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Blood Red Blossoms is set in Japan during the Sengoku Jidai (Age of Warring States), an era of ceaseless conflict between feudal lords throughout the whole country. Despite eventually leading to the unification of Japan, the chaos and suffering caused by this power struggle are twisting and corrupting the supernatural beings inhabiting the land: demons are growing stronger, and even neutral or once-helpful spirits have become fickle and vicious. Unquiet ghosts stalk the blood-soaked battlefields at night, and demonfires lead travelers astray. Foxes and crow demons haunt the woods.

In this game you will play the role of a Red Hat, a pilgrim who has abandoned their previous life and sworn -perhaps by choice, but likely to escape an even darker fate- to wander the rural areas of Japan and protect its people from dangers both mundane and supernatural. Never stopping for long, you carry nothing but clothes, tools and weapons; you help whoever is in need, no duty too humble, no task too dangerous.

Your order was founded in honor of the first Red Hat, a woman by the name of Himiko who gave up her life to defeat an ancient demon lord, Ōshirogumo (the Great White Spider).

Will you follow in her footsteps? Only time will tell.

Blood Red Blossoms is an easily portable, pseudo-historical horror role playing game. It is designed to be read and played within a single sitting (about 3 hours) and can accomodate up to 4 players (1 GM + 3 Player Characters). It is based on the Blades in the Dark ruleset, but has evolved into something quite different. Each game session is a separate episode, which makes this game perfect for those groups who are looking for a cheap filler or enjoy GM/character rotation that do not jeopardize the overall story.

The game is organized as three separate brochure-like sheets, to be printed on A4 paper.

If you have any questions about the game, please feel free to join the Rooster Games community on Discord!

Below you can also find my chat with Ron Edwards about the game, recorded during Lucca Comics & Games 2018!

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Jean-marc D August 31, 2021 9:22 pm UTC
Very elegant system. I am truly impressed by its simple and poetic efficiency. And it suits the genre perfectly.
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