Ruins of DOOM: AGON Playset
A downloadable game
RUINS OF DOOM is an Old-School Renaissance fantasy dungeon crawler playset for the PARAGON system from the AGON roleplaying game. A copy of AGON is required to play. For more on the PARAGON system, including how to publish your own playsets, visit AGON-RPG.com.
Ruins of Doom is an OSR fantasy dungeon crawler, inspired by Darkest Dungeon and Torchbearer - that means you can expect a
game full of brutality, with a very high mortality rate. It’s a
low-magic fantasy game with a lot of random tables, dungeon crawling,
dangerous enemies, and deadly traps.
If you want to play a game like that but with narrative mechanics supporting high players agency and modern conflict resolution… this playset is for you.
Are you and your friends brave enough to delve into the deeper ruins of the underworld? Can the dungeoneers survive their journey? Will someone collect a Doom’s Shard, defeating the Eldritch Horrors?
If you dare… good luck.
WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN THE GAME
- The simplicity of a MODERN NARRATIVE GAME, like AGON rpg
- The OSR GAME STYLE - rulings not rules
- A FREE-FORM MAGIC system
- Short-terms, Long-terms, and Permanent character's conditions
- LOW PREP. GAME - includes a full guide to create an adventure and a dungeon full of traps, enemies, and treasures
- A Bestiary with 20 different creatures
- 10 tables to generate random contents
- A standard pdf character sheet or a simplified character sheet for online play.
If you want a printed version, it's available on Amazon:
- Number of players: 3-6
- Age of players: 13+
- Length: 2-4 hours per session
- Page Count: 40
|Tags||Action-Adventure, Action RPG, agon, Dungeon Crawler, Fantasy, oldschool, OSR, roleplaying-game, Tabletop role-playing game|
|Average session||A few hours|
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- Update 2Feb 28, 2021
- Printed version available!Feb 14, 2021
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- Update 1Feb 08, 2021
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I bought the books and looked through it yesterday. I like how you tweak Agon into grim & gritty dungeon crawling. As a fan of both Torchbearer and OSR, I love your work!
And one thing I would like to ask you: Can I play Ruin of Doom in traditional OSR-style? (For example, Can I find secret door or sideway? Loot enemy and open treasure chest other than adventure reward? Or using 10-feet pole and disarming trap without contests?)
Hi! Thank you for your kindest words :) I hope you will enjoy the game.
About your question: the standard Paragon System flow for a scene is: the GM reveals the scene (frames the scene) and the players will play it (it's a roleplaying game, of course). Then, the GM should ask leading questions, pushing the scene to a Trial (a conflict). The conflict will lead to the next situation (next scene).
During the first phase, you are in the free game. Some GMs prefer having a short scene and moving from a scene to the next with high pacing. But you can extend this phase as you (and the other players) want.
Finding a secret door can reveal to the player different options to face the enemies, or opening a chest can add Advantage Dice to the players, for example.
I really like to work with the Paragon System framework because it's very freely in these details.
One more question. Does Wild Magic use Knowledge Domain?
To use the Wild Magic you need to spend Magic Scroll charges. The more chargers you spend, the more powerful will be the effect - BUT more dangerous can be the consequences of the Wild Magic: per each charge spent, you will roll one time on the Wild Magic Effect table.
The Knowledge Domain is used to face contents of Knowledge like, i.e., solving a puzzle or talking with an ancient God in a forgotten language.
Loved your take on the system!
2 cents of feedback here:
-I think the art inside is a lot more appealing than the cover. Are you really committed to the cover as is?
-page 14 > you use doom level and darkness level
-page 18 >
Hi! Thank you for your feedback.
I’ll update the text tomorrow, fixing the errors you found.
About the cover: I’m happy with it. It’s in a similar art style of darkest dungeon and I love the mood. But I guess it’s a matter of personal taste - maybe I should try a couple of tests to understand what’s the best cover for the players or create an alternate cover version