Best of KC 2022: Zweihänder and Blackbirds are the dark engines driving future legends

A Character From Blackbirds Andrews Mcmeel Publishing

A character from Blackbirds. // Courtesy Andrews McMeel Publishing

This month, we published The Pitch’s annual Best of Kansas City issue. You can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also included a list, compiled and written by our editorial staff, of some of our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2022. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout November. 


In 2017, Daniel D. Fox of Kansas City published Zweihänder Grim & Perilous RPG. The ENNIE Award-winning tabletop role-playing game (RPG) rocked the world of its genre—not just by being an incredibly fun time, but by running on a new game engine, that serves as the foundation for infinite worlds to come.

Daniel D Fox

Daniel D. Fox of Zweihander and Blackbirds. // Courtesy Andrews McMeel

The KC-based game hero has started running his own games division at Andrews McMeel Publishing, and in 2022 released the first of many new titles fueled, under the hood, by his Zweihänder system. Blackbirds is a world of dark fantasy and darker choices, where fate and mortality are presented against a twisted morality.

Despite the decidedly comedically bleak tone, the sun couldn’t be shining brighter on KC’s very own pioneer in the future of tabletop gaming. Find some time to gather your pals and take a little journey into a fictitious world that wants to destroy you. We promise it’s a delight.

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