Monday, 1 August 2016

Blade Bind: Sword Practise

I just released Blade Bind: Sword Practise, a FREE introduction to the card-based duelling system that forms the mechanical heart of Blade Bind. With it, you can get a feel for the sword-fighting and test your skill against a friend or a random game-controlled NPC.

The full game includes much more of course, including —

  • A character creation system that sets the Chosen up in a web of conflicting goals.
  • Techniques that make each of the predefined Blade flavoursome and unique. You can also pick and match to create your own custom Blade.
  • A Will/Power system that tempts you to increase your power while walking the fine line of control over your Blade.
  • Winning a Duel gives you the power to achieve a goal, or rewrite a goal for yourself or one of the losers.
  • Quickstart setups for a three or four player game.
  • Advice for facilitating a session.

I still have some illustrations to do, but the bulk of the editing and layout is done already. I'm planning to run a small Kickstarter in the next couple of months, mostly so I can pay for an editor to give it a once-over, and also to crowd-source a bunch of external feedback and playtesters so I can get it into the best possible shape before releasing the PDF and print-on-demand books to the public.

I'll talk more about my Kickstarter plans in another post.

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