Blades in the Dark tabletop RPG being developed for TV
Blades in the Dark, the award-winning tabletop role-playing game, is being adapted for television. Its Victorian setting is dark and eerie, and it combines acrobatic heists and Gothic horror. This sounds like the perfect combination for a serial drama. Warp Films, a BAFTA-winning production company (This Is England Little Birds), leads the effort. Screen Daily first reported the news via John Harper, an author who made it public late Tuesday.
Blades in the Dark was released in 2017. It is set in the fictional Doskvol. The players form a group of criminals, and they engage in high-risk heists around town. They are matched against the city’s other powerful gangs and the spirits of the dead, who have been cursed to haunt it forever. Flashbacks are what make the game stand out. Players roll dice when they encounter an obstacle to determining how prepared they were. If they have a good enough role, they can use their imagination to draw the right weapon or pull keys from a hidden cubbyhole.
Over the past five years, there has been a slight increase in interest in adapting tabletop gaming for large and small screens. Filming for the Dungeons & Dragons movie, starring Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez, was completed in August. A Magic: The Gathering animated series featuring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) is currently being produced by Netflix. The Man in the High Castle team is also working on Dan Abnett’s Warhammer 40,000-themed Eisenhorn Trilogy. The Warhammer Plus streaming service launched just last week.