In the interest of making Lady Blackbird more accessible to non-gamers, the following addresses the possibility of folks who may want to play the game not having a pile of d6s.
Use a standard poker deck, jokers removed.
Instead of rolling dice, draw an equal number of cards.
Red cards (Hearts and Diamonds) count as hits.
After the challenge, place drawn cards into a discard pile.
When half or more of the cards have been discarded, reshuffle discards back into the deck.
Also the gm may reshuffle cards at any time she needs something to do with her hands.
Option 1: Aces High
Whenever the drawn cards show one or more aces, exciting elements are added to the challenge:
Ace of Spades = Danger! An additional element of danger is added to the scene.
Ace of Hearts = Romance! A romantic element is added to the scene.
Ace of Diamonds = Discovery! The player makes a discovery of knowledge or treasure.
Ace of Clubs = Triumph! Challenge is automatically won, and players get back any "pool" cards they used.
Anytime an ace is discarded, reshuffle all the cards.
Option 2: Gradual reveal
Instead of showing all the cards drawn at once, reveal them one at at a time. Narrate a minor positive or negative detail as each red or black card is revealed. Good for high tension scenes like defusing bombs and such...