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Welcome to the edge of civilization, where brigands rule and where the shadows are long.

In tiny villages, people huddle in fear as terrors prowl the night.

Out here, your word is as good as your sword and nobody will miss you.

Five Leagues From the Borderlands is a set of solo miniatures rules for fantasy campaign games.

Taking inspiration from gritty "medieval-fantasy" like The Black Company and Harn, this is a world of brutal combat and ever-present danger.

With a handful of miniature figures, your dice and these rules, you can adventure in the war-torn Borderlands, fight tactical battles against evil and maybe even  get a few coins in the process.

Your characters will advance as you go along, find loot and might even make it to the end.

Five Leagues is a descendent of the Five Parsecs series of games, offering a game experience written specifically for Solo Players:

That means that all the mechanics you need are built right into the rules, instead of being an afterthought stuffed in the back of the book.

We've aimed to make the mechanics simple and straight-forward, to make it easier and quicker to play on your own.

And the adventure and encounter tables will do pretty much all the set-up for you, allowing you to just sit down with your dice and have an adventure. 

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Please be advised this is a tactical game: You will need miniatures, tokens, markers or something else to represent your characters in combat.

A typical battle will have 8-10 figures on each side.

You get a full campaign game to play through, tackling different threats and watching your story unfold.

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What is new in this Second Edition?


The new version has been polished and improved, tidying up the rules, getting rid of excessive dice rolling and improving the pacing of the campaign game.


In addition we’ve added:

Difficulty settings for players who want more or less challenge.

An Unusual background table for your characters.

Monsters from ogres to dragons. And a random monster generator.

Village events.

Encounters are far more varied: Enemy strengths and flaws, leadership figures, unusual battle conditions (from fighting in the rain to haunted terrain) and each type of Threat now has its own unique encounter table.
Many enemies also have special rules now, to make them more unique.

Multiple options for tailoring a long term campaign, such as “new game plus” options and large-scale campaign events such as holy crusades, rat-men invasions or the literal end of days!

Tons of new items to find, including magical weapons, potions and scrolls.

And much MUCH more.

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Ivan S September 22, 2020 10:10 pm UTC
A step by step overview of creating a warband.
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Ivan S October 08, 2020 11:20 pm UTC
Step 2 (setting up the campaign)

Step 3 (Visiting a town)
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Ivan S June 21, 2020 9:39 pm UTC
I have posted a game overviewhere:
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Colin M June 04, 2020 10:26 pm UTC
Hi, I have the 1st edition 'Five Leagues from the Borderlands', am I having to purchase 2nd edition now?
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Ivan S June 04, 2020 10:32 pm UTC
Drop me an email at with the email account you used to buy the original and I'll see what I can do.
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Jeff S May 26, 2020 3:36 pm UTC
I'm having a good time with Five Klicks, and thinking of trying out Five Leagues. Is there a list anywhere of all of the content that is compatible with the 2nd edition of Five Leagues? It is a bit confusing with a mix of 1st and 2nd edition stuff on here.

Any chance of a Five Leagues bundle containing the main rules and a few of the supplements that you would recommend for beginning players?
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Ivan S May 26, 2020 3:40 pm UTC
The character packs, enemy packs, Micro packs, Hopes of Glory, Roads well travelled, the Soothsayer, The Sunken temple and Tools of war are all either made for 2e or updated for it.

1e content is fishing, blighted lands, goblin wars and dark woods. Those are still fairly usable but require adapting.

A bundle will return yeah. I can probably do one this week. We used to have one but it was taken down while we were in the bundle of holding.
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Jeff S May 26, 2020 3:51 pm UTC
Awesome! Thanks for the quick reply.

I will hold off for a bit and see what goes in the bundle. I've got a bit of painting to finish off first and then I will send a warband of highland warriors out to find fame and riches in the borderlands.

Thanks again.
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Matthew C May 14, 2020 3:12 pm UTC
Hello. Very interested in this game to generate a solo campaign in Middle Earth (Arnor). I'm wondering if there is any update on a print on demand option yet before I part with my money? I can see someone else asked a few months ago. I prefer reading from a paper document rather than a PDF. Thanks for your answer in advance. Matt
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Ivan S May 14, 2020 5:49 pm UTC
Cheers Matt. We're still evaluating things. There won't be a POD option in the super near future though.

You can go through online print services to have a pretty nice spiral bound copy made, though I understand that paying for that on top of the PDF purchase is a bit of an imposition.
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George D January 14, 2020 7:34 pm UTC
I know a soothsayer add-on was released, but do you have plans for a full magic system? Dungeon Scum has some exceptionally well made spells. Why not incorporate some of them here? Casters can be rare encounters and even rarer to recruit. This way, the system remains low fantasy like here, but becomes more Black Company style. Few spells, rare casters, and grim results for failure to cast.
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Ivan S January 15, 2020 4:05 am UTC
So with the caveat that plans change, fail or get reimagined, what I have in mind is to do 2 more "mini spell systems" like the soothsayer.

