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THE ROAD TO SKYDAGGER KEEP

The Legion is in retreat following a failed battle against the armies of the undead. You are a member of the Legion, your bonds to one another forged in the dark by bone and blood.

But time is running out as more fall to the indomitable forces of the Cinder King. As Legionnaires, you must make it to Skydagger Keep before you're cut off or overtaken by the undead. Paying horrifying costs, you'll employ offensives, maneuvers, unwise bargains, and desparate gambits as the ver-ticking clock nears its final hour.

Do you have what it takes to outwit, outrun, and outlast the endless hordes of the undead, or will your band of blades break beneath the Cinder King's iron fist? Play to find out in Band of Blades, a stand-alone, Forged in the Dark RPG of dark military fantasy.

Band of Blades contains all the rules you need to play. In this book you'll find:

  • A clear game structure for playing out missions filled with moment-to-moment danger and tracking the overall fate of the Legion.
  • Rookie, Soldier, and five different Specialist playbooks, with Legionnaires created as they are needed when the casualties of war set in.
  • Legion roles for all of the players: the Commander sets mission priorities, the Marshal directs the troops, the Quartermaster manages precious resources, the Spymaster gathers intel in the field, and the Lorekeeper preserves the histories of the Legion.
  • Three playable Chosen—humans imbued with the powers of the gods, each with their own unique gifts.
  • Army advancement throughout the campaign, including gaining new materiel and the promotion of the Legion's troops.
  • Four distinct heritages of brave and flawed people seeking to survive another night of the Cinder King's horrors.

Join us on the road to Skydagger Keep. Our numbers are few, our supplies are low, and every operation is a deadly risk—but if any chance exists to make a difference in the outcome of the war, it is this cohort, the only remaining hope, this bloody band of blades!

 
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Aaron A June 26, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
Any chance Band of Blades will get a Print on Demand once the hardback officially releases?
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Aaron A June 26, 2019 7:04 pm UTC
Whoops never mind I scrolled down
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Nathan J April 29, 2019 7:36 pm UTC
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Just bought this--looks fantastic--seems the latest update to these files were in May of 2018. Any chance we can get a more recent version of the playbooks and rules soon? I am extremely curious about the changes to the system over the last year. I have a group that is willing to start and we would be happy to provide play test information if you are interested.
Thanks!
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John L May 15, 2019 4:48 am UTC
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Good news. We have the full text (standalone) finished. Should be out to all you folks in a couple weeks (soon as the sheets are updated).
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Nathan J May 20, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
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Great news, thanks!
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Nathan J June 21, 2019 3:55 am UTC
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Now that the Preorder (and final PDF) is available, any idea as to when DriveThruRPG will get updated PDF files?
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John L June 21, 2019 4:52 am UTC
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You're cracking me up Nathan. Clearly a superfan! :D Thanks for your excitement.

I finished the stream where we announced it, and immediately hopped over to update the product site (ya beat me here). I'd expect tonight, or tomorrow (sometimes it takes a bit for products to go live once we hit publish).

But the answer is: soon!
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John L June 21, 2019 5:34 am UTC
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Ok Nathan, should be good to go. It looks like on the backend they still have to update the title but I promise the files are updated and you should be able to download the new stuff. GOOD LUCK.
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Nathan J June 21, 2019 8:54 pm UTC
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Awesome! Everything looks great!
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Gregory M April 06, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
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i can't dwld the Bob6x9beta1.0 folder! it's tell me incompleted or corrupted format! can you help me?!
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John L April 06, 2019 6:52 pm UTC
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I just bought it from a personal account and verified that all the files are good. Check that the download popup for this site works, and your ad-block software isn't stopping it. If you keep having the problem email drivethru support.
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Robin D March 23, 2019 4:12 pm UTC
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hey john,
any update if theres going to be a kickstarter or something alike?
would love to throw some money at you for a special edition, extra dice etc..
hope you are doing good
robin
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John L May 15, 2019 4:50 am UTC
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First off—you're awesome. Thank you so much for the support!

Right now there isn't a plan for a KS since the core book was part of the Blades in the Dark KS. We're hoping to get to expansions and the like at some point, and we'll take a look at it again then.

For now our focus was on finishing up this game.

Thanks for asking!
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Brian S January 18, 2019 2:37 pm UTC
I’m interested but $17 for an unfinished pdf that requires another product to play, seems a little outlandish.
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John L January 19, 2019 9:53 pm UTC
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The quick start that requires the free SRD to play is only temporary. The files will be updated to the full book text once it's complete in a couple months (so you get the full version at this price as soon as it's available) and that's what most people are buying into.

Since many people have requested this (and indeed, we get a lot of questions, feedback and actual-play reports from it) it's targeted at the big chunk of our playerbase that doesn't want to wait for the full version to get this to their table. Additionally the quick start rules help fund all our art, and finish development.

If you want the full version, feel free to visit in a few months.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Mike S January 14, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
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Very intriguing game, but even in a Beta format this really needs at least an opening page that sets it up for me. It's really odd to open this up directly to a playbook. Like, what am I even looking at here? What is this game about? Even a summation of the Role:Game Master page would be a better opening than what you have now.

Frankly I had to check all three files to see if mine was bad and was missing the opening pages!
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Mike S January 14, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
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Quick update - I failed to open the correct file and just now noticed that the 6x9 file is actually the real game text. So I withdraw the complaint above, but it would be nice to append "handouts" or something similar to the other file names to avoid the confusion!
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John L January 19, 2019 9:48 pm UTC
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Interestingly you're the first person to bring this up, but it's actually a reasonable suggestion. We're working on the full version atm, but I'll make sure to have updated filenames when the files go up.
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Luc B September 12, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
I have the same question as Gareth. I'm interested in this game but as a print on demand product that has been completed.
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John L September 19, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
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Hey Luc!

As you can see in the comment below, we will indeed have a standalone product.

We also do plan to have a physical copy, though I'm not sure print on demand is likely.
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Gareth L August 29, 2018 6:04 am UTC
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Hi there,
Is this going to be expanded into a complete game, or is it intended to always require blades to use?
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John L September 19, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
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Hey Gareth!

We're definitely making this a standalone product, same as we did with Scum and Villainy (we mention this in the product description).

The gist is this. We wanted folks to be able to pick up something they could play with the Blades SRD (which you can get for free here: https://bladesinthedark.com/) right away, but as we work on the text the folks that picked up the game will get updates until it's finally done.

So yes. You'll get a complete standalone game, though books take a bit to write. I promise we're doing it as fast as we can (almost have a full text first draft!).

Thanks for asking!

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Chad K June 25, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Please make the preview even smaller, I want to go blind so i can get a dog and that sweet white cane. i also look good in dark sunglasses. thanks.
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John L July 30, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
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Chad K -

The preview is auto-generated by DriveThru. We can only tell them what pages to generate it from. But if you do get a cute dog, nice shades and a sweet cane, we definitely want to see some photos! :D
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Chad K July 31, 2018 12:16 am UTC
There is an option for a "FULL SIZE PREVIEW" that you can talk to Drive-Thru about. :) :) :)
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June 09, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Getting vibes of "The Black Company." Sounds great.
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coleman G January 18, 2019 5:30 pm UTC
I'm getting the same vibes...along with vibes of the "Myth: the Fallen Lords" series by Bungie (which drew a lot of inspiration from the Black Company series). An army of the dead with corrupted Generals, tactical retreats, a mercenary company called the Legion...
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464
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978-1-61317-173-8
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EHP0048E
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