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Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades: Wuxia Roleplaying

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BIC Subject: Role-playing, war games & fantasy sports
Published By: Bloomsbury
 
Published: 01-Dec-2020
Format: Paperback, 272 pages, 196x16mm
ISBN: 9781472839367
Stock Code: 2839367
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Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades is a roleplaying game of dark adventure and heroic thrills inspired primarily by the wuxia stories of Gu Long. Players assume the roles of eccentric heroes who solve mysteries, avenge misdeeds, uphold justice, and demonstrate profound mastery of the martial arts. Character creation is designed to produce fleshed-out, potent individuals who can follow several paths, including those of the physician, beggar, assassin, thief, soldier, bandit, and more. These characters inhabit a unique martial world, or Jianghu, set in a romanticized ancient China. The towns, temples, and inns the characters can visit, and the sects and factions with whom they interact, will bring their own character to the game and provide a host of opportunities o and threats.
The game is based on a simple ten-sided dice pool mechanic, loosely modeled on the one found in Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, and play is designed to be gritty, suspenseful, and fast, so the focus remains on solving mysteries and roleplaying your character. When combat does arise, it is consequential and swift, and often resolved in a single role of the dice. This rulebook includes a sample martial world and a starting adventure, as well as guidelines for games masters looking to run wuxia games and create their own unique Jianghu, rife with martial experts, sects, and mysterious locations.Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades is a roleplaying game of dark adventure and heroic thrills inspired primarily by the wuxia stories of Gu Long. Players assume the roles of eccentric heroes who solve mysteries, avenge misdeeds, uphold justice, and demonstrate profound mastery of the martial arts. Character creation is designed to produce fleshed-out, potent individuals who can follow several paths, including those of the physician, beggar, assassin, thief, soldier, bandit, and more. These characters inhabit a unique martial world, or Jianghu, set in a romanticized ancient China. The towns, temples, and inns the characters can visit, and the sects and factions with whom they interact, will bring their own character to the game and provide a host of opportunities o and threats.
The game is based on a simple ten-sided dice pool mechanic, loosely modeled on the one found in Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, and play is designed to be gritty, suspenseful, and fast, so the focus remains on solving mysteries and roleplaying your character. When combat does arise, it is consequential and swift, and often resolved in a single role of the dice. This rulebook includes a sample martial world and a starting adventure, as well as guidelines for games masters looking to run wuxia games and create their own unique Jianghu, rife with martial experts, sects, and mysterious locations.
Brendan Davis is a writer and game designer from Boston. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Salem State University. In 2009 he launched Bedrock Games with his business partner William Butler. His interests range from ancient Rome to the martial arts, and this is reflected in the wide variety of games he has written. Most recently, he released the wuxia RPG Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate and its supplements. He presently resides in Lynn, Massachusetts, with his wife Anoma.
Jeremy Bai is a translator and writer. After studying Chinese and living in Manhattan's Chinatown for a few years, he moved to China, where he remained for eight years before returning to his hometown in San Diego, California. He currently posts translations on Wuxiaworld.com where he goes by the pen name Deathblade. He has translated two major xianxia series, as well as a handful of classic wuxia novels by Gu Long. He has also provided input and consulting for games in the Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate system.