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Blades in the Dark - Review

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27 Aug 2020 00:00 #313529 by thegiantbrain
Doksvol, or Duskwall, is the focus of the game, a...

Over the last few years there has been an explosion of creativity in the indie RPG scene. Small games, made by dedicated individuals or teams are where some of the really innovative games are emerging in the hobby and I wanted to take the time to highlight my personal favourite, Blades in the Dark. I backed the game whilst it was on Kickstarter and started a local group towards the end of last year, with a new group starting up just recently online. It's a fantastic system, interesting setting and the two are interwoven to make a thoroughly compelling game. Let's take a closer look at what makes Blades tick and why I think you should give it a try, either as GM or player.

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27 Aug 2020 01:28 #313530 by Jexik
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A friend ran a few game of Blades for us and all but one of us liked it a lot. The guy who didn't hasn't done a lot of roleplaying though, and is more into computer games. He just kinda said, "You can do whatever you want!" And he was upset by that. I liked how flexible the system was with its flashbacks and whatnot.
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27 Aug 2020 10:02 #313542 by dysjunct
Great review. BITD is one of the very best games to come out of the hobby in the last few years. It’s inspired a bunch of spinoffs using the same core system — (i]Scum & Villainy[/i], a pseudo-Star Wars about scrappy scoundrels doing odd jobs and trying to keep fuel in their spaceship, Band of Blades, dark fantasy mercenaries a la Black Company, and others.

The graphic design is also really good. It makes running the game a pleasure, and tracking all the little cogs that make the world sing is easy.

For anyone thinking about running the game, this article is a great deep dive into clocks — how and why to use them.

www.indiegamereadingclub.com/indie-game-...reciated-killer-app/
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27 Aug 2020 11:27 #313550 by hotseatgames
I bought this after Andrew McAlpine wrote about it here... read through most of it. It is still on the shelf, but maybe some day I will get to actually play it.

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29 Aug 2020 14:47 #313606 by thegiantbrain
I've run Scum and Villainy as well. Enjoyed it a lot but it is definitely pulpier. I'll get that review up soon.

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31 Aug 2020 18:29 #313648 by dysjunct
The PDF just dropped for Night Reign a thief game that Kickstarted at the beginning of the year. It's " Rooted in Trophy ," but much closer in feel to BITD. But, as Trophy draws heavily from BITD (especially the Devil's Bargain mechanic), in a way it's more coming home.

It's really, really good, especially if BITD as written is a little crunchy for you. It uses cards instead of dice, and specifically a blackjack mechanic -- the higher you get, the better you do in your infiltration; bust and you've overreached and are now discovered. Has a campaign frame around restoring a deposed dynasty to the throne.

The mechanics are (ahem) aces and underscore the push-your-luck aspect of spying/sneaking so, so well.

It's now out for general purchase here:
sinisterbeard.com/product/night-reign-zine-and-free-pdf/

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