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Behold the ten venom, sword swinging,
fist flying, fireball flinging Art of Wuxia!

Play out the action seen in wuxia movies and TV shows with the exciting press-your-luck game mechanic found in previous d00Lite games!

In Art of Wuxia, players take on the role of heroes of Longzhi (a new mystic fantasy setting inspired by ancient China). Characters utilize their qi while raising fists, spells, and blades against tyrants, demons, and spirits who would spread evil on the land.

Embrace the three tenets of the virtuous hero. Run on water, climb on air. Wander the land and become the balance to the darkness and dread which ever seeks to invade the prosperity of the land and its people.

Not only a stand-alone game, this book also contains skills, races, creatures, and spells which would feel right at home added to other d00lite systems, making this an excellent resource for GMs looking to add some wuxia to their games.

This product comes with an assortment of helpful sheets and additional items:

  • A Cultivation Log, a form-fillable PDF to track Cultivation Points at the end of a session. Or print it out and use it at the table!
  • A Character Sheet, form-fillable PDF in two forms (one with lines, and one with broad areas to type in). Use your computer or tablet to keep track, or print these out and use them old-school!
  • A Session Log, for GMs to keep track of all the friends made, foes slain, deeds done, etc. Like the rest, this is form-fillable or can be printed and used at the table.
  • Poster Map, for the setting of Longzhi. Print it at home or bring it up on a tablet at the game table, zoomed to wherever you're adventuring!
  • Reference Sheets for the players and the GM, including summaries of spells, qi abilities, kung-fu techniques, and all the tables and references to help make a session flow smoothly.
  • Oh yeah... and the Core Rulebook PDF itself!!

  
Please consider other Art of Wuxia products... with more to come! Click the thumbnails for more information:
  
AoW AoW:WBC AoW:MoL Art of Wuxia: Destiny Deck Art of Wuxia: Initiative Deck Art of Wuxia: Condition Deck

  

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Chris B April 10, 2021 11:16 pm UTC
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Is there a section on how to create more gong fu styles?
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Jonathan B January 02, 2021 5:11 pm UTC
If only this game could do Feudal Japan with Samurai, Shinobi, Ashigaru, etc. I'd be totally in.
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Clayton D January 28, 2021 5:14 pm UTC
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Personally, I feel like there are plenty of Japanese-flavored RPGs out there and I'm happy that this product focuses on Wuxia and does it well. I'll take a tightly-focused vision over a do-everything game any day.
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Zachariah K March 03, 2021 4:24 pm UTC
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It easily could with some tweaking.
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Josh H November 16, 2020 12:50 am UTC
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Hi. Just bought the book. As much as I like how skills are arranged, it feels like it's missing a few skillsets that the system could really benefit from. Like crafting or even persuasion/seduction/performance. Do you think you could release something that addresses it? Like maybe an entertainer or crafting skillset?
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Jim M November 16, 2020 3:16 am UTC
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There is crafting of a sort with alchemy and creating magic items but more than that was really beyond the scope of this rules-lite game. Persuasion and performance arts are handled by the Scholar skill. We really reached our limit of skills, keeping them both broad and multi-purpose. If you have ideas you'd like to share, we have forums at DwDstudios.com/artofwuxia. Also, Art of Wuxia is published under the Creative Commons license so you can publish things such as more skills if you like. I would be interested in what you think crafting would look like in the d00Lite game system but I have no plans for publishing further skills at this time.

