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Leap boldly into the world of INHERITORS, a groundbreaking fusion of tabletop roleplaying and skirmish gaming! INHERITORS is built on a democratic framework where every player is an active participant! Break away from the game master-centered model with INHERITORS' unique Hit Trade Combat and Enemy Logic Systems, and explore the dread city of Imidia with deep collective storytelling mechanics. Every decision is crucial if you are to survive!

Age Recommendation: 12+ years

Group Size: 1-5 Players; works great for solo players!

Est. Game Runtime: 45-90 Minutes

Desolation. Despair. Desperation.

At the end of the War of Despair, madness and bloodshed were all that remained of a butchered age. When all seemed lost, seven Inheritors wielding ancient rings of power arose to vanquish the Black Crown, a necromancer of near god-like powers… Yet, their unlikely triumph was marred by the Black Crown’s final curse: a dreadful miasma called the Bane that twisted and tainted everything it touched, casting a pall over the mortal realms.

For ten centuries, the world languished under the Bane’s grim veil, and the Inheritors vanished. But the plague fogs are receding. Imidia, once the resplendent heart of civilization, now a desolate boneyard, is accessible once more. Its streets teem with banespawn, warlocks, dragons, and unspeakable horrors, but hidden amidst the ashes of Imidia are untold treasures and secrets awaiting those bold enough to reclaim them… Awaiting the Inheritors!

What's Inside the Core Rulebook?

Whether you’re a solo Inheritor or part of a crew, the Core Rulebook provides everything you need to embark on your INHERITORS adventure:

  • The complete ruleset, including full-color illustrations to teach the game quickly and effectively
  • Seven Ring Classes and more than a hundred powers to shape your Inheritors and Followers
  • More than forty monsters, powered by a unique enemy logic and creature tag system, to challenge and terrify players
  • Dozens of character customization options, including races, backgrounds, and stigmata
  • A broad array of equipment, armor, gear, treasure, and ancient artifacts
  • Fourteen pre-written cooperative and competitive scenarios and a campaign building system
  • A rich world steeped in horror and despair hand-crafted by an award-winning writer
  • Character sheets, Campaign trackers, full color tokens, and much more!

Additionally, each book comes with access to printer-friendly versions of the character sheets, campaign trackers, and color tokens. NEW to Spring 2024: the INHERITORS Core Rulebook also now grants free and unlimited access to a number of INHERITORS STLs for 3d printing, including 3d tokens, monsters, battletrays, and more!

Introducing the Hit-Trade Combat System!

The best tabletop combat rewards clever players and presents a dynamic challenge even to experienced heroes. Gone are the days of stale, slow battles: INHERITORS breaks away from the initiative-based DM-vs-Everyone combat structure, and instead gets everyone involved. This is the Hit-Trade System!

Combat in INHERITORS has two primary moves: STRIKING and BLOCKING. When one character attacks another, the target may react to engage their would-be killer. Both characters can apply successful rolls as STRIKES or BLOCKS to deal or negate damage. No more waiting for your turn: the lightning-fast Hit-Trade System allows every player to jump in and have fun roleplaying monsters, removing the need for a single arbitrator of combat. Suddenly, drawn out skirmishes that might have eaten your entire game night can be resolved in mere minutes, freeing up time to explore, or hell, to jump into the next deadly encounter!

Coupled with INHERITORS' easy to learn enemy logic system, the Hit-Trade system works perfectly fine for solo players, too! No more "defeating yourself": so long as players are true to the nature of the monsters, you’re in for one hell of a battle, not a slog.


Unleash Reactions to Turn the Tide!

Reactions are a core part of combat in INHERITORS, injecting dynamic gameplay into every round of play. Units can trigger reactions when specific conditions are met, allowing you to adapt your strategy on the fly, counter or defend against enemy attackers, or unleash the power of your ring with class-specific reactions to torch your opponents' plans!

Monstrous tactics: Next-Level Enemy AI

Raise the stakes with INHERITORS' unique, player-driven enemy AI system. Players take turns roleplaying monsters, whose behavior is determined by a concise logic system and creature tags! These special modifiers alter how the banespawn behave according to their size, nature, courage, etc. Using just a few easy to learn rules, you can quickly resolve deadly and unpredictable duels or even sprawling skirmishes that challenge your tactical prowess in minutes, not hours.

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Akara V May 11, 2024 6:19 am UTC
Is there a way to get a digital and fillable version of all the sheets?
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L.R. K May 12, 2024 7:01 pm UTC
Hi Akra, I do have a bunch of digital sheets, but they're not fillable. I've never made those before, but I'll look into it. We just had a new baby two weeks ago, so I'm a little behind. However, I was told by a few folks this weeks that the site doesn't have the digital sheets on it, so those will be posted this afternoon!

Sorry for the delay on site resources.
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L.R. K May 12, 2024 8:15 pm UTC
Hey Akara, just got back from family business. Here's the link to the google drive folder with all the goodies!
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Akara V May 20, 2024 6:42 am UTC
Thank you for the goodies and for getting back to my comment! Hopefully the baby is doing well!
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L.R. K June 19, 2024 8:14 pm UTC
Happy and healthy! Cheers!
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Abraham Z April 20, 2024 4:47 pm UTC
It looks like an interesting take on GMless play; if you are currently handing out review copies, I would love to feature it in my Youtube channel, is there an email where I can contact you?
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L.R. K April 20, 2024 5:30 pm UTC
Hi Abraham,

Can you link me to your YT channel? I'm definitely open to that idea though! Thanks for reaching out!
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Abraham Z April 20, 2024 6:17 pm UTC
Here it is:
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L.R. K April 23, 2024 6:30 pm UTC
Cool, man.

Hit me up via lrknight.writing [at] and we can talk further!

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Abraham Z April 24, 2024 7:03 am UTC
Thanks! Email sent.
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