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I need to get a copy of this game. First of all, it’s gorgeous. Second, it is pretty much the best wuxia-genre RPG I’ve read….supplanting even Rebecca Borgstrom’s brilliant Weapons of the Gods. WOTG is detailed and amazing, but Qin manages to pull off the same level of setting and genre detail with a rules system that I find far more elegant and evocative. Character stats based on the 5 Chinese elements, a game system that allows for over-the-top kung fu, and a magic system that replicates alchemy, sorcery and more.
I’m getting an itch to do something with Qin — although not using the standard wuxia setting out-of-the-box. I’m thinking that this system would be a great choice for me to explore an idea that I’ve had — a “genre mash-up” fantasy. Whereas most fantasy uses medieval/dark-ages Europe as its foundation, my nameless idea uses a mix of the American western and Chinese wuxia, perhaps with a few other kitchen-sink genre elements thrown in for spice.
Not sure if anything will come of it, but this nifty RPG is perfect for exploration of the idea, if nothing else.