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This is the final Illustrated Version 4 of ZWEIHÄNDER GRIM & PERILOUS RPG. If you previously downloaded the Illustrated Version 3 prior to June 6th 2017, grab the latest version here at DriveThruRPG.

As featured on Forbes.com and having raised over $90K on Kickstarter & CrowdOx, ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a bloodier, grimmer and grittier version of classic tabletop role-playing games you may already familiar with. The community calls this style of gaming the “pathetic aesthetic”, but we simply call it grim & perilous gaming.

WHAT IS ZWEIHÄNDER?

ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is an OSR Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay loveletter/retroclone/heartbreaker released under Creative Commons License Share-Alike. It is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, one where adventurers will:

  • Live in a gritty, ‘realistic’ fantasy world
  • Make morally grey decisions & enact vicious reprisals
  • Uncover insidious plots & political intrigue
  • Desperately fight in clandestine & open field combat
  • Defend themselves from injuries, madness & mutations
  • Take part in heart-pumping chase scenes
  • Venture into the wilderness & survive its perils
  • Encounter sanity-blasting creatures & their minions

Using the classical D100 system, you will create grim characters, write perilous adventures and build low fantasy & dark fantasy campaigns. These rules are perfectly suitable to run Renaissance and medieval-styled adventures, too. You can also use this book to craft homebrew stories set in the works of Andrzej SapkowskiGeorge R.R. MartinGlen CookScott Lynch and other ‘grimdark’-inspired worlds.

This all-in-one game includes most of what you need to play: a character creation guide, game mastery rules and a bestiary brimming with creatures both fair & foul. All that’s left to gather are a few friends, pencils and a handful of dice.

ZWEIHÄNDER awaits, and the fate of your grim & perilous tale hangs in the balance!


 
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Eric P July 25, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I have been following this for some time, and had the early beta version. As a player of Warhammer 1e back in the day (and a little 2e...and hater of 3e), I found this to be a fantastic evolution of the game. I couldn't resist picking this up. I will hopefully get in on the hardcover as a late pledge come payday.
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LI JEN L July 25, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Friends keep telling me I should try "gritty and edgy" RPGS.
But I got to ask before putting my 5 dollars on the table.
Is there ANY room for Honor, Decency, Kindness, Heroism and Hope in this Dark RPG (like there is in Werewolf the Apocalypse and Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch) or does the characters you play have to be a heartless child-raping sociopaths who cackles with a wine in one hand and a whore in another as fields innocent people are nailed to and burnt at stakes, like every character in that pointlessly black-hearted and cynical HBO waste of time snuff film series pretending to be (and FAILING to be) "Soprano meets Lord of the Rings"
Thanks!
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Daniel F July 25, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
From the book:

This is not a story of good versus evil, but about truth and consequences. It is a world cast in many shades of grey between rare extremes of black and white. Short-term solutions are likely to have more harmful consequences in the long run, but deals with what must be done now. Sacrifices must be made to realize a brighter outcome. The necessary means to achieve order and balance requires tough decision-making on the part of the players.

However, ZWEIHÄNDER is not a game of violence for the sake of violence. In a grim & perilous world, death means something. However, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice mean something greater, for only they can overcome the pessimism, disillusionment and depravity that pervades and threatens society. This is a world where cynicism and disintegration of society (chaos) is pitted against idealism of a better tomorrow (order). These two principles often blend together, feeding off one another in an eternal tug of war where there is...See more
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Eric P July 25, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Dark and gritty doesn't mean "evil characters campaign", it just means that life is exceptionally hard and dare I say it, grim, for the characters. It makes the heroics of high fantasy incredibly difficult and improbable...but not impossible. And unlike most fantasy games, this genre takes into account mental trauma and that wading into battle, or worse yet, facing "Things Man Wasn't Meant to Know" can drive someone insane. Knowing your kind and good hero could (and probably will) end up physically disabled AND mentally crippled is a bit daunting but is what makes the genre fun for those that dig it. It's the consequences of adventuring that make it so exciting. Often in the old Warhammer 1e days, I found that I had great adventures in actually trying to AVOID adventure. Haha. My gamemaster and I had many laughs over those sessions, because my character, a disenchanted university student with a desire to see the world, was solo traveling across the Old World with only his skill at drinking...See more
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Dave M July 25, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
How often is this going to be Deal of the Day? Seems like at least three times in the last month!
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Daniel F July 25, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's totally random on DTRPG's part, and in line behind other Deals Of The Day. We want to make sure everyone has a great chance to pick up an awesome RPG on the cheap.
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ar E July 16, 2017 9:29 am UTC
I'm so angry at my bank account for being so bare right now... This looks REALLY good and I can't wait until I have some free funds to throw at it. Been longing for an excuse to pull out the d100's again.
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Mathew S June 26, 2017 9:37 am UTC
grimandperilous.com is down or gone ...
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Tamas I June 26, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
PURCHASER
It was down. It's back again.
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Daniel F June 26, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yep! We're back. Had some difficulty installing SSL last night.
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Thebayou M June 24, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
PURCHASER
When will the print on demand option be available on drivethrurpg.com, i really want a hardcover version with out using a credit card!

kind regards,

Robert Osenga
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Matt K June 25, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Due to printer issues, the Kickstarter print versions are only going to be shipped at August at the earliest. I expect the POD version to be available after the Kickstarter backers have received thier physical versions, so later in the year would be my guess. Full update describing the printer issues can be found here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/grimandperilous/zweihander-grim-and-perilous-rpg/posts/1909874
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Christopher P June 24, 2017 4:56 am UTC
PURCHASER
Enjoying the book so far, but the bookmarks are kind of crazy. For example, steps 5-9 of character creation are *within* "Warrior", which itself is directly under "Character Creation" but should specifically be under "Archetype and Profession." ("Archetype and Profession, meanwhile, is nested under "Elf.")

