Against the Darkmaster

Created by Open Ended Games

An Epic Fantasy tabletop RPG inspired by the great classic fantasy sagas, built for heroic action and Heavy Metal combat.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Even Darkness Must Pass
29 days ago – Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 03:32:58 AM

Mighty heroes,

A menace far more hideous than the Darkmaster threatens our world these days. As you might have heard, Italy has gone under a total lockdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The outlook is grim but luckily we’re all safe for now.

The good news is that this shouldn’t impact on the PDF delivery. In fact, we’ve just finished editing the original manuscript (AKA the pre-alpha version)! Sándor, our editor, did a fantastic job and made several passages much clearer and easier to read. You’ll be able to see the fruits of his labor pretty soon, when we’ll release the updated version of the Early Access document.

Unfortunately, we can’t predict how the COVID-19 outbreak will influence production and delivery of the physical books but we remain hopeful.

We’ll be back very soon with another update and the updated Early Access document. Until then, stay strong and safe in these dark times.

Progress Update - Custom Character Illustration Guidelines Sent
about 2 months ago – Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 02:27:38 AM

Greetings, heroes and welcome back to our monthly update!


Work on layout and editing is progressing steadily. We’d like to thank all of you who stopped by our forums to report typos and leave their feedback on the Early Access document. You’re doing a great work and your help is really appreciated!

The manuscript of The Cauldron - the haunting fantasy horror adventure unlocked as one of our Stretch Goals - has been delivered and is now in queue for final editing and layout.

The Citadel Beyond the North Wind conversion is taking slightly more time, but keep in mind that this is basically a whole campaign, including more than 40 new opponents and guidelines to adapt Against the Darkmaster to the Sword & Sorcery genre.

Guidelines for Champion and Chosen One Backers

Backer of the Champion and Chosen One levels should have received our guidelines for commissioning their custom character illustration. If you backed at one of these two levels and haven’t received them, please contact us as soon as possible!

New Adventure

Last but not least, we’ve got a whole new adventure coming! We missed The Silence of Dawnfell Stretch Goal during the campaign, but Scott Malthouse’s idea was just too good to pass, so we’ve decided to expand it to a full stand-alone module that will be released later this year!

Early Access PDF incoming!
3 months ago – Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 10:03:52 PM

Welcome back, mighty heroes, we’ve got some great news for you!

Early Access

The first version of the Early Access document is finally ready. Backers of Adventurer level or higher should soon receive an email with a link to download the file (remember to check your Spam folder if you don’t see it).

Please note that the file you’ll receive is NOT the final version of the Against the Darkmaster Core Book.

It’s an unedited, art-free, “Early Access” draft, intended as a preview of the rules.

You’ll find typos and errors that will be corrected in the final version of the Core Book. Also, keep in mind that the wording of some rules and paragraphs may change during the editing process.

For these reasons, the final look, layout, and text of the rules will end up being quite different from the one presented in the Early Access version.


Our editor is already at work, but extra sets of eyes are always welcome! If you spot any typo or error and want to report it, you can do it here:

Please don’t post your feedback here on Kickstarter or on social media, as your post is likely to get buried under all the other comments and we won’t be able to see it!

General Progress

Everything seems to be on schedule for now. As mentioned above, editing has already begun, and after the initial revision of the manuscript, we’ve started working on the final layout.

We’ve also received the first draft of “The Cauldron” adventure, and are about halfway through the conversion of the “Citadel Beyond the North Wind”!

That’s it for now, but don’t let your guard down, we may have a few surprises coming up quite soon!

Digital Core Book now available on Preorder Store
4 months ago – Thu, Dec 19, 2019 at 11:18:39 PM

Greetings heroes!

By popular demand, we've added the PDF version of the Core Book to our Backerkit Store. As usual, you can reach it either by clicking the “Preorder now!” on top of our Kickstarter page or through the following link:

Please note that every physical copy of the Core Book also comes with a free PDF version of the book. So, there's no need to add the PDF to your preorder if you've already selected the physical Core Book!

Early Access Document Progresses

We're also making good progress with the Early Access document. Nik is working hard on the layout of the tables, and once that is done we're good to go. This means that backers should receive a link to the first "unedited" Early Access document soon!

Surveys sent, Late Pledge available
4 months ago – Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:26:29 PM

Greetings heroes!

Everyone should have received their Backerkit survey by now. If you still haven’t seen it, check your spam folder, the agents of the Darkmaster may have conspired to hide it there with their dark magic.

Champion and Chosen One level Backers will soon receive a separate form in which our artists will collect all the information we need to prepare their custom character portrait.

Taxes Fumble

Seems we fumbled our roll when preparing the survey, as some of you reported that taxes were added to their bill when they tried to check out. We have fixed this, so if you run into this problem check your pledge manager again, the extra taxes should be gone now.

Late Pledge

Heroes who missed the Kickstarter can now join the fight Against the Darkmaster at our Backerkit Store, either by clicking the “Preorder now!” on top of our Kickstarter page or by visiting this address: