Against the Darkmaster - a new Epic Fantasy MERP-inspired game

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Against the Darkmaster - a new Epic Fantasy MERP-inspired game

Post by topramesk » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:09 pm

Hi everyone, we’re really thrilled to introduce our new game: Against the Darkmaster
We’ve been working hard on it, and we just released a completely revised version of our Quickstart Rules.

So, what are we talking about?

Against the Darkmaster is a d100 based, Epic Fantasy game, built for high adventure and heroic actions.
It’s inspired by the great, classic fantasy sagas (like The Lord of the Rings, The Sword of Shannara or The Wheel of Time); 80s fantasy movies (like Dragonslayer, The Beastmaster or Krull); the Power Metal aesthetics; and the great MERP/Rolemaster family of games.

The game doesn't have a setting of its own, but it's built with these sources of inspiration in mind, so it would be the perfect fit for those wanting to play in Tolkien's Middle Earth or similar settings.

It started out as a simple fan-made revision of MERP, a collection of house rules and rulings straight out of our games. However, we soon realized that our project was growing on its own, and becoming something completely different. We had changed and rewritten so many things, that we now had in our hands a new game.
So, Against the Darkmaster still shows its original roots but, rather than being a simple revision or clone of an older game, it’s something completely new.

Here are the core elements of Against the Darkmaster:

Unified Mechanics: Against the Darkmaster uses a simple underlying mechanic for everything: you roll a percentile dice, add your bonus, and confront the result with a table to see the outcome of your character’s action.
This makes the system very easy to learn and run, and allows for fast play, without having to sacrifice detail.

Customizable Characters: characters are created by combining different Kins and Cultures with Vocations and Background Options. This allows you to build extremely varied playing characters, and helps you bringing your character to life by letting you define the core elements of his past.

Flexible Magic System: an open magic system, that lets every character dabble into spell casting, regardless of his Vocation, and where specialists can Warp their spells, to obtain extraordinarily powerful effects.

Bloody Tactical Combat: Maim, stun and kill your foes! Completely revised Attack Tables and Critical Strikes make combat fast and brutal. In Against the Darkmaster every blow could be lethal, so pick you fights and tactics wisely.

Travel & Exploration: travel has always played an important role in fantasy sagas, and in Against the Darkmaster each journey is an adventure on itself. Your characters will wander through wilderness and Darklands, face dangerous hazards, and find refuge in those few Safe Havens that still manage to resist the pernicious influence of the Darkmaster.

Character-Driven Play: a Passions & Drive system, designed to bring characters motivations and goals into play, helps you forge your character’s destiny exclusively through your choices, without compromising roleplaying immersion.

But there’s much more to it, as you will see by heading to our website and downloading the FREE Quickstart Rules of the game, containing everything you need to create your heroes and start your adventure against the hordes of the Darkmaster.
From the same page you can download the character sheets, a free introductory scenario (The Beast of Willow Lake), and six pregenerated characters, to strat playing immediately!

Let us know what you think about it, don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, and stay tuned for more news about the game!
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Against the Darkmaster: the classic RPG of High Fantasy Adventure

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