Band of Blades: Room to Breathe

We had our first full session of Band of Blades last night. It turns out war really is hell. First up was our Commander deciding which mission to take on. I had generated three missions in response to the Commander player’s request for recon missions (recon generates a currency called Intel, super useful). The result… Continue reading Band of Blades: Room to Breathe

Band of Blades: Position/Effect Cheat Sheet

After starting our Band of Blades game last week, I realized I needed to get a better explanation of the game's core transaction into my players' hands. So I did up a cheat sheet, which is available here. Position-Effect Cheat Sheet v4Download (Updated to version 0.4 on 8/27/19, 1222 AZ time -- just a couple… Continue reading Band of Blades: Position/Effect Cheat Sheet

The Latest Diceology Episode

Diceology the podcast about gamers

My very good friend MadJay Brown has just put out episode 14 of his Diceology podcast. Mostly it's me talking at great length about our ongoing Invisible Sun series here at the Club, but also about expensive games (wait 'til you hear about John Carter), shared suffering (koff koff Burning Wheel), and a whole array… Continue reading The Latest Diceology Episode

Band of Blades and Recompiling Code

My current favorite metaphor for learning game rules: it’s compiling code in my brain. We started a Band of Blades campaign this week, right? It’s a Forged in the Dark game, so it’s based on the same set of ideas as ­Blades in the Dark and Scum and Villainy. Since it’s my third FitD game… Continue reading Band of Blades and Recompiling Code

Invisible Sun: The Key

Invisible Sun’s rules, buried under a pile of cards and props and other assorted goodies, are broken up across four big square hardbacks. The how-to-unpack slip of paper instructs us to start with The Key, which is entirely devoted to character creation. It’s intended to be used by and shared with the players; I think… Continue reading Invisible Sun: The Key