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The Delver's Guide to Surviving the Underworld

The Delver's Guide to Surviving the Underworld is a FREE expansion to The Vagrant's Guide.

The Triforce of Puzzle Dungeons

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Puzzles are a staple of adventure and role-playing games. However, the design for a puzzle dungeon presents not-so-typical challenges. Fortunately, Torchbearer has systems, tactics, and mechanics...

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Let Loose the Hellhounds of War

Now that The Grind is starting to ship, this will be our last behind-the-scenes Grind article.

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Master's Manual V: NPC Stats

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Previously in the Master's Manual we have explored how to balance a session, how to estimate the difficulty of obstacles, how to gauge the relative power of monsters, and how to make sense of unusual...

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Picking a Character Class

Loot as if you were to die tomorrow. Level up as if you were to live forever. - The Adventurer Credo

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Master's Manual IV: Narrating Conflicts

Conflicts handle a variety of pivotal moments in Torchbearer: arguments, contests, and struggles of will, daring chases or escapes, and more. While the rulebook thoroughly explores “Fight”-style...

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Killing Word

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"To snuff out a life with a word... any so-called archmage who would pervert the art to such heresy is unworthy of the title." — Gambinster the Red

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Temporal Bubble

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 Another glimpse into the forbidden grimoire...

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Fooling Around with Trick Conflicts

One of the coolest features of the conflict system in Torchbearer is that it can be applied to almost any chaotic, dramatic scene— not just fights! However, many of the other conflict types receive a...

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Building Better Golems

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Learned scholars have long debated the process and efficacy of creating automata, artificial creatures capable of ambulation and decision making. Methods of both arcane and divine origin have been...

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'Old School' New Schools

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In Torchbearer— as in B/X Dungeons & Dragons— magic spells are highly self-contained things. They give you all the rules you need to use them, and they only very rarely note how they might interact...

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Converting Monsters

Behold, a vision in my scrying orb... there are brave scholars who pray for guidance as they pore through the ancient tomes. Those calls shall not go unanswered.

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The Answer to Your Prayers

I just finished editing some awesome upcoming Magician and Elf spells for our Kickstarter-funded, Zine Quest, Mordite Press presents: The Grind, a Torchbearer Zine. But what about the humble (or...

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