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“Twilight falls, Davokar darkens.” The goblin Fenya sounded calm, despite the flock of violings that swarmed eagerly around them – the nasty birds could predict bloodshed, they all knew that. Kvarek felt the sweat on his palms threaten his grip on the spear and shouted over his shoulder: “Magdala, faster!” The witch didn’t answer, lost as she was to the sinister harmonies of the ritual, her hands caressing the pillar’s grim stone face.

A loud rumbling echoed through the ruin, as if some giant creature had awoken and stood up from under layer upon layer of stone and soil. “The witch said that the abominations come out at night,” the goblin muttered. Kvarek’s knuckles whitened as he tightened the grip: “No, only that they are hungriest after dark. They are not afraid of the evening sun, and not of …” He was cut short by Magdala’s hoarse voice: “The pillar has answered. I know where to find the mausoleum.”

Then, out of the ruins, the Blight Beast came at them, massive and roaring. Its claws scraped the rocky ground, scouring out deep sores oozing pure corruption, leaving drops of black, mercury-like mildew on moss and stones in its wake.

“We cannot escape this,” said Fenya. Magdala nodded agreement. “Well then,” Kvarek sighed, “this is where we make our stand, for the right to the treasures of Symbaroum!”

Symbaroum invites you to join in the adventure! Explore the vast Forest of Davokar in the hunt for treasures, lost wisdoms and fame. Visit the eleven barbarian clans to trade or to plunder their treasuries. Establish a base of power among princes, guilds or rebellious refugees in the capital city of Yndaros. Or survive encounters with famished Arch Trolls, dark-minded Blight Beasts and undead warlords. But whatever you do, never ignore the warnings spoken by the wardens of the forest: tread carefully and do not disturb the ruins of old, for the dark deep of Davokar is about to awaken.

- A fast-paced and flexible rule-set for creating player characters and acting in the game world

- 5 playable races and 3 archetypes, divided into 15 occupations, as a basis for character creation

- 35 abilities, 25 mystical powers, 33 rituals and a large number of weapons and armors to make each character unique

- Detailed guidelines for how to create adventures; 38 monsters and adversaries, and 19 monstrous traits to arm the characters’ enemies with

- More than 50 pages describing the game world’s history, geography and cultures, focusing on four particular settings: the Forest of Davokar, the fortune hunter’s town of Thistle Hold, the Ambrian capital Yndaros and the cliff of Karvosti where the barbarian clans convene.

- Symbaroum is a complete roleplaying game; all you need to play is paper, pen and a dice set.

- The roleplaying game Symbaroum is suitable for all adventurous humans, goblins and trolls from the age of 12.

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Yonatan S June 12, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Besides being about 50 MBs lighter, what's changed in v1.1.1?
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Goran T October 10, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
Version 1.1.0 is corrupt PDF, both in Foxit and Adobe. Unfortunate.
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Carl L May 01, 2017 5:01 pm UTC
The latest version of the PDF appears to have more image artifacting than prior versions. I realize this was probably a conceit to file-size, but is there any way you could provide access to the higher-detail version as well, for those of us who prefer quality to size?

(For any potential purchasers reading this, don't let it dissuade you - it's only noticeable by comparison, and at higher zoom at that. I'm just a stickler for detail who wants to experience this gorgeous book in all of its glory.)
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Octave I April 14, 2017 4:31 pm UTC
Concerning the translation, when will the printed version be available in, say, french, for example ? Will it be translated in other languages than swedish and english at all ?
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Nicholas G March 31, 2017 2:45 am UTC
I've tried downloading this multiple times and I just cannot seem to open it anywhere, PDf or Dropbox. What should I do?
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Nya Järnringen M April 02, 2017 7:05 am UTC
Have you gotten it to work, Nicholas? If not, please turn to DriveThruRPG for support; there shouldn't be anything wrong with the file.
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Dani J January 17, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
updated file 1.08 is quite heavier than 1.07. Can you downsize it for us? Thank you
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Andrew M January 14, 2017 3:11 am UTC
Wonderful piece of work. I've read over the rules in a skimmy sort of way, and I'm not convinced about them, but the book itself is amazing. I've got everything they've published, I think, and I went through Jarnringen's distributor in the UK, Modiphius, to get the offset print edition of this. I'd imagine that the other varieties of print are quality, but this one, wow. Va va voom, so nice.

