[Let’s Study] Wu Xing: the Ninja Crusade Starts On Monday!

Posted: June 29, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Let's Study, Roleplaying Games, Wu Xing

Having a week of studying the nature of Promethea with Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein, we’re turning our attentions to the third game listed in the last poll I ran. This time, we’re going to look at Ninjas.

Ninja’s don’t take a lot to be cool. Black outfits, mysterious powers and crazy assassination missions all come to mind when people talk about Ninjas. Wu Xing takes elements common to pop-culture ninjas and gives them their very own setting.

Wu Xing: the Ninja Crusade caught my attention when it was running a Kickstarter campaign for the supplement in the line called “Land of Seed and Blossom” I was rather burnt out with Exalted at this point and I was pretty open to checking out a game that featured funky martial arts as well. The game gave me an interesting vibe similar to anime such as “Basilisk” and “Ninja Scroll” which featured a very different sort of ninja than what most people are used to thinking of.

Funky powers that border on weird and horrifying was something that I LOVED in those series, and a game that promised that sort of thing made it a definite must buy. But of course, now that I have it, will it live up to the hype in my head?

That’s what we’re here to find out. Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games has been a prolific writer, and I enjoyed his work on Part-Time Gods, so I’m pretty optimistic about it. Starting next week we’ll be taking a look at Wu Xing’s setting and mechanics and see how combat works and what kind of campaigns we can run with it.

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