The Dying Earth RPG

dying earth

A future, unimaginably distant…

The sun, now in its dotage is a swollen maroon orb. It stutters and blinks. At any moment it may finally go out.

Earth, immensely old… Dig anywhere and find a buried city or the shore of a vanished sea. Deodand-haunted woods stretch from decadent Kaiin to the Land of the Falling Wall. Erbs and grue hunt in the wilds. Isolated villages embrace surprising customs. Larger towns favor debauchery and mincing murder.

Magic, rich and colourful… Enchantment shapes the world. Any dabbler may know a few simple cantraps. Magicians in lavish manses struggle to master Earth’s last great spells, while all-powerful cabals intrigue against rivals or plot revenge for ancient feuds.

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Visit the Dying Earth

Enter this vivid world in the first roleplaying game authorized by master fantasist Jack Vance. Here, a flashing sword is less important than nimble wits, persuasive words, and a fine sense of fashion. Create an adventurer for any of three different kinds of stories:

  • a typical mortal such as Cugel the Clever, surviving by wits and cunning;
  • an ambitious magician searching for lost lore, like Turjan of Miir;
  • a supreme mage to rank with Rhialto the Marvellous, commanding the omnipotent but quarrelsome sandestins.

The Dying Earth features easy, fast-playing rules that encourage creativity and interaction. No knowledge of Jack Vance’s work is needed for play, but fans of the stories will enjoy the comprehensive summary of the world’s places, creatures, and known spells.

Download the original character sheet here.
Plus one with Trumps and rules info here.

Click here for a complete listing of Dying Earth Roleplaying Game products.


Stock #: PEL001 Author: Robin D. Laws, John Snead, Peter Freeman
Artist:Ralph Horsley, Hilary Wade, Greg Staples Pages: 192pp Hardback

Authorized and approved by Dying Earth fantasy novelist JACK VANCE. Based on the Dying Earth book series by Jack Vance. Produced and distributed by agreement with Jack Vance c/o Ralph Vicinanza, Ltd.

29 Responses to “The Dying Earth RPG”

  1. […] Press has announced that one of my favorite role playing games, The Dying Earth, is available again after several years […]

  2. […] real Jack Vance RPG. Sweet. Just found out about this courtesy Take On […]

  3. Luigi says:

    Hi, any progress on the Revivification Folio?

  4. […] pela Pelgrane Press em 2011, Dying Earth é um RPG escrito por Robin D. Laws e baseado na série de Jack Vance, composta pelos livros Dying […]

  5. Fantastic! I have recently discovered the wonderful worlds of Jack Vance, and the DE RPG seems to have captured the setting and atmosphere perfectly.

  6. Kim Rudeen says:

    I bought a hardcover copy when DERPG first came out in 2001. Is there a new version, in PDF form? That includes editorial corrections.


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  8. […] light of day, sadly. I did bits on and off for years after that, largely for Pelgrane Press‘ Dying Earth game, before going full time as a writer a little over four years […]

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  10. Original_Carl says:

    Hello! In the DERPG rulebook is referenced a certain “Adventure Checklist” also called “Adventure Worksheet” that can be downloaded from

    It’s not there! :-D

    I’m interested in getting a copy of this document. Would you let me know if you know where I could get one?

    Thanks in Advance!

  11. Brady Chin says:

    Any Gaean Reach projects in the pipeline?

    • Alex Roberts says:

      Not at present. But if and when there are, we’ll be sure to let you all know in See Page XX.

  12. Kim Rudeen says:

    Will this new release include corrections to the original release?

  13. Janine says:


  14. Douglas Muir says:

    Question: has anyone, anywhere done any scenarios for The Gaean Reach beyond the one in the game book? I ask because I’m mildly interested in running a session, but I suspect that if I hand around the book, at least one of my players will “whoops” read through to the end.

    Scenarios from other games that can be reskinned / adapted to TGR would be fine too.

    Thanks in advance,

    Doug M.

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Doug. The GUMSHOE RPG community on Facebook would be the best place to ask if anybody has done any scenarios for The Gaean Reach. Thanks, Becky.

  15. RCautela says:

    Hello, is there an active DERP forum? I have a newbie question:
    Can a PC use another style of Persuasion besides his own, ie, he has Glib as the chosen style, but wants to be very Forthright in a specific instance (roll), can he do it or is he stuck with his glibness thru out? Is there any levy or modifier imposed if so? Same q for Rebuff.


    • Becky Smith says:

      There isn’t a Dying Earth forum, however, I put your question to a colleague who confirmed ‘It’s not something specifically called out in the rules. You can make the roll with a penalty of 1 on an ability you don’t have, so that’s what I suggest.’ Thanks, Becky.

      • RCautela says:

        Praises be to you, kind person, and all your kin, by the melifluous fluctuations of our blondhaired King in the Sky!

  16. RCautela says:

    Well met

    Another non insipid question has creeped into my weary DERP GM mind, could you please proceed to revise and non hinder?

    Under the ‘usual’ martial accrutements for each Persuasion Style, there’s a missile object for Finesse called a ‘firestick’. I cannot find any refs. to said item anywhere in the tome… can you please clarify What is it?


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