One of the play-aids for Blades I will include are pre-made classes. These will be available character archetypes that someone can pick up and play: I want to be a fighter, a thief, a barbarian, a ranger etc. This should help get newbies into playing right away and fits the "D&D expectation" with players new to the system. Don't worry though, full on rules for choose what I want skills and character creation are still in the game, this is just a quick play hook so you don't have to spend a lot of time "making characters" and can pick up and play right away.
On the art front Artkid (Luigi) has created the cover image and two additional pieces of fantastic B&W illustration art...with more to come! I'd love to show them off because they are OUTSTANDING...but I am kind of excited to just leave it as BAM! final unveiling when the game is ready.
The question I have is one of setting. Should a simple setting sandbox be included as a kick off area to explore? I think yes but it might not be necessary..or even wanted. As always your thoughts and feedback are appreciated.