A downloadable template

Fan-made InDesign template for Blades in the Dark playbooks.

Format: US letter (8.5 x 11 in.) for easy home printing

Fonts used:

Replace Noto Serif with ArbescoDT if you want to spend $40 to match the source book.

For an Affinity Publisher version, alternative free fonts, and good playbook design advice, check out:


Helpful tips:

  • You can change the darkness of the action dots by selecting them and changing Appearance > Fill > Tint. The lighter dots are tint 32.

Still working on:

  • Ink-saver printable version (no art or dark backgrounds)
  • 6 x 9 in. layout
  • iPad layout
  • Mobile layout

This work is based on Blades in the Dark, product of One Seven Design, developed and authored by John Harper, and licensed for our use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
Tagsblades-in-the-dark, Forged in the Dark


BitD Playbook Template Sample (Letter).pdf 4 MB
BitD Playbook Template (Letter).indd 1 MB
BITD Playbook Template (Letter).idml 72 kB


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Hey, you've got letter-formatted downloads, but portrait-formatted preview images. Do you have an .indd for the portrait version, too? If not, no worries!

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Hi, I might be misunderstanding what you mean by "letter-formatted" downloads. The downloads should be portrait (taller than wider) and letter (8.5 x 11 in.) That should match what you see in the preview images, but maybe I'm saving the .indd file with the wrong settings. Could you explain a bit more about what you're seeing so I can help you figure it out? Thanks! :)

Not sure what happened on my end, but I had the wrong file open, and there's nothing wrong with these downloads. Sorry for the mistake / to bother you!

No problem, glad it worked itself out!


Can you export your template in .idml or save as ID previous versions (CS4 or later)? That way it could be used by more people. Thanks! :)


Sure, uploading the IDML now!

You're the best! :)