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Blades & Blasters Title V2

The Invasion Begins...

Empower yourself with all the tools necessary to slash, cast, and shoot your way through aliens, spaceships, laser guns, and more in my new sourcebook for 5th Edition. The Blades & Blasters: Bestiary & Rulebook introduces a high-tech alien invasion into the swords and sorcery world of 5e. This is not a stand-alone gaming system, but rather a supplement to the core rules and settings of 5E.

The book is the core rulebook to be used for creating new sci-fi fantasy adventures for 5e. It contains rules for new weapons, technologies, and vehicles, as well as a host of exciting new alien races and monsters to encounter and accompanying lore to investigate.

The Bestiary & Rulebook is designed with versatility in mind. Use it to spice up an existing story, or as the core of a fresh campaign; set of a world of hacking and slashing and laser beams, or opt for a tale of intrigue and deadly mystery as extraterrestrial strangers infiltrate society. The choice is yours!

In the Blades & Blasters: Bestiary & Rulebook, you will find:

  • 10 Short Stories
  • 17 New Armors
  • 35 New Weapons
  • 26 Other Items
  • 17 New Feats
  • 23 Alien Monsters

... and more! 

The number of amazing artists who worked on this book exceeds the limit of DriveThruRPGs Artist(s) panel at the side, so only Sketchy-Art, the main designer on the project, appears there. All the other illustrators are listed below. 

Shivam Akshay, Bastien Aufrere, Maxine Azzara, John Cacatian, Anna Chadwick, Taylor ChristensenDakota Curry, Mateusz Dąbrowski, Jason DeParto, Octavianus Gozali, Michał Grześkow, Peter Hurman, Daniel Johnson, Cat Long, Herbert Losloso, Ed Mattinian, Pau Pujadas, Nantu Sorina, David Sutherland, Jhonnatan Timoteo, Seth Tomlinson, Francisco Villa, Christina Weinman, Faezan Zakaria

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Derek H June 06, 2021 3:08 pm UTC
Are there any suggestions on how the aliens may react to magic, if they have never seen it before that is. In other words is it more like "What the Hell, they are breaking the laws of physics!!" or "Not one of these rocks. The last one was so hard to conquer."
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Seth T August 01, 2021 7:34 pm UTC
Sorry for the late reply! I never got a notification for this comment.

Just telling you that you're the GM so it's up to you probably isn't a great answer, so I'll let you know a bit about my thoughts. I imagine that the Federation has conquered many "privative" planets with ease. They probably expected to roll into this world and take it over without any meaningful resistance. I don't think they were prepared to face magic. I imagine that the only alien race with any magical experience are the en 'ilph, but even for them that's from the distant past. The Federation has not had much experience facing off against magical foes and are caught woefully unprepared when they try to invade this world.
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Kevin L July 21, 2020 9:44 pm UTC
Seth, received my hardback today and it looks like the shipper tried to bend the book in half. I have taken pics for review and wanted to see what I can do to obtain a replacement? It is the Blades and Blaster book mailed from Lightning Source.
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Seth T September 11, 2020 5:37 pm UTC
Did your replacement arrive in good condition?
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Trampas W March 26, 2020 1:19 am UTC
Is there an option for players to go off-world to other worlds?

Any starships or space stations?
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Seth T March 27, 2020 6:43 pm UTC
Setting isn't written into the rulebook, it's primarily for implementing these rules into existing settings.

There are plans for an additional book that will contain rules for starships, alien worlds, and playable aliens, but for now interplanetary travel is left in the hands of the GM.
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Vladi L November 13, 2019 6:36 pm UTC
This book looks very promising so far and I'm excited to test this out in my group. Good work!
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Seth T November 27, 2019 11:56 pm UTC
Glad you like it so far! I hope your party likes it too
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Herbert P November 08, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
This looks intriguing. Does it use the classes in D&D 5e or does it have its own classes?
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Seth T November 10, 2019 1:18 pm UTC
It's designed to compliment the existing rules, settings and classes of D&D. So you could be a party of fighters, wizards, rogues, etc. who run into a crashed alien ship and have to fight off or ally with alien invaders, and maybe learn to use their technology.

I am in the process of writing a second rulebook which will include a variety of playable alien races as well as new classes and backgrounds. But that's a long way from completion at this point
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