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Blade and Lockpick. A game engine for solo and two player games

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Blade & Lockpick is a role playing engine written with the following goals:

To present a group-oriented resolution system where the party act as a group, not a collection of individuals.

To provide a universal resolution system that could handle combat, mountaineering and research projects equally well.

To allow an interesting game where one player can easily handle a group of characters.

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The dice-pool based system allows a group of characters to pool their skills, abilities and talents against an obstacle or foe and accounts for things like:

*Large monsters

*Deception and situational advantages


*Character skills, raw abilities, masteries and unusual talents

and much more.

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A complex battle with 4-6 characters on each side can be resolved in minutes instead of an hour, and without being a simple all-or-nothing outcome either.

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No game engine would be complete without a character creation system.

In fact, we offer three ways to build interesting, fun characters, neither of which will take more than 5 minutes per character. 

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Several systems for improving characters over time, including by experience points, narratively or through a Milestone system, ideally suited for story-driven campaigns.

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What if you can't decide what to play? We offer a tool to roll up a random campaign pitch.

Ever thought about doing a Low Fantasy light-hearted Heist adventure? 

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Lastly, you get a collection of solo-gaming tools, including an "Oracle" to answer game questions, random event systems, a table for determining the actions of your rivals and enemies and a "Between scenes" system for foiling your best laid plans.

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Rather than being a game that can also be used for solo adventures, Blade & Lockpick was written specifically with the needs, concerns and difficulties of the solo gamer in mind.

It is also perfectly suited for those who like to play with a single player and a GM, but who would like to control a group of characters.

Lastly, you can use the system with a conventional gaming group interested in a more group-driven, narrative approach to gaming. 

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Scott S February 15, 2018 1:58 am UTC
Hi Ivan, this looks interesting! Is it suitable for more realistic (non-fantasy) scenarios, or is there another product I should consider for that?
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Scott S February 20, 2018 1:19 am UTC
I bought it, and it looks suitable for anything! Very cool, thanks.
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Jeffrey G October 31, 2019 2:57 am UTC
I am planning on adapting this to a small-team Supers game as a bit of a thought experiment. The Ability/ Skill/ Talent trio seems to lend itself well to a major super power (Ability- broad), smaller minor super powers (Talent), and then conventional skills! I am going to pair this with a super-hero random adventure generator and put it through some paces! So I think the system can handle something wildly on the other end of the spectrum, too!
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Jeffrey G November 04, 2019 4:48 am UTC
It has been pretty interesting so far! I am a dozen patrol shifts (four days) into my little experiment and all is going well- the system is showing itself to be robust enough to model a variety of super types including bricky heroes that take more than one good shot to bring down. I think I will post a review.
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Dillard R November 15, 2017 5:04 am UTC
page 26 A character that qualifies as a Master may add two additional dice to the poo.
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Dillard R November 15, 2017 4:39 am UTC
How can you win a challenge against an obstacle with a rating of 7? You can't roll a 7 on a die 6?
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November 14, 2017 10:06 am UTC
Is it suitable for 3 players and no GM ?

My group play with Usurper, Dugeon scum and starport scum. Great games.
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