View Full Version : Le Ballet de l'Acier - Flashing Blades roleplaying game

Black Vulmea
11-08-2010, 02:29 PM

Cary and the Spaniard stand for a moment quite upright, their sword-arms stretched straight before them, holding the long rapier horizontally, the left hand clutching the dagger close to their breasts. So they stand, eye to eye, with clenched teeth and pale crushed lips, while men might count a score . . . . Suddenly there is a quick turn of Cary's wrist and a leap forward. The Spaniard's dagger flashes, and the rapier is turned aside; Cary springs six feet back as the Spaniard rushes him in turn. Parry, thrust, parry - the steel rattles, the sparks fly, the men breathe fierce and loud; the devil's game is begun in earnest.

Honor may be earned, with a strong wrist and a stout heart.

He took his place without a word. I read in his drawn white face that he had made his mind up to the worst, and his courage so won my admiration that I would gladfully and thankfully have set one of the lookers-on - any of the lookers-on - in his place; but that could not be.So I thought of Zaton's closed to me,of Pombal's insult, of the sneers and slights I had long kept at sword point; and, pressing him suddenly in a heat of affected anger, I thrust strongly over his guard, which had grown feeble, and ran him through the chest.

Honor must be defended, no matter the cost.

Honor calls the tune for the Ballet of Steel.

I'm looking for players for Le Ballet de l'Acier (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/le-ballet-de-l-acier), a swashbuckling adventure campaign for the Flashing Blades roleplaying game. This is a face-to-face tabletop game offered the second Saturday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at St Crispin's Irregulars Hobby Night (http://www.meetup.com/stcrispins/), a Long Beach and Orange County area roleplaying gamers' Meetup.

The year is 1625. Louis XIII is king, a pious and vindictive prince standing in the shadow of his conniving first minister, Cardinal Richelieu. France is a state beset from within and without, by fractious nobles and rebellious subjects at home and ambitious princes abroad. In a society of rigid class distinctions, it's nonetheless possible to gain wealth and power no matter one's station, with courage, skill, and the gentle touch of Lady Fortune.

Player characters a drawn from the broad range of swashbuckling archetypes found in cape-and-sword books and movies, such as dashing nobles, masked highwaymen, wry musketeers, worldly priests, pious knights, deadly fencing masters, ruthless pirates, even wealthy bankers or intriguing royal bureaucrats. Flashing Blades provides the rules for creating a wide range of distinctive characters.

The game includes a fast, fun tactical duelling system in which players choose their characters' fencing maneuvers, matching thrusts, slashes, parrys and ripostes each turn, as well as non-martial skills ranging from Oratory and Etiquette to Disguise and Seduction to Stealth and Acrobatics.

Please visit the campaign wiki (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/le-ballet-de-l-acier) for more information on Le Ballet de l'Acier at Obsidian Portal and the Flashing Blades roleplaying game. Post your questions in this thread or shoot me a Private Message here on P&PG.

Are you ready to get your D'Artagnan or Milady on?

Black Vulmea
11-20-2010, 05:57 PM
The next game night is 11 December - casual gamers are welcome to join in for a night of swashbuckling adventure.

Black Vulmea
01-22-2011, 01:35 PM
Le Ballet is now being played in a private home in the Pasadena area and is no longer available at Hobby Day - new players are still welcome to contact me about joining the group.

Black Vulmea
03-03-2011, 03:56 PM
Unfortunately we lost one player to real-life commitments, so we're looking for at least one more - want to get your d'Artagnan on?

Visit the campaign wiki (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/le-ballet-de-l-acier) for more information about the game.

Black Vulmea
12-19-2011, 02:16 AM
I'm still looking for up to three additional players for this ongoing cape-and-sword campaign.

Visit the campaign wiki (http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/le-ballet-de-l-acier) for more information about the campaign.

02-10-2012, 11:40 PM
Hey, I'm interested in the campaign. At the very least finding a little bit out about it. Hit me back when you get a chance if youd like.
Thanks, Troy.

02-11-2012, 10:37 AM
I live too far away to join, but I guess I'm more amazed that anyone still uses Flashing Blades!

03-31-2012, 03:40 PM
I think Pasadena might be a bit too far for traveling, but this game sounds great. If a player was willing to host in a more central OC location, would that potentially be ok with the group? At least some months?