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The city of Heliwyr is damned. Decades ago, a mad priest officiated an ancient ritual, awakening a wicked force that branded every inhabitant, corrupting their blood. On nights with a blood moon, the curse awakens, depriving the inhabitants of their minds. Those who decide to follow the path of the priest, voluntarily feeding on the corrupt blood of people, become Apostles: almost immortal creatures, with bestial features, devoid of any humanity.
BLOODSTONE is an action-packed horror tabletop roleplaying game with a dark, gothic feel.
The players are a group of hunters sent to the city of Heliwyr on a blood moon night to hunt down an Apostle attempting to ascend, opening a gateway to the realm of the Ancients.
The game has a high pace: the Hunt is a race against the clock.
BLOODSTONE is designed for one-shot games: every time we play, we play different Hunters, who will face new obstacles and challenges every time: the blood moon nights in Heliwyr never end.
DUAL PAMPHLET GAME
♦ The GM pamphlet (Game Master's Scroll) features most of the rules for running the game, the setting, and adventure sparks.
♦ The Player pamphlet (Hunter's Scroll) is the character sheet that contains character creation and other character-specific rules.
STREAMLINED FORGED IN THE DARK RULES
Because the game is action-oriented, the Blades in the Dark ruleset is revised and compacted:
♦ A Stamina System inspired by the souls-like games, like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, instead of the stress system.
♦ Character Creation is done by answering a bunch of questions: in 1 minute, you can start playing the game.
♦ No Playbooks: each hunter is differentiated by their origin, attire style, and weapons.
♦ Only three attributes: prowess, resolve, and wit.
♦ Special actions to summon ghosts from other worlds and visit the Workshop, a place between the nightmare and the dream.
♦ SIMPLIFIED CHARACTER SHEET to play online.
♦ Black&White and Print Friendly character sheet versions.
♦ Foundry VTT module (thanks to Mestredigital for the amazing initiative!). To use it, you need to search "Bloodstone". Check the full documentation.
This work is based on Blades in the Dark, product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Also, thanks to Emanoel Melo to inspire me.
|Tags||Action RPG, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Forged in the Dark, Horror, One-shot, Souls-like, Tabletop role-playing game|
|Asset license||Creative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial_ShareAlike v4.0 International|
|Average session||A few hours|
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- New version of the ONLINE Character Sheet68 days ago
- New key art!Nov 19, 2022
- Update 1.3Oct 22, 2022
- Update 1.2Mar 10, 2022
- Sales are over - it's time to add Community Copies!Feb 03, 2022
- Update 1.1Jan 08, 2022
- Added Community CopiesJan 08, 2022
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First off, your take on the FitD and Bloodborne is really nice! I also really enjoy the Stamina mechanic! I've been toying with this idea for a long time in different systems, but your's finally resonates with what I was looking for!
I also love Bloodborne and I still play it on occasions, always pondering about the lore and hidden meanings. So, I mean to ask: have you considered something for a Beasthood mechanic ? I was thinking about using Devil's Bargain / Clock, but that's only a preliminary thought ...
Hi Daidalos! Nice to meet you. To be honest, I never planned to add a Beasthood mechanic - but a Clock seems a very interesting idea. Do you have any idea how it could work?
I reckon you must be a great fan of the videogame, so I'm just going to write a few things in case someone who's no so familiar with it wants to join in:
In the videogame, Beasthood is a temporary status that lets the player dish out more damage, but the player also takes more damage from the enemies. Mechanically, the more Insight a player has, the harder it is to achieve this status.
Lorewise, when a Hunter succumbs to this beastly side, they can lose their humanity and become the same monsters they hunt. The wiser and more knowledgeable the Hunter, the harder it is to succumb to this primal instinct (greater Insight level.)
So, considering Bloodstone: I thought that Beasthood could work like a Devil's Bargain; the players can have an option to gain a +1d or +1 Effect and, as a cost, mark a segment on a Beasthood Clock. If the Clock is filled, they become a Beast, and lose the character (Father Gascoigne style). They could recover segments of the Clock by gaining Insight.
I just don't know how many segments this Beasthood clock should have ... unfortunately I could play Bloodstone just once, so I don't know how many Insight the players get per session on average (at least one per Location, but can be more...).
