Welcome to the Black Flag Reference Document

The Black Flag Reference Document (BFRD for short) is an open document published by Kobold Press under the Open RPG Creative License (ORC for short).

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BFRD Content


  • Kobold Press Blog: How to Design and Publish With Black Flag Roleplaying

    The Black Flag Reference Document is an important document for publishers hoping to publish content compatible with Black Flag Roleplaying.

    See the full article on KoboldPress.com.

  • BFRD Launches

    With the launch of Black Flag Roleplaying from Kobold Press, we’ve launched BFRD.net to serve as your go-to source for the publicly-available rules text, published for free under the ORC license.

    This site is still very much a work in progress. We intend to make quality of life improvements to the site over time, and there are almost certainly issues in the content which we’ve missed.

    In the near future, this site will display banner ads. We’re hoping to keep these very modest in order to keep your experience with the site pleasant.

    Are you interested in learning more about Black Flag? Kobold Con is this weekend, from May 10-12, 2024. Join in for seminars on Black Flag and organized play!

    To get the latest updates from BFRD.net, we invite you to follow us on Twitter, or check the site from time to time. If you have feedback or find issues with the site, we invite you to email us at Contact@BFRD.net.

Orc Notice

This product is licensed under the ORC License, located at the Library of Congress at TX 9-307-067, and available online at various locations including www.azoralaw.com/orclicense and others. All warranties are disclaimed as set forth therein.

Attribution: This work includes material taken from the System Reference Document 5.1 (“SRD 5.1”) by Wizards of the Coast LLC and available at https://dnd.wizards.com/resources/systems-reference-document.

The SRD 5.1 is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License available at https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode.

Black Flag Roleplaying Reference Document v0.1, © Open Design, LLC d/b/a Kobold Press

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