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The world is broken in hidden ways. The truth is concealed for the sake of mortal minds. The unendurable reality that boils behind the stars is veiled by the pleasant blindness that human sanity requires. Yet every comforting shroud must fall in time, and for these investigators, that time is now.

Silent Legions is a game of modern-day Lovecraftian horror, one carefully designed to support sandbox adventures by hard-bitten investigators and fearless hunters of the dark. Its clean, lightweight old-school rules are compatible with the free Stars Without Number sci-fi game and give both GM and players a steady framework for plumbing the unspeakable secrets of the eldritch night. Now, after a successful Kickstarter with more than 1,100 backers, a Kickstarter completed a month early, this tome of dark secrets can be yours.

Silent Legions isn't just about traditional Yog-Sothothery. Silent Legions is a creation kit, a toolbox in the Sine Nomine style for creating your own Mythos, with all-new deities, alien entities, foul magics, accursed artifacts, unaussprechlichen kulten, and diabolical dream-worlds to bedevil your players. These tools are system-neutral, so even fans of other Lovecraftian gaming systems can scoop them up to add a splash of fresh horror to their more familiar tentacular abominations.

Not only that, but Silent Legions is built to help the GM create investigative adventures with minimal strain. Within these pages you'll find a modular set of templates and adventure guides that help you snap together an evening's intrepid investigation and fit it neatly into your campaign setting. Like the Mythos creation tools, these guides are system-neutral and can be exported for any occasion when you need something wicked to this way come.

So seize now upon this opportunity! Plunder this vault of forgotten lore. Grasp these dark tools of creation and wield their power to fashion your own nightmarish reality. Perhaps none dare name the things that await your animating will, but soon enough the world will know them well….

Like this game and want more? Grab some more compatible games from Sine Nomine, like the free edition of the Stars Without Number sci-fi RPG, the post-apocalyptic wasteland adventures of Other Dust, or the Africana-inspired fantasy of Spears of the Dawn.

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Dave S November 21, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Is anyone else having problems opening this pdf on an android device?(Mine is a Galaxy tab4 if that's important.)
Tried several apps and they all just crash.
I've also tried downloading the file a few times in case of a corrupt file, but no luck.
Works fine on PC however.
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Neil S August 30, 2016 3:01 am UTC
Is this missing a page I just downloaded it and in the creation of deities page it says "At this point, you can turn to the Resources section" but there is no resources section or am I missing something
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Neil S August 30, 2016 3:22 am UTC
To answer my own question just found them
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Sandra S August 14, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
This game is great -- using the GM-side to create sandboxes for other systems (CoC, ToC Cthulhu Dark, CthulhuPunk, D&D) is great. Using the player side to play scenarios made for other systems (D&D, ToC, CoC etc) also work great.
Using both with each other is of course also great.

Honestly my favorite half of it is the GM (Keeper) side. I'm not that hot on the "template" idea but even without it there are many great GM resources here.
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Brian C May 26, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
I've used Silent Legions to run published Call of Cthulhu adventures. System conversion is a snap and this really adds to Silent Legion's overall utility. Not only can Silent Legion's many charts and inspirational tools for the GM be used for any system (such as Call of Cthulhu), but Call of Cthulhu adventures can be brought right over into the Silent Legions system with very little fuss. It's wonderful.
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Peter H April 30, 2016 5:28 pm UTC
I would love to buy this book in hardcover if they would improve the cover art. It's terrible!
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Brian C May 26, 2016 12:43 pm UTC
True, the art is not comparable to a number of rpg products...but the text itself, ideas presented, the game system, the GM tools to create Lovecraftian pure gold. I can overlook questionable art for the pure 'wow' factor of Crawford's written work here. I did purchase the PDF + Hardcover option, just so I could have a sturdy hardback on the bookshelf and work off of a PDF for utility's sake. A second printing with different art would be very tempting.
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Zera D September 23, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Are there any guides or similar things out there that help with combining this with the other SWN games? Specifically stuff around the faction turns!
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Tristan T January 22, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Not really, though there is a chapter in the book about conversion when it comes to character creation and madness, but I don't think there is any faction rules.
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Ian S April 12, 2015 9:30 am UTC
I am curious mechanically, how compatible are all of your OSR games?
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Kevin C April 21, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Silent Legions, Other Dust, Stars Without Number, and Spears of the Dawn all share the same system, albeit with a few genre tweaks for the individual games. Scarlet Heroes uses its own system built for one-on-one gaming, but even there, it remains basically compatible with the SWN series, trading the skill system for "traits" and using a slightly different system for saves.
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Paul S March 25, 2015 10:45 pm UTC
Can't seem to download it. It never finishes preparing it for download
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Ryan P March 25, 2015 10:59 pm UTC
Yes, I seem to be having the same issue.
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Jesse B March 25, 2015 11:01 pm UTC
Same issue here.
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Stephanie B March 25, 2015 11:15 pm UTC
I was able to download using the checkbox at the top of the DTRPG downloads page, download as a zip file, and extract it.
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Kevin C March 25, 2015 11:21 pm UTC
I think think something might be choked with so many discount codes being redeemed for this PDF at the same time. If any backers can't get their hands on the PDF, just drop me a note through Kickstarter and I'll hand-email you a link to the PDF.
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Paul S March 25, 2015 11:56 pm UTC
While Kevin sent me a copy directly (Thanks!) Stephanie's trick worked too
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Michael H March 26, 2015 2:58 am UTC
Go back to the product page. You'll see the message "you've already purchased this, click to download". Click the link and the download will start immediately.
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Samuel K March 29, 2015 7:18 pm UTC
That's another problem. I see "You have purchased this product," but no "Click to download." I had to go back into My Orders, find it there, and download it using the classic interface. Very annoying, DTRPG ...
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