I’ve just bought BitD and have started working my way through the rules. I am a bit shocked by the complexity of the character sheets (or ‘playbooks’) as I was planning to run several one-shots with this.
I have run some story games before (e.g. The Pool, InSpectres, The Mountain Witch, Dust Devils) but neither anything Powered by the Apocalpyse nor BitD. I think I can handle the rules just fine, but my players will be overwhelmed.
I appreciate the playbooks, as they seem to contain everything a player needs to know (except a primer for the world and Doskvol). However, the many options can lead to analysis paralysis, the many rules are confusing, and the experience rules won’t be necessary for a one-shot (though a good reward system is a thing of beauty).
Are there ‘starter rules’, simplified playbooks, partially or pre-generated characters etc.?
(A link to “World of Blades” by Duamn Figueroa in the Fan Creations section seems to promise some of that, but the link apparently died along with Google+.)
Do you have any advice?