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Shadow of the Demon Lord

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The End Is Just the Beginning

Sometimes the world needs heroes. But in the desperation of these last days, the world will take all those it can get: heroes, blackguards, madmen, and whoever else is willing to stand against the coming darkness. Will you fight the demons or will you burn it all down and dance among the ashes? Who will you become when the world dies? 

Shadow of the Demon Lord® opens a door to an imaginary world held in the grip of a cosmic destroyer. Enter a land steeped in the chaos and madness unleashed by the end times, with whole realms overrun by howling herds of beastmen, warped spirits freed from the Underworld, and unspeakable horrors stirred awaken by the Demon Lord’s imminent arrival. 

A complete tabletop roleplaying game in one book, Shadow of the Demon Lord provides everything you need to create and play characters, form groups in pursuit of adventure, and tell exciting stories with your friends. As well, the book gives Game Masters all the tools they need to create adventures, over one hundred foul creatures, a detailed region of the campaign world, and extensive advice to help run the game.

As the Demon Lord’s shadow creeps across the world, it creates the chance for heroes to seize their destinies and villains to accomplish their despicable goals. As you play the game, you and your friends tell stories about thwarting the plots of twisted cultists, hunting down and destroying bizarre demons, exploring lost lands, investigating weird mysteries, and so much more.

 
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Matt M September 21, 2017 4:38 pm UTC
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I still see three previous versions of the book in my library, so my question is this; is the "compressed" version just supposed to be a smaller file size option for those with limited disk space?
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Matt P September 21, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
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I’m having the same issues. Very dark in color making it hard to read and no bookmarks to navigate the PDF
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Christopher R September 19, 2017 11:44 am UTC
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Also having issues with the updated version. It's noticeably harder to read, there is only a compressed version available, and no version without a BG. Makes reading on an ebook reader very difficult.
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Federico C September 16, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
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Besides lacking bookmarks, the new version's background is also darker and makes it more difficult to read the text.
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Fernand G September 15, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
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It looks like today's updated PDF (2017-09-15) lacks a clickable index and table of contents.
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Andrew B February 28, 2017 2:25 am UTC
I think this is mainly a DriveThruRPG/RPGnow thing, but considering the newfound pervasiveness of this setting and its supplementary products, and the uniqueness of its system, shouldn't the "Shadow of the Demon Lord" Rule System have its own tag(s) by now? I don't know how to address this myself in any other way, but I think it would be useful, and fitting, for this material.
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Konstantinos P December 18, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
I'm bit confused! While most of Sotdl books are available as POD, the core is not! I know that we have the option to buy form the official site but shipping costs are out of the question. Will we ever see the day of a simple POD?
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Luke W December 18, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
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See the comment right below this one :)
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Matt K December 18, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
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Indeed, as mentioned in the previous comment, there should be options to buy from UK / European retailers, with minimum shipping costs to Europe (assuming that's where you live?).
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Matteo T September 29, 2016 1:28 pm UTC
There will be POD version/option?
Where I live obtain the traditional paper version is no longer an option.
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Luke W September 29, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
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There isn't at the moment. But you can order a print version from Sxhwalb Entertainment direct that should be able to be delivered to anywhere DTRPG can deliver their POD books.
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Matteo T September 30, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Yes, I saw that. But shipping costing more than the book is, as I've said, not an option :/
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Luke W September 30, 2016 9:00 am UTC
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There will be other options out there. Where have you looked? https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Demon-SDL1000-Robert-Schwalb/dp/1495168867/

The other benefit is the book will be quite a bit cheaper (by $10-20 IME) than a colour POD here, so maybe the shipping cost washes out somewhat.
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Matt K September 30, 2016 9:04 am UTC
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Where do you live?
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Luke W September 30, 2016 9:22 am UTC
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New Zealand. The land where shipping costs are often greater than the product :)
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Matteo T September 30, 2016 10:04 am UTC
On Schwalb site the book is at $49 and the shipping to Italy is at $49. No convenience at all.
Amazon list it at €110 plus shipping cost from US. (We can buy only from Amazon.it)
maybe ebay...
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Matteo T September 30, 2016 10:05 am UTC
Italy.
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Matt K September 30, 2016 11:53 am UTC
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You can buy it at Ludarati (UK store) and looks like they'll ship it to Italy for only £5. £43 in total (about €50).

