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A kingdom stands on the brink of destruction, as the vast realm called the Shadow Deep slowly swallows everything in its path. As the army fights to contain the tide of evil creatures teeming up out of the black clouds, the kingdom’s best soldiers, the rangers, must venture down into the shadows to gather information, rescue prisoners, and ambush enemy supply lines. It is a desperate fight against overwhelming odds, but every little victory brings another day of hope.

Rangers of Shadow Deep is a solo and co-operative tabletop miniatures game, in which players create their ranger, gather companions, and play through a series of missions in their fight to hold back the darkness. If their rangers survive, they will grow in power and ability, and be sent on more difficult, dangerous and intricate assignments.

This book also includes the first supplement for the game, Burning Light. In this mission, the rangers must venture to ruined convent, searching for an ancient artefact. As they choose what order to explore the ruins, and thus the order in which scenarios are played, they must gather clues to the artefact’s location. But they must be quick, for the longer they remain, the more the forces of the Shadow Deep become aware of their presence.

By the creator of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago.

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Kai B January 04, 2019 11:53 am UTC
I'm watching the ROSD episodes on youtube by GMG ..
As much as I love watching the show, I wonder: if you don't possess lots of terrain (or even miniatures), then how are you supposed to play that game?
I mean:
- Zombies for the first mission
- Spiders for the 2nd
- Kobolds for the 3rd and 4th
- Apparently you need buildings as well as trees as well as scenery for dungeons
Is that a game for the hardcore terrain builders only?
Or does it work without terrain at all? (And if yes, how so?)

Many thanks and kind regards,
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Kai B January 07, 2019 2:40 pm UTC
Ok, replying to myself here ..

Apparently to play this game you need:

5 Giant Rats
7 Giant Spiders
1 Vulture
1 Hound
20 Giant Flies
1 Burrow Worm

3 Gnoll Sergeant
13 Gnoll Fighters
6 Gnoll Archers
1 Gnoll Shaman

1 Soldier
2 Prisoners
5 Survivors
1 Man-at-Arms or Knight
4 Civilians

1 Flesh Golem
1 Shadow Knight
2 Trolls
14 Zombies (and 7 swamp zombies)

2.5’ Long River
Stream (optional)

Lots of Large Rocks
Scatter Rocks

4 x Nest Trees (Suggestion: make them gnarled, so you can skip the next one!)
Gnarled Trees
Briar Patches
Scatter Trees (including 'small trees' and 'many trees')

Small Camp

4-5 Buildings (Suggestion: make one of them L-shaped farmhouse 12" x 8"!)
Ruined Farmhouse w/ 2 x rooms...See more
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Wes H January 08, 2019 9:00 pm UTC
That is a lot, there is no question about that. You could always buy the pre-painted D&D, Pathfinder, and Wiz-Kids miniatures. After you have them, then you could use them for a plethora of games.

Concerning the buildings/structures, you can buy the Fat Dragon Games papercraft dungeons and buildings.
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Chris I January 11, 2019 7:51 am UTC
You could also make everything 2d using paper cutouts if you really want to be frugal. Also, you can adjust miniatures like the gnolls could be goblins or even Kobolds like in the GMG vidz. But I agree it is certainly not an out the box game. I think it is aimed mostly at established WGamers that are looking for Co-op experiences.
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January 12, 2019 5:39 pm UTC
If you are not a terrain builder you could draw out the layout on a battle mat if you have one of those, on paper or cardboard if not, or cut out pieces of construction paper or kiddie foam from the dollar store. It is a game aimed at miniaturists, but is very flexible in the minis to use. You can proxy other minis in, or use Pathfinder pawns or Arcknight flat plastic minis as cheap generic minis, or D&D flat circular pawns. Giant spiders are always available around Halloween at crafts and dollar stores for a pittance.

Without any physical kit at all, you could use Roll 20, Tabletop Simulator or other virtual battleboard systems for RPGs on a computer.

But it is a minis game, with the implied gathering of pieces, so if you don't like crafting or collecting or raiding other minis based games or virtualizing minis, then it isn't the game for you.
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James D January 03, 2019 2:35 pm UTC
Ordered a printed copy for myself and a friend a couple weeks before Christmas, they were printed and shipped before Christmas and still haven't arrived. The FAQ on DTR's states it can take up to 5 weeks for delivery once printed. That is INSANE ! Still waiting for my copies to arrive. I am guessing they should arrive by Donkey sometime in 2019. DTR needs to up their game when it comes to online sales. To publishers: you guys need to either find somewhere else to sell your books or get on DTR's case about their delivery methods, there is no where on the planet that you can ship from that should take more then 10 days to deliver from, unless they are printing there books on Mars, and even then I would suspect we might get our items before 5 weeks.
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Will M December 30, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
I caved and went in for the lot - I'm especially glad I am getting the softcover because I find the PDF to be very unfriendly to print. The pages have a background color to them and they just do not handle well on my laser printer. The pages are muddy-looking and the amount of toner needed to print this many pages (over 200) with backgrounds is unfortunate. I'd love to be able to get a background-less and more printer-compatible version of the PDF because I do want to print it and put it in a binder.
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Will M January 09, 2019 4:44 pm UTC
Now a hardcover is available.... KHAN!!!!!!

lol - I wish I'd known and i would have held out for it...
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David J December 27, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
I haven't had the chance to play it but I love the softcover book. It's beautiful. It's worth the $30 for sure.
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Raymond W December 25, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
How much miniatures/scenery would I need to buy in order to play this? Would it be doable on the cheap?
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Joseph M December 27, 2018 8:26 am UTC
You could play the game using nothing but printable scenery, most of which you could find free.
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Joshua F December 20, 2018 7:27 am UTC
I bought this game and am loving the way its looking. I am about to try it with my roommates but I am having a little trouble figuring out the unarmed rules. There are a few references to it throughout the document, but there are no clearly stated rules that I can find about what happens when you are unarmed.

