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Enter the world of classic fantasy and old school tabletop gaming. Adventure in the ruins of the past, set out on a treasure hunt in Ruin Masters.

Published for the first time in 1982, and with its roots in Steve Perrin's Basic Role-playing and RuneQuest games, the Swedish "Drakar och Demoner" was known for its basic and fun-to-play system and rules. Throughout the years the game has been one of the best-selling Role playing games and the "retro version" that was released in Swedish 2016 is still one of the top selling games in Sweden.

Now we want to expand this system with an updated, and re-designed English version of the classic game, including a rich portfolio of new art and design, a cover from Adrian Smith, interior art from renown artists such as Jesper Ejsing, Johan Egerkrans and not least Alvaro Tapia, who is well-known for his fabulous art in Trudvang Chronicles.

This game is designed and produced by RiotMinds that brought you Trudvang Chronicles (Voted, "the MOST ANTICIPATED GAME 2017", By ENWorld community) and LexOccultum (named as "one of top five games of 2018", Yawning Portal)

Now, please help us bring Ruin Masters to life!

The game includes tactical Dungeon Crawl AND Hex Travel rules for boardplay! So, gather your friends in this combined classic roleplaying and tabletop dungeon crawl game! Let´s see how long you can survive!

What's included?

The core package (without Stretch Goals) include the following:

  • Rulebook including character creation, general rules and the Caldarox world setting (the official world of Ruin Masters), dungeon crawling rules (drop lists, challenges, spawn lists, etc.) and monster stats. Softback, approx. 150-200 pages (pending on final format)
  • 3 cardboard pages of cut-out miniatures
  • 3x5 combat mode markers
  • Deck of Start-up-Cards 
  • 4-color map over Caldrarox
  • 20 Character Sheets
  • Dungeon Crawl Introduction adventure (Pdf)

Please notice: Dices are NOT included in some pledges. To make sure you get box and dices pick the "Adventurer" or "Dungeon Crawler Reward". You need one or more 10-sided dice(s) to play.

Exclusive cover by Adrian Smith
Exclusive cover by Adrian Smith

Classic monsters, classic adventures, retro-play in a fast-paced, and easy to learn fantasy roleplaying game. Gather your old friends, kids, and family, and experience the thrill of a classic treasure hunt in the ruins of Caldarox!

Ruin Masters is a system which can be used with different approaches: roleplaying, dungeon-crawl boardgame, or even both!

Play classic, old-style fantasy roleplaying, or make your own dungeon using the Challenges, Spawn-, and Drop-lists to throw unexpected threats at the players as they crawl down in search for gems and artifacts.

Sample layout
Sample layout
Tentative Character Sheet
Tentative Character Sheet
Goblin attack!!!!
Goblin attack!!!!

About the rules and system

The game rules have their roots in the old-style Basic Role-play system, now with four characteristics (Physique, Mind, Intelligence and Charisma): each with a value ranging between 3 and 30 (3d10). There are also six broad skills (Combat, Outdoor, Knowledge, Magic, Burgling and Social),  with a value between 1 and 100% (d100) and an easy-to-learn combat system with actions (Offensive, Neutral or Defensive) including attacks and parrying.

A number of Body Points define how much damage one can take before death. The damage dealt by weapons can result in an "open-ended" way (roll again, should you roll a 10, etc.). Armor and shield absorb some of the damage pending on size and type. The system also use a "seven body parts" system.

Character generation is quick and easy (each player plays an "adventurer"). Roll the characteristics, define the skill percentages according to your tastes, draw 3 start-up-cards, equip your character and get ready to play!

The "Dungeon Crawl mode" use the same basic mechanics for combat etc, however each challenge is defined by a roll on a list of challenges (pending on level of difficulty) or pre-generated and set by the Game Master (such as "Clear the dungeon", or "Find the artifact", or "kill the crazy mage"). Characters keep their loot and get ready for another dungeon crawl. It's all about the "party" vs the Game Master!

Same thing with the "Hex Travel mode". Move your party through the world of Caldarox towards the next adventure site and encounter monsters and challenges in each and every hex! Just use the "ready-to-roll" charts and guidelines.

Purpose of the game

The players create their adventurers to play them in various adventures prepared and designed by the Game Master (or official ones from RiotMinds). Each adventurer must use skills and equipment (and friends) to survive and hoard treasures and experience in order to improve the adventurer and prepare them for more advanced quests in the ruins (classic role play). The game is perfect for any gamer who wants to get going and have some fun, just playing some good old-school, classic RPG.

