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ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG

A project in Kansas City, MO by Daniel Fox

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Create adventures with a system of gritty realism, clandestine conflict, political intrigue, vicious reprisal and supernatural horror.
Backers: 1265
Average Pledge Per Backer: $49

Funded: $61,743 of $7,100
Dates: Jul 26th -> Aug 25th (30 days)
Project By: Daniel Fox
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Latest News

Day 30 - 107 minutes to go & a shipping clarification

August 25th - via:
Hey gang, We've received a few questions about shipping costs. Remember, if you are purchasing at a minimum one hardback book, shipping is zero cost if you want it shipped in the United States, Canada or EU/Britain regions. All other countries need... (Read More)

Day 30 - Last Stretch Goal Unlocked with 24 hours to go - Creative Commons License release!

August 24th - via:
Hey gang, Congratulations! You unlocked the final Stretch Goal for ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG! This means we're releasing the work under the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. You will be free to... (Read More)

Day 29 - We made, alongside Monte Cook, Sandy Peterson, Stewart Wieck and Scott Wayne!

August 24th - via:
Hey gang, Before I head off to bed, I wanted to share some humbling news. A friend sent me a link to our Kickstarter on of all places. We're now standing shoulder to shoulder among giants, alongside Monte Cook's Invisible Sun, Sandy... (Read More)

Day 29 - 1,000 Backers! In celebration, come download Chapter 8: Combat!

August 23rd - via:
Hey gang, WOW! 1k backers and we're not even to the end of our Kickstarter campaign. We are so thankful for your support and pledges. Without you, we couldn't present ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG in all its hardback glory to the world.  In... (Read More)

Day 28 - Channel Power Tier Update #1

August 23rd - via:
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Day 28 - Intermediate Tier Update #1

August 23rd - via:
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Day 28 - Basic Tier Update #1

August 23rd - via:
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5 Really Cool Tabletop Games On Kickstarter Right Now

August 23rd - via:
Now’s the time to jump on those bandwagons and pledge (with all the usual caveats about backer-beware.) (Read More)

Day 27 - Measly Peasant Tier Update #1

August 22nd - via:
Hey gang, Thank you once again for your generosity. 100% of these proceeds will go to sponsor print at cost versions of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG for US troops overseas. In the meantime, have you seen our latest update on upgrading? The... (Read More)

Day 27 - FINAL 48 HOURS - no late pledges/no late upgrades post-Kickstarter

August 22nd - via:
Hey gang, We are closing in on the end of the Kickstarter. We have received a ton of questions regarding additional hardcovers, Add-Ons and pledges. We'll try to address them here. First things first: once the Kickstarter is over, it's over. All... (Read More)

Day 25 - ZWEIHÄNDER! 2 Tier Now Open for US Backers

August 19th - via:
Hey gang, Due to popular demand, we have been able to secure a great deal with our artisans to get more swords to sell! With our obligations for price and shipping, we can only open this up to US-only backers. However, we are going to leave this Tier... (Read More)

Day 25 - Presenting the Kickstarter exclusive cover by Dejan Mandic!

August 19th - via:
Hey gang, Dejan has finished the front cover, and it looks spectacular! We wanted to evoke an "old school" feel here, a call-back to the first edition WFRP hardback. Below you'll see a few of our iconics: an ogre Pyromancer, dwarven Barber Surgeon,... (Read More)

Day 24 - Hazards & Healing Chapter + Injuries!

August 18th - via:
Hey gang, It's the final countdown! We have seven days to go before reaching our $53K goal: to release ZWEIHÄNDER under the Creative Commons License 3.0 to reduce, remix and reuse these rules as you see fit! In hopes of raising more funds, we'd like... (Read More)

Day 23 - Our Promotional Posters from 2012

August 17th - via:
Hey gang, We are in the final stretch for layout, to get Early Access in your hands as soon as practical. In the process of our editing, I dredged up two posters we used back in 2012 to promote ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG, following its... (Read More)

DAY 22 - Early Access PDF layout continues!

