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With the Ruins of Symbaroum game line, the acclaimed setting of Symbaroum comes to
the world’s most popular roleplaying game rules

 

PRE-ORDER

Welcome to the pre-order campaign for Ruins of Symbaroum 5e! Finally, the acclaimed setting of Symbaroum comes to the world’s most popular roleplaying game rules. The three richly illustrated Base Setting Books provide special rules, custom classes, unique creatures and much more, inviting you to enjoy adventures in the world of Symbaroum using the 5th Edition OGL ruleset.

The official launch date is set to June 7 2022, but there are several good reasons for placing your order now. Not only will you get PDFs of the products shortly after purchase; in addition, this campaign offers a pre-order bundle which gives you the Player’s Guide, Gamemaster’s Guide, Bestiary and the GM’s Screen (bundled with a 26-page adventure booklet) at a discounted price. And if you go for the pre-order bundle, you will get access to an exclusive digital art book that will not be made available to others than Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers.

Adding to this, the pre-order campaign offers a discount bundle of prints, PDFs and Foundry VTT modules, for those of you who prefer to play online. Once the game is officially released, the VTT modules will be available as separate products (with and without prints) in our webshop.

Do you have questions about the pre-order, or something else? You’re welcome to our forum, dedicated to Symbaroum and our other games.

PRE-ORDER BUNDLE

All three core book and the Gamemaster’s Screen with a 26-page adventure booklet at a discounted price.

PRE-ORDER BUNDLE

PRE-ORDER BUNDLE

NOTE: As a bonus for pre-ordering, you will receive an exclusive digital art book that will not be made available after launch – perfect to have on a device at the table, to set the mood of the gaming session!
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This bundle gives you the following three products at a discounted price. For detailed information, see the respective product pages.

  • Ruins of Symbaroum – Player’s Guide
  • Ruins of Symbaroum – Gamemaster’s Guide
  • Ruins of Symbaroum – Bestiary
  • Ruins of Symbaroum – Gamemaster’s Screen + Booklet

You will receive digital PDF versions of the three books and the booklet shortly after purchase. The digital artbook will be distributed separately, within five days after purchase.

Price: Approx. $129 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

PRINT, PDF & VTT BUNDLE

Would you rather play online, this bundle of printed books and Foundry VTT modules (at a discounted price) may be for you.

PRINT, PDF & VTT BUNDLE

PRINT, PDF & VTT BUNDLE

With this preorder exclusive bundle you will get the Ruins of Symbaroum Gamemaster’s Screen and a 26-page adventure booklet, plus the three base setting books of Ruins of Symbaroum in three different formats: print, PDF and modules for the Foundry Virtual Tabletop.

Player’s Guide VTT content:

  • 190 Journal Entries (Rules, indexes and The Art of Symbaroum)
  • 442 Item entries Entries (Classes, Equipment, Spells, etc.)
  • 7 Scenes (Davokar, Thistle Hold etc.)
  • 1 Table Entry (Marks of Corruption)

Gamemaster’s Guide VTT content:

  • 139 Journal Entries (Rules, indexes and The Art of Symbaroum)
  • 7 Scenes (Davokar, Thistle Hold etc.)
  • 27 Items (Greater Artifacts)
  • 30 RollTable Entries (From the guide)
  • 6 Actor entries (For the Blight Night Scenario)
  • 1 Macro Entry (Roll on Tables)

Bestiary VTT content:

  • 115 Journal Entries (Rules, creature/adversaries and The Art of Symbaroum)
  • 177 Actor Entries (Adversaries, Monsters & templates)
  • 30 RollTable Entries

You will receive the Foundry modules and the PDF versions of the three books and the booklet shortly after purchase.

Price: Approx. $159 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - PLAYER'S GUIDE

The Ruins of Symbaroum Player’s Guide features customized rules, origins, classes, equipment, spells and more.

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - PLAYER'S GUIDE

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - PLAYER'S GUIDE

With the Ruins of Symbaroum game line, the acclaimed setting of Symbaroum comes to the world’s most popular roleplaying game rules. This richly illustrated, 236-page Player’s Guide introduces setting specific rules and provides guidelines on how to create player characters for adventures in the world of Symbaroum using the 5th Edition OGL ruleset.

  • A player facing introduction to the lore, settlements and factions of the game setting.
  • Setting specific rules on travelling, rests, social challenges, and the blight of corruption.
  • Nine player character origins with custom backgrounds.
  • Five new character classes with a total of 32 new approaches (sub-classes).
  • New equipment in the form of weapons, armor, alchemical elixirs, mystical artifacts, and more.
  • Spell lists for the mystical traditions sorcerer, theurg, troll singer, witch and wizard, including 24 new spells.

A PDF of the book is included, and will be sent to you shortly after purchase.

Price: Approx. $39 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - BESTIARY

The Ruins of Symbaroum Bestiary presents descriptions and stats for nearly 200 monsters and adversaries, plus lots of material for designing your own creatures.