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RICCARDO B November 04, 2020 5:52 pm UTC
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This is my first time with a d00 lite system so I have some question about rules:
1) Raising a skill or attribute above 100 has the only purpose of making a character less penalized when getting multi actions penalties (but can still fail their check if they roll 95-99), is this correct?
2) "Regardless of the chance of success, any reasonable action succeeds on a roll of 00-05". Does it mean that, unless my chance is 0 or lower due to all modifiers, I always have a 5% chance of success? (eg. if I have warrior skill at 62% and is my 4th action (-60%), I pass the check with 00-05 instead of 00-02, but I can't try the check if my warrior skill is at 59%).
3) Can I make more than 6 actions in a turn? If so, Do I keep the -100% modifier or do I raise it by 20% for every action thereafter?
4) DEX resistence check are made for "dodging, parrying, or blocking attacks", does it mean that every attack made with normal weapons or fists must be resisted with DEX? Also, do I get...See more
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William L November 04, 2020 6:10 pm UTC
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Hi Riccardo B!
1) Yes, but also to situational penalties assessed by the GM. Are you balancing on a reed and trying to kick an enemy? He may asses a -20 or more to your roll. Also, don't forget some secondary stats increase too; ranged attack damage, melee attack damage, body points, etc. are all tied to ability scores.
2) "Reasonable" refers to GM fiat, based on his assessment of the situation. He might deem an action unreasonable and not permit it.
3) You can make as many actions in a turn as you wish. It's -20 for every action after the first, cumulative. 6th -100, 7th -120, etc. Of course, only truly epic characters can do so much in one round. Don't forget this also applies to your resistance checks!
4) Yep. You got that right. And it advances your multi-action penalty. This is surprisingly tactical. Try it!
5) Yep. Page 13: "Alchemy - select one alchemical expertise for each level in the alchemist skill."
6) Yep. The most versatile fighters spend time...See more
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RICCARDO B November 04, 2020 7:12 pm UTC
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Thank you for the quick reply, I totally missed that part in the alchemy skill page. It's all more clear now.
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Jim M November 05, 2020 4:36 pm UTC
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A little more clarification.
3) if you reach a point where your multi-action penalties bring you to 0% chance of success, you may not roll dice hoping to get a 00-05. 0% is 0%
6) Techniques you learn are added to one of your existing styles. This is important if your enemy knows the secret weakness of your style. See the last sentence of "Knowing More Than One Kung Fu Style" on page 32.
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RICCARDO B November 10, 2020 9:32 am UTC
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Just one more thing: on page 17, why is it easier to disguise yourself as a person of the opposite sex (and is harder for people to see through your disguise)? Shouldn't it be more difficult (especially for people like the sample character "Mighty Bahu" on page 48)?
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William L November 10, 2020 1:38 pm UTC
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It's just all about tropes. It is a common trope in wuxia stories. Indeed, women who disguise themselves as men are never questioned, until they let their hair down and then suddenly everyone is shocked. A man who appears (sometimes comically) as a woman has a nearly foolproof disguise, and is sometimes even the target of a bad guy's affection.
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Asen G October 10, 2020 7:46 am UTC
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Maybe I'm misunderstandng something, but what's the price of adding a new technique? The Techniques Collector on p.31 lists it as 10 CP. But on the list of things to improve on p.46 you get new Techniques listed at a cost of 5 CP.
Or do these relate to different ways of adding the new Technique?
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Jim M October 10, 2020 12:42 pm UTC
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Page 31 Technique Collector
Our edit fu was unable to overcome the treachery of the dastardly listing of 10 cultivation points being needed for adding a new technique to one's style. Fortunately the Emperor has decreed this to be 5CP and is correctly listed on page 46 where all the options of earning and spending cultivation are located.

Remember also that you get a technique automatically with each warrior level in your style. I hope this helps.
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Reyner G October 09, 2020 9:59 pm UTC
This seems amazing. Had a few Xianxia and Wuxia systems in my HD (like Ogre Gate and Qin)
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Jim M October 10, 2020 12:43 pm UTC
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Give it a try. It is incredibly fun in play.
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Jordan E August 18, 2020 3:19 pm UTC
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Sorry if this is a dumb question, but do you have to play a human in this game?
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William L August 18, 2020 3:46 pm UTC
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Hiya Jordan! There is a section in the book covering this very question. Although it is, by default, human-centric, it doesn't have to be. Page 138 has two playable character races, the Anning are humanoid philosophical pandas with strong qi and powerful frames... and Fox Spirits are deceptive animal spirits which can appear in human form. Additionally, page 139 describes how races from the BareBones Fantasy's Flesh & Blood accessory can fit in Longzhi, especially the Yeren (bugbear), Changelings, Wolfin (gnolls), Lizard Kin, Lilithii, Eternal Guardians (living construct), Mantis Men, and Tigerfolk!
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David K August 12, 2020 8:27 pm UTC
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Great addition to my D00 lite collection. If you like "kung fu theater" and shaw brothers and D00 lite... this is for you. The material is easy to mix in with other games as well (I will be using some of it in an urban fantasy game i am running). I have been following this since the blog post years ago. Well done.
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Jim M August 13, 2020 6:39 pm UTC
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Glad you are liking it! Let us know how it works out!
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Johnny W July 30, 2020 7:32 pm UTC
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What are the dimensions of the hardcover book?
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Bill L July 30, 2020 8:30 pm UTC
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It's a standard lightningsource 8.5x11 hardcover book - but you lookin' for exact measurements since the cover is a bit larger than the pages? If that's what you need I'll measure one when I get home :-)
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Johnny W July 30, 2020 9:50 pm UTC
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No that's good enough for me! Just was curious about the rough size. Thanks!!
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Martin R July 30, 2020 5:39 am UTC
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So, I ask this of every new system, but are there plans to set up a character sheet for Roll20 and other VTT platforms?
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Bill L July 30, 2020 3:45 pm UTC
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Hi Martin - We don't have any experience with that. We've mostly only played games in person with people. So it's not likely to happen soon unless someone steps up with the experience to help us out!
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Bradford W July 27, 2020 3:23 am UTC
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OK. Stupid question. I bought the hardcover book without realizing I could have ordered the book and the pdf for the same price. Is there anyway to change my order? I love all the DWD games. I know I will be satisfied with the book either way, I was just hoping to get a sneak peek of the pdf before the book arrives.
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William L July 27, 2020 1:03 pm UTC
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Hi Bradford - we can help ya out! Send me an email at wlogan[at]dwdstudios[dot]com and include your order number for validation.
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July 25, 2020 11:22 am UTC
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Do you deliver internationally? (Specifically to Japan)
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Jim M July 26, 2020 4:14 pm UTC
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I've asked DrivethruRPG this question and will post their response here.
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Jim M July 26, 2020 4:27 pm UTC
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Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry.