In dungeon-crawl mode, it is all about surviving and reach as far into the dungeon or ruin as possible. As a Game Master you can even have many player groups competing against each other, or replay the same dungeon over and over again, just to see how far the adventurers can reach. Set a goal, plant treasures and drops should they be successful! Tell them about that magic artifact that is rumored to be locked into that last room in the dungeon.  Use the "encounter spawn charts" and start playing. This is Dungeon Crawl, or Ruin-play, as we say. Once you enter, there is no turning back! Cowards must fight their way back, just like they fight their way into the dungeon. And remember, every good adventure starts at the old inn!

Crush your players, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their friends. This is Dungeon Crawl! 

Every good adventure starts at the old inn!
Every good adventure starts at the old inn!
Hex map travel rules (...and random encounter spawns...)
Hex map travel rules (...and random encounter spawns...)

About the setting

Ruin Masters is a generic fantasy game system that can be played in any setting (or just, adventure-by-adventure-style). However, as an introduction to an adventurous world, we also include an easy-to-start-with setting of Caldarox. It's a post-cataclysmic fantasy world whereas the heroes explore and adventure in the ruins of a past civilization, a world full of monsters and treasures. In Caldarox the heroes meet classic fantasy monsters such as minotaurs, dragons, orcs and goblins, as well as evil mages and mysterious knights.

Needless to say, great inspirations is the old-style roleplaying games from the 1980s including RuneQuest, Rolemaster, the first edition of WFRP, and many more.

Play classic roleplaying adventures or skip the story and go all in for some hex-based dungeon crawl bashing and treasure hunt! The easy-to-learn rules fit for both.

Each site is an adventure!
Each site is an adventure!
Cardboard cut-out figures for dungeon crawl and ruin play!
Cardboard cut-out figures for dungeon crawl and ruin play!
Choose the "Adventurer" or "Dungeon Crawler" reward to get a Box and Dices!
Choose the "Adventurer" or "Dungeon Crawler" reward to get a Box and Dices!

The Artwork

As always, we work with the greatest artists to deliver the most stunning visual experience. We believe that the art is a major component to the setting and hence we spend months and months together with our artists to get the right design and feeling. In order to get the right "classic", yet modern and unique feeling, in this production we've been working in close collaboration with Alvaro Tapia (most known for the fabulous art of Trudvang Chronicles). We're also happy that Adrian Smith accepted to paint the cover for this production. He is well-know for his great art for Games Workshop, and his unique style just felt like the only possible choice for us. We're amazed how fast Adrian grasped the concept and how excited he was painting the cover. On board is also Johan Egerkrans who illustrated the retro-version in full, as well as Jesper Ejsing and Even Amundsen. Needless to say, we think that we co-lab with some of the greatest artists out there on this project.

If you want that t-shirt and some other goodies, make sure to select the Ruin Master reward!
If you want that t-shirt and some other goodies, make sure to select the Ruin Master reward!

Delivery

We aim at a delivery of the game in November 2019. However, as all publishing projects, a lot of things must fall in place such as translation, printing, shipping, etc., so please bear in mind that this is not an exact date but rather an estimate.

T-shirt sizes will be sorted out in the pledge survey that will be sent when the Kickstarter campaign is over and we send out the Survey.

Stretch goals

 300.000 SEK -UNLOCKED

50 pre-generated downloadable pick-up-and-play characters. Are you one of those who hate to roll up your own character? We got it all covered for you! We provide you with nice, easy to download, and with picture and everything, pre-generated characters. Just make your choice: warrior or mage!

 400.000 SEK -UNLOCKED

Hard-back. Yepp, let's give this project a little more love. It truly deserves a hard-back. Right? 

 500.000 SEK -UNLOCKED

Ruin Master Screen. Make sure you can make up all your evil plans behind a screen. If we go this far, we give you the Ruin Master Screen!  

 600.000 SEK -UNLOCKED

50 Extra cut-out paper miniatures of monsters. Are you one of those players who can't live (or play) without minis? Well, don't worry, we give you some more of those in this batch! 

 700.000 SEK - LOCKED

Tactical Dungeon hex-map for generic dungeon crawl. Do you love to do your own dungeons and maps, but lack a hex background? This is what we will give you. Labeled Ruin Masters and all!  

 800.000 SEK - LOCKED

Stand-alone poster map of Caldarox. Don't worry about those lonely evenings without your RPG friends, we give you something to dig into and explore further - The poster map of Caldarox!