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - BESTIARY

RUINS OF SYMBAROUM - BESTIARY

With the Ruins of Symbaroum game line, the acclaimed setting of Symbaroum comes to the world’s most popular roleplaying game rules. This 236-page Bestiary, with its awe-inspiring and award-winning artwork, presents monsters, creatures and adversaries that can be encountered in the world of Symbaroum, with stats and rules adapted to the 5th Edition OGL ruleset.

  • More than thirty fully described and beautifully illustrated creatures with the potential to be at the center of unique adventures and challenges in Symbaroum.
  • Close to 60 additional creatures, sorted into categories such as Abominations, Predators, Spiders and Undead, and presented with short descriptions and stat blocks.
  • A similar section introducing 60+ generic non-player characters, grouped in classes such as Champions of Prios, People of Davokar, Townsfolk, Elves and Trolls.
  • Approximately 200 features, traits, reactions, lair actions and more, to be used when you design unique monstrosities to challenge your players.
  • Guidelines and rules for terrain features, covering Cities and Towns, Farmlands, Forests, Swamps, and more.

A PDF of the book is included, and will be sent to you shortly after purchase.

Price: Approx. $39 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

SYMBAROUM

Below are links to some of the most popular Symbaroum products, including the latest release: Treasure Hunts in Davokar. The boxed starter set is specifically designed to let you and your friends experience treasure hunts and expeditions in the dark and dangerous forest of Davokar, including two ready-made adventure sites for you to explore. It also contains guidelines and resources for creating your own treasure hunt adventures as well as the the first official Symbaroum dice set!

In our webshop you can find the massive Korinthia Bundle, featuring the four Core Books, six setting and adventure books, along with two maps. Of course, the webshop also lets you purchase single products and less comprehensive bundles.

Do you have questions about the pre-order, or something else? You’re welcome to our forum, dedicated to Symbaroum and our other games.

TREASURE HUNTS IN DAVOKAR - Symbaroum Starter Set

This boxed starter set for the Symbaroum roleplaying game contains everything you need to start playing!

TREASURE HUNTS IN DAVOKAR - Symbaroum Starter Set

TREASURE HUNTS IN DAVOKAR - Symbaroum Starter Set

Enter the wondrous world of Symbaroum! This boxed starter set for the Symbaroum roleplaying game contains everything you need to start playing:

Featured Content:

  • 64-page rule book, introducing the game’s easy-to-learn and highly flexible ruleset along with its dark and mysterious game world.
  • 64-page adventure compendium, including two adventure locations for your players to explore and rules for designing treasure hunts of your own.
  • The Symbaroum Bright Davokar Dice Set, with all the dice you need for combat, problem-solving and social challenges.
  • double-sided map, with one side depicting the game setting at large, and the other the treasure-hunters’ town of Thistle Hold.
  • A second double-sided map, showing the main locations of the two pre-made adventure landscapes, meant to be used at the gaming table.
  • Six character sheets, describing five readymade player characters and one mystical companion for you to play.

You will get downloadable PDFs of the two books and the character sheets shortly after purchase!

Price: Approx. $40 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

SYMBAROUM KORINTHIA BUNDLE

The Korinthia Bundle is perfect for gaming groups or RPG clubs that want to take their first swaying steps into the forest of Davokar.

SYMBAROUM KORINTHIA BUNDLE

SYMBAROUM KORINTHIA BUNDLE

The Korinthia Bundle is perfect for the gaming group or RPG clubs that want to delve deeply into the forest of Davokar; it includes most of the products that are currently available for the fantasy roleplaying game Symbaroum, namely the following:

  • Symbaroum – Core Rulebook
  • Symbaroum – Advanced Players Guide
  • Symbaroum – Monster Codex
  • Symbaroum – Game Master’s Guide
  • Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden
  • Karvosti – the Witch Hammer
  • Yndaros – the Darkest Star
  • Symbar – Mother of Darkness
  • Alberetor – The Haunted Waste
  • Symbaroum – Adventure Collection
  • Ambria and Davokar A2 Map
  • Yndaros & Counties A2 Map

You will get downloadable PDFs of the ten books shortly after purchase!

Price: Approx. $295 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

THE DAVOKAR BUNDLE

The Davokar Bundle includes all four Symbaroum core books!

THE DAVOKAR BUNDLE

THE DAVOKAR BUNDLE

The Davokar Bundle includes all four Symbaroum core books: the Core Rulebook, the Advanced Player’s Guide, the Monster Codex and the Game Master’s Guide – hence, everything you need to delve deep into the world of Symbaroum.

You will get downloadable PDFs of the four books shortly after purchase!

Price: Approx. $115 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

THE CHRONICLE BUNDLE

The Chronicle Bundle includes all four previous episodes of the Chronicle of the Throne of Thorns!

THE CHRONICLE BUNDLE

THE CHRONICLE BUNDLE

With the Chronicle Bundle you get the first five episodes of Symbaroum’s epic campaign and adventure chronicle The Throne of Thorns: Thistle Hold – Wrath of the Warden, Karvosti – the Witch Hammer, Yndaros – the Darkest Star, Symbar – Mother of Darkness and Alberetor – The Haunted Waste. For more information, see the respective product page.

