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Swords Cross and Hearts Race...

A sword duel can end in kissing, a witch can gain her power by helping others find love, and an entire campaign can be built around vagabond matchmakers piloting their sentient gay spaceship from system to system. Even when swords are crossed, they have the potential to connect more deeply than anyone expects.

Thirsty Sword Lesbians celebrates the love, power, and existence of queer people. If you love roleplaying games and angsty disaster lesbians with swords, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Flirting, sword fighting, and zingers in a system designed for both narrative drama and player safety
  • An innovative take on the Powered by the Apocalypse family of games
  • Nine character types, each focusing on a particular emotional conflict
  • Guidance and support for running the game, including how to make appealing adversaries
  • Starting scenario seeds and multiple campaign settings
  • Variant rules to highlight different identities, emotional connections, and setting elements
  • Strategies to adapt any setting where swords cross and hearts race for thirsty sword lesbians

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frankz B July 10, 2021 8:24 pm UTC
I want to start off by saying that while did not purchase this book at drive-thru rpg a wonderful friend bought it for me unfortunately I find this book is to be really problematic and I would not recommend. It triggered my dysphoria as well as another players. The way non-binary identities are addressed comes of as very appropriative, fetishistic, and “girl 2.0”. The one single NPC that uses he/him pronouns is an antagonist, I myself am an afab that uses he/they pronouns so I find this really distressing. I would complain about how trans-masculintity is non-existant but the way they treat trans-femininity is atrocious 95% of the characters adhere to hetero/cisnormative feminine presentation (this is a problem with NPcs as well as the artwork) and those that don’t are few and far between shoved into the background, . My group is 80% trans and enby people they all felt the same way after reading through it, this book came off as very exclusionary to all of us. If you’re a butch transwoman, an enby who...See more
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Sean N July 10, 2021 10:12 pm UTC
Hi frankz B, thank you for sharing this. The team that created Thirsty Sword Lesbians includes many trans and non-binary creators throughout the project including writing, sensitivity reading, and art development. The intent was to create a game that is inclusive to many queer identities and I'm sad to hear that you and your group don't feel seen or represented in the book. That said, our hope is that Thirsty Sword Lesbians is not seen as THE definitive queer focused RPG but that it belongs in a large body of work that continues to grow in breadth and representation.
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David V June 27, 2021 12:31 am UTC
I like how the game uses the Apocalypse framework to bring forward player actions like Flirt and center them in play instead of having these things hang off of a generic Charisma stat. If you like the Blue Rose setting for its inclusivity but want more modern settings, this content will appeal to you.
I did find the use of generic 'cishet' for the antagonists in one of the setting descriptions to be offputting. It seemed (to me at least) to cut against the grain of inclusivity that the book was trying to achieve. It seemed to pull the content away from "let's celebrate who we are and what our stories can be" towards "our queer clubhouse, no cishets allowed". It would be easy to fix, and in general would be a nod towards acknowledging straight people as friends and supporters, not interlopers.
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Adrian S June 21, 2021 10:26 am UTC
I have a question about the print-on-demand product. Is this the regular size for gaming books, or more hardcover novel, digest size? It's an odd question, but for some reason my brain sees this in the same size as Bubble Gum Shoe, Summerlands, and Dresden Accelerated. Not sure why, though.
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June 21, 2021 3:15 pm UTC
96% or so of our product catalog is in the 6"x9" format, which might be what you mean as "digest size" (which for me has always meant 5.5x8.5, which has more of an impact on narrowing the usable text area than you might initially suspect). TSL is also 6x9 — like, as you note, BGS and DFA, but also like Fate Core, Monster of the Week, Blades in the Dark, etc, etc.

Outside of the D&D/traditional games space, 6x9 is more of a "regular size" than the 8.5x11 you're calling regular size. :)
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Adrian S June 22, 2021 11:56 am UTC
Thanks for clarifying, this is fantastic. I like this 6x9 size for gaming books, sorry for the imprecise format words, but this clears up my question very nicely.
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June 22, 2021 3:17 pm UTC
My pleasure. :)
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Phillip G June 15, 2021 3:24 am UTC
Thank you for form fillable playbooks. I know it's a small thing, but I really appreciate it and I know my players do as well.
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June 15, 2021 3:26 pm UTC
My pleasure! Feels especially crucial for games in the PBTA family, IMO. (We've also got a full implementation of the playbooks on Roll20.)
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Phillip G June 15, 2021 12:14 am UTC
So far this is possibly the best swashbuckling adventure rpg I have encountered. My only complaint is that one of the moves for the beast playbook has an offensive name that may upset some of my players.
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June 15, 2021 12:19 am UTC
That was a reappropriative use of the term by the author. I hope it's seen as an in-community use (as that is its context) rather than a slur by an outsider!
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Phillip G June 15, 2021 12:23 am UTC
I understand the intent, but unfortunately, certain words may have a traumatic history for some players and that comes as a bit of a curveball after the game having done such an amazing job of being sensitive.
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June 15, 2021 1:24 am UTC
No argument to that, but same time, I wasn't going to tell the author she couldn't reappropriate terms that are hers to reappropriate. Not my place. The game's her vision.
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Grant H June 14, 2021 2:01 am UTC
I was here for all the comments and oh boy were people mad. It's rather amazing, we've got games on Drivethru that glorify Murder, Sexual Violence, Slavery and yet the game that says "Yay gays!" is just a step too far for some people.