Again, though. The rules, and the world? Not so hooked. Very simple rules; too simple for me, probably. Players roll is a neat idea and one I'd like to try, though. I suspect that the character archetypes are just there because people expect something like them to exist. They serve little function in the system because they both (a) impose no restrictions and (b) give no real aid in building a character. They're all just short buckets of suggested traits; each archetype is a full page, and 99% of the space is a full-page painting of the exemplar (beautiful, of course) There's also no mechanism for social combat,...See more
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Nya Järnringen M January 13, 2017 1:26 pm UTC
Thanks for your kind words. The digital edition of the Advanced Player's Guide (new name) will likely launch by the end of January, as soon as the backers of our latest KS campaign have received their print copies. Keep an eye here or on our virtual waterholes (Facebook, Google+ or Reddit).
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January 11, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Hey guys, loving your game so far. Really put the spice back into roleplaying for my group. We're all very interested in the release date for the Player's Handbook (you've got a couple of guaranteed sales right here), and I was wondering if you knew when? Also, I'm playing an ogre with a quarterstaff who may very well become interested in the Stavemages, so I'm super keen to find out more.

Well done on such a refreshing game guys, you're awesome!
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Paul E November 15, 2016 2:33 am UTC
Just checking on the hardcover order; the printed edition would be the latest (1.0.7) version, is that correct?
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Damien L June 29, 2016 9:50 am UTC
I'm currently backing their current project "Thistle Hold - Wrath of the Warden" and simply wish I got into this game sooner. I have been looking for that "perfect" game that probably doesn't exist but boy Symbaroum comes close. Its d20 based, players make all the rolls. Roll lower than the relevant attribute, modified by the "difficulty" (-5 to +5), be it armour, "vigilant", etc. When hit, PCs roll armour to reduce damage, and NPCs have fixed armour and damage values. PCs choose from a range of abilities (talents/skills) that can be acquired and improved. Each ability has three levels, novice, adapt, and master with each level improving the abilities game effect. No classes per say so lots of options right off the bat, but they do provide three archetypes (and further expand each of those) that provide recommended attributes and abilities so you can build a PC very quickly or do you own unique thing. The best bit (aside from art and background story - recommend if you...See more
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Garth W April 27, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
It's a shame, I was going to purchase this but the softcover is no longer available. :(
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Jose F May 07, 2016 12:32 am UTC
Garth, you'll want the hardcover edition with the drool guard, because it will get paged through a bit. The book is gorgeous. The art is top notch and the flavor text for the setting alone is worth the price.
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Garth W June 15, 2016 5:18 pm UTC
I'm glad I held out, looks like I'm going to back their new kickstarter instead and get the core rules through that.
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Gay K March 26, 2016 8:29 pm UTC
I purchased the bookset of Symbaroum after watching the Twitch streamer Tabletop_Twitch pretalk and streams of Symbaroum. In reading only just the first couple of pages of the Core Rulebook I have to say the layout is easy to read, layout is impressive, printing a few pages out in black and white created a nice page as well. Can't wait to gain the confidence to put this game into practise.
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Nya Järnringen M April 08, 2016 1:29 pm UTC
Very nice to hear, Gay! Hope you'll have a game up and running before long. :-)
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Justin J March 15, 2016 4:37 am UTC
I am loving the PDF, system, and setting so far. Will purchasers of the PDF version receive a discount on the Premium Heavyweight hardcover as you did with the Standard hardcover? Thanks, and keep up the amazing work!
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Nya Järnringen M March 17, 2016 6:29 am UTC
Glad you enjoy the book Justin! The discount you are referring to was a one time offer when we first released the different POD versions, so sorry but that will not return. However, if you are quick you can purchase the Premium POD right now at a reduced price (because of the GM's Day sale). Another option is of course to wait for the traditionally printed edition to reach retailers around the globe; it is not more than a couple of weeks away.
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Ignacio R February 17, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
Amazing game! I´m reading it right now and I like the setting very much!
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Joel C February 17, 2016 3:00 am UTC
Can I ask about the difference between the "hardcover color book (standard)" and the "premium heavyweight?" Does the premium have better paper quality, image resolution, more durable binding, that sort of thing?
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Nya Järnringen M February 27, 2016 1:18 pm UTC
Yes, you basically get a much better print with deeper and fuller colors. On the other hand, if you really want great printing quality you should look up the offset printed edition ...
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