Anyways, I'm just brainstorming some ideias, because I like this concept of Jekyll & Hyde and the battle against the inner Beast. I mean, maybe having a Beasthood mechanic is not a thing you're going for with Bloodstone, so I'm just sharing a few thoughts....
and stay safe!
Your ideas are interesting. I think I will run a little brainstorming session during the weekend to think about the Beasthood. Maybe I can come back to you with some... insight :D
Haha, I see what you did there xD
Will there be community copies available again? I really wanna play this but I'm in a rough spot and my currency doesn't translate well to USD
Sure! I have distributed 500 community copies to date, and I will add more soon! I will write you when they are available again.
Thank you very much!!
Looking forward to this
Thank you 🤗.
Here we go! I added some Community Copies. Enjoy them, and please, let me know if you like the game!
This looks so cool! Can't wait to run it! I have two questions after reading the materials:
1. If an enemy attacks a player character, how is this handled mechanically? Does the player choose to resist and then depending on the roll, the Consequences are described?
2. What is considered an action in the game? I'm asking because stamina is gained after the Consequences of an action but is, for example, 3 enemies attacking a single character considered 1 action or 3 separate actions?
Hi! Thank you for your comment!
Here are your answers:
1. You resist consequences. Consequences are, most of the time, related to the character's actions: a hunter does something that triggers an action roll, and by rolling the dice, the player obtains 1-5. So, there will be consequences, and the player (IF they still have the stamina) can try to resist (avoiding or reducing the consequences). Sometimes, an enemy action can push a character to face direct consequences: when a player ignores a danger. For example:
GM: The monster is trying to destroy the column inside the church. What do you do?
Hunter: I'm still trying to grab a treasure
GM: The monster break into two parts the supporting column and the floor falling. You suffer 2 Harms. Do you want to resist?
Please note: the GM should always telegraph dangers before they hit the characters. Trying to avoid danger triggers an action roll; only if the player ignores the danger, the danger becomes real, and they must face the consequences.
2. Stamina is regained after the eventual consequences of an action roll. If an action hasn't consequences, the stamina is regained immediately after the action itself. An action can cover more than a single "step" depending on the type of action and the "zoom" level the GM wants to use in the scene. For example:
* A single Action Roll can cover entry inside a temple, avoiding all enemies using a stealth approach.
* A single Action Roll can be a single blow against a gigantic monster (like a "boss fight").
Thank you very much for the answers! That clarified things a lot!
you’re welcome! The issue in doing a onepage game is that sometimes you cannot be as clear as much you want.
Let me know if you need more explaination!
A player wanted to use the firearm to kill enemies, I allowed. He used wit to roll. But, I couldn't find anything in the PDF about using the firearms to kill enemies. How do you see this?
Firearms, like any other item, can affect the fictional position. So, they can be used to kill enemies if that makes sense. Maybe some enemies are too fast to be hit by a bullet, and the GM will say it's a "risky/limited" position and the players need to use extra resources to have a major impact in the scene. But, yeah, firearms can definitely be used to hit enemies.
Thank you. Request wit was a good choice?
Yes, I would use the same. But of course, it depends on the situation: one time a player wanted to use the firearm to intimidate a NPC, and we used Resolve.
You can use the same item multiple times up to four uses? Or after use an item you can't use it again?
You can use the same item from the bandolier multiple time until you have slots. The tools do not have consumable slots, but you can lose these items according to the fiction.
Hi. Is there any chance of you add an expansion with arcane tools? Things like Augur of Ebrietas or A Call Beyond from bloodborne. It could use silver bullets too.
A third pamphlet, with extra stuff (like runes, arcane tools, and additional rules for the final battle) is on my to-do list, but I'm not sure when I will be able to complete it. I hope before the end of the year.
It's annoying when a PC die in the begging in a oneshot. He can make another hunter or wait for the end.
So, you could add a rule to let him come back.
The PC who died will return to the Workshop if he has at least one insight. He will loose all insight then and must wait the current scene end.
The PC who died will turn into a corrupted hunter if he has no insight. He will now fight against the other PCs.
Ah, the corrupted hunter is an interesting idea. However, I'm not sure it can fit in every game - it's more a matter of taste. So, I agree there is room for a rule about the character's death, but I think we need a more "generic one," and if some players are happy with the idea of having a corrupted hunter, they have my blessing!
The alternative would be let the player without insight return to fight with the loss of a action point of his choice.
