The classic gamebook returns to Kickstarter as a role-playing game

VIDEOMAKER – Gabriele Sergi // VOICE – Raymond Jarrett // MUSIC – Timur Haisyn – Brutal Fervour

“Blood Sword is the sword of life, the only weapon capable of opposing the evil power of the Wizards of Krarth who threaten the Lands of Legend. Your mission is to retrieve the fragments of the sword and thus bring an end to the impending doom, but to do so, you will have to face the grim and harsh Kingdom of Wyrd, with its trap-ridden labyrinths, fearful beasts, and enemies of all kinds and shapes. 

You will receive neither help nor mercy, for none have you ever shown towards your enemies; you are no more than a motley crew of mercenaries and fanatics, who managed to survive the worst battles thanks to your ferocity or cunning. 

But rarely both.

And yet you have been chosen to succeed where even heroes have failed: now an arduous and dangerous path awaits you; you will have to make critical decisions at every turn and your boldness will be put to the test… time and again.  

If you die, the world will die with you.”

Blood Sword, the legendary 1980s gamebook series penned by Dave Morris and Oliver Johnson, is back with a new player’s handbook based on the 5th Edition of D&D, the most popular role-playing game ever.


When it was first released, Blood Sword was the first series of interactive novels that allowed you to play singly or in a group. Part-gamebook, part-RPG, it allowed its readers to imagine themselves in a fantastic and dark world, full of dangerous magic and populated by powerful sorcerers and frightening beasts. 

That revolutionary epic, a five-volume masterpiece, was an overwhelming international success, and went on to thrill generations of adventurers. Even today, after numerous reprints, it remains a bestseller.

The time has come to breathe new life into the gloriously dark world that made this classic famous, by creating a new setting for the Fifth Edition of the world’s most beloved role-playing game, where you will rediscover the characters, weapons, and dangers present in the old series, but also encounter new classes, dangers, and storylines! 

The Kickstarter campaign for this ambitious project is being undertaken by Tambù, a leading gaming company that specializes in services related to gaming and the training of gaming professionals, in partnership with Edizioni Librarsi, an Italian publisher of gamebooks, and Officina Meningi, an agency that specializes in the development and launch of interactive publishing projects.

The team of authors involved on the project is comprised of the very best in the field: Dave Morris himself, the name behind the series; Valentino Sergi, co-author and artistic director of the project; Daniele Fusetto, co-author and developer of the new rules system; with the extraordinary assistance of Mauro Longo, Dario Leccacorvi and Robert Adducci, the community manager of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition.

On the campaign page you’ll find an introductory Quickstarter, a foray into the setting of Blood Sword 5th edition, which will contain everything you need to face the first adventure in the grimdark world created by Morris and Johnson.

The final Blood Sword Setting Guide will be made up of 200-250 full-color pages, richly illustrated by Eryk Szczygieł, Mirko Mastrocinque and Moreno Paissan, complete with maps, characters, opponents, monsters and other images that are evocative of Legend, the land of adventurers threatened by unspeakable horrors.

The crowdfunding campaign link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1086507575/blood-sword-5e

Here’s the link to the Facebook group. Try out the game together with its authors and join the community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bloodsword5e 

Categories: English Readers