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Grimdark Future is a miniature wargame set in a war-torn sci-fi future, which is played using 28mm miniatures. The game mechanics are designed to be easy to learn but hard to master, bringing engaging sci-fi battles for new and experienced players alike.

This rulebook adds lots of extra content to the core rules, providing you with countless hours of epic sci-fi battles that you can customize however you like. The rules are written to be concise and to the point, and come with beautiful illustrations as well as helpful example diagrams.

Here's everything that's included in this rulebook:

  • Core Rules
  • Advanced Rules
    • Terrain Placement
    • Deployment Styles
    • Extra Missions
    • Side-Missions
    • Extra Actions
    • Solid Buildings
    • Random Events
    • Battlefield Conditions
    • Terrain & Objective Effects
  • Total Conversions
    • Fog of War
    • Brutal Damage
    • Command Points
    • Suppression
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Apocalyptic Games
    • Kitchen Table Games
    • Small-Scales & Multi-Basing
  • Additional Content
    • Tournament Guidelines
    • Solo & Co-Op Rules
    • Campaign Rules
    • Mission Cards

Note that all of the army books are available for free on our website, and are not part of this rulebook. If any updates are made to the rules, then this version of the rulebook will also be updated (we'll send you a message to let you know).

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Merlin A June 13, 2024 12:58 am UTC
Does this book contain the basic rules for play? I got lost on what is the MAIN book for play.
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Gaetano F June 13, 2024 12:55 pm UTC
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Yes, this book contains all the rules you need to play the game as well as additional content and optional advanced rules.
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Dale G June 05, 2024 11:38 pm UTC
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Looks good so far!
Is there a printer friendly version?
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Gaetano F June 11, 2024 11:31 am UTC
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Hello,

There should be no issues in printing this both in colors, or grayscale.
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Alberto J April 14, 2024 5:51 am UTC
Does this include the rules for creating new unit profiles?
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Gaetano F June 13, 2024 12:56 pm UTC
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No, our web app Army Forge Studio allows new unit profiles and factions to be created, it is available to our Tier 1 and higher supporters on Patreon.
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Mikko K January 29, 2024 6:13 am UTC
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It would be nice to have a summary of changes in these updates...
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Gaetano F February 23, 2024 2:51 pm UTC
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We'll keep that in mind, but the update list is often large. We do post the full list of updates on our website each time, though. Here is the latest update: https://www.onepagerules.com/news/patch-notes---janaury-26th-2024
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george S January 25, 2024 3:45 am UTC
I'm trying to figure out where the vehicle rules are, so are they in this paid version? Because in the free version (note, I am only familiar with 5th edition 40k) vehicles are statted like regular soldiers, i.e. no side, front, back hit points, so how in the world does this work? I don't see anything in the free version that would answer that, and I don't see vehicle rules listed here as something in the paid version.
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Yuffie S January 26, 2024 4:00 pm UTC
There are no separate vehicle rules. Everything is just a unit in the Army Forge app. Even 40k doesn't have separate hit points these days (since at least 7th I think) and treats vehicles as simple units.
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Catriona M January 24, 2024 12:39 am UTC
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Two questions:

How often are the rules updated?

Is it possible to get the mission cards as individual images?
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Gaetano F February 23, 2024 2:36 pm UTC
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The rules are updated every few months, and unfortunately we don't have images for the mission cards available.
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Brian F January 12, 2024 6:26 pm UTC
I previously obtained full rule books by being a patreon for a month or two. As far as I can tell those PDFs were not watermarked. I'm thinking I would like to buy them here so that I have 3.0 and can come back for future updates but how intrusive is the watermark? Does it take away from the art at all or make it harder to read the text?
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RICHARD H January 20, 2024 9:03 am UTC
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I can't see any watermark on this title.
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Steven C November 14, 2022 7:14 am UTC
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Excellent rule set easy to use grate fun
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Nicolas R October 12, 2022 6:01 am UTC
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Super Ruleset !
Clear and simple but tactic.
Thanks a lot

I was a little bit bored by the official WH40k rules (too heavy, too much particular rules, changing too often and split in lots of different places... and at the end not so much tactic), it's perfect for me to use again my figurines instead of letting them in the bottom of my cupboard because I am lazy to find all the rules needed to play.

