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Actual Plays

An actual play is the play of a role-playing game that is performed as entertainment for an audience wider than the group of people who are playing it, generally recorded and broadcast over the internet. Actual plays may be performed live like a theatre show, by video recording, or as a sound recording (i.e. podcast). Some actual plays may be provided in several or all of these formats.

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The Adventure Zone: Steeplechase

The McElroy Family are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: While the whole podcast is not just BiTD, this campaign is. It's also set in an original world that's basically a dystopian theme park city-state.

Canticle of the Crimson Wake

The Tabletop Sandbox are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Podcast (audio only) options are available in their video descriptions.

The City That Never Dies

Clever Corvids Productions are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Spinoff of β€œThe Magpiesβ€œ with new characters and a new setting (Imperial City) inspired by Prohibition-era America.

Court of Blades πŸŽ₯ Video

Third Floor Wars are playing Court of Blades

Note: Run by Shawn Drake, co-author of Court of Blades

Desperate Attune 🎧 Podcast

Desperate Attune are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Two seasons, using a South Asian take on the city of U'Duasha

Of Dice and Them 🎧 Podcast

Of Dice and Them are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Set in a wider world which is also used for other TTRPG systems (so not Doskvol). Learning the system for the first time so rules aren't always 100% but hitting the broad strokes.

Explorers of Elsewhere: Elysia Rising

Explorers of Elsewhere are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Elysia Rising is the second campaign in our Elsewhere world setting. In a city lost and floating in a sea of hungry, anguished souls for two years, a crew of smugglers must navigate the turmoil of tyranny, revolution and factional war.

Godzilla: King of the Cosmos, a Beam Saber actual play podcast πŸŽ₯ Video

Mayday plays are playing Beam Saber

Note: There is video and podcast format but I recommend the YouTube series because they add a lot of visuals that help understand the rules. Each episode is under an hour and a fun way to learn the rules.

Kocie Łby πŸŽ₯ Video

Dobre Rzuty, Lans Macabre are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Only in polish

The Magpies, a Blades in the Dark actual play podcast

Clever Corvids Productions are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: A complete 4 season series about a small gang of thieves turned vigilantes who fight to defend the poor and oppressed of Duskwall. Great inspiration for stealing ideas.

Marielda, Twilight Mirage, PARTIZAN

Friends at the Table are playing Blades in the Dark, Scum and Villainy, Beam Saber

Note: The podcast uses multiple game systems per season (for example, Marielda starts with The Quiet Year for the first few episodes and is BitD for the rest of the season). Not every season features a Forged in the Dark system, but a few of them do.

Megacampaign: War of the Crow πŸŽ₯ Video

JimGoblin are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: West-marches style campaign of 4 gangs in a persistent Duskvol

The Professionals, a Scum and Villainy Actual Play πŸŽ₯ Video

Dustfire Media are playing Scum and Villainy

Note: They currently have two ongoing campaigns, one is scum and villainy and the other is Avatar Legends. They’ve also played Trophy in their Patreon exclusive show.

Rise of the Conduit πŸŽ₯ Video

MagiRPG are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: Think of this ongoing series like an HBO drama. Large, diverse ensemble cast that swaps out players throughout. For Mature audiences (contains appropriate content warnings throughout the game)

Synowie Mordrina πŸŽ₯ Video

Bastardzi are playing Band of Blades

Note: Only in Polish

The Unspoken πŸŽ₯ Video

The Wanderers Guild are playing Blades in the Dark

Note: The playlist linked above is incomplete - several other episodes exist but have not been added to the playlist yet. The series was intended to teach a new group of players how Blades in the Dark works.