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A fast-paced tabletop roleplaying game of heroic action in the world of ancient myths.

Heroes of Legend

In the mists of ancient time, a poet sings of great deeds wrought by mighty
heroes—of monsters slain and justice restored, of wise counsel and devious
strategies, of courage, valor, and daring—defiant of the gods themselves. In
AGON, you create these heroes, crafting their epic tale into an immortal legend.
On their way back home from war, a band of heroes become lost among
strange islands populated by mythical creatures, dangerous villains, legendary
kingdoms, and desperate people—each entangled in strife, at the mercy of
the capricious gods.

It falls to you as the epic heroes of your age to seize this opportunity for
greatness—to set things right in these lost lands, overcome the trials of gods,
monsters, and mortals, prove the glory of your name, and win your way back home. In this game, you’ll find:

  • A brand-new game system for fast-paced heroic adventure, featuring simple characters and mechanics, quick location-based adventures, and one-roll conflict resolution. Play it as a zero-prep  one-shot — or enjoy the complete experience as an ongoing series of island adventures.
  • Rules for creating your epic heroes, earning Glory for their Names, and
    forging their eternal legends.
  • Divine Favor, Bonds, and Pathos to call upon for great deeds.
  • 12 pre-made island adventures full of gods, monsters, and people to challenge your heroes.
  • Contests of Arts & Oration, Blood & Valor, Craft & Reason, and Resolve
    & Spirit —testing both the prowess and passions of the heroes.
  • Guidance for the Strife Player, who presents the challenges of the islands.
  • The Vault of Heaven to record your progress towards returning home
    and the grace (or ire) of the gods.

The Trials of Glory Await!

Number of players: 3-6
Age of players: 13+
Length: 2-4 hours per game session
Page Count: 160
Release Date: March 2020 (2nd Edition)
Game Designers: John Harper and Sean Nittner


AGON is the core book for the PARAGON game system. The system supports alternate settings and situations, contained in a variety of playsets. Check out the collection below!


chamber   storm furies  surge protectors

AGON COMMUNITY FORUM (at the Blades in the Dark forums)


CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(83 total ratings)
AuthorJohn Harper
GenreAction, Role Playing
TagsAction-Adventure, Action RPG, mythology, Tabletop


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7.50 USD. You will get access to the following files:

agon_additional_islands.pdf 235 kB
agon.zip 98 MB

Community Copies

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Free PDFs for those in need

Sales of AGON help others grab a free copy if their budget doesn't enable them to pay the listed price. If you can't afford a copy of AGON at the listed price, claim one of these free copies for the community.

Download demo

Sample Island adventure: Kryos (free pdf) 1 MB
agon2e_hero_sheet_revised.pdf 218 kB

Development log


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I tried running Nimos for one player and they were trounced in every contest. Do you have any ideas on how to balance it for one pc? I set the strife level to 4;  wondering if I should try adding another d6 to rolls for an extra epithet of Lone Hero or something like that.

Hi. I have a physical copy of agon and it refers to a strife players booklet, battle sheet, and a downloadable character sheet. Where can I find these?

https://evilhat.com/product/agon/ (scroll down to "Downloads")

Thank you!

Hi there, do you still refill community copies? I want to introduce this game to some friends :)

I just added a new batch.


got one, thank you :)

Love the game, just nabbed the updated player kit. Got one burning question: how is "Agon" officially pronounced? Is it like "wagon" or "uh gone"?

I don't know the official pronunciation, but I pronounce it rhyming with "way gone" with emphasis on the first syllable.

Hey John, love the game! Earlier this year you showed off an updated character sheet in the Agon discord; is that sheet going to be added here? My players find the improvements very helpful!


Ha! I got busy with other stuff and forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I just added it to the zip file here on itch.


Happy to help! I am greatly looking forward to Realms of Khaos :)

Just purchased. The .zip file is corrupted.

Yeah. Tried three times already. The .zip file is corrupt. For what I could see this is an issue that must be resolved here in the game page. Can someone help me?

I just double checked it and the file downloaded and extracted without any errors. I can email it to you, if that's of any help.

Hi John.

Thx for the reply!

If you can e-mail it to me, I would be very grateful! Another possibility is that you can share via OneDrive or GoogleDrive.

My e-mails

patrelcus@gmail.com  (main)

patrelcus@hotmail.com (secondary)

Thx a lot!


John, never mind. Tried to download it in my smartphone and it went with zero issues. It must be some problem with my PC or browser, I guess.


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Yep, I add new copies on Mondays.

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Hi, is there a blank generic "Vault of Heaven"? We're starting a game next week and I'm going to write up a science-fantasy style and maybe a Japanese mythlogy setting as possibles for my players... so Hera/Zeus etc. not necessarily great.

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Yeah, send me an email (it's on the copyright page of the game) and I can take care of it for you.

Thanks that's great. I sent it.


I just bought a physical copy of this from my FLGS, is there any way to buy a copy just for the community copies?


