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A World on the Brink...

Lightning War is a roleplaying game set in a high fantasy world’s World War II. When three of the most powerful nations in the world succumb to the insidious evils of fascism, everyday people are forced into a desperate war for their survival. This 88-page book includes all of the rules you need to play, from squad creation to tense exploration and deadly tactical combat. It also features a gallery of adversaries, and guidelines for game masters to design devious missions. 

Lightning War is about acts of heroism in the face of constant danger. Creep through ancient ruins and ruined cities. Battle ruthless enemies and dangerous monsters. Use creativity, strategy, and teamwork to win against all odds.

At this critical moment, even the smallest victories could turn the tide of the war.

What's Different?

How is Lightning War different from other tabletop RPGs you might've played?

Lightning War uses an original system that combines fast-and-loose rules with tactical teamwork-based combat. Characters have Attributes rated between 2 and 6. Players must roll less than or equal to their Attribute to succeed. The size of the die you roll (d4, d6, d8, d10, or d12) is based on the difficulty of the situation. Characters with sufficiently high Attributes can automatically succeed on easier rolls.

Each player controls a team of characters: one specialist and two grunts. Grunts can't take actions on their own, but provide passive benefits to your specialist while they're alive. 

Combat in Lightning War can be extremely dangerous - but there's a way characters can cheat death. Once per session, grunts and specialists can avoid a fatal attack by revealing a detail from their backstory. This “Flashback” mechanic encourages you to give history and depth to characters who could otherwise be treated like expendable pawns.

What's in the Book?

  • A broad overview of Lightning War's high fantasy setting.
  • A full-color cover, and a colored interior with lined artwork.
  • Five playable species: cinderfolk, dwarves, halflings, humans, and orcs.
  • Ten playable roles, including the magic-wielding Arcanist, terrifying Flamethrower, decisive Officer, nimble Scout, and fearless Support.
  • Fast-paced and intuitive rules for exploration and roleplaying.
  • A fine-tuned combat system that allows for fast-playing but highly tactical battles.
  • A robust GM section with guidelines for customizing the rules and themes of the game to fit your group.
  • Random tables GMs can use to quickly generate interesting mission prompts.
  • Over thirty versatile NPC profiles, including allies, enemies, beasts and monsters.


Buy Now$19.99 USD or more

In order to download this tabletop RPG you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $19.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Lightning War_DIGITAL.pdf 41 MB
Lightning War_GruntCards_Fillable.pdf 95 kB
Lightning War_GruntCards_PRINT.pdf 370 kB

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Lightning War_Character Sheet_Fillable.pdf 66 kB
Lightning War_Character Sheet_PRINT.pdf 360 kB
Lightning War_RulesReference.pdf 393 kB