Then after some time has passed to feel that all out and get some feedback, gather it up with 3 more types (likely incorporating something similar to some of the Dungeon Scum ones) and make it a full blown magical supplement.

Once that happens, enemy magic users can also be built into the tables giving, as you say, a feeling where magic is rare but something to look out for.
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Juhan V December 10, 2019 2:41 pm UTC
Will there be a print (on demand) edition?
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Ivan S December 13, 2019 4:01 pm UTC
It's something that's discussed but I want to make sure there's no new things I want to add to the rules, before doing anything like that.
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Wesley H December 09, 2019 12:53 pm UTC
Is there a recommended list of miniatures or terrain to use?
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Ivan S December 09, 2019 3:49 pm UTC
I did not include a list in the book, since manufacturers change what figures they stock and go out of business.

In 15mm, I'd look at something like Splintered Light which makes a wide range of excellent figures. Picking up some medieval figures in the same scale is recommended as well for various bandits, soldiers etc.

In larger scales, I'd look at things like Old Glory or Foundry. GW "Lord of the Rings" is a good source as well.
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Marc B November 17, 2019 9:02 pm UTC
Regarding the section on broken line of sight -

If LOS is "broken" because the target is 3" past an area feature does that mean you can't fire (number 1)?

What does the third bullet point mean? How would the border of an area feature not be crossed?
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Ivan S November 17, 2019 9:04 pm UTC
Condition 3 is meant to account for two figures that are both within the same feature (like a large forest).
If so, they can see each other within 3".
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joshua O August 03, 2019 11:10 pm UTC
To what extent is this playable as a coop and how would you do it?
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Ivan S August 04, 2019 12:35 am UTC
For the moment, just split the war band. The standard war band is 8 characters, so if you play with a friend, each of you controls 4 of them.

Since the war band gets 2 actions in town each turn, just take 1 each (or argue about what to do, that's fine too :) )
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Stephen S July 30, 2019 5:40 pm UTC
Love '5 Leagues' and all the expansions, so excited to see the new edition.
Bought them not long ago, so wondered will there be a bundle deal once the expansions are updated to 2E?
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Ivan S July 29, 2019 1:03 am UTC
If you want to check out a battle report, Jason has one up here
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Patrick C June 30, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
You will want to print out the 2nd ed. if you have the first. I have both, and the second is twice as long. There really isn't (that I can see) any way to avoid it.

I did run an encounter with my band I made with 1st ed. rules. Character creation is a bit different, but not so much that I felt the need to "re-roll" them. I DID convert the "fighting style" to the second edition. In general 2E (as I'll call it) is more generous with weapons, a bit less so with skills.

Regions are about the same, but you should see fewer villages, on average. This makes it a bit easier to finish and move on.

Threats seem about the same, I wanted to start in the Hinterlands, and work out via Borderlands to the Wilderness, and thence to the Dark Woods, &Goblin hills. This seems more "natural" and also perhaps easier for my team to survive and improve before they take on tougher things. I had two villages, Luxing Deeping and Badgers' Drift. Both have low threats...See more
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Ivan S June 30, 2019 6:28 pm UTC
Cheers mate.
Yeah, in addition to the extra material, we tweaked so many things, theres really no way to stitch together a print copy based on the 1st edition rules.

Travellers pack is what allows you to move yeah.
You use the "To region" column on the Encounter chart (page 76).
Any such "in-between" encounter will not affect threats anywhere of course.

You can travel anywhere reasonable based on your map. I play it that they are all in travel distance of each other, but I encourage people to draw up a map.

The threat reduction from battle should be based on what you based.
The default is the encounter table you used, but you could change it up if you felt something fit better in a different way.

I hope that helps
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Francesco E June 28, 2019 9:52 am UTC
No deal for buyers of first edition and all expansion?
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Ivan S June 28, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
Drop me an email at and I can sort something out
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Lanse T June 27, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Which page numbers changed in the latest update, for ease of selective reprinting?
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Ranjith B June 26, 2019 9:28 pm UTC

Another thing I noticed is a small inconvenience. The character creation rules do not list the rules for hanger-ons. While you usually don't create them during character creation, they can be gained via unusual backgrounds (that was the case for me, I rolled up apprentice during character creation). At the moment, the player needs to figure out that hanger-ons are recruited as a town action (IIRC) and then look them up there. Having them listed in the character creation section would make it easier for inexperienced players to find their stats/the relevant information.

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Ivan S June 26, 2019 9:29 pm UTC
Good call, at least there should be a reference to the rule. I'll put that on the list.
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