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Blackwind brings the plot back in the spotlight with modern rules, dynamic mechanics and unmatched creative freedom.
Blackwind brings the plot back in the spotlight with modern rules, dynamic mechanics and unmatched creative freedom.
Blackwind brings the plot back in the spotlight with modern rules, dynamic mechanics and unmatched creative freedom.
235 backers pledged €5,736 to help bring this project to life.

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The Blackwind Core Manual is the foundation of our project: it is a new core system that improves on many aspects of tabletop roleplay, designed to make the game easier to understand, fun to play, and full of exciting adventures. The Blackwind system works with any setting, from classic tabletop to the worlds of games, movies and novels, and allows you to play any concept that fits the tone of the story.

The two main features are plot-making tools and dynamic mechanics. Game Masters (called Directors) assemble the story like a jigsaw, allowing to create complex plots with ease and to keep the story flexible. The strength of characters may vary, sometimes dramatically, depending on their contribution to immersion, general amusement, narrative, beating in-built challenges and interaction with key plot points, keeping their statistics fluid.

Cover Mockup and Layout
Cover Mockup and Layout

Regardless, even the weakest characters will be able to attempt incredible feats, and will be rewarded in case of success. On the other hand not even the strongest characters will be completely immune to failure. Likewise, no character death will be misplaced or pointless as plot armour will apply early in the game, but not even the main protagonists will be completely safe during showdowns.

We balanced out the roles of Directors and Players: the latter will have a greater impact in casting the foundations of the story, as well as shaping it. Players will decide what kind of adventure will be played, the adventure genre, context, theme, plot type, story structure, story ticket, casting list, may introduce their own subplots and NPCs and generally have more narrative wriggle room.

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Spread with Illustration

Difficulty checks take into account a few additional things: who is attempting what? What kind of story are you playing? What is the context? Hurling a person-sized boulder across a room will be impossible in a realistic thriller, and ordinary routine in a superhero adventure.

More information and free adventure

For more information visit https://blackwindrpg.wordpress.com/ or check the links below. You may find out more about the game, articles and additional information: keep checking for updates, articles and previews!

System page & full size table of contents: https://blackwindrpg.wordpress.com/system/

Contains a quick overview of distinguishing features and system perks, plus the table of contents.

Cannibal Halfling Gaming interview/review: https://cannibalhalflinggaming.com/2018/06/22/the-independents-blackwind/

Contains system review, structure types (Cable vs Bead-String), information on the dynamic scoring system, roll-under difficulties and dice basics, project expansion, Director tips.

Dan Davenport rpgnet Q&A logs: https://gmshoe.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/qa-elisa-mignemi-blackwind-project/

Contains character sheet overview, role, career, points (with list), score, plots and subplots, combat, special abilities, general tips on handling sessions and more.

Free Adventure: Arena

Arena, a Space Opera adventure
Arena, a Space Opera adventure

Arena is a short bead-string plot, and a good example of the simplest, most straightforward way to play Blackwind.

Find it here: http://bit.ly/blackwind-free-module-arena.

The game is ready, the rules are tested, and the largest modules are under development. Then, what do we need your help with? Simple: we want to offer the best modules, expansion rulebooks and quality add-ons we can, as often as possible. Your support would allow us to upgrade our equipment, publish content faster, and to polish the final product to a mirror sheen.

The Treasure of Maracaibo, our first pirate-themed module, is complete. We are working on editing and polishing around 100 pages of scurvy adventures. We planned seven additional modules (Noir, Steampunk, Fantasy, Post Atomic, Thriller, Western, Cyberpunk) and the only reason we decided to remove voting is that some of them are already in an advanced stage of development.

The Treasure of Maracaibo:

Pitch: François l’Olonnais was one of the most famous and most feared buccaneers in the Caribbean, known for his cruelty and ferocity. His treasure was rumored to be an immense wealth of gold, jewels and silver rods, lost when a storm sunk his ship off the coast of Pearl Key. Lost to all but an old, mad pirate awaiting execution in the fortress of Santamilla- together with what is left of your crew.

 Euromorph:

Pitch:

Year 2097. Jupiter Sector.

Europa, moon of Jupiter, has been terraformed. The result? Steel-coloured skies. Never-ending rain. Many a sprawling metropolis, floating over a black sea. If you are lucky enough to see through the fog, the hologram of the B-N Amalgamated shining on Jupiter- just in case you forgot who is in charge.

But the rat pits are where you find the really good stuff. A quick fix for your cyber-addled brain. They say there is a new drug on the market. They call it "Euromorph". The kind of bomb that kicks you into hyperdrive, and lifts you in orbit for days. Sounds too good to be true? Well, partner. That's why they sent us.

