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Blood on the Blade - 2nd Edition is the newest release of Blood on the Blade, a micro but complete set of rules for solitaire or co-op skirmish game set on a fantasy background.

“Micro” refers to the small set of rules, the small time required to complete one game session and the small number of miniatures required (4-10 figures being a common range). Many micro-details are left to the player, only the “important” rules are included in the twelve pages of the game.

The game includes ten Scenarios, covering classical wargame scenes like searching for loot, attacking an enemy base, defending your territory, freeing prisoners. Event markers placed on the Map will create the needed Fog of War and randomize the placement of enemies, events and of course loot!

Scenarios can be played individually or as part of a Campaign game: in this case a flowchart will (randomly) determine the next mission; as an example, after a “Scout” mission a bad roll could send your characters on the “Ambush” scenario. Characters on a Campaign will be able to improve their characteristics, but with the improvement of the Reputation Level of your Warband, your enemies will also become stronger.

Activation of units (friendly and enemies) is managed with a pool of activation markers, but you can never be sure that every unit will be activated. When an “Enemy” marker is drawn by the pool you will roll on the ENEMY ACTIVATION table in the current Scenario to determine the unit to activate and its orders.

The rules can easily be used for non-fantasy games (Middle-Ages/Dark Ages).

*** What's new in the second edition ***

  • Mounted Characters rules
  • New Enemies (Demons, Giants, Elves)
  • Revised Enemies (Araknos, Lizardmen, Major Undeads)
  • New Character Advancements
  • Flasks and Potion rules
  • Flying and Mounted Enemies
  • Event Marker activation rules (EM are not any more static)
  • Larger Loot Tables
  • New Spells
  • New Challenge: Boss Fight! (against a single "Boss" Enemy of course)


    Game Rules
    10 Scenarios
    19 Enemy Sheets – more than 70 Enemies
    1 Sheet of characters for DYO scenario
    6 Ready to play Characters    
    2 Character sheets
    6 Table sheets
    2 Campaign Rosters
    1 Campaign Sheet
    32 markers

Additional free components for the game are available on the Studium CMLXV site

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david P February 09, 2020 2:32 am UTC
Hi thanks for the Blood on the blade/Space/Dungeon rules.
Am enjoying playing the Blade version yet to try Space/Dungeon version.
Best set of solo skirmish rules i have used.
I have one question about the other markers in the game the ones labeled Grappled i cannot find any mention of this marker in the rules what are the Grappled markers used for.
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Gottardo Z February 09, 2020 10:55 am UTC
Hi David: the Grapple marker is used with some enemies capable of a special attack (Grapple); see the Zombie Leader as an example. Those rules will probably be inserted in the main document in the future.
Thanks for the support!
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Konstantin K January 10, 2020 5:09 am UTC
Hello! Really looking forward to try this out! Can you please clarify one question regarding the rules?
In the Movement section the Rules say “Units can be freely moved in any direction up to their Move capacity”. Can the unit change the direction of their movement in the middle of one action? Like “move 2 MP North and 1 MP East” to turn corner, for example? Thanks!
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Gottardo Z January 10, 2020 7:37 am UTC
Yes, you can spend the available MPs changing the direction during the movement with no costs for turning.
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Tom B December 24, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Any discount for purchasers of 1st edition
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Gottardo Z December 27, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
- Customers that bought BoTB in the last 30 days will receive an email to get this new edition for free
- All other customers should have received a discount voucher to get the new version at an unbeatable price

If you are an existing customer and you’ve not received your voucher, feel free to contact me at, including in your email the Order ID on Wargame Vault (you can find it on the email received by Wargame Vault when you bought BoTB or on your Orders info in the Wargame Vault site).
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