August 16th - via:
Hey gang, We're steadily working away on layout for our art-free PDFs. The team is aiming to have everything ready by end of August: art-free Early Access, the adventure A Bitter Harvest and the Game Master's Screen. Remember: since we hit our... (Read More)

Day 21 - Combat Excerpt

August 15th - via:
Hey gang, We're going to be steadily carving away at the Early Access PDF today, but wanted to show you another excerpt from the book. Let's take a look at combat! The following is an 8 page overview, along with a quick reference chart for actions,... (Read More)

Day 21 - Early Access PDF sneak peak

August 15th - via:
Hey gang, Happy Monday! We're closing in on the final 10 days before the end of Kickstarter. It looks like we're going to at least meet our goal of the new cover by Dejan Mandic! We'll present what it looks like a few days before the Kickstarter is... (Read More)

Day 16 - Download Chapter 7: Trappings in its entirety!

August 10th - via:
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Interview with Daniel Fox on ZWEIHÄNDER over at

August 10th - via:
Hey gang, I did an interview with Ingo Beyer over at one of my favorite German RPG sites Come check it out to get an exclusive scoop on the history of ZWEIHÄNDER, along with a look at what's on the horizon for Grim & Perilous... (Read More)

Day 15 - Download Chapter 6: Talents in its entirety!

August 10th - via:
Hey gang, Wow! You really liked seeing our last chapter on Skills! ZWEIHÄNDER, at its core, is a Skill-focused game. We got a lot of great questions, and hope you liked what you saw. Today, we've got another special treat for only our backers. We've... (Read More)

Day 14 - Download Chapter 5: Skills in its entirety!

August 9th - via:
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Day 14 - Final Professions Excerpt 3: Danziger Eckhardt (Veteran)

August 9th - via:
Hey gang, As a follow-up to our previous update regarding character creation and Professions, today we're going to finalize the saga of Danziger Eckhardt: Download an excerpt from Chapter 4: Professions from Google Drive Danziger has moved from being... (Read More)

Day 13 - Professions Excerpt 2: Danziger Eckhardt (Laborer)

August 8th - via:
Hey gang, As a follow-up to our previous update regarding character creation and Professions, today we're going to continue the saga of Danziger Eckhardt: Download an excerpt from Chapter 4: Professions from Google Drive Danziger has moved from being... (Read More)

Day 13 - Channel Power update + More Stretch Goals

August 8th - via:
Hey gang, What an awesome weekend! As we spoke before, we have more in store for you. But first, let's address the Channel Power Tier. Since unlocking the art-free version of Early Access PDF, the Channel Power Tier is precisely like the Intermediate... (Read More)

Day 10 - $33K and climbing! Another Stretch Goal Unlocked!

August 5th - via:
Hey gang, What a great way to start the weekend. Our final Stretch Goal has been unlocked! Huzzah! $33,000+ FURY DIEWe officially have tripled our original $11k stretch goal! Everybody wins, both backers and the public: The art-free Early Access... (Read More)

Day 10 - Professions Excerpt 1: Danziger Eckhardt (Militiaman)

August 5th - via:
Hey gang, Over the next several days, we’ll illustrate how Professions come together during Character creation and over the course of their adventures. We've included an excerpt from Chapter 4: Professions on how to buy new abilities (called... (Read More)

Day 9 - Final Character Creation Excerpt 4

August 4th - via:
Hey gang, Wow, $31k! We are so proud, and can't thank you enough for your support. $33k is just around the corner, and at this rate we'll hit it in just a few short days! There has been a number of questions cropping up around the Corruption and... (Read More)

Day 8 - Character Creation Excerpt 3

August 3rd - via:
Hey gang, As we move forward with our Kickstarter, we wanted to give you another taste of the Character Creation chapter. Today, we're going to talk about character background. Your past is just as important as your Primary Attributes and Profession.... (Read More)

Day 6 - Hardback Updates

August 1st - via:
Hey gang, Hope you enjoy the last sneak peak at the Assassin. We've heard your suggestions, and we'll make sure we address them before Early Access PDF comes out. In the meanwhile, I'd like to talk with you more about what "hardback" means. If you... (Read More)

Day 5 - Progress Continues Smoothly

July 31st - via:
For a change of pace, your co-author Tanner is here for your update! Daniel is currently tied up at the moment, so let me be your liaison for a minuteThis update is more of just a status update rather than a content update. First off, we want to say... (Read More)

Day 3.3 - Character Creation Excerpt 2

July 29th - via:
Hey gang, Another phenomenal day of funding! We're already at $23,260 and we show no signs of slowing down. Our next Stretch Goal of $33k is within reach! Remember: If we hit this goal, the art-free Early Access Edition PDF of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim &... (Read More)

Day 3.2 - New Tier Added!

