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In Darkest Warrens (Ultimate Edition)

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IN DARKEST WARRENS - ULTIMATE EDITION is a minimalist fantasy roleplaying game whose basic rules cover two pages, including a bestiary and introductory adventure. All you need is some six-sided dice, paper, pencils and, of course, a bunch of buddies to play with. 

The Ultimate Edition includes even more bang for your buck, with a Referee Guide, collating rules from two supplements, and Darkholme, a town setting - perfect for starting your campaign. Here's what else you get in this slim package:

  • All the rules you need, including character advancement for campaign play
  • Five classes: warrior, rogue, barbarian, mage and ranger
  • Six optional races: Human, elf, dwarf, halfling, half-orc, and dragonkin 
  • A bestiary containing 23 fiendish monsters to throw at your players
  • Super easy resolution system - all you need is a single d6
  • An introductory adventure: The Cow of Boburn
  • Rules for travelling, traps and adventuring
  • A one-page setting - Darkholme, filled with hooks to get you playing
  • Cleaned up and modified rules
  • Fantastic art from Stinky Goblin

Print the rules right out and use them for reference at the table. Perfect for a pick-up and play game.

What's In Darkest Warrens all about?

  • Rulings, not rules: IDW doesn't give you every rule you need (it's only 4 pages, after all) so players and referees are expected to be interpretive and creative when it comes to rules that aren't covered. 
  • Player creativity over character stats: There are no lists of skills and feats in the game. Players will rely on their ingenuity and lateral thinking to overcome challenges. Referees will reward cleverness and creativity.
  • Easily compatable with old school material: IDW rules are hyperlite, making it easy to run your favourite adventures with minimal fuss. 
  • Simple to run: You can read over the rules and hit the table in a short space of time. The rules are easy to remember, too.

Updates from the original edition

If you're a fan of the original game, here are some of the changes made to the basic rules:

  • Creatures in the bestiary no longer have to use an action to use their abilities - most have innate special rules now
  • Mages and Barbarians can now only wear hide armour, but Barbarians have increased in wounds
  • Advanced combat has been cleaned up to get rid of a couple of troublesome rules
  • Gain 2 wounds when levelling rather than 1. Also some xp reward levels have changed
  • Death rules have changed to increase game tension
 
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Juan R April 21, 2020 7:09 pm UTC
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Aside from a few typos here and there, this game is what I was looking for... simple and straightforward rules all contained in a few pages.

Scott, maybe next update include your Kingdom of Thaw expansion? Thanks!
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Camarada S April 21, 2020 4:26 pm UTC
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May I ask anyone for some clarification? When the text states "1 wound per half class level rounded up", what should we understand? Is it like in "1 coin per half pint of ale"? So "2 wounds/coins per class level/pint of ale", or the opposite? The "rounded up" part is confusing me, probably because I'm not a native english speaker... Thanks in advance!
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scott M April 22, 2020 7:30 am UTC
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Hey - it just means that you're healing 1 extra wound every 2 levels. So if I'm a level 3 mage I heal 2 wounds (half of my level rounded up). Hope that helps
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Camarada S April 26, 2020 4:16 pm UTC
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Of course it helps, crystal clear now! Lots of thanks.
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Tns S April 19, 2020 11:19 am UTC
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Perfectly packed bundle of fun, fast-paced good ol' gaming with a refined and modern flavour. Perfect for a zero-prep session, with an easy character generation system and a pregenerated environment that makes for a quick setup, but also great for a longer campaign, with a great character advancement and a whole bunch of advanced options.
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Pablo G April 17, 2020 3:54 am UTC
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Hey, nice to see that you took some of my suggestions! But I wasn't expecting a whole new game!! Well, it's a more balanced and play-worthy version of the already amazing original. With a few extra pages, it's reached the complexity of any Dungeons & Dragons-style game but still focused on the essence of it, so far from getting bogged down in the rules. More freedom, more fun. I do believe IDW (UE) is the best "D&D clone" there is!
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Dave S March 31, 2020 7:50 am UTC
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Scott, please consider adding a version number somewhere. (i.e. "v1.0.2" or similar).
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scott M March 31, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Noted!
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Iain M March 30, 2020 11:21 am UTC
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Snapped up the Ultimate Edition as soon as advertised as we've had a lot of fun with the original. Best on the block for introducing neophytes to the joys of RPG and keeps oldies on our toes too. Excellent work Scott.
PS Many thanks for the promptness of the update, where would we be without torches?!
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scott M March 31, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for your support Iain. I know, the elves would have taken over the world
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Ken S March 29, 2020 7:21 pm UTC
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IMHO, Scott delivers the finest fantasy gaming experience of any English frp author. If I weren't devoted to my own system, I would totally be a Scott Malthouse fan. I am anyway, just not totally---ha ha ha ha! The price is right. The quality is exceptional. Get this game. I did. --Ken St. Andre
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scott M March 29, 2020 7:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Ken, that's really made my day. Really appreciate it - means a lot coming from you. Stay well, my friend
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