http://www.ludoraticafestore.com/shadow-of-the-demon-lord-rpg-core-book.html
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Luke W September 30, 2016 6:14 pm UTC
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Nice.
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SengKok L September 06, 2016 7:01 am UTC
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It would be nice to have a bundle of the supplements and a bundle of the adventures at a small discount. I am planning to get all of them eventually but if there is a small savings by buying them all at one go that would be an easy decision.
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Marcelino S September 04, 2016 5:03 am UTC
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One of the best games I've played in a long time. I love this game. I love the concept. I love the art. I love the world. I just want a way to buy supplements in bundles because I am lost at how many their are and what I need. I'm not saying I want a lower price just an easier way to get everything. Because of how good the game is I want everything. And I want a hard copy of everything too. I know I'm asking too much. However you guys have a great game and I can't wait to see where it goes.
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Charles M May 19, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
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I've played the game a few times and enjoyed it enough to pick up a copy.

The PDF isn't bad, but it's still is just an electronic version of the book. The two column layout may work for the paper version, but it kind-of sucks electronically. Viewing on a smartphone (or even mid sized tablet) is a squinty affair that results in lots of zooming and panning.

And while there is a table of contents, there are no hyperlinks. The page numbers of the text index do correspond to the page numbers in the doc, but hyperlinks would have been better.

Also a spell index would have been nice too. The spells are organized by magical tradition rather than alphabetically - which makes it a pain to look up a spell when you don't know what tradition it's from.
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Charles M May 19, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
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Correction: The index is hyperlinked. The PDF reader on my PC does not recognize the links. The one on my tablet does.
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Giulio T April 18, 2016 7:32 am UTC
I was thinking of giving this game a try.

The only thing that hold me back is the career creep in the supplements, that is already here: a bunch of careers in the Companion, along what seems a bunch of "random" rules addition that, IMHO, they could have been squeezed in the main rulebook.
If this game will continue, I would much prefer a rule companion AND a career companion, without the needs of shuffling trough dozens of books.
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May 12, 2016 8:30 am UTC
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They are for the most part optional, or thematic (e.g. Terrible Beauty contains fae characters that wouldn't normally fit in an adventuring party like hobgoblins).

The core book is very much a complete product - only thing I thought missing that's found elsewhere is the halfling character rules in the Companion. The rest is add ons for the keen, worth it but not essential.
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Alan P January 11, 2016 1:50 pm UTC
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While this is most definitely not an "all ages" game, I've found it to be an incredibly compelling setting and system. It's easy to get into, rewards the dreaded multiclassing that some tabletop systems flee from, and allows a huge amount of simple storytelling by preparing the GM with provocative descriptions of spells, creatures, and locations.

Your campaign has a pre-defined end point, so there's not an ongoing and open commitment needed from the players -- they know how many adventures are left before the proverbial doomsday clock hits midnight. In my experience, this means that the players are going to make more impactful choices and will retain more of the overall game experience, and I'm not just talking about experience points.

It's not D&D.

It's not Warhammer Fantasy.

Maybe it's Maybelline?

Nah, it's the Shadow of the Demon Lord.
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Rodrigo C January 10, 2016 9:58 am UTC
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It feels kind of stupid to ask, but what's the difference between the three files?
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January 11, 2016 1:10 am UTC
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One is printer friendly. The other corrects some issues.
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Rodrigo C January 11, 2016 5:02 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Scott M April 28, 2016 2:05 am UTC
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Is there a difference in content between SotDL_Core_PDF_9-11-2015.pdf and SotDL_Core_NOBG_PDF_10-30-2015.pdf?

Sounds like they are the same.
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Luke W April 28, 2016 2:07 am UTC
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SotDL_Core_PDF_9-11-2015.pdf is a later file of the two with small corrections/changed made to it.
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Luke W April 28, 2016 2:21 am UTC
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Sorry I meant SotDL_Core_NOBG_PDF_10-30-2015.pdf is the later one.
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vegar F January 05, 2016 5:43 pm UTC
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I heard that this game was another D&D reskin, so I have ignored it until now.

