Drakar och Demoner
Drakar och Demoner is a Swedish
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Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common...

 role-playing game
Role-playing game
A role-playing game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development...

 first published in 1982 by the game publishing company Äventyrsspel ("Adventure Games", later renamed Target Games
Target Games
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First edition was basically a translation of Steve Perrin
Steve Perrin
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's Basic Role-Playing
Basic Role-Playing
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(which in turn is based on RuneQuest
RuneQuest is a fantasy role-playing game first published in 1978 by Chaosium, created by Steve Perrin and set in Greg Stafford's mythical world of Glorantha. RuneQuest was notable for its original gaming system and for its verisimilitude in adhering to an original fantasy world...

) combined with the Magic World booklet.

Second Edition was published in 1984, rewriting the text from scratch, fixing many translation
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 errors and glitches in the rules although no other major changes were made. One of the available player races, the anthropomorphic
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 ducks, was incorporated from Glorantha
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The transition to a new system of rules began in 1985, not with Third Edition which mostly corrected spelling errors, but with the publication of an "Expert" rule expansion: Drakar och Demoner Expert. This among other things introduced hit locations and the use of a 20-sided
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 instead of the percentile die for skill rolls.

Fourth Edition in 1991 was a major revision of the rules, superseding Drakar och Demoner Expert by incorporating it into the basic rules and then expanding them.

In 1994, Target Games released Fifth Edition. This version was notable mainly because it came with an integrated world description. Changes to rules was minor, mostly reflecting the new campaign setting
Campaign setting
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In the late 1990s, Target Games found itself in financial difficulties and discontinued their line of role-playing games. The rights to Drakar och Demoner were transferred to Paradox Entertainment
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, who in turn licensed them to Riotminds. Riotminds publiashed a new version of the game in 2000. This Sixth Edition was a complete overhaul of the game rules, supporting a much less generic game world. The idea of "Expert" rules was re-used, and many rules expansions followed.

When Riotminds released their first take on the venerable Drakar och Demoner ruleset, it featured a concept very close to levels
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 ("yrkesnivåer"). It didn't take long before an official addendum appeared on their website, "allowing" players to play without this feature. And in the subsequent reprints (as well as later editions) little or no traces of "yrkesnivåer" remain.

In 2006, Riotminds consolidated the line with Seventh Edition, which again meant many rule changes to better support its campaign world. Among the changes was the removal of the basic character stats (grundegenskaper) which were replaced with 'exceptional abilities' (exceptionella karaktärsdrag) and the introduction of specializations of skills. This edition is called Drakar och Demoner Trudvang and is the first boxed one in many years.

Campaign settings

Just like many other early role-playing games, Drakar och Demoner started out without a fully developed campaign setting.

The first campaign setting of Drakar och Demoner was called Ereb Altor (Ereb being the name of the continent
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 where most - if not all - official adventures take place, Altor being the name of the planet on which Ereb is located). It was created bit by bit by different writers through adventures and source books creating a somewhat haphazard world; medieval feudal states
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 exist side-by-side with comparably advanced Renaissance
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-styled nations.

With the fifth version Target Games decided to introduce a new, darker, campaign setting named Chronopia, thereby ceasing publication of new material for Ereb. After an outcry among fans of Ereb ensued, Target Games decided that Ereb and Chronopia both existed on Altor but on different hemisphere
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s. At this time, a table top miniatures game line was also started, see Chronopia below.

Riotminds created a brand new campaign setting called Trudvang which utilized cultures, creatures and monsters based on Scandinavian folklore
Scandinavian folklore
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 instead of the standard fantasy
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Chronopia table top miniature games

First Edition: Chronopia: Dark Fantasy Battles was a table top miniature game published by Target Games. Players would field an army composed of 25 mm miniatures which were composed of pewter, resin, or a composite of both. The game featured eight different armies for players to choose from.

Second Edition: Chronopia: War in the Eternal Realm was a table top miniature game published by Excelsior Entertainment.

Computer Game

In 1999 a Drakar och Demoner computer game was released by the name of Drakar och Demoner: Själarnas Brunn (Released as Dragonfire internationally). The game takes place in the original campaign setting of Ereb Altor six years after the events in the popular adventure trilogy Den Nidländska Reningen.

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