 900.000 SEK - LOCKED

 A super classic adventure: Tomb of the Lizard King, and Tactical Ruin hex map for crawl-play. Ever heard of Throokk the Lizard king and his realm in the middle of the great swamp outside of Kadd? Well, the legend is true, so you better prepare yourself for this mixed classic adventure AND Ruin-play adventure.   

 1.000.000 SEK - LOCKED

 20 plastic Dungeon Markers to define level of challenge. Flippable markers will make the game more fun since it's not all in the hands of the Dungeon Master now. In Ruin-Play mode this is the factor that can save you.. or kill you...   

 1.100.000 SEK - LOCKED

Tactical Mega Dungeon Hex Map for mega crawl. How deep can you go and survive??? Well, that's the question we all want an answer to. Roll out this hex-map and get started!

 1.200.000 SEK - LOCKED

Monster sheets. Keep track of all your monster stats in these custom-made "mini-sheets".

Roleplaying or Dungeon Crawl? Your choice!
Roleplaying or Dungeon Crawl? Your choice!
More cut-outs
More cut-outs
Dungeon Markers
Dungeon Markers

Use of funds

The funds from this campaign will mainly be used for:

  • New artwork
  • Printing
  • Layout
  • Shipping
  • Editing
  • Translation (partly)
Get ready for adventure!
Get ready for adventure!

Ruin Masters - Tournaments

Our ambition is to host at least one Ruin Masters Tournament/year with prizes and awards once the game is out and everyone is ready for some challenge! Sharpen your pens and polish your dices!

Tournaments with prizes!
Tournaments with prizes!

ADD ONS

Do you need some extra Cut-Out figures? Or some other RiotMinds products?

Here is a great opportunity to get your hands on two other games from RiotMinds! 

Just add the sum of the Add-On to you pledge. 

For instance if you are from the US and pledged for the Wanderer reward, 500 SEK (300 reward + 200 shipping) and  want to add the Add-On 2 option 9 Cut-out sheets you add 100 sek to the sum = 600 Sek total.


      Once the campaign has ended, we will send out a survey and you'll let us know what you’ve added. 

Ruin Masters Add-Ons

Add-On 1:             3 Cut-out Sheets: 50 SEK

  • 3 extra cut-out Sheets (extra figures, same as in 4th Stretch goal)

Add-On 2:             9 Cut-out sheets 100 SEK

  • 3 extra cut-out sheets (same as in core package) 
  • 6 extra cut-outs Sheets (extra figures, same as in 4th Stretch goal)

 Add-On 7:             20 Extra stands 40 SEK 

  • 20 extra stands for the cut-outs. 

Trudvang & LexOccultum Add-Ons

LexOccultum Add-Ons

Add-On 3:             LexO-Core Bundle 800 SEK 

  • Lex Libris 
  • Alter Ego 
  • Game master Screen 
  • Character Sheets
  • (shipping included)
  • (you save 266 SEK)

Add-On 4:             LexO-Complete 1150 SEK

  • Lex Libris 
  • Alter Ego 
  • Roi-de-Rats 
  • Ubel Staahl 
  • Game master Screen 
  • Character Sheets 
  • (shipping included)
  • (you save 414 SEK)

Trudvang Add-Ons

Add-On 5:             TC-Core Bundle 1100 SEK 

  • Player's Handbook
  • Game Master's Guide
  • Jorgi's Bestiary
  • Game Master Screen
  • Character sheets
  • (shipping included)
  • (you save 365 SEK)

Add-On 6:             TC-Complete 1150 SEK

  • Player's Handbook
  • Game Master's Guide
  • Jorgi's Bestiary
  • Wildheart
  • Game Master Screen
  • Character sheets
  • (shipping included)
  • (you save 484 SEK)


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About Riotminds

RiotMinds is a traditional game publisher since 20 years ago. We have published numerous of gaming books for mainly two games: Trudvang Chronicles and Götterdämmerung.

Both games have been awarded with prestigious ratings and reviews. All books have been sold in Swedish and Trudvang Chronicles is available in Riotminds´ online RPG service in English.

The founders: Theodore Bergqvist and Magnus Malmberg have been working with fantasy and gaming properties for 20+ years. Between 2001 and 2004 Theodore Bergqvist was the CEO and Creative Director at Conan Properties Inc, working with renowned properties such as Conan, Solomon Kane and others. Theodore Bergqvist was also the main owner and CEO of Paradox Interactive, a Swedish strategy games developer and publisher producing and publishing major gaming franchises such as Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, Crusader Kings and many more.

