Blades in the Dark

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This page is for the game by John Harper. For the magic weapon, see Blade in the Dark.

Blades in the Dark is a game by John Harper in which players work together as a gang of criminals in a dark fantasy setting. It was used to tell the exploits of The Six in episodes 3 through 14 of Marielda. The game was still in beta at the time, and some rules and examples were slightly fleshed out over the course of the season.

Blades in the Dark is a tabletop role-playing game about a crew of daring scoundrels seeking their fortunes on the haunted streets of an industrial-fantasy city. There are heists, chases, occult mysteries, dangerous bargains, bloody skirmishes, and, above all, riches to be had — if you’re bold enough to seize them.

You and your fledgling crew must thrive amidst the threats of rival gangs, powerful noble families, vengeful ghosts, the Bluecoats of the city watch, and the siren song of your scoundrel’s own vices. Will you rise to power in the criminal underworld? What are you willing to do to get to the top?

Blades in the Dark store page

Since its release, a number of games have been developed using rulesets based on that of Blades in the Dark. These are referred to as Forged in the Dark (FitD) games. Friends at the Table has returned to Forged in the Dark systems with Scum & Villainy (Twilight Mirage) and Beam Saber (PARTIZAN).

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