Monday, December 22, 2014

Expanding Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate

When we originally planned our wuxia RPG, Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, the intent was to have it be a supplement for Sertorius, something you could play provided you had the Sertorius Rulebook. We eventually changed our minds about that. While Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate benefits from having the Sertorius rulebook, you won't need it to play or run a game. All of the key rules will be in the Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate PDF (and possibly a printed version as well). The PDF is most likely going to be Pay What You Want or Free. We can't make it as big as Sertorius so the rule entries from the core game will be condensed. This is purely a page count consideration. Also rules from Sertorius that are not relevant to Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate, won't be in the book either (Spells for example). 

This means that things like Character Creation and Skills will each be covered in detail in the Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate book, rather than simply referring back to the Sertorius core rules. In many cases we do boil things down to save on space but you will know how to use each of the skills and other important rules. At the moment the book has 12 chapters: Character Creation, Core Rules, Kung Fu Techniques, Rituals and Magic, Equipment, The Martial World, The Setting of Qi Xien, Gazetteer, Non-Player Characters, Monsters and Threats, Manuals and Magic Objects, and The Game Master Section. It is definitely greater than 100 pages, will possibly be 190 pages when completed. So it won't be quite as massive as Sertorius but bigger than most of our other books. 

The setting is basically done but we are still working on a few elements. We were debating for some time whether to do traditional wuxia or whether to mix in more fantasy elements. Because we went with a fictional setting rather than historical one, and because we felt the fantastic can make for good gaming, we did a blend. The game takes inspiration from both Wuxia and Xian Xia (which is more mythic martial arts fantasy). The setting itself is inspired primarily by the Southern Song Dynasty period. However because it has its own backstory, cosmology and religions, it really became something quite different from the history that inspires it. 

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