The Black Ballad: A Metal-Infused RPG Campaign and Setting perfect after a TPK (Hardcover)

The Black Ballad: A Metal-Infused RPG Campaign and Setting perfect after a TPK By Storytellers Forge (Compiled by), Rick Heinz, Patrick Edwards Cover Image

The Black Ballad: A Metal-Infused RPG Campaign and Setting perfect after a TPK (Hardcover)


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You Died. Now What? Where do the dead go when they rest?

The poetic mystery of death has long been a fascination for the living. The images of warm hearths and a familial embrace are conjured for some, while others picture screaming in eternal torment at the hands of a demon. And yet, clerics have the power to pluck the dead back from that plane, thrusting them back into their mortal coils or even raising them into a state of eternal Undeath. Surely the gods would grow weary of their clerics pinching souls that rightfully belonged in their afterlife. Wouldn't they?

A partnership forged in fire and blood between musicians, artists, writers, editors, and more currently rests in your hands. The Black Ballad is a 10-chapter roleplaying campaign made alongside DiAmorte's second album, a savage metal opera of cosmic proportions. This saga will let players decide the fate of the afterlife itself while immersing themselves in musical works focusing on loss, acceptance, and determination in the face of one's own death. Will your campaign have the gall to challenge the will of divinity?


- Over 300 pages, designed with both Storytellers and Players in mind.

- Multiple endings and player agency options. Choice matters.

- Full story campaign with 10 major cinematic chapters, 30 acts, and over a year of gameplay.

- A detailed look into how gods in fantasy settings deliver divine magic to their clerics.

- New mechanics for the faithful such as The Godless Core Class, New Domains, New Spells.

- New lineages designed for dead characters such as the Unhallowed or the Soul Stitched.

- The setting of The Sunless Crossing, a realm of waiting for the dead, built to handle the impact of resurrection in fantasy settings.

- Dynamic encounter design to accomodate Theater of the Mind and Grid Style. Every fight is epic.

- ADA compliant multiple formats (pdf, epub, and more ) for digital distribution.

- Full orchestral soundtrack by DiAmorte Composed by Drake Mefestta, Mike Pitman (Riot Games), and Michael Romeo (Symphony X) WITH PURCHASE

- Purgatory Poker mini-game for bartering within the lands of the dead

- Written and illustrated by award winning game designers and artists from around the world

- Compatible with 5E and designed to be easily convertible to any D20 system.

- Audio Introduction by Carlos Ferro, voice of Dom from Gears of War and Leonardo DaVinci from Assassins Creed.

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Product Details ISBN: 9798823203623
Publisher: Storytellers Forge
Publication Date: May 15th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English