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Hard Hands - A Guide to Underground Blood Sports


In every plane of the multiverse, illegal fighting can be found: small outcrops of people willing to test their might outside of the governance of city spectacle. Exhibition fights in town square may entice a few, but in the dark corners of the city, where the rich and destitute meet on even ground, people pit themselves against one another in gruesome exchanges of violence.

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The Fights

Functional Rules. Even blood sports require rules, especially in the realm of Dungeons and Dragons. A Monk has absolutely no defense against a Power Word Kill, after all. The rules presented include six comprehensive rules for battle inside "the circle," penalties for fighters who subvert or break the agreed upon rules, and betting rules, including Odds, Payouts, Maximum Bets, and Winnings. 

Terminology. A quick run-down of all useful definitions make sorting through the insanity that is Blood Sports early on, so there's no mix-ups for you or your players. 

Become a Champion. There is more to being champion than a single fight for a belt. Should you join as a contender and fight your way to the top? Find an investor and challenge the champion immediately? What kinds of rewards can a champion expect for earning the title? How does a champion even maintain their title without bringing the game to a grinding halt? This PDF lays out exactly how to handle such things in your own games!

The Anvil

The Circle. In this supplement you'll find a completely laid out fighting pit to inject in your own games. An abandoned penal labor camp converted into an arena for underground fighting ran by a half dozen NPCs to guide your players and keep the peace. 

The Apex Fighter. A champion plucked from the history of D&D - The Nentir Vale. A goliath who has won 18 victories and established a fierce reputation. The perfect obstacle for your player to strive to overcome. 

A Full Roster. Few options present themselves for challenges a player chacter can face alone. This PDF highlights 29 options for such a fight along with betting odds, appropriate CRs, and exact page numbers - to make running these contests as simple and easy as possible. 

Other Titles 

Consider picking up these other supplements to help round out your Pit Fighting experience. 

100+ NPC Greetings 5e Character Sheet 5e Feats Revisited Barbarian Archetype: Path of the Leveler
Give each and every new NPC your players bump into a unique greeting. You never know what kind of fighter they'll face until you roll "Eyyyyyy! *finger guns*" Since disallowing magic is pretty paramount to a fist fight, you may get a lot of use out of a simple Character sheet that has extra room for all those quirky class abilities A revamp of many of the weak/less useful feats in the game. Offering up feats for your players as rewards instead of gold could fit your game perfectly! If BRUTALITY is your thing, I highly suggest grabbing this archetype. It can make for some amazing one-on-one combat opportunities. 
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