Court of Blades is our successfully Kickstarted, campaign-length, Forged in the Dark game of power politics, gunpowder diplomacy, renaissance magic, and romantic skullduggery. Named in the Top 20 TTRPGs of 2022 by Gizmodo.
The digital PDF version comes complete with a Quickstart Kit with starting scenarios and pregenerated characters to get you into the action immediately, and a bonus Artbook.
Court of Blades takes place in the vibrant, fantasy renaissance city-state of Ilrien, in a world populated by scheming nobles, court magicians, and dashing duelists.
As a noble retainer, you will engage in the polite civil warfare of the great families. You will host lavish balls, and manipulate the courts, uncover the plots of your rivals, protect the city from arcane dangers, manage your own intrigues and personal scandals, leverage your reputations, connections, and so much more.
Inspired by infamous warring families like history’s Medicis and Pazzis, Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets, or Game of Thrones’ Starks and Lannisters, in Court of Blades you will take on the role of a talented retainer to a newly risen House of the Esultare in the great city of Ilrien. The Esultare, composed of the six Houses Major, are considered to be the most powerful families in the Principalities. Amongst them they have their own pecking order, and every citizen of Ilrien is aware of every house’s position within that order.
We play to find out if our noble retainers can play the Great Game and win it all, or if they’ll fall prey to the machinations of their rivals or their own human failings.
Court of Blades is built on the bones of John Harper’s Forged in the Dark system. It is a fiction-first, d6 dice pool game that is easy to play and focuses on the action, while giving you all of the tools you need to tell incredible stories with mechanical support. Responsibility for shaping the story is shared equally amongst the group, and there is very little GM prep-work to be done before each game.