I haven't noticed any problems in the text itself, but a small update getting the bookmarks in order would be much appreciated!
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Antonio Miguel M June 21, 2017 11:12 am UTC
PURCHASER
hi!
I bought the pdf from here waiting for a "discount" when the P.o.d. was out... but now have jumped to the chance to have the Pre-order/kickstarter version... should some compensation be fearsible?
Saludos
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Daniel F June 21, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
If you are intending to buy the hardback, let me know the address you use to register at Kickstarter. I'll give you a discounted rate.
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Antonio Miguel M June 21, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
PURCHASER
How can i contact you? I've contact via messenger about a question about shipping to EU? Its to no put here my email !!
I've ordered the hardback
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Daniel F June 21, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Message me at daniel@grimandperilous.com
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Tim L June 07, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Daniel, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but comparing the V4 files with the errata you posted on the site, it seems the Index listing for the Fomori Thrall hasn't been fixed as there are still two mentions of Fomori Huscarl instead. Not a huge problem and doesn't bother me personally, but just wanted to let you know in case you can still fix the file before submitting it for print. :)
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Alexandre L June 06, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Daniel will this last update (V4.0) be available also with in high resolution (300 dpi) like the previous?
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Daniel F June 06, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Alexandre, the 300dpi and 150dpi versions should be available to you now. I am logged in as a publisher and see both files: http://imgur.com/a/BOggG
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Matt K June 06, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Also only able to see one file, in my DTRPG Library it's called "Zweihander_Book_DIGITAL_150dpi.pdf". I've just downloaded it, and the file is downloaded as "ZWEIHANDER_Grim_&_Perilous_RPG_(FULL_VERSION)_([my personal file ref]).pdf". Checking the latest errata online, I can confirm that this file does include the changes to v4.
So yeah, just wanted to confirm that v4 150 dpi has uploaded properly, but not the 300 dpi one.
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Alexandre L June 07, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Confirmed... I can only access the 150 dpi version. No 300 dpi version visible or available in my Library yet.
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Tim L June 07, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Just got a new free download sent through Drivethru which allowed me to 'rebuy' for free, and now I have access to both the 150 and 300 dpi V4 versions. So everybody should check their inbox here on DT I think.
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Daniel F June 07, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yeah, this looks like a weird bug with DTRPG. I had to resubmit everyone's email address to their agent for complimentary copies for the new versions to show.
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Tim L June 07, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Well, I can imagine that was a pain in the proverbial behind, but thanks for taking the time and getting it solved! :)
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Daniel F June 07, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks for being so patient!
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Alexandre L June 07, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Nah, thank YOU for the excellent support, as always.
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Luca M June 08, 2017 4:39 am UTC
PURCHASER
I have the same problem, I can only access the 150 dpi version of the pdf. Have you sent the emails to everyone or only to the people that have reported the problem? If it is the former case, then I have not received any email...
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Luca M June 08, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I don't know how, but now the 300 dpi version has appeared. Thanks for solving the problem!
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Daniel F June 08, 2017 6:58 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Perfect. I had to delete and re-upload all the files to make it work. Everyone should be good now.
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Christopher Y June 04, 2017 8:33 am UTC
PURCHASER
Can't seem to download this file keeps getting to end then saying error , fed up trying now
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Antonio Miguel M June 06, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Same here! Last time i had to download the less dpi one but now theres no option...
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Daniel F June 06, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Our PDFs are all sent through Distiller, and are optimized for hosting & downloading. Some folks have luck downloading to DropBox, or by using the old interface (clickable in 'My Library'). Unfortunately, you may have to reach out to customer support. Wish there was something else we could do to help!
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Matt K May 27, 2017 12:57 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Can you please, please start using some version control on the PDFs you release? It gets really confusing knowing which version of the book I already have downloaded.
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Daniel F June 06, 2017 9:17 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Your wish is my command: http://grimandperilous.com/errata/
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May 25, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Unable to download either version; the download either fails, or adobe says the file is damaged and can't be opened.
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Daniel F May 25, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
DriveThruRPG seems to be having issues with downloads. The file is fine and passed through Adobe Distiller.

Please reach out to Publisher Customer Service at the bottom left-hand side of DriveThruRPG.com.
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Jakob S May 23, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Quick question: If I buy the pdf now, will I get a discount on the printed book later? I'm more of a dead tree person, but I'd love to get further into the system right now.
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Mathew S June 09, 2017 9:27 am UTC
Best off buying the combo from here IMHO

https://app.crowdox.com/project/grimandperilous/zweihander-grim-and-perilous-rpg/752051/rewards
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Daniel C May 17, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Maybe I missed the information here, but do we have a date for the hardcover book? I also wonder if it is full color or black and white art when printed?
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Daniel F May 17, 2017 9:44 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The cover is color, and the interior B&W. The print version will not be ready until the latter part of June from DriveThruRPG, as we have yet to go through the proofing process yet with them. Lulu has taken priority, as our Kickstarter and CrowdOx backers are up to bat first.
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May 11, 2017 1:01 pm UTC
Is their going be softcover black and white version of POD. I also looked at the non release version of the game and did not see the tables. I could have overlooked them. I was used old Warhammer tables. Thanks for the response.
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Daniel F May 11, 2017 1:25 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We are only doing hardcover.

As for the critical hit tables, they are in the Game Mastery section.
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