A downloadable Roleplaying Game

Challengers of Vanth is an RPG that applies the minimalist rules of MÖRK BORG to the gonzo hoblings-and-phasers world of Vanth as depicted in the lost 1978 RPG Encounter Critical by Hank Riley and Jim Ireland.

Challengers of Vanth is a love letter to an era, a tribute to an age when you liked awesome stuff solely because it was awesome.

Challengers of Vanth offers an alternative setting to the fatalistic doom of MÖRK BORG. While the amazing setting of MÖRK BORG explores the weighty concepts associated with an inevitable eschaton of a dark and gloomy land of corruption, Vanth is a world inspired by paintings on the sides of vans, sci-fi and fantasy TV shows and movies from the 60s and 70s, and Sword and Sorcery comics from the late 70s.

The world of Vanth is an RPG setting created by two overconfident geniuses from 1978, unencumbered by restraint or subtlety or tradition.

Challengers of Vanth is everything you thought was cool when you, or probably your parents, were 12-15, everything cheesy and amazing and mind-blowing created between 1960-1985.

Challengers of Vanth is a glam-rock barbarian with a machine gun standing atop a mountain while a lightning storm rages in the background. 

Challengers of Vanth is a warlock casting fiery spells at hissing sleestaks from Land of the Lost on the top of an Ark II speeding across the desert. 

Challengers of Vanth is Caroline Munro and David Hasselhoff in Starcrash.

Challengers of Vanth is drawing lightning bolts on the cover of your Trapper Keeper. 

Challengers of Vanth is renting a VHS from the sci-fi rack at the neighborhood video rental shop after midnight.

Challengers of Vanth is an independent production by Christian Conkle and is not affiliated with Ockult Örtmästare Games or Stockholm Kartell. It is published under the MÖRK BORG Third Party License.

MÖRK BORG is copyright Ockult Örtmästare Games and Stockholm Kartell.


Challengers of Vanth creator.xlsx 77 kB
The Lost Pyramid of Ssarkon.pdf 11 MB
Challengers of Vanth.pdf 18 MB
Opponent Opuscule.pdf 12 MB

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Any chance to have .epub versions, or something that is more phone size device readable for aging eyes?

Hmm.. I don't know. I've never published to .epub so I'm not familiar with what it takes. I'll look into it.

As you can see, looking forward to some mayhem in November!

Link to RPG Alliance Con event: Lost Pyramid of Ssarkon


How did the game go?

Was turned on to this by S. Gomez at GameHoleCon 2022.  Just read the rules and as an Encounter Critical lover (but never could find the right group), I am really enjoying.  Thank you!

Nice. Thank you very much. I'm working on more Vanth content coming soon. Check out the Facebook group

The Lost Pyramid of Ssaron PDF might have 2 extra blank pages, second and third last pages.

Thanks for the heads up. Fixed and reuploaded. 

Thanks. And thanks for making and sharing.  The world needs more TYRPG fan-fiction.