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Nominated in the 2020 ENnies for Best Electronic Book and Best Free Book!

A free, full-length, introductory adventure for the forthcoming BEOWULF: AGE OF HEROES for 5e!

Designed for one player and one GM, BEOWULF provides unique rules and support for single-player games in the Age of Heroes. Take to the Whale Road as a monster-slaying hero! Voyage to the island of the hermit, and investigate the cause of its woes!


Lavishly illustrated in full colour, The Hermit’s Sanctuary PDF includes:

  • a complete, 52-page adventure for one GM and one Player
  • optional poster-sized PDF battle maps for all locations
  • optional VTT-friendly battle maps for Virtual Tabletops
  • 4 pre-generated characters
  • printable accessories: inspiration tokens and inspiration pool
  • blank character sheet
  • rules reminder sheet
  • handy adventure flowcharts
The print book has an additional 4 pregenerated characters, but does not contain printed poster maps or other printable accessories - the maps are too big to fit! But of course you can still access all of the digital assets for free!


One of the oldest recorded stories in Western Europe, the poem Beowulf is an epic tale of hero against monster. And then the monster’s mother. And then a dragon.

BEOWULF is a setting and rules set for 5th Edition, designed for duet play – one GM and one player. Set in the world of Anglo-Saxon myth, no deep knowledge of history is required - the themes are eternal and instantly recognisable, adventures occur in the story-world of the Saxons, and we’ve done all the historical reading for you!

BEOWULF presents a host of new and specially adapted rules to create epic and thematic adventures for your lone hero and his or her companions. 

BEOWULF features a unique new set of subclasses: The Hero, with subclasses for each ability score. It has BEOWULF specific backgrounds, and unique rules for sea voyages, inspiration, alignment, followers, a new condition and more!

Explore mythic, migration-era Europe and beyond, solve mysteries, and do battle with dreadful monsters. Fully funded with numerous stretch goals unlocked, and with writing and rules design from hand-picked 5e and folklore geniuses, and with art from Jon Hodgson and friends, BEOWULF will be a thing of epic wonder.

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May 13, 2020 1:04 pm UTC
Beautiful art, and fresh take on fantasy. Very evocative atmosphere. Elements can be used for other settings, too.
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Michael B April 15, 2020 3:21 pm UTC
The new VTT tokens are stunning! Thank you for adding those.
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Jon H April 17, 2020 1:57 pm UTC
You're very welcome Michael!
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Gergely S April 05, 2020 6:06 pm UTC
Thanks for the free preview adventure, i really love the concept, and the artwork is wonderful! I have only one question: are there two ways for the hero to get inspiration? The rules summary mentions, that when the hero rolls with advantage they can gat inspiration, but they can also get from the protent. Did I missed something, and only one of these options true, or both of them are valid?
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Jacob R April 05, 2020 6:40 pm UTC
A Hero in Beowulf can gain inspiration in all the normal ways a character in 5e can gain inspiration. In addition to those rules, they can also gain inspiration by being lucky with their alignment die or by spending a token from the inspiration pool (if there are any tokens in the Hero's part of the pool). Have fun!
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Jon H April 06, 2020 3:21 pm UTC
Jacob is correct!
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Jeremy B March 20, 2020 3:41 pm UTC
Very nice, love the artwork and "feel" of the adventure it reminds me in both cases of the one ring roleplaying game are any of the same people involved?
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Jon H March 20, 2020 7:37 pm UTC
Hi Jeremy,
The graphic designer of The One Ring, Paul Bourne, and the two artists also worked on TOR. The authors also worked on The One Ring writing and rules side too.
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Jean-François H March 19, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
Merci pour l'offre ! Et comme nous, ici ; Tenez bon !
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Jon H March 20, 2020 3:36 pm UTC
Merci beaucoup, Jean François!
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Paul E March 17, 2020 9:13 pm UTC
Thank you for this. I'll have to look at it a bit later.
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Jon H March 19, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
You're very welcome, Paul!
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Borja C March 17, 2020 4:43 pm UTC
Yeah! Finally!
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This title was added to our catalog on March 17, 2020.