I received this e-mail from Bundle of Holding today – Shadow of the Demon Lord – http://bundleofholding.com/presents/2020DemonLord and Demon Lord Legacy Bundles – http://bundleofholding.com/presents/DemonLegacies. I haven’t played the game, but Wikipedia has this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_of_the_Demon_Lord. This is listed as horror fantasy although it mentions the apocalypse further down in the description. I am not a fan of these types of games in general. Based on the description in Wikipedia, I wouldn’t play the game.
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HERO MAGAZINES BUNDLE ENDS TONIGHT!
Today is your last chance to get our HERO Magazines Bundle with vintage HERO System periodicals and the rulebooks they support. This bargain-priced offer marks the debut of new .PDF image scans of Adventurers Club magazine (27 issues, 1983-1995) and hundreds of articles from the APAzine Haymaker (1992-2014). Along with Digital Hero (also included in this offer), these magazines supported five different editions of Champions, The Super Roleplaying Game and the HERO System across 25 years. Soooo — in case you don’t have them all to hand, we’ve also added every Champions rulebook from 1E (1981) through the Fifth Revised Edition (“FRED,” 2005). This whole Heroic mountain comprises almost exactly 8,000 pages. It’s a US$274.50 retail value for just about $28.50 — but these HERO Magazines get cancelled tonight! (Er, that just means the offer ends. Nothing will happen to the magazines.)
THE FOUL LEGACIES OF THE LANDS IN SHADOW
Through Monday, November 9 the October Horrors continue as we present two offers — the revived May 2017 Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle and its all-new companion, Demon Lord Legacies — featuring Shadow of the Demon Lord, the dark fantasy RPG from Schwalb Entertainment of grim heroism against a cosmic destroyer. In this fast-playing, low-prep March 2015 Kickstarter success, desperate heroes battle strange magic, unhinged cultists, and roaming mobs of undead while humanity’s last great empire slides toward oblivion.
Shadow designer Rob Schwalb’s long experience on the Wizards of the Coast Dungeons & Dragons design team (both Third and Fifth Editions), as well as his work on A Song of Ice and Fire, Dark Heresy, Numenera, Star Wars Saga Edition, and many other games, shows well in Shadow of the Demon Lord. The game removes time-consuming front-end obstacles to an intense experience. The Gamemaster decides your characters’ starting level; character creation is streamlined and fast (and you can add or change character paths organically during play); an elegant bonus system of Boons and Banes, and a combat round with “fast turns” and “slow turns,” both streamline play. But most important is the inbuilt front-loaded Demon Lord campaign structure.
As Rob explained in a March 2017 YouTube interview with The Brewery, “You know the best part of your fantasy campaign — the one where Orcus is clawing his way out of the Abyss to wreak havoc on the world? Or Asmodeus has finally hatched his nefarious plan, or Tiamat has just hatched all her baby dragons and the world is about to end, and it’s down to your heroes to stop that from happening? You know that really cool part you never get to see because you set it up for level 20, and it’s so far off on the horizon that your group breaks up after two and a half months, and you never ever get there? Demon Lord is the best part of the campaign, dragged kicking and screaming toward the front of the game. So you’re only playing in the coolest parts of your fantasy world. The ‘Demon Lord’ is this umbrella term for whatever awful thing is about to visit your particular setting. So it lets you experience all the horror and wonder that comes from big cosmic devourers, and rains of frogs, and organs coming from the sky, or the sun turning black and poisoning the land.”
The Demon Lord bundle’s original May 2017 run prompted glowing writeups like The Dread Gazebo’s “10 Great Reasons Why You Should Give Shadow of the Demon Lord a Try,” and extravagant praise on Reddit’s /r/rpg subreddit and the RPG.net forums. If you love Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Ravenloft and Midnight settings, Joe Abercrombie’s The First Law novels, or heavy metal music, you’ll want to confront the Void That Hungers — or, as star designer Kenneth Hite describes it, “Pure Spikey Caustic Red-Hot Squirming Deliquescing Rugose Gonna-Bite-Your-Fingers-Off Horned Fetid Monstrous EVIL.”
In the past, each time we’ve run Demon Lord offers, a bunch of customers would buy just the Starter Collection, then email us asking to upgrade their purchase to the complete lineup. Now you can upgrade right on the Bundle site, without needing to email us. Try a small taste of the Demon Lord (eww!), and if you like the flavor, you can get the rest of the offer friction-free.
DEMON LORD LEGACIES [all-new]
This all-new Demon Lord Legacies companion to the original May 2017 Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle (see below) adds the recent major expansion Occult Philsophy plus path supplements, new foes, and an unspeakable horde of smaller Monstrous and Poisoned Pages. Pay just US$9.95 to get all twenty-six titles in this offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $52) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- Five Legacies of Shadow that reveal forgotten terrors back to wreak havoc in the land of Rûl: Black Sun Dawn, Curse of the Spider Wood, In the Emperor’s Secret Service, Men of Gog, and Scions of the Betrayer
- Four Paths of Shadow character supplements for warrior, priest, magician, and rogue: Bred for Battle, Called to Serve, In Pursuit of Power, and Natural Born Scoundrels
- No less than 17 Poisoned Pages rules expansions that let you play gnomes, werewolves, centaurs, and fungus-people, and teach you new ways to get corrupted or go insane
And if you pay more than this offer’s threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, you’ll level up and also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with twenty-three more titles worth an additional $50.50, including the 200-page magic expansion Occult Philosophy, the complete campaign Queen of Gold: Tales of the Pirate Isles, and nearly two dozen Monstrous Pages, a bestiary series with titles like Wretched and Unclean, Foulest Reptiles, Noisome Beasts, and Horrific Parasites. Yum!
SHADOW OF THE DEMON LORD [from May 2017]
If you’re new to the game, start with this Shadow of the Demon Lord Bundle, originally presented in May 2017 and previously revived in October 2018. Pay just US$9.95 to get all five titles in this revived offer’s Starter Collection (retail value $42), including the complete 278-page Shadow of the Demon Lord corebook, the Demon Lord’s Companion, the Uncertain Faith sourcebook of divine magic, and the fine introductory adventure Dark Deeds in Last Hope.
Pay more than this revival’s threshold (average) price ($19.95 to start) to also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with seven more delicious gobbets of evil worth an additional $55. What’s in these sourcebooks? The titles speak for themselves: Hunger in the Void, Tombs of the Desolation, A Glorious Death, Terrible Beauty, and Exquisite Agony. Plus, Tales of the Demon Lord is a collection of 11 low-prep adventures across the Northern Reach, and the Demon Lord Screen gives you all the charts you need.
Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) for these two Shadow of the Demon Lord offers will be donated to the charity designated by Demon Lord designer Robert J. Schwalb, the Wildlife Conservation Society. WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.
Soon all hope will be lost as the world trembles at the Demon Lord’s onslaught. Until then, have some fun with these two Demon Lord offers before they succumb to darkness Monday, November 9.
DEMON LORD LEGACIES [all-new]
SHADOW OF THE DEMON LORD [from May 2017]
DEMON LORD RESOURCES
- Schwalb Entertainment’s Shadow of the Demon Lord page
- Shadow of the Demon Lord Cult, Facebook’s best place to get official rulings
- The thriving Shadow of the Demon Lord Discord channel
- Pregenerated SotDL characters (World Builder Blog)
- Reddit/r/rpg advice to new Shadow of the Demon Lord gamemasters
- “Shadow of the Demon Lord experiences and pitfalls?” (January 2017 RPG.net forum thread with lots of good starting advice)
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