Euromorph, upcoming Cyberpunk module
Euromorph, upcoming Cyberpunk module

We partnered with DriveThruRPG to handle printing and shipping physical copies, as well as distributing pdf files. After the campaign you will receive a code to redeem your copy at print cost (nothing for anything PDF, about 10€/12$ for a standard copy, and 20€/23$ for a premium one). This was done for several reasons:

  • Transparency: No hidden costs, no inflated printing and shipping charges. The amount you will donate to this project will only be subject to processing fees and taxes. This allows us to keep our goals and stretch goals as accurate as possible, and you to see where exactly your money is going.

  • Security and Flexibility: Some projects fail to deliver the rewards despite having been funded. Not this one. Partnership guarantees you will get your copies, their quality, and that we will be able to handle 100 copies as well as 10000.
  • Cost and Quality: This arrangement allows us to bring you high quality printing and shipping that we would not be able to offer otherwise. This means your copies will be printed better, will cost less, and will arrive sooner. You will be able to choose which kind of shipping you prefer and it will be extremely affordable for backers close to US and UK, where the two prints are located.

Each physical copy of the Core Manual available during the Kickstarter will be marked as one of the first copies ever printed. The name of every backer above 5$ will be collected and will appear in the credits, along with their respective title.

Please, remember to check "DriveThruRPG and Fulfillment" or our FAQ for information about how rewards will be handled.

GOBLIN 1€ (About $1)

  • A heartfelt thank you from the Blackwind Team!

WASTELAND MUTANT 4€ (About $5)

  • E-goodies Box
  • Name in credits

APPRENTICE WIZARD 9€ (About $10)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

HARDBOILED DETECTIVE 17€ (About $20)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

CYBER GLADIATOR - EARLY BIRD 21€ (About $25)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

CYBER GLADIATOR 26€ (About $30)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

PIRATE CAPTAIN 34€ (About $40)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

MAD SCIENTIST - EARLY BIRD 38€ (About $55)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

MAD SCIENTIST 43€ (About $50)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

BOUNTY HUNTER 51€ (About $60)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • x4 Core Manual Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

VAULT RAIDER 68€ (About $80)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • x4 Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

VAMPIRE SLAYER (Silver Supporter) - EARLY BIRD 77€ (About $90)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
  • Euromorph PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • Euromorph Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

VAMPIRE SLAYER (Silver Supporter) 85€ (About $100)

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
  • Euromorph PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • Euromorph Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

SUPER-SOLDIER (Gold Supporter) 256€ (About $300) - LIMITED 10

Physical Copy upgraded to Collection Hardcover (Premium) Copy with your name, signed, and with unique cover artwork.

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Collection Hardcover (Premium) Code - see above
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
  • Euromorph PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • Euromorph Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits

BLACK KNIGHT (Platinum Supporter) 427€ (About $500) - LIMITED 10

Physical Copy upgraded to Collection Hardcover (Premium) Copy with your name, signed, and with unique cover artwork.

  • Core Manual PDF
  • Core Manual Collection Hardcover (Premium) Code - see above
  • E-goodies Box
  • Artbook PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
  • Euromorph PDF
  • The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • Euromorph Hardcover (Standard) Code
  • All stretch goals in PDF
  • Name in credits
  • Tailored Pilot Adventure
  • Name in Pilot Adventure credits

Want to get warmed up in preparation for Maracaibo and Euromorph? If your backing will get us past out original goal, we will develop the second episode of ARENA and many other pilot adventures, each of a different genre. Every pledge above and including APPRENTICE WIZARD will receive a pdf copy of all [Core] stretch goals. [Intermediate] stretch goals either apply to all tiers or expand specific rewards.

[Intermediate - Reached!] 2000€ (About 2300$) Upgraded E-goodies box, added to all reward tiers marked with:

✦ E-goodies Box

The upgraded e-box
The upgraded e-box

[Core - Reached!] 3000€ (About 3.500$) 8.5"x11'' Pdf GM Screen. Added to all reward tiers above and including APPRENTICE WIZARD.

Director Screen - Unlocked
Director Screen - Unlocked

[Core + Intermediate - Reached!] 3600€ (About 4200$)

Core and Expanded Artbook
Core and Expanded Artbook

[CORE] Core Artbook PDF (60 pages) included in every tier above and including APPRENTICE WIZARD. This reward will be automatically added to all eligible pledge levels, same as the Director Screen.

[INTERMEDIATE] All reward tiers marked with ✦ Artbook PDF will receive an Artbook upgrade: the Expanded Artbook PDF (100 pages), featuring all the content of the Core Artbook, plus "Arena" artwork, plus "The Treasure of Maracaibo" and "Euromorph" artwork previews.

[Core - Reached!] 4300€ (About 5.000$) (Arena, Episode 2) Space Blood: Rescue!

