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Condemned to death. Executed. Yet somehow, you survived. Now you roam the endless tunnels of the City Below, the Midnight Throne: Ker Nethalas. Will your skills and wits save you once again, or will you join the countless restless dead?

Welcome to Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne, a single player dungeon crawler set in an endless necropolis. With the tools presented in the book you’ll tell the story of your character who, after miraculously surviving an execution, wakes up to realize that their problems have just begun, and that there are fates worse than death.

When you sit down to play Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne, you, the player, take on the role of a single character. Your PC is your avatar in the dark tunnels of the necropolis, and your decisions (and luck!) will determine their fate.

Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne uses a simple D100 ruleset to resolve all tasks. Whenever a PC tries to do something and the result isn't evident, or there is something at stake, you will need to perform a check. This is done by rolling D100, and comparing the result to the corresponding skill on the character’s sheet. If the result is equal or lower than the skill’s score, the check is a success. 

Combat is a big part of what makes Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne unique: characters need to manage their resources while being smart about their choice of powers used. The opposed combat check makes combat unpredictable and will require your constant attention, as you evaluate the different options that will open to you depending on your luck and actions.

Ker Nethalas: Into the Midnight Throne features:

  • Detailed random dungeon generation, providing endless replayability and adventures, with an easy to use D100 ruleset that makes it the ideal game for new solo RPG players.

  • Meaningful character builds with endless combinations. Want to make a warlock that wears heavy armor and summons the dead, or a berserker that casts cold blasts and turns invisible, or an expert at hand-to-hand combat that can summon a shadow clone? These and many more are all possible, thanks to 100 different abilities, spread among 20 Masteries.

  • Tense survival mechanics, focused on the dungeon delving experience. Want to take a rest? You better make sure you fortify that room, or something will wander inside and eat your face out. 

  • A unique bestiary with a wide array of undead creatures and other similar abominations, each one with a detailed action table to randomly determine what they do in their turn.

  • Hundreds of loot and gear items, as well as a simple system to randomly generate magic items, to ensure you never loot the same magic sword or boots twice.

  • An original dark fantasy setting, inspired by England in the 17th Century, and Spain at the height of the Inquisition. 

  • Built from the ground up to be played by a single player with a single character. You are alone in the darkness, and nobody’s coming to rescue you.

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Greg K June 04, 2024 3:01 pm UTC
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I thought I ordered the soft cover and free pdf but turns out just the soft cover. Any chance I could get the pdf included after the purchase? If not, I realize it was my mistake, but thought I would ask. Thanks. Can’t wait to get the soft cover in the mail!!!
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Alejo T June 04, 2024 3:14 pm UTC
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Not a problem, write me at info@lbackoathgames.com and we'll sort it out!
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Glenn D May 20, 2024 2:05 am UTC
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The download has v1.4 in the filename, but the pdf says 1.3 on the credit page. Is this really v1.4?
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Alejo T May 20, 2024 8:00 am UTC
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Yes, I just forgot to update the version number on the book. Apologies! It's v1.4 guaranteed.
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Glenn D June 02, 2024 1:59 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Steve I April 19, 2024 12:22 pm UTC
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File version here is 1.2, but the changelog says there is a v1.3 with the following change.
Reduced the defensive bonus of the Weapon Master's Tier 1 Ability "Evasive Strike" to +10, down from +20.
Email received today states... Updated a couple of errors on the Exploration flowchart.
Is that in v1.3, or will it be v1.4?
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Alejo T April 19, 2024 12:38 pm UTC
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I actually haven't uploaded V1.3 yet, since I'm waiting to see if I have any other things to fix, so the latest version as of today is still V1.2. The changes to the flowchart are independent from any fixes to the core rulebook, it was just a couple of typos, basically.
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Steve I April 20, 2024 10:49 am UTC
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Ah, ok, thanks for the clarification :)
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Lesley N April 17, 2024 8:25 pm UTC
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My hardcover arrived today. This is best as hardcover, thick enough to strain a softcover binding.

Digest size fits nice in the hand.
Very agreeable page use, easy on the eyes.
Text Layout is well thought out.
Contents well organized.
Nice art work.

A good purchase for the solo gamer.
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Ryan C April 16, 2024 1:55 pm UTC
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Can't post a review (new account), so I'll put it here. 5* - lot's of replayability, dark & gritty (like Dark Souls video game), bit of an initial learning curve (for me at least). Author has more content for Ker Nethalas coming soon! Great fun for an afternoon, or dark evening. Couple of YouTube plays for getting to grips with the system.
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Alejo T April 16, 2024 2:33 pm UTC
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Thank you, very glad you like it!
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Ryan C April 15, 2024 1:06 pm UTC
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Is the rules reference 1.1 the version of the Rules Reference itself, or the reference to version 1.1 of the main rules version which is at version 1.2?
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Alejo T April 15, 2024 7:43 pm UTC
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All the files you'll find in the download are up to date, their respective versions are tracked separately.
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Hanzo D April 01, 2024 5:42 am UTC
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Hello, DriveThruRPG shows an update on March 09, 2024.
The log doesn't show any changes happening on this date and the files downloaded are exactly the same ones from the February 28 , 2024 update.

Is there actually any update?
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Alejo T April 01, 2024 9:06 am UTC
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I'm not sure what the issue is, because I just checked the files and they are the latest version, which is v1.2. The updated changelog is also there, so it might be a problem with the DTRPG library not showing the updated files? In any case, they're all minor changes and fixes, and some clarifications, nothing game-changing. Do you not see a changelog file in your library with the accumulated changes?
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Hanzo D April 02, 2024 4:17 pm UTC
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Thank you for your response, Alejo. It might certainly be a problem with the DTRPG library. My original question was because I used the "Show updated only" option in my DTRPG library and it showed there was an update on March 29 (I had a typo in the original post and mentioned March 09), but when I downloaded the files, those were the same files from the previous release. There was no changelog file included at that point. Today it shows there's a new update dated April 1, 2024, and the files do include the v1.2 updates and the changelog file. The changelog file mentions an update in v1.3 which I guess will eventually be available. Thank you again for your kind response, I apologize for any inconvenience.
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Alejo T April 02, 2024 4:55 pm UTC
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Not a problem, of course! and yeah, as soon as I have more fixes (I hope there aren't any, haha) I'll release v1.3, but as you can see all changes are rather minor so I'm pretty happy with the state of the game so far. Thanks for playing!
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Anthony M March 25, 2024 1:08 am UTC
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How well does this game play coop? The cover says coop but I don't see any specifics. If I wanted to play this with one other person, would the game work the same? Do we each play our own PC together? Does the difficulty scale with number of PC's? Are there rules for PC interaction or would it be up to the players to make common sense judgements? Thanks.
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Alejo T March 25, 2024 9:34 am UTC
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Hello! Yes, you can play it as a 2 player game, there are rules for scaling encounters and all that. Each one of you controls a character. It's a really small change, so nothing complicated to track!
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Chris A March 14, 2024 8:55 am UTC
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V1.1 - is there a change log to compare with previous version of rules please?
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Alejo T March 14, 2024 9:00 am UTC
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Yes, the changelog is included with the download files. It's just minor adjustments and some clarification, though.
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Chris A March 14, 2024 1:29 pm UTC
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Thanks - I can't see any such file though. Can see the 1.1 reference doc, and the 1.1 version of the rules but nothing that seems to be a log of the changes?
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