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Brinkwood: The Blood of Tyrants is a Forged in the Dark tabletop roleplaying game about building a rebellion that will overthrow the blood-soaked vampires that oppress and dominate your world.

Mask up. Spill blood. Drink the Rich.

The world is not as it should be. The rich feed, literally, upon the poor, as blood-sucking vampires who barely bother to conceal their horrific, parasitic nature. The downtrodden peoples of the world struggle under the burdens of rent, payable through the sweat of their labor or the blood of their veins. Evil has triumphed. Many have given in to despair. But all is not lost.

In Brinkwood, you take on the role of renegades, thieves, and rebels struggling for freedom and liberation in a castylpunk world controlled by vampires. Radicalized by tragedy, you have taken up arms and fled into the forests, where you were taken in by unlikely allies - the fae, forgotten creatures of myth - who offered a different path and the means to fight back against your oppressors.

Masks, forged of old wood and older magic, are the final tool left to fight a war long ago lost. If you wear them, they will take their price, etching themselves upon your very soul. But they will also let you spill the blood of the rich and powerful vampires that now rule the land, and from that blood strengthen yourself and your movement.

Inside You'll Find:

  • Rules to create your own brigand, combining a custom-tailored upbringing,  profession, and class into a wholly unique character.
  • A guide to the arcane masks given to you by the fae. Choose each session  whether to don the Mask of Judgment, Lies, Riot, Ruin, Terror, Torment, or  Violence.
  • A robust setting guide to The Bloody Isles ruled by the three terrifying Vampire  Lords you must contend with: the proud Duke, the elegant Countess, and the  tormented Baron.
  • Lightning-quick Engagement and Disengagement rules designed for cutting  straight to the action and focusing the game on the specific elements your  playgroup wants to explore.
  • An in-depth campaign system with multiple endgame scenarios designed to take  you from an upstart peasant rebellion all the way to the final clashes of a full- fledged revolution.

NOTE: Character and Reference sheets are also publicly available at

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Tim L August 15, 2023 1:44 pm UTC
After the new 10.5 update the quality of the PDF has gone to dog doodoo with all graphic elements looking like they were run through a 'make-it-as-low-resolution-as-possible' compressor AND all interior pages are now 2-page-facing layout instead of 1-page. Any chance the quality can be reversed to at least how it was before, as well as returning the PDF to a 1-page layout please?
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Robert M January 24, 2023 1:05 pm UTC
Hi the main rules PDF (brinkwood_manual__v10_4_digital.pdf) is not working for me, when I download it its zero in size and cannot be opened (the alamac and other PDFs are fine?). Can the authors check/fix the main rules PDF please?
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David E September 05, 2022 3:44 pm UTC
Why is there no discount for this book's pdf in the "September System Sale: Week 1"?
Is it that only the hardcover (but not the pdf) is on sale?
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Björn L September 04, 2022 10:13 am UTC
This book is included in the "September System Sale: Week 1" ( but there is no price reduction at all? Is this intentional?
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May 08, 2022 12:37 pm UTC
Love this book. But where are the char sheets? They're called out on page 17, but I can't see them anywhere.
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Nigel M March 16, 2022 12:34 am UTC
Any chance of seeing The Almanac in print form?
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John P November 06, 2021 6:23 pm UTC
Preview not working, either.
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JW S November 06, 2021 5:12 pm UTC
Have to agree with below post that a reference or link to the system used for the game would be extremely helpful. I very much want to run this for a group, but not knowing what the system is hinders that.
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Adam B November 09, 2021 1:17 am UTC
Game is Forged in the Dark, and I can say the mechanics are very cool indeed. There's also a free preview available!
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Colin C November 06, 2021 2:04 am UTC
Love the premise but the utter lack of any information regarding the system is not at all helpful. Narrative or trad? Theatre of the Mind or mats-n-minis? Classes/Levels or Freeform development? What is the core of the system dice-wise (or are we talking cards, or diceless, or rock, paper, scissors)? Having to watch an actual play to hopefully glean a few details of the system is not the way to do it and system absolutely matters.
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Colin C November 06, 2021 2:07 am UTC
Hmmm, looking through your other titles, I see it's Forged in the Dark. Might want to mention that.
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Andrew L November 06, 2021 5:54 am UTC
pfft, the system dont matter if the module is well written. Coming up with appropriate numbers for things isnt the hard part.
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Colin C November 07, 2021 1:16 am UTC
It's a game, not a module, mate. I buy RPGs for their combination of setting and system.
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Robert K December 27, 2021 6:01 am UTC
Sorry to see that no-one else replied to you on this.
It is a Forged in the Dark game, with Player Characters advancing freeform. In addition, there is a system for Masks which function like a suite of powers that can be handed around between forays and are advanced separately.

Instead of focusing on your group's rebel type, you choose the despot you oppose. That determines more about the type of rebellion you are, and helps set up some of the focuses for the types of forays you will be focusing on.

The system uses multiple d6 for resolutions. The codex supplement covers a number of very alternate settings for the core mechanics, re-framing the game as cyberpunk, the 1960's civil rights movement era, or the 1980's mining strikes in the UK among others.
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This title was added to our catalog on November 04, 2021.