Can someone please direct me to an FAQ or a support email?

Thanks in advance.
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Joseph M December 27, 2018 8:27 am UTC
If you join the FB group, there is a very short errata/FAQ there. I will get it posted in a more general location. (Or just email me via my blog: Unarmed is -2 Fight -2 Damage.
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Matt N January 16, 2019 9:37 am UTC
For those who neither have a FB account nor will ever get a FB account, but who really like this game, can the FB content (erratta, FAQ, additional scenarios, etc) be posted somewhere like Board Game Geek?
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Olivier V December 14, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Great addition to the Frostgrave brand.
I have written a short review and after action report of scenario 1 on my french blog :
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Dave K December 15, 2018 5:50 am UTC
I enjoyed your writeup. Thanks for the post. :)

For others who are interested in his post, but might not read French, you can put the URL into the Bing translator so you can read the text in English, or any one of a number of languages.

We are living in a great age!
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Joshua O December 13, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Hi is the PDF bookmarked? I don't see any bookmarks. Will this be done in an update?
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Nicholas B December 07, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Hi, could anyone clarify is this is a miniatures skirmish/scenario game or an RPG? At least one review calls it an RPG but then seems to describe it as a minis game.
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Matt N December 09, 2018 12:26 pm UTC
I'd call it a miniature skirmish game with RPG elements. No GM required.
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Nicholas B December 10, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks! That helps greatly.
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Michael D December 02, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Please could you add an index of hyperlinks to enable quick navigation around the PDF please
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Matt N December 09, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
This would be a fantastic improvement. Index and PDF bookmarks wil be great.
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Kristopher G November 27, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Could someone give a quick summary of the system/mechanics used?
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November 27, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Its like Frostgrave.
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Kristopher G December 02, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Not familiar with it.
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Enzo M December 07, 2018 5:03 am UTC
It is a narrative driven solo skirmish game where there is an AI that drives the enemy. Quote from the book "these rules as a set of guidelines, and not as a hard-and-fast set of instructions. The entire point of Rangers of Shadow Deep is to have fun pushing figures around on a tabletop. If you can see a way to modify these rules and increase your own enjoyment playing the game" To play the game you need a table, miniatures, a couple of twenty-sided dice, a deck of standard playing cards, a ruler or tape measure marked in inches, a copy of the Ranger Sheet from the back of this book, and a pencil. You use whatever miniatures you want. Each scenario has events, these events are driven by a standard deck of playing cards and a lookup table. You follow the missions in the book and you can level up your characters along the way. It is pretty easy to learn. I believe it took me about 30min to read and learn and then I was just playing. After using the PDF, I highly recommend either printing it for...See more
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Nathaniel S January 10, 2019 4:15 am UTC
Basically each "side" rolls a die, adds a value to it. Whoever rolls highest wins. Then you subtract their defense from it, and if the value is above 0, you do damage.
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Enzo M November 24, 2018 4:22 am UTC
I hope a future version might be available in a format like ePub that allows pages to be bookmarked. Also, when creating the PDF, how about including the table of contents as part of the PDF generation because many PDF Readers will show the table of contents and allow you to navigate directly to that section. I am sure I can could print the document but I rather not and use an electronic device instead. Otherwise, very happy with this ruleset and have been playing this Thanksgiving weekend.
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Charles P November 22, 2018 4:42 am UTC
Now the question is whether to grab the PoD now or wait for the hard cover?
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Matt N November 22, 2018 11:46 am UTC
How patient are you? The hard cover will undoubtedly be high quality and will likely stand up better to abuse. I, personally, went with the softcover to get it in hand quicker. My other softcover gaming books have stood up well to use so fingers crossed on this one!
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Charles P November 22, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Yeah good point! I still have my hands full with frostgrave, gaslands, and dracula's america...maybe i'll try to be patient.
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Matt N November 21, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Is a PDF of the Ranger sheet available somewhere? I suppose I could extract it from the full PDF if necessary.
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Matt N November 19, 2018 11:37 am UTC
I, too, am very excited to see something new from Joe McCullough. Thanks Joe! I absolutely love Frostgrave and I am sure this won't disappoint. I, too, really want a PoD option. For me, wargaming is a respite from the daily onslaught of electronics and I really do not want to rely on a screen to play. It doesn't seem like I can get the PDF printed for less than about $15 and I am sure the quality wouldn't be any where near what I would hope for. I have purchased PoD from here before and the quality has always been very good. I am all in - once PoD is available.
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Todd S November 21, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Looks like PoD is available now. I know I'm finally going to pick this one up because of it.
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Michael B November 16, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
I'm hesitating because of the $20 price point for a PDF. I feel I should be getting at least a soft cover for this.
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