A Nocturne v0.9 is here!

Yes, that's right, A NOCTURNE v0.9 is complete, and available to check out now! I'll get to the changelog in a second, but first you might have noticed that one or two things have changed around here. For instance, there's now.... art!? And now the game costs real actual money? "GASP," I hear you gasp. Well, I'll explain.

A NOCTURNE has been in the works as a serious concern for getting on two years now, and has been a mutant glimmer in my compound eye since at least 2015.  It's gone through a lot of development work, changed systems (!), and improved a whole lot. I've poured a lot of time and effort into the game you see before you, and will continue to chip away at it for the foreseeable future!

So, I thought it was high time I put a price on this thing. But don't worry, it's super cheap! You can buy it for as little as €5  -that's about the price of a nice pint of ale here in Ireland! Also, you can still get the sheets PDF for absolute, no-kidding free if you want to share the game around or just check out the sheets to see some of the new changes. The full paid version includes a full 80 page rules PDF, with explanations for all aspects of the game that differ from Blades in the Dark, and lots of lovely tables, as well as The Ram's Horn, a big, ready-to-play sandbox setting of haunted worlds, cults, and the threat of impending war, and what's more, you'll get all future updates to A NOCTURNE for free. It also comes with a nice, slimline version of the older Cluster Creation PDF if you want to generate your own sandbox for your crew!

Speaking of which, onto the changelog!

  • Revamped and expanded the Ram's Horn, the default cluster for the game. This included a lot of quality-of-life improvements as I migrated all the setting info over to the rules PDF, like more detailed location descriptions, and more factions.
  • As for those factions: I introduced 17 new factions for the Ram's Horn. These fill in the gaps of the default cluster in a big way, and include such colourful, dangerous folks as Panacea, a conniving interstellar trade combine, and the Iron Custodians, the administrators of a vast, industrial prison planet.
  • Fully decoupled bodies (along with all the related nonsense, including Look, Harm, and Recovery) from the playbooks. You now get separate Shell Cards detailing your physical body or bodies, which means that yes, you can slowly accrue a deck of bodies to switch between as you wish.
  • Adjusted the Load of Armour and Heavy Armour to reflect the more high-tech setting.
  • Changed the cost of Clones and simplified the way Armatures work to reflect the change in approach to shells.
  • Remixed and replaced a number of special abilities, including but not limited to:
    • The Killer now has Goliath, a powerful ability that allows them to lug around more gear, and fight at higher scales when they're alone.
    • The Outlaw gets Blood in the Water, which makes them better at hunting and laying traps for their quarry as long as they've met them face-to-face.

Oh, and laid-out the book all nice I guess, whatever.

Anyway, that's the new version of A NOCTURNE released! If you have any feedback (or, god forbid, spot any spelling errors), you can email me at thysane@gmail.com or leave comments on this page, and if you want to follow me on social media, my twitter is @thysane

Good luck out there in the Panhuman Diaspora!


A-Nocturne_v0-9.zip 26 MB
Nov 09, 2018
A-Nocturne_v0-9_SHEETS.pdf 19 MB
Nov 09, 2018


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This page really should more obviously re-direct to the v1.0 page.