Janky Blades


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Janky Blades
Janky Blades

This is a pen-and-paper dice game about making swords. It is the intersection of two impulses.

On one hand I wanted to make another Roll and Write game. Just to prove to myself that I still had access to the juice.

It would be a spiritual successor to the Legend of Dsyx games I made for ButtonShy in 2018, and it would be about swords probably.

The other direction I came from was wanting to make a game that also served as a creative tool, where visually pleasing output was also high-scoring, but I wasn't directing the player to make a pre-decided outcome. I don't know that I got there, the swords you make while playing this game will probably be a bit ugly, though I urge you to play to make the coolest sword you can, and worry about the score once the work is done. Though 75 seems to be a good first score to beat if you are in to that sort of thing.

Feel-wise I am very happy about this. I wanted to capture a kind of methodical working-out of chaos into a grand design, shaping organic ore into sturdy, folded steel. And I think I got there. It's just a little bit janky.


  • Players: 1
  • Ages: 10+
  • Length: 30 minutes  


  • Publisher: Metal Snail
  • Designer: Robin Gibson
  • Art: Robin Gibson


  • Page count: 1
  • Components: Rules, Playsheet
  • Additional components needed: (3) D6 and a pencil

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