Pitch: After escaping from the arenas of Siri Prime, you found work as mercenaries. The perfect option to vanish, disappear, hide from the wrath of the Emperor and lead something resembling a normal life. Or so you believed until your ship picked up a distress signal, coming from a certain, old acquaintance...

... on one of the most dangerous planets of the Sector.

Next: [Core] 7.300€ (About 8.500$) +1 pilot adventure (Fantasy)

[Core] 10.300€ (About 12.000$) +1 pilot adventure (Victorian Horror)

[Core] 13.300€ (About 15.500$) +1 pilot adventure (Cyberpunk)

[Core] 16.300€ (About 19.000$) +1 pilot adventure (Western)

[Core] 19.300€ (About 22.500$) +1 pilot adventure (Spy Thriller)

[Core] 22.300€ (About 26.000$) +1 pilot adventure (Post Atomic)

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks involved in this project: in our opinion this is the mark of a solid enterprise. The Core Manual is complete, and with the exception of additional content created as stretch goals or personalized pledge rewards the schedule is set.

The worst case scenario is mild delays or slippage in delivery dates and order fulfillment, but this would be done exclusively to ensure the quality of the material you will receive.

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    WASTELAND MUTANT

    E-goodies box: Blackwind ULTRA HD Wallpapers Selection. 5197x3626 format prints up to A0 (84.1 x 118.9cm or 33.11 x 46.81 inches).

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    APPRENTICE WIZARD

    Digital Edition: You get the PDF of the Core Manual.

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    HARDBOILED DETECTIVE

    Standard Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (standard) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG.

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    CYBER GLADIATOR (EB)

    EARLY BIRD

    Standard Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (standard) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG. Additionally, you will get the E-goodies box, and a PDF copy of the Blackwind Artbook.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
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    CYBER GLADIATOR

    Standard Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (standard) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG. Additionally, you will get the E-goodies box, and a PDF copy of the Blackwind Artbook.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
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    PIRATE CAPTAIN

    Premium Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (premium) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
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    MAD SCIENTIST (EB)

    EARLY BIRD

    Premium Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (premium) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG. Additionally, you will get the E-goodies box, and a PDF copy of the Blackwind Artbook.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
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    MAD SCIENTIST

    Premium Print: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem a hardcover (premium) copy at print cost via DriveThruRPG. Additionally, you will get the E-goodies box, and a PDF copy of the Blackwind Artbook.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
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    BOUNTY HUNTER

    Retailer pledge: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem four hardcover (standard) copies at print cost via DriveThruRPG.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
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    VAULT RAIDER

    Retailer pledge: You get the PDF of the Core Manual, and a code to redeem four hardcover (premium) copies at print cost via DriveThruRPG.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
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    VAMPIRE SLAYER (EB)

    EARLY BIRD

    Silver Supporter: Everything in the MAD SCIENTIST pledge + You will be the first to receive a pdf copy of Euromorph and The Treasure of Maracaibo as soon as they will be ready. + You will be the first to receive a hardcover print code for Euromorph and The Treasure of Maracaibo as soon as they will be ready.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
    ✦ E-goodies Box
    ✦ Artbook PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
    ✦ Euromorph PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
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    VAMPIRE SLAYER

    Silver Supporter: Everything in the MAD SCIENTIST pledge + You will be the first to receive a pdf copy of Euromorph and The Treasure of Maracaibo as soon as they will be ready. + You will be the first to receive a hardcover print code for Euromorph and The Treasure of Maracaibo as soon as they will be ready.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Hardcover (Premium) Code
    ✦ E-goodies Box
    ✦ Artbook PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
    ✦ Euromorph PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
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    SUPER-SOLDIER

    LIMITED: COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    Gold Supporter: Everything in the VAMPIRE SLAYER pledge + Your printed copy of the Core Manual will be digitally signed, personalized with your name and featuring an alternate cover with a piece of unique artwork not featured in the regular edition.

    ᚖ Physical Copy upgraded to Collection Hardcover (Premium) Copy with your name, signed, and with unique cover artwork.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Collection Hardcover (Premium) Code
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    ✦ Artbook PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
    ✦ Euromorph PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
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    BLACK KNIGHT

    Platinum Supporter: Everything in the SUPER SOLDIER pledge + Submit the pitch for a short module (10-15 pages) And we'll make a tailored pilot adventure for you. Your name will be featured in the adventure credits as well.

    ᚖ Physical Copy upgraded to Collection Hardcover (Premium) Copy with your name, signed, and with unique cover artwork.

    ✦ Core Manual PDF
    ✦ Core Manual Collection Hardcover (Premium) Code
    ✦ E-goodies Box
    ✦ Artbook PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo PDF
    ✦ Euromorph PDF
    ✦ The Treasure of Maracaibo Hardcover (Standard) Code
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Funding period

- (30 days)