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What is this?

In the Dark is a streamlined, multi-setting roleplaying game, using the Forged in the Dark system.

The game allows you to play as a team of highly-skilled individuals operating on the fringes of law & society. You could be master thieves pulling casino heists, pirates raiding along the Spanish Main, or interplanetary bounty hunters roving the galaxy.

Who is this for?

  • Gaming groups who like Blades in the Dark but want to play in a different setting
  • Roleplayers who prefer rules-light, improvisational play
  • Players who want a simple entry point into Forged in the Dark style RPGs

What does the game include?

  • A 2-page rules summary & gamemaster guide
  • 9 player character playbooks covering a range of roles (Ace, Burglar, Engineer, Face, Hunter, Mastermind, Medic, Muscle, & Mystic)
  • GM playbook for notes & reference
  • blank playbook & playset to make your own roles & settings
  • Several themed playsets, with more to come

How does this differ from Blades in the Dark?

In the Dark takes the core rules of Blades in the Dark and simplifies them. Gameplay is snappier & more improvisational, like a Powered by the Apocalypse Game.

  • Individual & crew playbooks are a single sheet.
  • Difficulty comes from adding & subtracting dice from a pool, no position & effect.
  • Stats, group actions, gear & load, and harm & healing are all simplified.
  • Playbook roles cover a wider range of ensemble stories.
  • Gameplay flows freely in & out of missions, with streamlined downtime 
  • Playsets allow you to play in a wide variety of settings.

The game is mechanically easier to play than BitD, but relies more on player collaboration & inventiveness. Think Monster of the Week or Lasers & Feelings.

Where did this come from?

In the Dark originated as a hack of Scum & Villainy. The goal was to make that game more friendly & engaging for live-streamed actual-play. Versions of it have been played on ManaPot Studios Flights of Fandom streams, in settings ranging from Star Wars to Dishonored to Batman.

What's the release status of the game?

In the Dark is currently in public beta. It's been playtested with a small group on ManaPot Studios Flights of Fandom, and is ready for public feedback. Suggestions & play reports are welcome!

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December 03, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on September 24, 2021.
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