Just a question, is there a simple way to access the full translation if it exists ?
Or is through the onepagerules forum (I saw there is already at least the french translation of the free part available)

In any case great job, thanks a lot !
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Gaetano F October 12, 2022 6:48 am UTC
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There is no official translation, only the free content has been translated by fans on our forum: https://forum.onepagerules.com/board/44/fan-translations
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Nicolas R October 12, 2022 7:56 am UTC
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Thanks for the feedback.
Yep I'm looking with them.

Have a nice day, best regards !
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Steven L September 30, 2022 12:50 am UTC
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Can we get a POD version of one page rules products on here? I'd buy a printed ones in a heartbeat.
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Gaetano F September 30, 2022 12:57 am UTC
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Due to the ever-changing nature of the rules, and the difficulty of setting up the POD again every time that there's a change, we have no plans of releasing them as printed books for now.
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Brian F February 22, 2024 10:50 pm UTC
Wait… these cannot be printed?!? Thats crazy. Who wants to lug a laptop or ipad around to games. I need a paper copy! The PDFs I got from Patreon a while back printed no problem. Are these different, or are the Patreon ones not printable now too?
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Gaetano F February 23, 2024 2:37 pm UTC
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You can print the books yourself easily, we just mean that we don't have plans to offer a pre-printed version for sale at this time.
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Dean K May 07, 2022 1:02 pm UTC
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I just discovered and bought all the series fantasy and Sci-fi. One thing I am disappointed in is the lack of rules to make your own custom forces. This is really bad since your versions of models may not meet my versions of stats. And no armies in the books. I know they are on the web site listed singly - but this is a pdf just add them in as an appendix to each book. The pluses are if you want to use their army versions, (and go download the army 2 page listing), this is a solid ruleset. very astute mechanics. They also have a roster builder beta on the website that is VERY good (again just their army list - but that is understandable.) I would ask that you add the army list and the custom unit builder list into the "Full Rules" paid for versions. This would make this highly desirable.
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Gaetano F May 08, 2022 11:41 am UTC
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Thanks for your feedback! :)

The Point Calculator is only available via Patreon, and isn't meant to be part of the Full Rulebooks, especially since we've got an online tool that we're constantly improving on. Regarding the army lists, due to their ever changing nature, and the availability of the online list builder, we don't provide them as part of the Full Rulebooks.
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Lisa A August 17, 2022 8:05 pm UTC
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Love the system, but hate Patreon. Which is why I'm here buying it just the rulebook for one of your games at the same price as one month of Patreon. You will probably get me to spring for the same amount for the current copy of the build points since I'd love to do up my Dust Tactics armies, but I might get around to screwing with a month on Patreon.
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Keith F May 05, 2022 10:27 am UTC
How do I get my Patreon Grimdark future rulebook?
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Antar H February 16, 2022 12:33 am UTC
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Probably a dumb question, but if I purchase the rules here I assume I will receive updates forever. Whereas if I purchase on Patreon I will only receive updates as long as I maintain my subscription. Is that right?
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Lisa A August 17, 2022 8:17 pm UTC
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If they update the listing here, but yeah, that is the problem with Patreon.
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Alexander A February 06, 2022 10:04 pm UTC
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Jake A January 24, 2021 4:56 pm UTC
Is it possible to play this using a grid-based system (i.e hexes) rather than inches? Could a straight 1:1 conversion work?
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Gaetano F January 24, 2021 5:01 pm UTC
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Definitely could work, and I think it depends on the size of your hexes. If you can only fit 1 model in a hex, then I think 1:1 could work, but for example if a hex fits 3 models, then you'll need to tweak further.
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Jake A January 24, 2021 6:04 pm UTC
Thanks for getting back to me.

Thinking about it, if you start adding vehicles it causes scaling issues. Tanks are obviously bigger than infantry so it wouldn't make sense for one model per hex. You end up with the Age of Empires II logic where a naval transport can fit five war elephants, but not six human archers :)

I think you're onto something with hex sizes. Make the hexes bigger and allow more models to stack into them. Say, up to five infantry models or one vehicle model? Ranges would obviously have to be tweaked like you said, but it's definitely possible.

I'll have to just experiment and see what works.
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Michael C September 19, 2020 6:42 am UTC
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Does this file get updated if there is an update to the rules over on Patreon (assuming there are updates) or are updates available only for Patreon supporters?
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Gaetano F September 19, 2020 11:55 am UTC
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If there are any rules updates, then the files are updated here as well. I will add a note about that in the description, thanks for the feedback. :)
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