Blades in the Dark

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UPC: 9781613171325
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Blades in the Dark is a roleplaying 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?

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Rules to create your scoundrel using the following character archetypes: the Cutter, the Hound, the Leech, the Lurk, the Slide, the Spider, or the Whisper.
  • Rules to create your crew, built from types like Assassins, Bravos, a Cult, Hawkers, Shadows, or Smugglers.
  • A robust core mechanic which puts the fiction first—the strength of a character’s position (desperate, risky, or controlled) matters just as much as the character’s ability scores.
  • A lightning-fast mechanic for planning criminal operations to cut through the usual slog of planning at the game table.
  • Rules for alchemical experiments, gadget tinkering, and weird occult powers—including rules for playing Ghosts and other strange beings.
  • A setting guide to the haunted city of Doskvol, with all the maps, factions, NPCs, schemes, and opportunities you need to run an exciting sandbox game.


  • 2016 Indie RPG Award for Game of the Year
  • 2016 Indie RPG Award for Best Production
  • 2016 Indie RPG Award for Best Support
  • 2017 Origins Award nominee for Best Roleplaying Game
  • 2018 ENnie Nominee for Best Game, Product of the Year


System: Forged in the Dark
Mechanic: GM & Dice (d6)
Number of Players: 3 - 6
Genre: Steampunk
Tone: Serious
Themes: Corruption, Espionage, Moral Ambiguity