RiotMinds has published more than 30 books for its tabletop Role Playing Game: Chronicles of Trudvang, a Board Game, Götterdämmerung game (now renamed to LexOccultum), and numerous of other products of which many is sold out. 

RiotMinds have had five very successful international Kickstarter campaigns: the Fabulous Art of TrudvangTrudvang Chronicles, LexOccultum, Stormlands, Charta monstrorum and two for the Swedish audience Drakar och Demoner: Retro and Ereb Altor.


Shipping

Cost for shipping is NOT included in the pledge but will be added once you’ve decided at what level you want to pledge.

We know that shipping cost is high for some countries but unfortunately that’s out of our hands. Shipping from Sweden is expensive and RiotMinds only charge what we have to pay, and unfortunately the high cost is nothing we can change or affect.

  • Sweden 80 SEK, 11 EUR, 
  • EU 175 SEK - 18.5 EUR - 19.6 USD  
  • US 200 SEK - 21.3 EUR - 22.4 USD 
  • Norway 250 SEK - 26.6 EUR - 27.9 USD 
  • Switzerland 250 SEK - 26.5 EUR - 27.9 USD 
  • Canada 275 SEK - 29.2 EUR - 30.7 USD 
  • Rest of the World 350 SEK - 37.3 EUR - 39.1 USD

Risks and challenges

Translating, editing and printing (that is not in our own hands) can take a bit longer than expected, and even though we aim at a fast delivery, there’s a risk it will take more time than planned.

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    Seeker

    As a Seeker you get the Ruin Masters as PDFs.

    Includes:
    • Rulebook (PDF)
    • Dungeon crawl adventure (PDF)
    • Character Sheet (PDF)
    • 3 Cut-out Sheets (PDFs)
    • Deck of Start-up-Cards (PDFs)
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    Wanderer

    As a Wanderer you have found your way into the wild. On your travels you have gathered the most Essential parts of the Ruin Masters puzzle.

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    • Deck of Start-up-Cards
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    Adventurer

    Not quite satisfied as a Wanderer you went further out in the wilderness. In the ruins of a large castle you discovered an entrance to a mysterious dungeon. As courageous you are, you lightened your torch, drew your sword and stepped inside. You did not stop until you discovered an altar on which a sturdy Box lay together with some magical Dices. The Essential parts of the Ruin Masters made a perfect fit together with the dice inside the precious Box.

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    • Dungeon crawl adventure (PDF)
    • Deck of Start-up-Cards
    • 20 Character Sheets
    • 3 Cut-Out Sheets
    • 3 x 5 Combat mode Markers
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    Dungeon Crawler

    Carrying the precious Box containing the Essential parts of Ruin Masters and a magical Dice set in your back pack, you left the cowards behind. You fought your way deeper and deeper through the dungeon. In a hidden chamber deep below, you discovered your reward; a lovely Illustrated Booklet and an enchanted Painting, which soon found its way into your back pack.

    (A shipping fee will be added to your pledge. Read more below.)

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    • Rulebook
    • Dungeon crawl adventure (PDF)
    • Deck of Start-up-Cards
    • 20 Character Sheets
    • 3 Cut-Out Sheets
    • 3 x 5 Combat mode Markers
    • PDFs as Seeker Reward
    • + 3d10 dice
    • + BOX
    • + Print of Adrian Smith cover
    • + Booklet with Alvaro Tapia Caldarox illustrations (12-16p)
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    Pledge SEK 1,000 or more About $107

    Ruin Master

    Nobody remembers a coward! Only the true Ruin Masters leave a mark in this dangerous world. Your wanderings, searches and numerous dungeon crawls has left you with a great treasure and an honorable Epitaph for your tombstone. Your back pack contains it all; Box, Essentials, Dice, Booklet and even a Painting for your castle wall. BUT most important of all you wear THE black Shirt of protection +1. A shirt exclusive to the true Ruin Masters of Caldarox.

    (A shipping fee will be added to your pledge. Read more below.)

    Includes:
    • Rulebook
    • Dungeon crawl adventure (PDF)
    • Deck of Start-up-Cards
    • 20 Character Sheets
    • 3 Cut-Out Sheets
    • 3 x 5 Combat mode Markers
    • PDFs as Seeker Reward
    • + 3d10 dice
    • + BOX
    • + Print of Adrian Smith cover
    • + Booklet with Alvaro Tapia Caldarox illustrations (12-16p)
    • + Ruin Masters Certificate (with your reward No.)
    • + Ruin Masters T-shirt
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