3 Reasons I Won’t Shut Up About Blades in the Dark.

So, if you don’t follow me on Twitter it probably feels like I’ve been absent for a while now, and you’ve probably wandered away in the interim. Maybe you’re one of the die-hards who keep the traffic tracker rising, looking to see if I’ve posted anything new or cool to add to your D&D 5e game. I’ve got good news and bad news.

Let’s rip the band-aid off right now. No, I don’t have any new monsters or treasure or that promised adventure for you. I’m a bad, bad man. Those adventures are shelved and while I have every intention of eventually finishing them, they still aren’t ready for prime-time. They need playtesting, and I’m not playing 5e right now. I probably won’t be playing 5e for a while now. I won’t get into my reasons, because they’re multitudinous and will turn this blog into a battleground and I don’t really want to spend this article doing that. Instead, let me point you toward some good news.

My wife and I are still hard at work on the finishing stages of our Forged in the Dark game, Court of Blades. It’s draft complete and playtest complete and we’re shopping it around now. We’re also designing a whole bunch of goodies for all kinds of different systems. We’ve got some 5e stuff that we’re going to be trickling out, so all of you still enjoying that game, stand by for that. I’m drafting up a Powered by the Apocalypse game that’s basically post-apocalyptic fairy-tale Warframe, so stay tuned for that. We’re also working on a couple more Forged in the Dark games, because we obviously have problems with not being hilariously busy.

Also, this is something that I probably should have brought up: I’ve been doing some podcast stuff. Navi and I both made an appearance on Hacked in the Dark, a podcast about games inspired or based on Blades in the Dark. We talked Factions and mechanics while also introducing Court of Blades. If you want to give that a listen Hacked in the Dark is on your podcatcher of choice, or you can find that interview on YouTube. We’re also both in an actual play of Vergence, another Forged in the Dark game, that’s set to go for another couple of weeks. You’ll notice that I was snared for this one by actually getting to play a Forged in the Dark game for the very first time ever and I’m super excited to be doing it. You can find those actual plays at Hacked in the Dark‘s Twitch or on their YouTube.

So, we’re working on a lot of things. In the meantime, I’ve also taken on the challenge of designing 50 one-page Scores for Blades in the Dark. Navi, is doing all of the graphic design work, and it’s all gorgeous. They’re all pay-what-you-want ($0.00 is an acceptable figure), and they give you a little bit of a taste of what Doskvol has to offer. So, if you’ve taken my advice and gone and gotten John Harper’s beautiful book, but you have no idea how to take those words and make them into a game that looks fun and easy to run, then please feel free to check out our ever expanding selection of haunted hijinks and deadly derring-do. You can find those on our itch.io site.

As you can see, I’ve been incredibly busy over the past couple of months without also taking into consideration…well, everything else that’s happening in the world. I haven’t forgotten about you. There’s more coming. Just bear with me, guys.

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