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The Blackbirds Quickstart is a 96-page abbreviated version of the full Blackbirds RPG, but will give you a taste of the game and what is possible using this system. A sample adventure and pre-generated characters are included within.

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Blackbirds is a dark fantasy tabletop role-playing game, Powered by ZWEIHÄNDER RPG.

The gods failed us. The powerful betrayed us. Rise to meet your fate.


Twelve years of war have ravaged the kingdoms of Erebos, where the great battle that would decide the fate of all has been waged. . .and lost. Now, the lights of civilization are going out. Swells of refugees have taken to the roads, desperate to find homes far from all the suffering. New constellations twinkle in the vault of the night, only to disappear if scrutinized for too long. Creatures of long-forgotten folklore once again stalk the countryside. It is a time of ill omens and unlikely heroes.

BLACKBIRDS RPG is set in a dark fantasy world where a cabal of power-hungry Oligarchs has stolen godhood. Their horrific act rent the fabric of reality, allowing corrupt magic to undermine the world's natural order. And, soon, the Oligarchs themselves will return to the mortal plane and remake it as they desire.

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We have instituted a new taxonomy for digital title names. For purposes of determining what the correct PDFs to use are, reference the following:

  • v1.1 (July 21) - Expanded theurgy, Outsiders details & errata throughout
  • v1.0 (June 24) - Free RPG Day pre-release

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July 07, 2022 6:13 am UTC
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Blackbirds is a fantastic iteration of the Zweihander rule set. The quickstart will give you a taste of the rules and wonderful art. Where Zweihander is largely setting light, Blackbirds is swimming in dark, gritty, flavorful horror. The Zweihander rules are tuned to the Blackbirds setting, particularly in magic, and character abilities. Enough has changed from Zweihander that I may consider it a new game, taking the core rules skeleton and concepts and really running with it. Highly recommend.
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JD S September 22, 2021 3:30 pm UTC
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Given the duds that are The Dust, Dark Astral, and the colonial expansion, I'll wait until it has been released and reviewed. Zweihander is a great system, but so far the spinoffs have consistently been nothing but rip-offs.
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Matthew S June 24, 2022 5:31 pm UTC
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Lol what Flames of Freedom is great
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JD S June 29, 2022 4:58 am UTC
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It is OK as errata, but woke nonsense aside, the history, weapons, and setting are poorly researched and badly organized.
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Joe D June 29, 2022 9:02 pm UTC
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The Dust is a 3rd party product, basically like the Zweihander equivalent of DM's guild content, so I don't think it's particularly relevant to the quality of Blackbirds. Although I haven't played Flames of Freedom myself, I've heard mostly overwhelmingly positive things about it (I do own it and have flipped through it a bit, it seems cool). Maybe Dark Astral is a bit lacking, but it's still fine for just being a chapbook (which seems to me that the point was to kick the tires on gauging interest in a full 40K retroclone).
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Michelle M September 17, 2021 1:21 pm UTC
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Think there's been an error - there's only 16 pages rather than 41. The setting sounds very interesting so far, though I'll have to withhold any deeper opinion until I can get a better look at the actual mechanics.
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Matthew S September 16, 2021 8:59 am UTC
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Not 41 pages at all. Interesting setting but tells me nothing about whatever new changes to mechanics there will be.
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arkam L September 15, 2021 11:04 pm UTC
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The shipping costs for the books on KS outside the US are LITERALLY insane. I'm clearly not in the market for such things, and I imagine you can't do nothing about it, but it's just plain unfair.

Also, maybe for such money a quickstart/quick adventure is more suited than a plain preview that says nothing about the real game. My 2 cents.
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Michelle M September 17, 2021 1:22 pm UTC
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I'm hoping the full 41 pages come with some quick adventure pieces to test it out. I'm pretty sure they uploaded the wrong thing since there's only 16 pages instead of 41 lol
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Kevin B September 21, 2021 10:19 pm UTC
Shipping is $50 for a $125 players pack. Seems odd. Have backed many other KS projects that shipped from the US and the shipping was never this crazy. Includign many hardback heavyweights.
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David K September 15, 2021 9:11 pm UTC
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This sneak peek is only 16 pages, not 41.
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Vhayjen . September 15, 2021 9:13 pm UTC
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I count only 16 pages also.
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Chris W June 27, 2022 9:07 pm UTC
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I think there's some confusion here. There's a sneak peak that was previously released and then as of 06/24 the Quickstart was released as part of Free RPG Day 2022 which is more than 41 pages.
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