Occult Philosophy | A Sourcebook for Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG

Become a Master of Magic with Occult Philosophy for Shadow of the Demon Lord

Occult Philosophy | A Sourcebook for Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG***Print-on-Demand Coming Soon!

The biggest, most extensive, most ambitious release for Shadow of the Demon Lord so far, Occult Philosophy kicks down the doors and unleashes over 800 spells into your games. With new options for the 39 existing traditions plus the brand-new Madness tradition, this book is a must have for master, novices, and, yes, even expert fans of the game. In addition, this book supplies you with over 20 new expert paths, 40 new master paths, and a bundle of delicious creatures for conjuration and control. The Demon Lord is on the way. Grab this book and put an end to the nightmare affecting your world!

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Shadow of the Demon Lord - revised edition cover

Shadow of the Demon Lord Core Book: List of Revisions

Shadow of the Demon Lord - revised edition cover

As many of you probably know, we took Shadow of the Demon Lord back to print and used the chance to hammer down a few nails that had gotten loose. While you can enjoy the game without updated the book, many of you have asked for a list of changes so they can be current on the rules. Well, here you go. Thanks so much for your continued support and keep on fighting the Demon Lord!

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Occult Philosophy | A Sourcebook for Shadow of the Demon Lord RPGIf you haven’t yet heard, I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign in November (the 12th) to crowdsource the production for a new and sexy supplement for Shadow of the Demon Lord. So far, I’ve been able to produce a slew of high-quality digital products that shine lights on various ancestries and spots on the map, reveal details about terrifying creatures, to say nothing of the many adventures available for the game. However, Occult Philosophy is a different sort of beast.

What is It?

Clocking in at around 192 pages with about 800 spells, a dozen or so critters, plus twenty to thirty paths, it’s the biggest release for the game since Shadowcame out around three years ago. A book of this size has a pile of expenses, including art, editing, proofing, layout, and graphic design. And, if the campaign does well enough, we’ll do an off-set print run too.

Q&A

I’m going to make up a few general questions and answer them. In future installments, I’ll get into the nuts and bolts of the book.

Eight hundred spells? Have they been tested?

Yes. I ran a limited playtest with tons of respondents who took the spells out for a spin in their games. From the feedback along with the testers’ insights, I adjusted the design to ensure that they fit the game and work well alongside other spells.

Do spells cover ranks 0 to 5? Do they go higher?

Yep! One of my earliest goals for this book was to reveal magic’s true extent in the setting. Each tradition receives expansions to the basic rank 0 to 5 spells, but also includes a pair of rank 6 spells along with one of each for ranks 7 through 10.

Do we get any new traditions?

For sure. I included one new tradition to bring the tradition count up to 42 (the most important number of all). Madness joins the other traditions, offering ways for you to harness your Insanity and weave it into magic to produce spectacular effects. There’s an Elder Gods vibe to these spells too, and, as a result, raises a few new questions about the game’s cosmology.

How about paths?

Of course! We’re including some guidance for playing characters beyond level 10 (building on the method described in Forbidden Rules). I’m also including a slew of expert and master paths. Expert paths, as usual, ground characters in the setting but also speak to specific traditions or pairs of traditions. Master paths offer alternative takes to mastering the various forms of magic, while also offering options to players who concern themselves with the methods of casting—implements for example.

What about relics and enchanted objects?

I had planned to include a chapter on each, but I ran out of room. I have a product in mind called The Vault of the Demon Lord, which includes new options for enchanted objects, relics, and trinkets. This book gets unlocked as a stretch goal.

What’s your favorite spell in Occult Philosophy?

Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’m pretty partial to them all. Here’s a cool one from the Battle tradition.

God of War                                                Battle Utility 10

Duration 8 hours

Magical power flows into you, transforming you into a god of war. You become bigger, stronger, and far more menacing. Your eyes glow with malice and blood paints your body. Any creature that can see you when you transform must get a success on a Will challenge roll with 3 banes or gain 1d3 Insanity. Until the spell ends, gain the following benefits:

  • You gain a +50 bonus to Health
  • You cannot gain Insanity
  • You make attack rolls with 3 boons
  • Your attacks with weapons deal 5d6 extra damage
  • You impose 3 banes on the attack rolls made by creatures against you
  • At the end of each round, each creature you choose within your reach takes 3d6 damage

Aftereffect You must make a Will challenge roll with 5 banes. On a failure, you gain 3d6 Insanity and take a –1d6 penalty to Power that lasts for 1 week and 1 day. If you would go mad as a result of this Insanity gain, you suffer Battle Madness (see Shadow, page 118) as normal, but the madness ends only on a roll of a 6 and you take 2d6 damage at the end of each round until the madness ends.

 

Shadow of the Demon Lord Player’s Guide

Player's Guide | Shadow of the Demon Lord RPGSometimes the world needs heroes, but sometimes, the world takes anyone it can get. Whether you’re playing an unhinged wizard armed with dark magic or a valiant champion fighting in the name of the New God, a shifty-eyed changeling, or a malicious goblin, in these dark times, all must come together if the Demon Lord would be stopped. Now is your time to make a difference, to take a stand against the demon, the cultist, the monster, and the chaos. It falls to you and a group of mismatched others to do your part to save the world.

Drawn from the pages of Shadow of the Demon Lord, the Player’s Guide includes everything you need to create and play a character in a world gone mad. Inside you’ll find:

  • Complete character creation rules letting you choose from humans, changelings, clockworks, dwarfs, and orcs, along with numerous tables to help you create interesting characters in little to no time at all.
  • All the rules you need to know in order to fight the shadow and stay alive.
  • Advancement options for novice, expert, and master characters.
  • Pages of gear covering everything from weapons to incantations.
  • 330 spells divided between 30 traditions of magic.

The Demon Lord’s shadow creeps across the world, sparking war, upheaval, and chaos. Now is the time for heroes to seize their destinies, villains to accomplish their despicable goals, and everyone else to fight for their survival. In this game, you and your friends can tells stories about thwarting the plots of insane cultists, hunting down and destroying bizarre demons, uncovering lost lands, investigation weird mysteries, and more. You just need your imagination!

You can buy the PDF from Schwalb Entertainment or DriveThruRPG!

Coming in print soon!

Beyond the World's Edge: A Supplement for Freeport Shadow of the Demon LordGo Beyond the Edge of the World!

What’s beyond the Auroral Ocean? Where did the human conquerors come from? Is there anything north of the Desolation? What awaits those who set sail across the Nyxian? The answers to these questions and more are contained inside this expansion to the world of Shadow of the Demon Lord.

Each chapter goes beyond the edge of the map, offering a plethora of strange places inhabited by stranger denizens that characters might befriend or overcome. Loaded with adventure ideas and new creatures, this book will inspire Game Masters to take their campaigns Beyond the World’s Edge!

Grab a copy from Schwalb Entertainment or DriveThruRPG today!

Or buy it in print here!