Downloadable PDFs included in purchase!

Price: Approx. $140 (exact price depends on currency rates and will be shown at checkout.)

ABOUT

Symbaroum is a fantasy tabletop RPG, often described as dark, gritty and deadly. It was first released in Swedish in 2014, then translated into English for a worldwide release in 2016. Since then, the game has captured the imagination of an ever-growing number of gamers and today the game-line encompasses a dozen hardcover books, along with several support products in the form of card sets, maps and more.

The Symbaroum rule set is a D20, roll under, fully player-facing system, designed to be quick, punishing, and easy to get into. Also, it is highly flexible and modular, so those who want more complexity are offered numerous optional rules, or can easily introduce their own house rules.

The game is also flexible when it comes to what type of games it facilitates – action and/or intrigue; one-shot scenarios and/or long adventure campaigns; serious stories and/or furious fun. However, one can argue that the flagship of Symbaroum is the acclaimed, six-part adventure chronicle The Throne of Thorns. Each of the standalone but interlinked episodes not only offer a massive adventure – they also introduce new lore, setting information, equipment, abilities, and optional rules.

THE SETTING

“Like a steel-clad ship in a thundering storm, she cut through the waves of darkness and dread. I was there to bear witness; I am one of few who stood in awe as the first light of dawn got caught in her armor, transforming our young Queen into a mounted, sword-wielding sun – Korinthia Nightbane, our sovereign, slayer of the dark.

The blood that was spilt, the lives that were lost, the tears that keep falling from red-rimmed eyes; the skies filled with ash, the soils turned to dust, the rivers transformed into muddy trenches. Such is the price we had to pay, for the Dark Lords’ betrayal, but also for the hardships that finally led us here, to the Promised Land.

Strengthened and enlightened, we begin again, the children of Alberetor matured into the mothers of Ambria. The sorrow that blackens our hearts will be delivered in tears of hope and joy, not of grief and despair. We shall harvest the fruits of earth and forests, we shall harness the force of rivers and mountains, we will rise higher than ever before. To the pleasure of Prios we shall ascend to a place where there are no shadows, where darkness is no more. Because we are the people of Korinthia Nightbane and we will never be vanquished!”

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The intimate, richly nuanced Symbaroum setting revolves around the Ambrians – a civilization that two decades ago were forced to flee their ancestral soil after a devastating war. Their new and promised land borders on the vast forest of Davokar, covering the remnants of the Empire of Symbaroum which fell into ruin hundreds of years ago. Brimming with natural resources and mythical treasures, the forest calls out to the Ambrians to be explored and exploited, but the road into its depths lays far from open. Not only are the shadowy halls beneath the foliage fraught with danger, monsters and infectious corruption; there are also the elves of the Iron Pact who have vowed to die to keep anyone from disturbing the ruins of old, warning that the ancient evil of Symbaroum stirs in its sleep. The horrors of Davokar are about to awaken.

REVIEWS

“The game that has inspired me most this year.”
– John Dodd, Tabletop Gaming magazine

“The simple system and rich setting, thick with dark and evocative imagery, makes this a worthy consideration for new and experienced gamers alike.”
– Paul Baldowski, GeekNative

“All in all, this is a stunning piece of work. It has all the sophistication of 13th Age, the mechanical beauty of Dungeon World, and the dark attractiveness of Warhammer Fantasy in a comprehensive and elegant game.”
– Rodney Orpheus, Medium

“Symbaroum is a dark fantasy set in a deep and dark forest chock full of ancient ruins and treasures. Its landscapes are haunted, its characters traumatised, and its monsters are pure, unbridled nightmare fuel. (-) Also the art by itself is enough to haunt your dreams”
Sara Elsam, Dicebreaker, 10 best fantasy RPGs that aren’t Dungeons & Dragons

“What makes the Symbaroum Core Rulebook really stand out is its art which is superb, in turns, dark and brooding, dangerous and foreboding, majestic and mysterious, brutal and bloody… ”
Reviews from R’lyeh

THE TEAM

Free League Publishing is a Swedish publisher dedicated to speculative fiction. We have published a range of award-winning tabletop role-playing games and critically acclaimed art books set in strange and wondrous worlds.

Besides Symbaroum, our game portfolio includes the official ALIEN The Roleplaying Game (Gold ENNIE for Best Game 2020), the Nordic horror roleplaying game Vaesen, pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy RPG Mörk Borg, alternate ’90s Things from the Flood, alternate ’80s Tales from the Loop (winner of five ENNIE Awards 2017, including Best Game), sandbox retro fantasy Forbidden Lands (winner of four ENNIE Awards 2019), postapocalyptic Mutant: Year Zero (Silver ENNIE for Best Rules 2015), and the space opera Coriolis – The Third Horizon (Judge’s Spotlight Award 2017). To learn more, visit freeleaguepublishing.com.

We have also published the art books Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood and The Electric State by internationally acclaimed visual artist Simon Stålenhag, as well as the illustrated editions of the Lovecraft classics The Call of Cthulhu and At the Mountains of Madness by the praised French artist François Baranger.