Band of Blades Notecard Play-aids

Because the Band of Blades system has so many options and moving parts, it can seem overwhelming, so I designed notecard-sized player aids to help my group recall what they could do to gain dice, influence effect, and so on. Each player card details one of the options a player has available, and they work very effectively in play!

I also designed some notecards with reminders of things the GM needed to refer to on a constant basis. And because I was having such a difficult time wrapping my head around the Position & Effect resolution system in Band, I put together a notecard for that as well.[1]

If you downloaded these notecards before April 4th, 2020, please download the new version! The Legion’s Time clocks were accidentally set as 12-clocks instead of 10-clocks; this has been corrected in version 1.1.

The following PDF contains 10 pages, with eight cards per page. Cut out the cards and distribute them or keep them on hand.

  • The first five sheets are the player cards listing the various options a player has available (Push, Devil’s Bargain, Resist, Flashback, etc). You only need print one of these sheets per player. I included the fifth in case the GM desired a copy, or if a group decides to try the game with a fifth player.
  • The sixth sheet has four player cards (Teamwork) to give to players, three cards for tracking campaign time (Summer, Fall, Winter) to remind the Legion they’re (*ahem*) on a clock, and one for abstract Legion resources (Morale, Supply, etc).
  • The seventh and eight sheets are quick reference cards (Scale, Harm, Consequences, etc). You only need to print one of these sheets for the GM, but you can print the other if the players want copies of this information on the table, too.
  • The ninth and tenth sheets are various-sized clocks (of 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 sections, labeled). There are four 4-clocks, and three of each other size clock. If you don’t want to keep printing out copies, for ease-of-reuse you can use small glass beads for tracking, or laminate the cards and use dry-erase markers!

Band of Blades Play-aid Cards v1.1

[1] The Position/Effect notecard is a quick reference guide to help walk through setting the P/E for an Action roll: run down the list for Position; rotate the card, run down the list for Effect; rotate the card back, calculate potential Harm/Ticks; inform the players, discuss, make modifications as necessary.

Note: I have not listed “None” or “Exceptional” Effect levels on the card since I can keep them in my head; a Position’s outcome can be a Consequence instead of Harm (I put Harm on the card because math); and a Setup action influences either Position or Effect, but not both.