This is something that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Back when I was writing The Golden Scroll of Justice, my own take on a fantasy wuxia/Chinese folklore based RPG supplement, I came across Brendan Davis’s Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate RPG, which covers roughly the same sphere. We exchanged some emails, since we obviously shared common interests, and now he’s ready to show his work to the world.
In fact, you can buy it here at RPGNow.com. It’s PWYW, and the main version clocks in at a mighty 492 pages! The table of contents alone is 20 pages long.
Of course, there are bound to be differences in our approaches, and the most significant is that he’s written a completely new RPG system to support his vision, where I went with a supplement for OSR type games.
I’ve just downloaded the book, so this won’t be a full-blown review, but there is a lot in here that looks very interesting for fans of the kung fu / wuxia / Chinese fantasy genre. There are nearly 200 martial arts moves, different “sects” which are set up as threats to the PCs, and a pretty well-developed setting to go with the rules. I heartily encourage anyone who’s interested in this sort of fantasy to check it out. Even if you don’t end up playing the game entirely as written, there’s tons of material here to mine for your game. I’m looking forward to getting elbow-deep into this book soon. A more in-depth review may well be forthcoming, but for now, buy it.