Band of Blades: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

We wrapped up our tenth and final session of Band of Blades this week, bringing our campaign to a close. The Legion arrived at Skydagger Keep for their final showdown with the endless hordes of the Cinder King. We were, perhaps, more excited for the campaign to be over than we were to see how… Continue reading Band of Blades: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

Invisible Sun: The Gate

This is the second in a series of deep dives I’m taking on Invisible Sun, Monte Cook Games’ sprawling, prestige tabletop RPG. If you want to start at the beginning, go here. Invisible Sun’s Killer App My first exposure to Cypher was via No Thank You, Evil!, a game targeted at kids. In that iteration,… Continue reading Invisible Sun: The Gate

Clocks: Forged in the Dark’s Underappreciated Killer App

Apocalypse World introduced the word “clocks” to storygaming. Ye olde AW clocks were checklists of escalating narrative events. The MC could tick a slice of that clock and the event associated with that tick would happen. Or if the listed event happened, the MC could advance the clock to that point. AW clocks are prescriptive… Continue reading Clocks: Forged in the Dark’s Underappreciated Killer App

Band of Blades and What Even is Forged in the Dark?

Today I offer you three short posts for the price of one. Had an interesting conversation with a prominent indie game publisher/designer recently. It came on the heels of our second "full" session of Band of Blades, which has been on my mind a lot lately. The core of the discussion was, basically, what is… Continue reading Band of Blades and What Even is Forged in the Dark?

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