Being a youtube casual I might be a bit late to the party, but still wanted to contribute something to the discussion.
First of all, congratulations to @OneSevenDesign on the full version release of Blades in the Dark. It's awesome that you've finally reached this point and I wish you all the continued success.
Second, amazing episode. The ending scene with Zeke and Anne was intense, as well as the social manuevering by djWHEAT. Geoff is always a badass and I really like his way of rolling with the punches and how he embraces the randomness the dice imposes.
Now, for my question: Are long term projects still a possible down-time action? I can't recall it being mentioned in a long time, if at all, in the RollPlay series of Blades. I remember seeing it in the Bloodletters campaign and that it allows you to do some really interesting things. Since some of the players mentioned in this episode that they didn't know what action to take during down-time besides training, it got me worried that it'd been removed or perhaps that the players have forgotten about it.
If it still is an option, would you consider these suggestions as viable projects for the characters:
Would it be possible for @Ezekiel_III to start a project where Aldo researches, or possibly invents something through tinkering, that would let them safely extract Bella's spirit from her diary without the risk of her "turning bad", shall we say? And could Rune help with that project if she wants to?
Could Anne have a project where she creates a way for Rune to handle Lord Scurrlock when it's time for him to die? Maybe something like creating a new spell/ritual or perhaps binding a large pack of ghosts and throwing them at him at an opportune moment.
Considering Ms Cattabys love of information, could she take Grace's place? Have a project to aquire her contacts, informants and find her hidden stockpiles with secrets that maybe wasn't released as part of the dead-mans-switch?
And Mr Firm, perhaps upgrade his ghost-killing spear to have a better effect on Satara (spelling?). Maybe convert it into a direct conduit for She-Who-Slays-In-The-Dark or something similar?