NOIR is now “Thrilling Noir Stories”

“It was another cold and rainy night. I was sitting in my 20 square yards appartment and bureau, staring into a half-empty glass of bourbon whiskey. A knock on the door brought me back to reality and ended the daydreaming. Who might that be? A gorgeous blonde who wants to hire me to spy on her cheating husband or the landlord trying to get last month’s rent…”

Thrilling Noir StoriesThrilling Noir Stories is our attempt to create a rules-light roleplaying game inspired by the “film noir” genre. Some time ago it started as a project by Michael Garcia and me. When we released the first playtest version several people started to send in their ideas and comments which quickly lead to an updated release. Then someone noticed that there is already a roleplaying-game called NOIR, so we changed the name. And since the copyright status of the artwork we used was unclear, I changed the cover art. And if you ask me, the new cover fits even better! 🙂

We also decided to release the whole game under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 license, to make it easier for everyone to share and adapt the game freely.

If you want to have a look at the latest version, you can download the “Bogart Edition” PDF here. And please post your notes at the playtest forums!

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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