[tinyprg] Steel Blossom Dreams

When I put Nine Black Jewel Moons together, I asked my flatmate if there were any other kind of implied setting I might tinker with; their answer is best summarized as “Legend Of The 5 Rings, but with more yokai and maybe more not!Japan fantasy”.

I tossed around the idea along with the other things I’ve herded cats around for, since another reskin would be fairly straightforward.  The upheaval around FFG’s rpg department in the tail end of last year gave me a bit of a jolt (and prompted the silliness of the “family name” tables in the finished PocketMod) … and then the fantasy!Japan collided with my budding idea of trying to make settings or adventures of various scopes to also fit the format, and months later here we are.

Steel Blossom Dreams needs Nine Black Jewel Moons, as the rules are in that PocketMod, and I’ve tried to use as many English-equivalent terms as possible to cut down on explanations in a very limited space; this is most obvious in the antagonist lists (so, “sickle weasel” instead of “kamaitachi”, for example).  Arguably by the nature of the beast it would be easy to take the basicness of SBD and have it all look like any fantasy you might like, I suppose.

Six Swords Rising is a tiny setting overview that is rules-free and, technically, can work with whatever you want to use it with.

Steel Blossom Dreams

Six Swords Rising

I’m sort of considering trying to moosh the rules portions (+ magic talents and such) from NBJM and these two iterations together into a little zine thing, but I haven’t decided yet.  It’d probably still be pretty bare-bones, but all the parts would be in one place?

[Troika] Anuran Knight of Pearl and Glass

It took some doing, preparing yourself for your next metamorphosis, not so physically dramatic as you previous change perhaps but one yet ripe with meaning. Striding gracefully, you wield sword and secrets in the service of all, even those put off by your translucently dappled skin and bulbous golden eyes.

And if they doubt your heart, well, it’s there for all to see.


* vine-and-glass sword
* pearly tea set
* letters of vows and secrets
* pistolet
* fancy ever-wet satin blouse (treat as light armour)

Advanced Skills

* 3 Acrobatics
* 1 Sword Fighting
* 2 Climb
* 2 Etiquette
* 2 Spell – Life Line
* 1 Spell – random