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A Family of Blades is a tabletop roleplaying game about a team of criminals who became a family, broke up, and have now been thrust back together for one last job.

Powered by the Forged in the Dark engine, A Family of Blades has been written with an emphasis on fast-paced one-shots and episodic gameplay. Inside you'll find all the rules you need to play games inspired by the likes of Leverage, Burn Notice, Ocean's Eleven, and the Fast & Furious movies.


  • Streamlined Forged in the Dark mechanics.
  • Rules designed specifically for quick starts and quick play.
  • New playbooks and mechanics to emulate modern heist fiction.
  • A crisis system to allow you to easily play out your own action or heist movie.
  • A bond mechanic to reward players for creating crew backstory during play.
  • Everything you need to start playing straight away!


The game is currently discounted for Early Access and is compatible with the free Blades in the Dark SRD—you will need to reference the SRD or have a working knowledge of the system in order to play. Your purchase now, however, is also a purchase of the final copy and helps support the expansion and completion of the game.


Created by A.C. Luke

Blades in the Dark™ is a trademark of One Seven Design. The Forged in the Dark Logo is © One Seven Design, and is used with permission.


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $8 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Family of Blades EA v1.1.pdf 11 MB
FoB Crises v1.pdf 95 kB
FoB Reference Sheets v1.pdf 136 kB
Google Sheets Playbooks

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FoB Reference Sheets.pdf 135 kB

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This looks awesome. Can't wait to check it out.


I am officially in love with this game. I've been longing for a truly one-shot friendly FitD game, and this is one.


That's high praise, thank you so much for the kind words!