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Blades in the Deck is a series of card decks containing play aids for people playing and running Blades in the Dark!

This is the Chracters deck, useful for creating a character quickly, for any playbook. Why use a deck? You can limit the information “exposition” you must absorb to make a character, but keep an element of choice by choosing from the options you draw. Great for one-shots or for refreshing long-running games!

In this deck, you'll find cards covering all the character aspects important to a scoundrel:

  • 4 instructions cards
  • 28 playbook cards
  • 15 heritage cards
  • 9 background cards
  • 9 social circle cards
  • 9 vice cards
  • 7 scoundrel kit cards
  • 6 hunting creature cards

Useful for players to create a character quickly—maybe because their main just landed in jail!—or for GMs looking to build a quick scoundrel NPC, build connections to the city, and more.

Example images of cards in the deck

Draw some cards, make some choices, and get your new scoundrel into the action! The speed, focus, and flexibility of card-driven character generation will delight novice and veteran players of Blades in the Dark. Instead of absorbing every option before making a decision, players can draw a range of possibilities that are easy to understand and provide interesting directions for a new character.

The playbook "builds" in the Blades in the Dark rulebook are on cards; draw two, and pick one! Players can also draw cards for their heritage, background, and vice. In addition, there are mini-decks providing new options for their social circles, and new sets of starting equipment that they can substitute for the default (or mix in some alternative gear). Also, Hound characters who start with an animal companion have a mini-deck with some unique creatures of Doskvol (as well as some odd ways they might bond with their beast).

Heritage cards provide possible first and last names based on culture, and a resource card has suggestions for possible war names for scoundrels; this can help players making characters, and also GMs who need a scoundrel at a moment's notice! Running Blades in the Dark is a high-improvisation style for GMs, and this deck can give them quick inspiration. Gear cards can provide treasure stashes, a quick playbook draw can reveal the rival scoundrel coming for them, and a handful of Background and Heritage cards can describe people of interest in the smoky tavern. The social circles have NPC groups with names and brief descriptions, serving as a quick conspiracy or options for a messenger or agent.

Whether you want to get to the action in a one-shot, or you want fresh game play for a veteran game table, the Character Deck will make Blades in the Dark accessible quickly. The exciting flavors and possibilities for new combinations and peculiar options will keep players and GMs coming back for more.

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This title was added to our catalog on November 24, 2022.