This is a free PDF sample from the Symbaroum Core book. Aside from the introductory adventure The Promised Land it contains a narrative tutorial, explaining the core rule set and describing how the conversation between player and GM may flow while the game is played.
The land you are leaving is barren and dead, ravaged by dark magic. Before you lies Ambria with its rampant rivers, bountiful forests and fertile soils, promising well-earned rest for weary souls. But will it deliver? The region you are headed for is ancient. Under the sublime surface, age-old conflicts still run hot and the northbound refugees gush out over the landscape like lamp oil over a smoldering hearth.
A wintry breeze follows you and your companions through the Titans, the mountain range separating the dead Alberetor in the south from Ambria up north. It is still far from certain that you will reach your destination. Many of your exiled brothers and sisters have perished on the way, from hunger or exhaustion or in the jaws of predators roaming the wilds. And for you there is yet another cause for concern – some of your companions claim to hear a whispering voice in the gusts of snowy mountain air.
"Järnringen has put together a gorgeous physical product. Whatever the format, the sumptuous artwork provides an impressive view into the world of Symbaroum. Many of the images using broad strokes of light and shade, imbuing the world with a brooding and somewhat indistinct atmosphere. The townscapes of Yndaros and Thistle Hold appear wreathed in obscuring mists like some pervasive corruption mirroring that of the wild and ancient lands of Davokar to the north.
For those who favour the dark, Symbaroum will be brutal. I can imagine that this game will have as many Total Party Kills as some of the classics. When I last played Advanced Dungeons & Dragons I feared for my characters life with every footfall. Those travelling the paths of darkest Davokar should do the same.
Symbaroum follows the increasingly familiar Scandi Drama theme of dark and haunting landscapes filled with enigmatic and damaged characters in complex relationships. The simple system and rich setting, thick with dark and evocative imagery, makes this a worthy consideration for new and experienced gamers alike."