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This is the playtest version of the Against the Fall of Night TTRPG.  More about the playtest status can be found below.  What this means, in short, is that you can expect limited or no art, formatting, and incomplete rules all over the place.  Your one-time purchase will entitle you to all playtest updates made, right up until the final playtest version.  The final playtest version will be the complete text of the game, but will be missing elements like art and layout.  The release version will be available separately when it is completed.

Against the Fall of Night

Against the Fall of Night (AFN) is a TTRPG about fighting against the coming darkness.  The Night will fall.  You can't stop it.  That the fight is impossible makes it no less important.  You can't stop the Night, but by bringing together and protecting as much as you can, you can keep the world together long enough to see the Dawn.

In the world of AFN, Night does not refer merely to what happens when the sun goes down.  Night is an existential force, the terror that lies beyond, the darkness from without, a force and a place that is not of our world, but that wants very badly to make our world like it.  Every day when the world shelters your view from the sun, that's not Night.  That's just an ordinary night.  Night is a longer cycle, when darkness creeps out from the places between shadows.  When silence rings out, clear as a bell.  When every mistake you have made, every fear you have, every dream you have been denied, rushes into your thoughts with crystal clarity.  These things are the first stirrings of a true Night.  Night is a slow corruption of the normal, a destruction of safety, a denial of predictability.  When you hear a strange noise at 3 am, it could be anything.  In the clear light of day, that was obviously just the house settling.  At 3 am, it could have been an intruder or a monster or an extradimensional rift.  These impressions are the leakage of true Night into any ordinary night.  In an ordinary night, it is a passing fear, pushed away and laughed at nervously later.  In true Night; who can say what fear might reveal, or what might pass through the darkness?

Night has fallen before, and it will fall again.  Every time, the Dawn has come, its clear light banishing the Night.  By default, an AFN campaign is set at Nightfall, when the Night is just beginning.  Will your heroes be able to defend the world against the encroaching Night, and protect it long enough for Dawn to end this cursed Night?  Will Night find a way to banish the light of hope, and prevent the Dawn from ever arriving?

Night falls, but heroes rise.  In AFN, you play those heroes.  With unique yet intuitive mechanical innovations, AFN keeps combat fresh and interesting without bogging itself down in the details.  Powered by the Nightfall Engine, AFN aims to make sure that every choice offered to a player is an interesting choice; we don't believe that you need to waste your time making obvious choices or false choices.  Resolution is quick and easy, using a system of Tests and Checks; Tests are rolled on a d20 and always have a fixed target number (10), while Checks are rolled on 2d6 and have varied TN by difficulty.  In combat, characters spend Attack Points, Defense Points, and Magic Points to use combat techniques and cast spells, allowing all characters to make interesting choices with every action they take; but make sure you don't leave yourself open, as an attack that catches you off guard can cause serious harm to even an experienced hero.

In addition to the playtest document, a short introductory adventure is included, Heroes Rise.  The heroes have found a village that has become a Nightmare.  They must find the Anchor and defeat it to cleanse the Nightmare.


This is a playtest document.  The current version is Playtest 0.3.  Playtest 0.3 contains a full and complete core game system, along with all classes fully playable from level 1-6.  (The level cap in AFN is 6.)

A selection of feats, spells, rituals, combat techniques, monsters, and magic items are included.  More of these have been added since version 0.1 and version 0.2; further expansion of these elements are planned.

Hints at what a setting region might be like are included.  Expansion of the setting is planned.

Random generation tables for Nightmare elements are included, along with suggestions towards a procedural generation system for building and evolving Nightmares as gameplay progresses.  Further expansions of these tables is planned.

There is no art included, and no editing, layout, or sensitivity reading has been performed on the playtest document.  It is basically just text.


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In order to download this TTRPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Against the Fall of Night Playtest 0.3.pdf 1 MB
Against the Fall of Night Playtest 0.2.pdf 1,022 kB
Heroes Rise.pdf 2 MB
Against the Fall of Night Playtest 0.1.pdf 1 MB

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I am new to TTRPG. It seems this information is not included on a lot of game descriptions on itch.io. Maybe it’s obvious to most people, but not to me!

  • How many players does this game support? (please clarify if it includes or excludes the GM)
  • What is the average play time?
  • Is there a solo mode or not?


*Theoretically, any number of players + 1 GM.  In practice, it works best with 1 GM + 3-6 players.

*Average play time is entirely up to the group and what you choose to do during the playtime.  In playtesting, an average combat encounter has taken around 15-20 minutes.  I've run sessions between 1 hour and 4 hours that all felt like they were useful lengths, but it would probably be hard to get a lot done in under an hour. 

*There is no solo mode.

As a side note just to make sure you're aware, this game is currently a playtest version and is not a completed product.  I do plan to include this kind of information and some examples of play in a final version, but we're a long way away from that right now.  I am working on the bestiary currently and hope to have an update relatively soon, but my day job is not giving me a lot of time to work on it so 'relatively soon' is likely to be measured in months.