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Wire-Fu
Publisher: Bayn.org
by Aaron Z. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/12/2006 00:00:00
Imagine a game where it doesn't matter what level of power characters are at, or "party balance". A cyborg killing machine would be just as influential on the outcome of a game as a deadbeat janitor. That's right, Wushu solves the age old question of "How do I help the guy who's playing Han have fun, while still maintaining that Luke is the biggest badass of the party?"

Imagine a game where what you say is what happens, and the dice are just there to tell you how close the current scene is to being resolved.

That game is Wushu.

There's a problem, though. In order to play Wushu, one has to leave many of his preconceptions of RPGs at the door.

Little things: No Gear. No Money. No Experience. No Initiative. No Weapon Damage. No Weapon Range. No preset Monster Stats. No real tactics (in the sense that some tactics are "good" and some are "bad"). No combat maneuvers list (though there are some handy suggestions).

Big one: Little GM control. GMs set up scenes, set up conditionals for their conclusions, and set difficulty level of the scene. Then it's up to the Players to narrate for themselves and the bad guys. The only time this doesn't happen is for The Boss Fight, whenever it may happen.

But now I look upon my review and see that I might be emphasizing combat too much. Wushu's Wire Fu showcases mostly the combat orientation of the system, but it could easily be used for something else, from chases to courtroom drama to intimidating a prisoner to defusing a bomb.

All in all, Wire Fu is worth the money if you like light RPGs, want a cinematic game, and are willing to read it with an open mind.



LIKED: Nearly everything.

DISLIKED: 1. No artwork besides cover.
2. Landscape format.


QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Satisfied


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Truth & Justice
Publisher: Atomic Sock Monkey Press
by Aaron Z. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/04/2005 00:00:00
A different way to think of supers, from the aspect of building stories just like the comics, rather than the "here are your superpowers" approach that so many supers games use nowadays.

A supers scale that actually makes sense, and the ability for someone with "super toughness" to be hurt (or even beaten) by a caped crusader (like Batman).

All in all, a great read. The author really shows that he loves the genre.


LIKED: Quick, easy, universal resolution system using only 2d6. Great advice on how to play supers, GM supers, and have games that run just like the comics.

DISLIKED: The artwork was sub-par if talking about competition with massive gaming companies. It was about average for an indie game, and this was an indie game. Still, wasn't much to look at.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied


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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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