Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades

Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades

Wuxia Roleplaying

Osprey Roleplaying
  • Author: Brendan Davis, Jeremy Bai
  • Illustrator: Kagan McLeod, Randy Musseau
  • Publication Date: 10 Dec 2020
  • Number of Pages: 272
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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 - 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.

Biographical Note

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 who specializes in Chinese genres such as wuxia, xianxia, and xuanhuan. He has translated over 13,000,000 Chinese characters, making him one of the most prolific translators of Chinese fantasy fiction in the world. He also runs a YouTube channel devoted to explaining the literary conventions and cultural aspects of Chinese fantasy. He lived in China from 2010-2018, and currently resides in Southern California with his wife and children.

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