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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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Cabaret of the Grotesque: A Master Adventure for Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG

Cabaret of the Grotesque: A Master Adventure

Cabaret of the Grotesque: A Master Adventure for Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG

Every city has its secrets, and the one in which Underside sprawls is no different. People make signs against evil and visibly shudder whenever the dark neighborhood is mentioned, for they know it as a lawless warren of the disaffected, misfits, freaks, and outcasts. Rumors concerning the goings-on in Underside run the gamut: from tales of giant rats stealing unattended children; to vicious gangs free to do as they will; to the mysterious Crimson King, who puts on a sinister show known as the Cabaret of the Grotesque. Underside has few defenders, and though the people forced to live in this neighborhood endure terrible hardships and suffering, they have nowhere else to go. But as evil’s influence grows on the streets and the shadows darken, some believe that Underside’s time is coming to an end and that steps must be taken to reclaim this wayward community and put a stop to the unchecked horror worming its way through the lives of the innocent and guilty alike.

Cabaret of the Grotesque is a Shadow of the Demon Lord adventure for a group of master characters who are drawn into the seedy underbelly of a large city. As they explore Underside, the group can uncover many threats to the good of the city beyond. If they choose right, they might change the city’s course. If they choose wrong, they might doom the entire world!

Get your copy on Schwalb Entertainment or DriveThruRPG today!

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.

 

A Guided Shadow of the Demon Lord Adventure for Novice Characters

Designed and Produced by Erik Frankhouse

When a volcano’s eruption sends the people of a remote village fleeing into the tunnels under the mountain, the player characters must struggle to survive against myriad threats, such as foul monsters, starvation, and perils posed by a deadly environment. A guided adventure, this scenario features audio tracks to make it a breeze to prepare and run the adventure. Salamanders, a deranged brood mother, and an fearsome temple await the player characters in Fires Hunger!

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Welcome to Disciples of the Demon Lord! This new program offers a digital platform for people to create adventures for Shadow of the Demon Lord. Have a great adventure idea? You can now publish it. Everything you need to produce the adventure is available at DriveThruRPG. With the tools we have provided, you can unleash the full horror of your creativity onto the world. We’re thrilled to open up Shadow of the Demon Lord to the community who has embraced the game. And, we can’t wait to see what you come up with to speed Urth to its end. You can find out more information about the Disciples program here and here.

New Releases

The first releases for the Disciples of the Demon Lord program include Salt and Sacrifice by Jerry LeNeave and Ben Menard, a tight light adventure that features carnivorous fish people and human sacrifice. Also, we have Cold Wind to Valhalla by Nat Webb, an investigation into the murder of a notable citizen. Going with the release, Webb has also dropped the City of Lorden Gazetteer, which details the city.