campaign lasting decades!"
Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms

"Hell, just buy it for the read -it's that good!"
Review of the game rpg.net

"[DERPG] is so well written that it could make even a group of strangers to the books play a perfect game of Dying Earth."
Review of the game rpg.net

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Jacob S January 22, 2024 4:58 pm UTC
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Having gotten into the novels and running a DCC Dying Earth game now, I am buying these core rules and hoping that all the books become POD, which I will buy all of if that happens. Also letting Pelgrane k ow there are people still interested in this!
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Harald H January 11, 2023 12:17 am UTC
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This is a great game and everyone should have it.
There are three large campaigns (Footsteps of Fools, Fields of Silver and the assorted Kaijin Valley adventures) that are all both good to read and to play.
Highly recommended.
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W. A September 02, 2022 10:14 pm UTC
Any plans on making the DE books POD? I'm sure there are still a lot of people out there willing to buy them in print. Me, plenty of people is me, and hopefully others.
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Pelgrane P September 05, 2022 6:44 pm UTC
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We are currently working on making the Dying Earth books PoD.
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Ilias L September 14, 2022 12:15 pm UTC
That is great news.
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W. A September 17, 2022 12:56 am UTC
That would be fantastic. Truly, a wise decision bespeaking a clever mind and refined countenance.
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W. A November 19, 2022 4:59 am UTC
Any chance of this happening before Christmas, so I can get some of those PODs on my holiday wishlist?
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Pelgrane P November 28, 2022 4:28 pm UTC
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If there are no issues with the rest of the process it's possible this could be ready for Christmas.
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Scott G March 21, 2023 4:08 pm UTC
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Are these going to be available PoD soon? I would love to have printed copies.
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Pelgrane P March 22, 2023 5:26 pm UTC
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We thought we'd set this up already, but maybe not. We'll check where we got to and push on with getting this up and running.
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john T March 29, 2023 2:15 pm UTC
I'm certainly interested as well. These books are great and not easy to find
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Ilias L April 10, 2023 12:03 pm UTC
waiting warmly.
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W. A May 12, 2023 1:39 am UTC
I'm guessing this must be harder than you guys thought. On the bright side, we're seeing some real interest in this thread, so it's clear you'll get some sales once it's all done.
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Pelgrane P May 12, 2023 4:08 pm UTC
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We hit a snag with one of the key fonts used no longer being available, so we're working on finding another font that doesn't throw out the layout.
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Jacob S August 11, 2023 11:16 am UTC
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Just got into Dying Earth, almost halfway through the stories and have the Dungeon Crawl Classics books. I would also buy this RPG.
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W. A October 01, 2023 3:44 am UTC
I am sure they are still working on this, I have faith Pelgrane won't refuse us this great game POD - right?
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W. A November 10, 2023 3:54 am UTC
So, any chance of us getting those POD options by this Christmas?
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W. A December 03, 2023 12:55 am UTC
Super excited to see the core book offered on POD! Are other books following suit? Do I have to buy a copy of the core book to convince you to put the others up POD as well? Because if that's the cost, I'll do it - after Christmas.
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Andrew M July 13, 2016 7:43 pm UTC
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No bookmarks??? What the. Someone's review on here mentioned "decent high level bookmarks" -- my download has none.
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Pelgrane P July 29, 2016 1:11 am UTC
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Thanks for the feedback. We've updated the PDF download now, so if you redownload the PDF, you'll be able to see the bookmarks.
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Andrew M August 13, 2016 2:07 pm UTC
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Thanks, Simon! Great stuff.
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