This would let him keep playing without create another PC with a severe consequence;
That could work. I'm taking note. Thank you!
I'm making a Foundry VTT build for this game. Can I share the build in the Foundry VTT repo? I would link to this page. Or maybe you want to add the fvtt world in here.
OH WOW. I'm not a super expert with Foundry VTT, but your work seems amazing. Please, feel free to add it - and when it is done, please link it to me, and I'll add it to the game page!
This module will be available soon for Foundry VTT: https://github.com/brunocalado/bloodstone
Really cool job!
Foundry VTT has published. People can search in the module list for bloodstone. Maybe, would be cool to add this option to game description.
Yes of course. I’ll do it this evening. Thank you!
Great job!! Amazing game!
If a PC takes Harm and there is no Blood left to mark, the PC is dead.
Mark last one: you’re dead.
Hi, the PC will die if mark the fifth one or if he try to mark harm and there is no more space to mark it?
Hi! Thank you for pointing out an inconsistency between the two playbooks. The correct rule is: If the player marks the fifth harm, dies.
Ok. Tks. Will you update the docs?
yes, probably during the weekend!
Hi there! Loved the game so much i have made a google slide version of the character sheet with premade clocks for the DM. Would you be interested if i sent you a copy to use in this page?
Hi! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm! Of course, I'm interested - please, feel free to share the google slide version at firstname.lastname@example.org
(And I'm really happy you're enjoying the game so far!)
Hey there! As a bloodborne and BitD fan, I have to say that this game looks amazing and I'm disappointed at how long it took me to find it! Just a few questions I have from reading through it (and I imagine that quite a few of these are just from keeping the game short as well as things that can be answered at the table):
• Are there any descriptions available for the items? I imagine they mostly line up with their in-game counterparts, but I was curious if you have any more specific details for the items in the bandolier and tools
• While the Apostle examples provided are super evocative, do you have any examples on the scale you imagine the Apostle abilities to be, especially post-ascension?
• When a hunter uses the bloodstone to go to the workshop, is that meant to bea true restful moment, or is their stasis something that could be punished (even outside of active combat)?
• If more than one hunter encounters a point of interest, do each of them gain an Insight? On that note, how much Insight are the hunters expected to gain? 9 apiece?
• Since stamina resets after every action, and since stamina is the only resource paid for resisting, is there a mechanical reason that the hunters shouldn't resist every consequence? Even at 0 stamina, the worst thing that happens is that they face the consequence anyway, no?
• How does the parry of the gun work mechanically? Is it meant to be a purely fictional trigger, with it without an action roll, or is it meant to act as a sort of resistance? What about stunning?
• I noticed that the system doesn't have any Devil's Bargain mechanic. While I'm sure it's intentional, what are your thoughts on adding one in?
I apologize for all the questions, but I am very excited to give this a try. I love the take on the stamina system and am truly impressed by your ability to condense such a sprawling ruleset into 2 trifolds while remaining true to the source material.
I'm happy you found the game! I'm a small creator, so my games are not so famous - but still, I'm so glad when new players find my projects.
Here are your answers:
1. Not really - I'm planning to release an additional pamphlet, but I'm not sure when I will do it. I can provide specific information about the items if you need them.
2. It's up to the table. In my games, if an Apostle ascends, they become a god-like scale. Think about the Moon presence from Bloodborne (not the boss fight - the lore)
3. It's a real restful moment.
4. It depends if they will discover different stuff. I.e., if you and I are investigating an altar, maybe you will find ancient runes, and I will find a cursed ritual on a scroll. In this case, both of us will gain Insight. 9/10 Insight points per game are a good average.
5. If you have 0 stamina, you cannot resist - that's something I should explain better, I guess
6. Parry and Stun are both fictional and mechanical triggers simultaneously. You can use Stun talking with a strange character in the graveyard to keep them quiet. But also, you can parry and stun to react to (or avoid) actions from NPCs.
I.e., a beast is attacking you -> you can parry the attack.
7. I'm not a huge fan of Devil's Bargain without helping the GMs to use it (I'm a GM myself, and every time I struggle to find interesting Devil's Bargain). That's why I didn't put it in the game: I had no space to add the rule AND guidelines for the GMs. But it can work without issue!
I hope you will enjoy the game!
