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Another beautiful day of brimstone, heat, fire, blood and guts. You and your buddies buckle your gear, and get ready to shred the forces of Hell’s faces off. 

HELL GRINDERS is a turbo-charged boomer shooter-inspired roleplaying game about killing demons and angels as the baddest bastards around. If you want to flashback to the '90s, ripping and tearing your way through hordes of hideous beasts with your besties while knee-deep in radioactive slime, all to the sounds of heavy metal and industrial guitar licks, this one’s for you.

Included in HELL GRINDERS:

  • 20 pages of rules, classes, weapons, enemies and tables
  • 4 classes ready to rock
  • 21 weapons and 12 tags to punch, shoot, slice and burn Heaven and Hell's legions
  • 5 cheat codes to amp up your game
  • Liner notes and graffiti lovingly rendered throughout

Doom meets rules-lite power fantasies in HELL GRINDERS, brought to you by Ken Lowery and Rachel Stevens. Many thanks to Spencer Campbell for the LUMEN system, which HELL GRINDERS assumes some familiarity with. Grab your copy here, it's a good quick read.

Speaking of which...


This game is Illuminated by LUMEN, based on the LUMEN RPG system designed by Spencer Campbell, Gila RPGs. This game is in no way affiliated with Spencer Campbell or Gila RPGs.

And check out Talen Lee's video essay on the game:


StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorBannerless Games
GenreRole Playing
Tagsboomer-shooter, Doom, Horror, lumen, Retro, Tabletop role-playing game

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.66 USD. You will get access to the following files:

HELL GRINDERS v1.1.pdf 6 MB

Development log

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Hi! I'm running Hell Grinders on Friday. For the Bard's "You Have My Axe" power, it looks like Harm 2 is changed to Harm 1 with the blue ink mark. Does the power do 1 or 2 Harm? Thanks!

Hey there! Guess I could have done that a little clearer. The Bard's instrument is Harm 1. 

Thanks for the reply!

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Amazing game! Doom was my first computer game I played back in the 1990's and you've taken the coolness of Doom and cranked it up the max! Thank you sir.

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I may have missed it, but there doesn't appear to be a way to regain energy without a priest around. Is that correct?

Hey, sorry, late to reply here! No, enemies can drop energy as per usual Lumen rules - I just didn't cover Lumen in this doc. 

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Hell Grinders does exactly what you need: gives you the framework to run a couple hours of brutality with extreme 'heroes' shredding hardcore monsters that have just enough crunch to make them feel interesting without overwhelming. A good entrypoint into LUMEN and a great system for running a game with a heart made of boomer-shooter nonsense.

Slamming a Surge cola before playing is about the only way you could make this better.

(+1)

The visual design is WILD. Thanks for making such a cool game!

Thank you so much!

(+2)

HI!  Just bought this - cant wait to try it out - noticed a typo on Page 3 (the Marine)  That stat/power should be AMMO = 6 but it says RAGE (probly copy/paste error from Gladiator above it).  I looked but couldn't find a way to send a private message, didn't mean to call out the typo for the whole world :)