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ZWEIHANDER Grim & Perilous RPG
Core Rule Book
by Daniel Fox
Format: Hardback - Nonjacketed
Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.375
ISBN: 9781524851668
Publication Date: 6/11/2019
Pages: 688


2018 ENnie gold winner of Best Game and Product Of The Year, this revised edition is published in celebration with Andrews McMeel Publishing and features an all-new layout, rules clarifications, and errata updates from 2018.

As featured on, ranked one of the best-selling RPGs of all time at DriveThruRPG as an Adamantine Metal product and having sold over 90,000 copies worldwide, ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a bloodier, grimmer, and grittier version of classic tabletop role-playing games you may already be familiar with. The community calls this style of gaming the “pathetic aesthetic,” but we simply call it grim & perilous gaming.
ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game, one where adventurers will:
Live in a gritty, "realistic" fantasy world
Make morally gray 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 create your own home-brewed worlds, whether inspired by the works of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Glen Cook’s Black Company, Myke Cole’s The Armored Saint, Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane, Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards or other "grimdark"-inspired media.
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 are a few friends, pencils, and a handful of dice.
ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG awaits, and the fate of your grim & perilous tale hangs in the balance!
Author Bio

Daniel D. Fox is an author and game designer, having won the gold ENnie for Best Game and Product of the Year at GenCon 2018. Best known for creation of the tabletop game ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG, his break-out success was featured on and recognized by Kickstarter as one of their Projects We Love. His first game ZWEIHÄNDER is ranked one of the best-selling tabletop games of all time at DriveThruRPG, with over 65,000 copies sold worldwide. He is the founder of Grim & Perilous Studios, an independent publisher of over 30 titles since its inception. Daniel also wrote Dark Astral and MAIN GAUCHE, and is the lead designer for TETSŪBO Grim & Perilous RPG – an all-new tabletop game using the Powered By ZWEIHÄNDER system.

Daniel was featured on the front page of Twitch during Gen Con 2018. His popular website hosts numerous articles every week on tabletop game design using the Powered By ZWEIHÄNDER system, while his Twitter @ZweihanderRPG attracts hundreds of designers and creative influencers in the tabletop gaming community. As a full-time digital sellsword, Daniel lives in the heart of Kansas City with his loving wife and rambunctious son. While his career is in advertising with game design a close second, Daniel swears he'll catch up on sleep someday.

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