The Blackbird Pie RPG is an open-source generic "Lady Hackbird"; Lady Blackbird stripped down to an absolute bare minimum so you can get up and playing in a matter of minutes, which, as it turns out, ends up making it very similar to Risus, PDQ and The Pool.
It's good for creating the same sort of fiction Lady Blackbird creates: "popcorn movie" action-adventure, where the protagonists may get beat up and have their differences, where they might be torn about the right choice, but they'll triumph in the end.
And the basic rules fit on one page.
Editable open-source official Blackbird Pie reference
Blackbird Pie "working version" PDF
Just thought I'd point out - Blackbird Pie is not an open source game. To qualify as 'open source', a work has to be available for commercial use. [http://www.opensource.org/osd.html]
However, it is a jolly good addition to the Hackbird corpus.
Posted by: Chris Sakkas | August 14, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Hmm, I'm not sure what gives this
"Open Source Initiative" the right to say what is and is not open source. Wikipedia's definition is looser - Blackbird Pie is open source by the wikipedia definition.
Anyhow, the thing I thought was cool about Blackbird Pie's 'open sourceness' was that anybody can go in and edit the 'master source' themselves - you can't do that with OGL or Fate: you can only create your own branch off the main trunk - but almost nobody has, so I guess it's not as cool as I thought.
Posted by: Jamie Fristrom | August 15, 2011 at 09:50 AM
I couldn't find what license you are offering this under as "open source." Is this Creative Commons using the license on Lady Blackbird or something else?
Posted by: Openbuddha | March 28, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Yes, it's the same license as Lady Blackbird.
The old story games wiki is down, so now it is no longer a project anyone can edit, but if somebody wanted to host it somewhere else I wouldn't (and couldn't) stop them!
Posted by: Happionlabs | March 28, 2013 at 01:29 PM