Thanks! I went ahead and added an extra community copy to the batch to count your physical purchase :)


Oh awesome thank you! I'm happy to donate a community copy if I can


Hi, John!! I'd absolutely love to play this game. Unfortunately, I have no way of paying for it due to exchange rates (brazilian fan :3). Could you (or anyone else) reply to this whenever a community copy is available, please? 

XO, Carmilla.

By the way, Lady Blackbird is my favorite TTRPG of all time, and my game of choice to introduce new players to TTRPGs. I think I've GM'd LBB to a total of 20 newbies thus far. Huge huge fan of your work. <3

Hi Carmilla! There are new community copies available now.


Hi mr harper!

I've just created (here) a selection of scenarios for Agon, I hope they can help (or at least inspire) other players.

The only detail: it is in Spanish!

Cool! Thank you. :)


So I recently lost access to a account that I bought a few ttrpg on but still have the pdf on my PC so I'm try to see if it would be possible to get a copy connect to this account instead I understand if that's not possible 

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Hey Mr. Harper, can I translate the free players kit to PT-BR?


Yes, please do!


Thanks! I've did it, and attached the translation of the sample island, Kryos, if that's ok! You can check the file in this link.


That looks good! Thank you.


Hello, I already bought rulebook in other language(korean), so I only need additional islands. Can I buy it individually?


We're sending the additional islands to the Korean publisher, so hopefully they'll make them available soon.
Contact me at my email address (oneseven at gmail) if there's a delay and I can get them for you.

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DTRPG shows File Last Updated: December 29, 2020

What was the change?


Added bookmarks to the PDF.

I got it on DTRPG for the POD and... wow.
I have a question about divine favor. Does the honored god has 4maximum divine favor or it's just 2 like the others and I ignore the bottom box?


You can have 4 Divine Favor with your honored god.

Sorry, Any way to get the hardcover version in Europe? (for non kickstarter people)

A softcover POD is on DriveThru:


And you can get the hardcover from Leisure Games store in the UK. Or your local game store can order it through the usual distribution channels.

if you’re lucky the spährenmeister may have a copy in stock



Great game, really impressed. So much so that I bought an additional copy here to fund the Community Copies initiative - great work.

Thank you!


Hey I recently bought Agon and loved it! The Kickstarter (which i missed) got some extra Islands as Stretchgoals. Is there any way to buy or get these, even if i missed the Kickstarter?

Would absolutely love extra material!


Yeah, after all the islands are delivered to the backers, we'll probably make the collection available as a supplement pdf.


Hi John, I'm one of the fortunate ones to have claimed a community copy. It's a wonderful thing you did to let people such as myself get a PDF of your wonderful game, I wanted to say thank you for making such a kind gesture. The game looks spectacular and I hope it does well and gets the support it needs, and when Covid-19 is all over and done with and my mental health improves I hope to get some money together to buy a physical copy as repayment, and to let others know about the game as well as your other titles. Stay safe <3


Thanks for the kind words. You stay safe, too. <3


Back to say I just bought my physical copy! Cheers John <3

Awesome! Thank you!

Are any further community copies likely to available in the future?

Yep. Every time I hit 10 sales, I put up a new batch of community copies. Sales slowed way down after the initial surge so it's taking longer now to refill.

That makes total sense, I suspected it was something in that vein - thanks for the swift reply!

Hi! Is the sample island playable or is it just an example of what is inside the game book? I read it and it seems to me that is the latter, right? Looking forward for a community copy. 


I'm not John Harper, but I've run the game;  The sample island above is both.  It's what's in the book for that island and is completely playable.  The islands aren't "D&D adventures" with everything mapped out.  They're starting situations+threats+possible final battle assistance.   And as it turns out, they're pretty close to everything you need to run an Island. The rest of what you need is the GM procedure in the book, or something like it.

This game looks super interested. Hope to find a chance to get it and play with friends 


Just to make sure, this is 2nd edition Agon, right?

Yep! (see the Release Date section of the page)


Hello everyone. I would like to request one of the copies of this fantastic game. I have been following John Harper's work for a long time and I am part of the people who will not be able to pay the value of the game, as the dollar converted to the currency of my country, Brazil, is R $ 85.20. I understand if it is not possible to meet this request, but in the face of the pandemic that we are going through, that amount would be sorely missed. thanks for listening.

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Hello! I will add more community copies to this page in one hour at 12:00 Pacific time. Come back and grab one of you can. If that doesn't work out, let me know (send me an email: oneseven@gmail -- with your email address and I can provide a download key).

hello John Harper. thank you very much for your feedback. I will wait for the new free copies to be accessible. if not, I will proceed as directed. Thank you one more time.

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Hey John, sorry for bothering you, just wanted to know if there would be more community copies being added here. Thank you for your time


Yep! I add a batch of community copies when sales hit multiples of 10 (instead of doing one at a time). I'll try to do it at a regular time -- around noon Pacific.

Fantastic! Thanks John.