I recently heard that it was the spiritual successor to warhammer fantasy, and since i love the warhammer games (both fantasy and 40k), i got the book.

I was still disappointed, not too much, but still disappointed.

It retains a lot of flaws from D&D, and only does a few things differently, but these things isnt exactly good. To me, the game comes out as flawed, but in a neat package.

So for people who want to take a break from D&D, mechanical-wise, or simply dislike D&D systems, this game is not for you. But if you want a minor change in mechanics or a change in lore, while still keeping the spirit of D&D, this game could very well be it.
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Matt K January 06, 2016 7:03 am UTC
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Having actually played this game, and coming from a group who has played campaigns in both WFRP (all 3 editions) and D&D (4th and 5th), I couldn't disagree more.

In my eyes, the only thing it really carries over from D&D is the d20 dice. It is far more a WFRP evolution than D&D.

Do you mind sharing which "flaws from D&D" you mention?
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Sylvain P January 07, 2016 4:49 am UTC
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What an odd guy, he wrote the very same thing about Symbaroum, and on the same day. I guess he's on a "post-holidays angst-fueled copy-paste rampage".

On the one hand, he doesn't say why the mechanics are bad. On the other hand, he says that the mechanics are similar to D&D 5e, but just why or how this is a flaw, I have no idea.

Here is what he said about Symbaroum:

""""
This game is a D&D retexture

I'm trying to improve as a GM and is borrowing ideas from many different games, and I've found that D&D is inherently flawed in so many way that I cant mention 1 single reason for why its not good.

I had hoped that Symbaroum had some good concepts, but I see that it retains close to all the flaws from D&D, but set it in a different and interesting setting.

So I cant reccomend the game for people like me, nor people who dislike D&D, but for those who do? it could be a interessting setting...See more
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January 07, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
I'd also be very interested in hearing him elaborate on his points and break them down for either game, or ideally both.
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November 16, 2015 8:34 am UTC
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I really like the look of this game, shame there is no print option though, especially as they are offering Tales of the Demon Lord in print.
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November 16, 2015 4:37 pm UTC
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The books are on a boat from a printer. You will be able to purchase the print copy from your FLGS or SchwalbEntertainment.com in just a couple weeks.
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Stephen B January 06, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
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What about in the UK? No FLGS I know are selling it. And how come we can't get a print copy from DriveThru when your other SotDL books are in print? I'd love to buy this game but I'm still waiting for a print and pdf option.
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Luke W January 06, 2016 7:37 pm UTC
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SotDL is available through distribution in the UK. What UKhave you made order enquiries of? I hear Leisure Ganes and Orcs Nest are both good and I would expect them both to sort you out if you talk to them. Failing that SotDL is available in EU stores like Spharenmeisters (http://www.sphaerenmeisters-spiele.de/epages/15455106.mobile/de_AT/?ObjectPath=/Shops/15455106/Products/SCE001&Locale=de_AT). Its also available through Amazon.SotDL has been so popular it may currently be in the process of being restocked.

As to why the SotDL corebook is not available in POD, the reason is the price would be too high for a book of the same quality as can be obtained though retail, even after factoring in shipping and PDF bundling.
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Stephen B January 14, 2016 1:38 am UTC
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At the time of writing UK shops weren't selling the main rulebook, but as of this week copies are available. Still a shame there is no "bits and mortar" offer. I've ordered a copy of the main rulebook, does anyone know if it's possible to get a pdf free or for a reduced price with proof of purchase?
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Luke W January 14, 2016 2:16 am UTC
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There is no print/PDF bundle currently available.
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March 04, 2016 10:49 am UTC
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Just checked Leisure Games and Orc's Nest: both list this with an RRP of £34.99 but alas 'unavailable'.
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Luke W March 04, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
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Supply is struggling to keep up with demand. I would contact those stores and ask them if they will make an order for more.
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