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Against the Darkmaster Player's Handbook


What makes a hero? Is it destiny? The unwavering determination to stand up for all that is good? The audacity of doing the impossible? Or just the tales bards weave to captivate their audience?

Whatever you think the correct answer is, in this Player's Handbook you'll find everything you need to create your hero and join the fight Against the Darkmaster. We’ve collected all the player-facing rules in the Against the Darkmaster Core Rules and the spells in the Grimoire to give you a book that would be easier to carry around and reference during play.

In other words, you can think of this Player’s Handbook as your trusty backpack, containing just what you need to venture forth in a world of high adventure. 


  • Character creation rules
  • Adventuring and Traveling rules
  • Tactical combat and brutal Critical Strikes
  • Flexible magic system with over 300 spells


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Damien L September 23, 2022 11:53 pm UTC
I ordered 4 copies at the end of Aug and on Sep 4 was told:
"Product Against the Darkmaster Player's Handbook is on hold."

So I asked why and on Sep 6 was told:
"We're sorry you ran into some problems with your order.
Our Publisher Service team has been contacted and will be working to correct this issue as soon as possible. We will contact you when we hear back from them. If you would rather not wait we would be happy to process a refund for you - just let us know."

Then on Sep 13 was told:
"We apologize for your continued inconvenience.
This may take a little time to get resolved, as new proofs might be required. We will keep you updated as we receive new notifications."

and I haven't heard since.
It's definitely disappointing but hopefully they sort out the problem and the POD option returns (and I get my copies).
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Richard H September 25, 2022 12:51 pm UTC
Thanks for that Damien!
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Jeffrey W September 22, 2022 11:52 pm UTC
Waitaminute - I was just trying to talk some players into this game, and now the POD is gone?
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Anthony Christopher H September 06, 2022 10:11 pm UTC
Where has the hardcover gone? I was just about to place my order!
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Gabriel C September 04, 2022 1:02 pm UTC
Would love a GM's book too - and POD for both!
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Alessandro M August 19, 2022 6:55 pm UTC
It is simply a darn good game. The final edition of MERP/RM.
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Edwin Mark D August 12, 2022 11:14 am UTC
Am I right in thinking this is just Rolemaster/MERP reskinned? The artwork, fonts and style all look exactly like it.
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Jeffrey W August 18, 2022 2:21 pm UTC
It is basically a MERP Retroclone. And a darn good one.
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Richard H August 09, 2022 6:23 am UTC
A companion GM's Handbook would be appreciated as your core rulebook is just unwieldy!
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Ilias L August 08, 2022 3:36 pm UTC
Will there be a game master's guide as well?
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File Last Updated:
June 29, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on August 08, 2022.
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