Howdy all! I’m wondering if anyone has any homebrew items they particularly love and/or have tips on how to design great items for Blades? I’m still getting used to how different items are in this game vs games I’ve played before (D&D, Shatterzone).
Here are some items my players like:
Blockquote Powder Bolts: These are blunt crossbow bolts / arrows with a glass cylinder head one can fill with a small dose of a powdered substance (usually a poison). Upon impact, the glass head shatters and disperses its contents 2 ft in all directions.
Devil’s Brew: Gain two stress boxes until end of next downtime. Each additional dose consumed within a 24-hour period is extremely dangerous, requiring a fortune roll to avoid Level 3 harm “Catatonic.”
The Devil’s brew is much more dangerous than it seems. The extra stress boxes means the players MUST spend downtime actions on reducing more stress than they might normally, otherwise they will trauma out when the boxes disappear and they are over-stressed.
The Meelo “puffer” dart gun: A small, single-shot dart gun that can be easily concealed in one’s sleeve and fired by flexing one’s wrist a particular way. It is powered by a small compressed air cylinder. The range of the weapon is only a few paces and it can’t penetrate armor or even exceptionally thick clothing (such as heavy winter gear). Cannot be reloaded during combat (requires disassembly).
Here is my repository of items from the books and my own homebrew items.