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Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades: Wuxia Roleplaying

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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.

 
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George M January 05, 2021 9:50 pm UTC
Hi! Is there anything included in the pdf release on DTRPG that isn't included in the hardcover release?
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Osprey G January 13, 2021 8:44 am UTC
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Hi! The PDF and the hardcover release are the same - there's no extra material in either of them.
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Vivien P December 29, 2020 11:35 am UTC
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Hi, great game really! I just wonder how you deal with chases when one character has only Athletics and the other both Athletics and Lightness Martial Art? The second should have a huge advantage but how do you deal with this exactly from a game mechanics point of view?
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Brendan D January 04, 2021 3:57 am UTC
Hello Vivien and thanks for the compliment. I am going to post an answer here and address this question in a podcast (since it gets into some interesting 'rulings' territory). But before I do I just wanted to ask for some clarification so I answer as best as possible. Did you mean to say Speed and Lightness Martial arts (as these are the two skills referenced in the races and chases) or were you thinking of situations where the GM decides to bring Athletics into the races and chases as well?
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Vivien P January 04, 2021 9:17 am UTC
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Hello Brendan, thanks for your kind answer! Yes, you are right, I made a mistake, Speed is concerned not Athletics! My bad! I take the opportunity to ask for another clarification. Some Signature abilities give the capacity to attack one target per level (e.g. Bitter Couple Sharing Discontent). Do you intend character level or Martial Art level. For instance, a lvl 6 character with 3d10 Martial art would attack 3 or 6 targets? The latter option seems a more straightforward reading of the rule but slightly overkill, so I was wondering. I am looking forward to the podcast (please post a link if possible).
And happy 2021!
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Brendan D January 04, 2021 7:58 pm UTC
Hello Vivien, that would be character level, so 6 attacks for live 6. That phrasing "targets per level" is present in a number of techniques and unless it specifies something like skill rank, it refers to character level.

In the case of Speed and Lightness Martial Arts, you would general be deciding which one is relevant to the situation (so you would usually call for either a Speed roll or a Lightness Martial Arts roll). But it does fit into the rulings concept, so it is open enough space for you to interpret it differently I think. So if I were running it, I might have opposed Speed rolls if they are running in the streets, but shift to opposed Lightness Martial Arts if they take to rooftops or try leaping over chasms. But again, I think it is a light and fluid enough mechanic, that I would encourage you to interpret it as you think best fits the situation.

Happy 2021 to you as well!
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Vivien P January 05, 2021 3:03 pm UTC
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Hi Brendan,
that's very clear! Thanks! So those are extremely powerful abilities indeed! I agree with you, mechanics are extremely light and fluid so coming up with rulings is easy, no problem here. It is indeed a system both robust and agile. And very easy to play on roll20 because the macro for the dice rolls are very easy to create even for a tech-impaired guy like me. I will be on the look-out for future scenarios!!
Best,
V
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Alex G December 24, 2020 3:25 pm UTC
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Just picked up the physical book and wondered if there’s any chance physical book owners could access the pdf please?
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Brendan D January 04, 2021 3:57 am UTC
Hi Alex. I will ask the publisher. I believe these are being handled separately but I could be wrong. Will let you know as soon as I hear
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Brendan D January 04, 2021 7:58 pm UTC
It looks like the PDF and the book are purchased separately
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Prince M December 12, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
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Just picked it up yesterday and I love what I'm reading though I've noticed missing letters and some spelling errors. Will there be an update to the PDF?
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Osprey G December 14, 2020 11:30 am UTC
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Sorry to hear that - if you can email us at info@ospreygames.co.uk with the issues we can take a look at them. If there are any corrections required we will of course update the PDF on here.
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Osprey G December 17, 2020 5:09 pm UTC
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Sorry for the issues. Not entirely sure what was wrong with the PDF that was causing letters to disappear, but we've uploaded a new file that seems to have sorted things out.
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Mike O December 10, 2020 5:24 pm UTC
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I found Jeremy's YouTube channel recently when I was looking for information and inspiration for a wuxia RPG I was thinking of making, and probably watched ten of his videos before discovering that he was about to release a wuxia RPG of his own! And then I pre-ordered it. Anyway, I just found that kind of funny. P.S.: I'm still gonna make my thing, but I'm happy to support him making his thing, too.
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Jeremy B December 10, 2020 6:11 pm UTC
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Good luck. Make sure to ping me on social media when you get yours out there!
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