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“You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that, oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now.”

— Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep

The vast majority of Dungeons & Dragons campaigns take place in a fantasy world and era, embracing either the low or high fantasy genre. This sourcebook maintains the fantasy world with elves, dragons and magic but updates the era to an age reminiscent of 1940s America, flavoured with the classic “film noir” genre. The end result is “fantasy noir”: a style of campaign where gnomes, tieflings and minotaurs investigate (or perpetrate) crime in the cold, dark streets of a gritty, hardboiled world.

Hardboiled Adventures is a sourcebook that gives you need to take a new or existing setting, as well as the three core rulesbooks, and run a "fantasy noir" campaign of crime and corruption!

Specifically, the sourcebook includes:

  • Updates for existing races and classes to reflect the new era
  • Updates for all the backgrounds found in the core rulebooks as well as many of the official sourcebooks
  • New feats
  • Rules for wealth, weapons, armour and miscellaneous gear for you characters
  • Statblocks for cars and motorcycles.
  • Simplified dice-based rules for gambling, including blackjack, poker, roulette and slot machines.
  • An appendix of re-usable NPC statblocks, as well as rules for updating existing monster statblocks with hardboiled equipment.
  • Once Upon A Crime: a brand new adventure set in the cold, dark streets of Baldur's Gate.
In addition, the book is littered with classic pulp artwork, much of which is updated with a D&D twist!
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May 31st, 2020
I had so much fun playing this game! The theme and the descriptions were very immersive and I very much enjoyed creating a characterin this setting because there were plenty of in-theme options to go with. The book is well organized and clear, [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on May 26, 2020.