We do ship to Japan. Just add your product to your cart and proceed to checkout where you will be given specific rates and estimated printing and shipping times. You may then modify your order prior to checkout if you wish.

Thank you for your business and please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

Jodie Thomas
Customer Service
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Peter C July 24, 2020 12:28 pm UTC
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I have two questions about character creation:
1) In the example, Jack makes Warrior his primary and Thief his secondary, but he puts his levels in Warrior and Sorcerer. I want to confirm this is correct because every other sample character put their levels in their primary and secondary skills.
2) In the example, Jack chooses "Wodan" as his style. For his starting technique, he chooses "Vivacious." However, Vivacious is not a Wodan technique. Is this an error? Thanks!

Other than that, I think this is an excellent work and I expect to use it a lot!
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William L July 24, 2020 1:02 pm UTC
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Hi Peter,
1) That's correct. You don't have to put your starting levels in the same skills you made Primary or Secondary, though many characters are built that way.
2) You're right, that is an error. As more and more playtesting resulted in tweaks, we tried to keep up. Looks like that mistake got thru!
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Peter C July 24, 2020 1:23 pm UTC
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Ok, thanks for the clarification! And thanks for your hard work and effort in getting this book out! I'm gonna try to get my group into it. I've been wanting to do wuxia for a long time and other titles are either too complicated or are not quite what I need. Art of Wuxia looks like a solution to both. Thanks!
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Peter C July 24, 2020 1:32 pm UTC
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One more question: if I chose Warrior as Primary or secondary but did not put a level into it, would I still choose a style?
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William L July 24, 2020 1:50 pm UTC
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The official rules are that you specify your style when you first put your first level in the Warrior skill (note the wording of the Kung Fu aspect of the Warrior skill on page 18). Specifying a style while unskilled won't help or hurt anything, so you could specify if you want, representing some uncompleted training. When you first put a level in Warrior, you'll solidify that choice (or choose another, after meeting a Shifu you respect, from another style!)
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Peter C July 24, 2020 3:51 pm UTC
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ok, thx!
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Peter C July 24, 2020 4:57 pm UTC
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Sorry, some more questions about the spirit sword Mystic ability. When wielded against ghosts and demons, am I right in assuming it uses the jian stats? What does it count as if used against mundane opponents? Is it even suitable for combat against non-spiritual opponents?
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Jim M July 26, 2020 2:26 am UTC
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Hello Peter, treat it as either a jian. Page 15. "A spirit sword is a wooden sword (jian) adorned with mystic symbols." Note that as a weapon, it is the only weapon that can affect ghosts. As for using it against mundane opponents treat it as an improvised (medium) weapon.
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Jim M July 26, 2020 2:29 am UTC
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1) Absolutely. There may be times when you want to spread some points out a bit for a certain build and assign those Primary and Secondary in some skills while putting a level in others. It allows for maximum control of the build you want.
2)This is all on me. In some final balancing Vivacity was removed from the Wodan kung fu style. And I missed that example in character creation. Totally my bad.
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Scott M July 23, 2020 2:16 am UTC
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So as fellow contributing publisher I am not allowed to rate it, but let me Say it would be 5 star rating if I could. So worth the wait, if you are customer looking for good products DWD is the publisher to watch!
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Jim M July 26, 2020 4:13 pm UTC
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Thank you Scott!
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Jim M July 21, 2020 3:45 pm UTC
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Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy it!
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Patrick S July 21, 2020 5:43 am UTC
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Bought it without a second glance. Stuff from DWD is awesome.
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Jim M July 27, 2020 6:54 pm UTC
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Thank you so MUCH! I missed the reply button before.
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