Questions tagged [blades-in-the-dark]

Blades in the Dark is a Gothic fantasy RPG published by Evil Hat Productions in 2017. The 'Forged in the Dark' family of RPGs are derived from it.

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How should a GM handle PCs picking up NPC weapons?

In Blades, most gear is abstracted. PCs can gain access to new gear using downtime activities such as Acquire Asset and Crafting. How are stolen items (which aren't immediately sold or handed over ...
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Can I just refuse to die?

A PC in Blades in the Dark is in a bit of trouble. All of his harm slots are filled up, and someone's still trying to kill him. They don't care to capture or otherwise disable the character, they want ...
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Can I play Blades in the Dark with a larger group?

I want to play an introductory session of Blades in the Dark with a group of six people, and I'd prefer not to split them into two parties. However, the rulebook mentions party size from two to four, ...
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Does Blades in the Dark need any adjustments to work as a one-shot?

I love John Harper's Blades in the Dark, and some friends and I are going to be running some one-shot games at an upcoming convention. But, a lot of the things that make Blades so cool is how nicely ...
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How much should I try to fit into a single introductory session of “Blades in the Dark”?

I love John Harper's Blades in the Dark, and some friends and I are going to be running some one-shot games at an upcoming convention. I want to have some sense of how much I should aim to fit in to ...
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Does resisting a consequence cause it to have never happened?

I thought I understood the rules for resisting consequences in Blades in the Dark, until I got to the GM Bad Habits section. The resistance rules (page 32) say: When your PC suffers a consequence ...
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Are “turf” claims the only way to obtain turf for the crew?

The rules state that a crew can have a maximum of 6 turf. There are certain claims for each type of crew which are simply called "turf" which I can safely say will count towards a crew's turf. The ...
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Can Blades in the Dark be played in a custom setting?

I'm looking at systems for my next campaign. Currently I really like the look of Blades in the Dark however I have one concern before I invest in buying the rulebook. Every review of the system I ...
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Can I retire without Trauma?

One of my players in my Blades in the Dark game was asking me some detailed questions about exactly how retirement works. According to the Stash & Retirement section on page 43, When you mark ...
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When indulging a vice, can I spend coin to increase the stress relieved?

The general rules for downtime activities allow spending coin to improve the roll: For any downtime activity, take +1d to the roll if a friend or contact helps you. After the roll, you may spend ...
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Are there any pbta systems with built in downtime systems? [closed]

I'm about to start running a Monster of the Week campaign and I wanted to have a downtime system for between adventures to give the players an opportunity to do extra stuff on the side and get a ...