Thanks for this effective game ! A few pages but all we need is there...
An AP (but in french) :
Oh WOW! Thank you so much (I speak a little bit of French - I studied it loooong time ago, so I can understand 10% of the video :D). I hope you enjoyed the game!
Yes we did !
Trick Weapon question: Are [Great Range] /[+Effect vs OO] the ability of Base form? or are they "the increased Effect" of Alternate form?
Pray in front of the tomb of the first hunter: Does "roll lower attribute" mean roll 2d?
About the trick weapons: the description between [ ] is the weapon's ability - in both forms. The base form allows the character to perform a quick and accurate blow, the alternate form a powerful blow (with increased effect), and you can take advantage of the specific ability of the weapon in both forms.
Roll lower attribute means you must use your lower attribute to gather dice for your pool.
I.e. if you have Prowess 2, Resolve 2, and Wit 1, you will roll 1 die.
1. Aren't the base attributes 3/2/1? So lower attribute means lowest attribute?
2. If the lower attribute is 1d, How can I get "6s: The first hunter spills their blood for you: You regain all Blood."?
1. Yes, but...
2. ...a player can improve their attribute, spending Insight at the Workshop. So, it's not sure the lowest attribute is always 1 - it depends on the players' choices.
One more question!
Oath of Hunters:
But the light touched us, and we have become its emissaries. (Hunter's Scroll)
But the light touched us, and now our eyes are open. (Game Master’s Scroll)
Which is correct?
Oh - that’s a mistake made between versions. Sorry for that, I will fix it soon. The right one is the GM (… and now our eyes are open).
Thank you for your feedback!
Does a PC gain Stamina after he succeeded at his action roll witout consequence(6+ ) or avoided consequence(6+ on resist roll or use the special armor)?
Hi! Thank you for allowing me to clarify this point (I already received feedback about that and I want to explain better it in the future).You regain stamina at the end of an action. An action is formed by 2 parts: action and (eventual) consequences.
I got it. Thank you!
What a badass game! A light and concise hack of Forged In The Dark. The pamphlet is beautiful as well. I highly recommend Bloodstone for you guys who is interested in FromSoftware-ish atmospheric TTRPG.
I do mention light and concise Matteo, but is there any chance you will expand the game to have advancement mechanics? Haha.
Best regards and take care, Matteo!
Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you appreciate the game.
About an advanced version… I’m definitely up to something - you will have news soon!
Awesome! Best of luck on all your projects, Matteo.
I talked to the developer over on Reddit about this game, and what a pleasure that was: so patient good sir!
I just had to pick this up once I realized what a pleasure this will be to run for friends. I am super hyped to try it out! Will add to my comment after I get to try it (hopefully this weekend at #coninthedark2022! maybe someone sees this and wants to join us?)
Thank you Mark for the kind words! I'm looking forward to the #coininthedark2022 - it will be awesome watching players try the game!
my pleasure! hope to see you popping up around the Blades Discord if nothing else. Cheers!
Wow I reaaaally loved this aesthetic! I'm so excited to play, I already read the rules and I feel a good consistance in this structure. Congrats for put this aspects together and create this amazing oportunity! Soon I'll back with a more consistent feedback =D Peace and good luck!
Thank you! I'm looking forward to your feedback! I hope you will enjoy the game!
How does the Knight attire work? It looks like the special says "Protect an ally," but that also looks like just a special action that anyone can take at anytime anyway, right?
I'm relatively certain that's what you can do by checking off the special armor box of the knight attire, and not something anyone can do at any time.
Using the attire one shot ability, the knight can protect without face conseguences.
Thanks for the reply! One more attire question, with the Priest and Executioner abilities: Are those Resist rolls made with just 1d each when those abilities are used?
No, you avoid completely the consequences without rolling dice. So, basically, if a Hunter suffers mental Harm, they can try to avoid the consequences using a normal resistance roll OR, if they have the Executioner attire, by spending the special one-shot ability.
Stuck outside on a night of the hunt?
I was immediately drawn to this game, as it checks off a lot of my boxes: bloodborne, forged in the dark, tri-fold games, one-shot focused games.
The game offers a few nice twists to FITD to simplify it for one-shot play, but each of these changes pushes the game towards the theme of hunters in a city gone mad for one night. Can't wait to play it!
Thank you so much. And please, let me know if you will enjoy the game!