July 29th - via:
Hey gang, We've had such great success in the past three days, we want to give back to gamers. In particular, we've always been massive fans of the organization Games for Troops. This is an excellent Illinois not-for-profit to get games into the... (Read More)

Day 3.1 - We continue to blast through goals!

July 29th - via:
Hey gang, Whew! It's been a crazy first few days. Tanner and I are making sure to respond to everyone's messages and comments in a timely manner. If you feel we may have missed you, please message us directly! We'll do our best to respond back in a... (Read More)

Day 3 - Another Stretch Goal unlocked!

July 28th - via:
Hey gang, Another one down, another one down, another Stretch Goal has been Unlocked! Excellent work! Here's what will now be included in the core book: UNLOCKED! $19,500+ WORLD BUILDING & MUTANT & SUPERNATURAL ARTWORKWe will include a 30... (Read More)

Day 2.5 - Character Creation excerpt

July 28th - via:
Hey gang, Another phenomenal day of funding! We are excited to have so many fans of our little game, in a matter of 48 hours since launch. Wow! In appreciation, we're going to show you an excerpt from Chapter 3: Character Creation. This includes the... (Read More)

Day 2.4 - Stretch Goal Unlocked!

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, SLAMDANCE! You unlocked the next Stretch Goal! Great work, and congratulations once more! With this unlocked, you'll get more content and fun stuff for the game. Take a look: UNLOCKED! $17,200+ CUSTOM CREATURES & BEAST + HUMANOID... (Read More)

Day 2.3 - We are one of the most popular games on Kickstarter!

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, Thanks to your invaluable support, we are now ranking as one of Kickstarter's Projects We Love! Additionally, we also rank in the top 10 for Game & Tabletop Games categories. Standing shoulder to shoulders of giants in the industry, we... (Read More)

Day 2.2 - We just breached $16k! Another Stretch Goal unlocked!

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, You did it! We're officially over $16k! That means another Stretch Goal for the Game Mastery chapter is unlocked! Take a look: UNLOCKED! $16,000+ REPUTATION REWARDS & ABYSSAL + ANIMAL ARTWORK We will include a 5 page supplement in the... (Read More)

Day 2.1 - New Stretch Goals & Pledge Tier

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, Following my message from last evening, I met with Tanner and the team for a late night session. Unfortunately, we didn't get to roll any dice, but we did speak about additional content. Tanner and I put a ton of finished material on the... (Read More)

Day 2 - It's official: $11k+ means Softcovers upgraded to Hardcovers at no additional cost

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, Happy day, and good morning to you all! In case you may have missed it, we broke out $11k goal last night. What's this mean for you? All Softcover are now upgraded to Hardcovers at no additional cost. This means the Softcover is no longer... (Read More)

DAY 1.98 - Misc updates + more Stretch Goals on their way!

July 27th - via:
Hey gang, Good morning to our European backers and the rest of the world! We're about to close up shop for the evening here in the West. We've had a truly overwhelming day, thanks to your support. Our Kickstarter has gone off with a flash! We never... (Read More)

DAY 1.90 - Download a sneak peek at Chapter Two: How To Play

July 26th - via:
Hey gang, As I am sure you can tell, we have been positively overwhelmed with the loving support of our fans! We are so close to blowing the doors completely off our Kickstarter. With your generosity, you've already helped us burn through our Stretch... (Read More)

DAY 1.75 - CRITICAL HIT! We are 100% funded

July 26th - via:
 HEADSHOT! Critical Hit! ZWEIHÄNDER fans? Guess who just scored a critical hit? YOU DID!We are 100% funded in under six short hours. Wow! We're standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the most recognized game brands on Kickstarter. We... (Read More)

DAY 1.5 - Add-On Print Edition Now Available!

July 26th - via:
Hey gang, We've been listening to your comments and questions here, on Facebook and RPG forums. We hear you loud and clear: you want additional Print Editions. Done and done! Due to popular demand, all Pledges can now Add-On additional Softcover... (Read More)

Day 1 - WOW!

July 26th - via:
Hey gang, This is Daniel Fox, lead designer of ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG. Thank you all so much for your early support of our little RPG! Our hearts are swelling from the outpouring of generosity from the community. Speaking for the team... (Read More)

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