PLAYTEST: Naked City Blues - A Hard-Boiled/Noir Detective RPG

PLAYTEST: Naked City Blues
Naked City Blues is an in-development Powered by the Apocalypse role-playing game that tells hard-boiled detective stories as seen through the lens of film noir. The game is also “Carved From Brindlewood,” meaning that it shares many mechanics of Brindlewood Bay , including an emergent mystery structure. I’ll send a copy of the latest version of the rules to players a few days before this session.

This is a four-part series, running Thursday nights in January (8:00 PM EST). Attendance in all sessions is encouraged, but not required: You must sign up for each individual session.

Sessions will run three hours. We will be using the GM’s Zoom for video chat, a shared Character Keeper on Google Docs, and Roll Dice With Friends as a shared dice roller.

If all players agree, the session will be recorded and posted for public viewing.

This series is a playtest. The game is very early in its development cycle. While I hope that this will be a fun series in and of itself, I am primarily looking for honest feedback on the rules: I expect there to be rough edges and parts that don’t work as intended. I also expect to make changes to the rules as needed during the course of the series.

Safety Tools : We will be using Open Door, the X-Card, and Lines & Veils. Lines & Veils will be collected anonymously. This game complies with the Gauntlet Community Code of Conduct.

Breaks: We’ll take a five-minute break near the top of each hour, plus any other breaks as requested.

Session One: Thu Jan 7, 2021, 8:00 PM EST
Session Two: Thu Jan 14, 2021, 8:00 PM EST
Session Three: Thu Jan 21, 2021, 8:00 PM EST
Session Four: Thu Jan 28, 2021, 8:00 PM EST

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And the main reason I’ve put this on the calendar is as impetus for me to actually finish writing a playable draft of the game!