I actually got the book on early access although I missed the actual kickstarter. I was wondering, as a cis male who has had shall we say 'minimal' exposure to the LGBT community but has several gay players and friends who've expressed interested in this game. Do you have any tips or resources that you'd recommend someone like me to look at to properly represent these groups. One of my greatest fears is for my ignorance to result in hurting someone's feelings.

You might have already listed some resources in the book itself but I forget! If so if you could just give me the page that'd be swell.
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June 14, 2021 2:51 am UTC
Hey there, the game contains a lot of what you're looking for. Check out the GMing chapter (page 84) which is chock full of advice on how to run the game thoughtfully and considerately. If you're concerned that you're not a fit for the defaults of the game, also check out Adjusting the Premise on page 194.
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Grant H June 14, 2021 3:14 am UTC
Thank you! I figured there was a section on advice but I forgot where, I really should go over the book it's been awhile. And while I'm not a fit for the default premise my players definitely would be. I'm the only person they know who runs things that aren't exclusively 5e and I'd like to put together something they'd enjoy. So that's why making sure I can run it thoughtfully and considerately as you put is on my mind. But yeah I'll definitely give it a reread, thank you!
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Brett K June 11, 2021 8:44 am UTC
Just had to look at this a little more after it popped into my periphery.

Not my cup of tea, but it is interesting to see such things exist. I'll just keep to having my characters just be NB.
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June 11, 2021 1:59 pm UTC
FWIW, from the book: "What if... not Lesbians? We’ll let you in on a secret: you don’t have to play a lesbian. The game plays with themes that are common for all sorts of people who are marginalized on the basis of gender and sexuality, as well as feelings that go beyond the queer experience. If you want to play thirsty sword cishets, we’re not going to stop you—just don’t be surprised if the game turns them queer."
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Brett K June 13, 2021 8:19 am UTC
Thank you for the response, but the game just isn't for me. Even though I am NB, the game just doesn't interest me. I do hope it does well though.
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June 13, 2021 3:37 pm UTC
No worries, Brett. Thanks for dropping by!
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Chris D June 09, 2021 2:50 am UTC
The book has been up for how long and then this message from staff... and now only 3 comments remain? Jesus.
That's... wow.
If it's preemptive that makes more sense but this pushed that many people's buttons?
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June 09, 2021 3:18 pm UTC
There were a handful of comments from less than a handful of armchair philosophers of the "if you're against bigots and fascists, then you are yourself a bigoted fascist" camp of... let's call it "logic". Mostly it looked like they were mad the book existed.

But enough about them. Any questions about the book we can answer for you?
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Chris D June 09, 2021 8:02 pm UTC
Can you play Bisexuals or it is it only lesbians? Also how does the games use of Apocalypse World vary from other interpretations?
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June 09, 2021 8:29 pm UTC
Tons of info is available on the game's Kickstarter page specifically about these questions, you may do better reading there, but I'll see what I can pull together to address your questions. In the interim:
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June 09, 2021 8:30 pm UTC
Re: "Can you play Bisexuals or is it only lesbians?", this excerpt:

"What if... not Thirsty? The game fundamentally assumes that the characters crave connection, but that connection doesn’t need to be sexual or romantic. We offer you options for changing how the game addresses connection in our variant rules section.

What if... not Swords? It’s simple enough to swap out a different hand-to-hand combat option. Your campaign or your character can use a labrys, the double-bladed axe that became a lesbian icon in the late 20th century. You can use different styles of unarmed combat or even grapple using telepathic self-projections. It’s also possible to replace the swords with mecha, starships, or guns, but it requires some thought and the book will help you think about how to ensure that it stays intimate and relationship-focused. The conflict doesn’t have to be physically violent, either; you can use any kind of conflict that’s adrenaline-inducing and close-quarters....See more
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June 09, 2021 8:34 pm UTC
Re: "How does the games use of Apocalypse World vary from other interpretations?"

I'll first note that every single PBTA game, if doing it right, custom fits rules and moves to suit the premise and goals of the game. PBTA is more a method of game construction than a prescription of specific moves and so forth.

As to how it differs, there's lots to get into there. I'd recommend you take a look at the free downloadable handouts from our website as a starting point — here's a link straight to the handouts:

The resource page contains more than that tho, including playbooks and so forth that may give you additional insight:
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Meredith G June 08, 2021 8:19 pm UTC
Hey friends!
Any comments that do not generate discussion about the book itself in a constructive way will be deleted. Thank you!
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Phavina L June 07, 2021 9:09 pm UTC
Just purchased! After reading into it, this seems right up my alley, and I'm super excited to play an adventure in this with my group.

Thank you for making ttrpg systems less bigoted and more inclusive. Thank you for Page 198 and the Glossary. Looking forward to seeing other inclusive ttrpgs your team may publish!
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