Basic Rules

Darkness Before the Dawn is an old-school style rpg based heavily on the original version of the world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying game… BURNING WHEEL! Only joking, it’s a total clone of D&D, but you’re only supposed to allude to that fact, not state it explicitly.

Specifically, Darkness Before the Dawn focuses on human proto-culture in a fantasy world at the dawn of the Neolithic. It uses a classless, leveless system heavily inspired by Main:Die Trying Playtest Zone


Unlike other rpgs, players (and to some extent, the GM) share a pool of characters. The emphasis is in building a community by exploring interacting with the surrounding environment, marshalling resources and nurturing the talents of the tribe, band, or clan.