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Archive for October, 2011

Flashing Blades: Character Name Generators

Not being a native of France, coming up with authentic French names for Flashing Blades can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. A site called Serendipity has numerous name generators, including a French male name generator and a French female name generator.  Here is an example list of male names it can create:

  • Alfred Leblanc
  • Alphonse-Jean Lejeune
  • Arnaud d’Allemagne
  • Barnabé-Jean-Jacques Daumier
  • Barthelemy Pelay
  • Bellamy Marchand
  • Benoit Desbois

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Flashing Blades: Play Report (Oct. 29, 2011)

A night of surprises…

Late Spring In the Year of Our Lord 1623

Guy Brest having been detained by his duties at the Ministry of Justice, the rest of the party set back out for the chateau about two weeks since their previous visit.

Equipping themselves with lanterns, rope, pry bars, food, and some grenades contributed by Francois, they left Paris early one morning, still debating whether to use the previously acquired loot to acquire title to the chateau (although they’d also need to secure a loan of 6000 Livres).

They found a new lock on the postern gate and prized it open. Cautiously exploring, they found a tripwire tied to a loaded hand cannon hidden in the brush. Spying some bushes moving ahead of them, the hand cannon was discharged, peppering the target area and perforating the shrubbery. Inspecting the blast area, they found no evidence of whatever had made the bushes move. Opinion was clearly divided between rabbits and their foe or foes. (more…)


Flashing Blades: Miniature Resources

Our group doesn’t use miniatures, which works well for the sand-box style of gaming which uses a lot of improv. If you are looking at miniatures for swashbuckling style games, take a look at the minis from the Musketeers and Swashbucklers line at Brigade Games. They have a great range of male and female musketeers, and especially if you have a gender-balanced group of players, they have a wide range of options for character and NPC miniatures.


Flashing Blades: Character Sheets

Hot off the presses! Here are two new custom Flashing Blades character sheets in PDF format. You can fill them out and save them. The first page is similar to the standard  Flashing Blades character sheet that comes with the manual. A second page has additional space for gear and other information.

There are two versions: a plain (printer friendly) version, and an elegant parchment version for those willing to use a bit of color ink for more pizzazz.


Flashing Blades: Play Report (Oct. 14, 2011)

Spring, In the Year of Our Lord 1623

The 13th Year of the Reign of His Most Christian Majesty, Louis XIII

A few months have passed since the party went out carousing and learned, among other things, of a villa near Paris long-abandoned and rumored to be haunted.

In News of the World, a campaign for the summer was announced. The forces of His Most Christian Majesty will co-ordinate with the House of Savoy and the Most Serene Republic of Venice to dislodge the Spanish from the Valtelline Pass in Lombardy.

Our Intrepid Heroes have been busy doing their day-jobs while gathering information.

  • A rapier of exceptional quality fell into the possession of our gambling theology student, Jacques Adamo, who is a member of The Black Cross club. It turned out to contain a coded message in the hollow grip. The coded message contained clues to the treasure of the last Viscount de Gabriel.
  • Guy Brest, a gentleman bureaucrat, learned that the property was abandoned after the last Viscount was arrested and executed for treason. Taxes are unpaid, as no one, not even the Crown, lays claim to the land.
  • Jules Aubert is relieved to learn that his company of the Gendarmerie will not be called up for this campaign action, relieving him of the expense of equipping himself for campaign.
  • Gaston, an unctuous and unsavory fellow with a line in perfumes, mouchoirs (scented handkerchiefs), and snuff, after finding that several parties of treasure seekers from the Paris underworld had gone to the villa but never returned, was called away to the south on business.
  • Francois, a grenadier and drinking companion of Jules, decided to join the group (for an equal share of any spoils). His unit has been called up and he is not “in funds”.
  • As various pieces of information came together, Jacques pored over the Ecclesiastical records to discover that there in only one living descendant, a great-nephew, of the last Viscount. That descendant, Victor, escaped from a sanitarium where he was committed after preaching regicide and atheism several years ago.

Setting off at dawn from Paris early one crisp spring morning, Jacques, Guy, Jules, and Francois ride the couple of hours down the road NE of Paris, following, generally, the curve of the Seine. (more…)