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Blur: The Hand is Quicker than the Die (a pun) is a role-playing game that uses card mechanics to replace die rolls on the assumption that card play is much faster than rolling dice.

During opposed actions, players draw a number of cards based on a character trait and then play those cards however they like, attempting to score "slams" or "combos". The GM (or another character) responds by drawing cards and playing them. The rules describe this "card game" and how it works to resolve attempted actions.

Characters have only one type of score--traits, which are things like skills, professions, or talents. Traits are rated from 1-5 (the "average" score is 2). Characters also have a "trump suit" that represents what they are best at: Spades for speed, etc.; Clubs for strength, etc.; Hearts for charisma, etc.; or Diamonds for intellect, etc. An optional rule gives characters "karma" points that can be expended to create lucky breaks or avoid negative consequences.

Although the core mechanic is "universal", the game is provided with a campaign world, Erebus, that is decidedly Pulp Victorian in flavor.

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