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Do you remember the Indie RPG, The Riddle of Steel by Jake Norwood?

Blade of the Iron Throne is its licensed successor game of blood-red Sword & Sorcery, inspired by the pulp tales of authors such as Clark Ashton Smith, Manly Wade Wellman, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Leiber, Catherine Lucille Moore, and Henry Kuttner!

Do you have a taste for exciting melee rules that emphasize using maneuvers and pressing advantage over your opponent-- not simply taking turns hitting each other?

Does your gaming group insist on the story being player-driven rather than referee-driven?

Do you lament the fact that there is so little gaming material out there that supports the Swords & Sorcery literary genre?

If you answered "Yes!!" to any or even all of these questions, then fire up your Basil Poledouris Conan soundtrack and get gaming, because Blade of the Iron Throne has been designed for you and your gaming group!

This revised edition of Blade is a new B&W version, and features new art pieces funded by our recent Kickstarter, errata correction, improved fonts, layout and more! A comprehensive review has been posted at

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George F June 08, 2023 1:19 pm UTC
Is there any chance of getting a hardcover of this? Or a standard color hardcover?
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tobi R May 03, 2022 8:18 pm UTC
is there anyway to create bookmarks in this pdf ?
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Jonathan M June 01, 2018 5:03 am UTC
So I do have to ask... how much of Riddle of Steel is in Blade of the Iron Throne? Is this essentially RoS 2.0 or RoS Remastered? If i have any of the books for RoS by Driftwood, will they be compatible? Thank you!!
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Mark B April 14, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Why does this book is allowed to have copyrighted images of games like Diablo, Skyrim and still be sold?
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William J September 03, 2017 12:44 am UTC
It doesn't.
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Michael T December 28, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
What size is the book? thanks!
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Kevin M April 19, 2016 12:47 pm UTC
Paxton, you may want to watch this:

Obvious logic doesn't always match up with historical technique and real world practice.
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Paxton K May 08, 2015 6:38 pm UTC
To begin, I really want to give the authors of this work the credit due. Clearly a labor of love and they are VERY active in the community.
My review was less than positive and perhaps I was a little more "snippy" than I should have been.
They posted my review in their forums for discussion. I really liked the idea.

Except the part where they attached my name to it.

A little too personal, I feel.

Some comments were useful or sympathetic, even if they disagreed; but some were just kind of rude.

I would like to offer a defense without being defensive.

Death Blow.
Grasping a sword by the blade and using it to bludgeon heavily armored foes. A sword is a sword. No. the balance makes the possibility almost insanity. "Hilt Heavy" or "fencing weapons" sometimes used this maneuver, aimed at an unprotected face, never a helmet. A "Blade Heavy" sword would make this counter productive like hitting someone...See more
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Phillip J May 08, 2015 8:04 pm UTC
Hello Sir,
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know again how much we all appreciate your opinions, and though others may disagree with your conclusions, that will never preclude a healthy respectful discussion of your review. I unwittingly left your name in the review when I cut and pasted it into the forum, but now that you have alerted me that this made you uncomfortable have removed your name from the text.

I do apologize.

Concerning “My game, my rules” or referee driven play, Blade operates on a player driven model, where, while the referee is the rules arbiter, and though he builds adventures with the players within the agreed setting (and still holds veto power), he does not actively drive play during the game - the players do.

I have been gaming since '79 and can assure you that for most of those years I too took “My game, my rules” as a certainty, and was certainly not interested in surrendering any control to my players. After all, what if...See more
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Samuel J May 15, 2016 12:54 pm UTC
Grasping a sword by the blade in order to hit someone with the crossguard was a fairly common move in late medieval fighting. The extremities of the crossguards often ended in a fairly narrow point, and just as you're saying you get a better effect if you hit someone with the head of a hammer than with the shaft. And that's exactly what you got here. The crossguard is the head of a warhammer, and the blade is the shaft. You won't cut through plate with it, you can lodge the point of it into armour, or you can hit with the hammer shaped crossguard. What you won't be doing is cutting with it.

Just google Mordhau. It's a real technique used by swordmasters in europe at a time where it was actually relevant.
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