B7 RPG (Blake's 7 Role Playing Game)
Back at the end of 2006, David Sharrock (of Forever People Digital Press) contacted me because he'd seen a pdf of a tongue-in-cheek Blake's 7 rpg I had for download on my website at that time. He had a contact with B7 Media (who owned the Blake's 7 licence) and thought they might be interested in a rpg and would I like to go into it with him. I jumped at the chance and started writing almost immediately.
Several months later, after much exchanging of emails and several telephone conversations and so on, we had a meeting with B7 Media. They had a draft copy of the rpg and seemed to like our ideas for expanding the system.
However, after the initial excitement everything went quiet. We were aware that there were issues over the licence (for example some of the iconic images were not covered under the licence) but we thought we could get round this. However, it turns out there were internal differences in the company too and one of the main exponents of the rpg left shortly after the meeting. Our little game got lost in the reshuffle.
I have decided to put up the work I did on the rpg as a free download. Whilst it is certainly playable as it stands (my group has played a few sessions), it hasn't been thoroughly playtested and is by no means complete. However, it might be of some interest to anyone wanting to see the early stage of what might have turned out to be a good game to play in the Blake's 7 universe.
I am aware that there is already a fan-produced unofficial Blake's 7 rpg out there (I have a copy myself) but this takes a different approach to the rules. However, our B7 RPG was to be the official version and it is a shame it will not be.
B7RPG Draft - unplaytested, unedited and incomplete
Other Free RPG Downloads
These 5 RPGs can be downloaded here for free. The first 3 are available in print-on-demand from LULU
Blood & Bullets - Role playing in the Wild West, based on Swords & Wizardry
Ancient Mysteries & Lost Treasures - Modern conspiracy-action thriller rpg based on Swords & Wizardry
Sabres & Witchery - Historical monster hunters rpg based on Swords & Wizardry
(Download a S&W character sheet by "Gnombient" here)
Stone & Wood - Old school style fantasy rpg set in The Land of Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, based on Swords & Wizardry
The Land D20 - A D20/3.5E version of the above
Go Fer Yer Gun! D20 roleplaying in the Old West - get it in print (softcover) from LULU
Go Fer Yer Gun! Character sheet
Tombs & Terrors - D20 Fantasy RPG, in print (hardcover or softcover) from LULU