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A Fistful of Kung Fu - Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules (Osprey Wargames) [Kindle Edition]

Andrea Sfiligoi , Fabien Lascombe
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Book Description

Recreate scenes from Hong Kong action cinema like Enter the Dragon, Kill Bill, Big Trouble in Little China, Crouching Tiger - Hidden Dragon, and Hard Boiled.

A Fistful of Kung Fu is set in a modern world walking a precarious line between the technological advances of next-generation technology and the tradition and mysticism of ancient cultures. Kung Fu schools face off in no-holds barred martial arts tournaments. Evil corporations hire hitmen and infiltrators to steal each other's secrets. Overworked SWAT teams respond to street-level gunfights between feuding Triad and Yakuza clans. Ancient artefacts are sought by hopping vampires and cyborgs alike, each seeking to harness the power of the Four Dragon Kings and control the world. Bullets, punches, kicks and throwing stars fly in slow motion as martial arts heroes and gun-wielding cops defeat enemy after enemy in the pursuit of evil masterminds.

Possible factions range from Chinese Triads and the Japanese Yakuza to Ninja clans, martial arts schools, the men and women of the Hong Kong Police Department, demons, secret societies and almost anything else you can imagine! All struggle for supremacy - destroying the city in the process.

A Fistful of Kung Fu uses a colored dice system to keep track of wounds and fatigue of the main characters. Mooks and supporting cast are swatted like flies, but can still be dangerous when given the advantage of numbers or automatic weaponry. Based on the popular Ganesha Games rules system, A Fistful of Kung Fu introduces martial arts combat with manoeuvres that have different outcomes depending on the degree of success, and which allow for counter-attacks when they fail, giving a flowing, appropriate combat system. The game also includes rules for challenges and "gun-fu" stunts. Each gang in the game comprises 1-3 principal characters and 5-15 mooks that move as small groups of up to 5 models each.

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About the Author

Andrea Sfiligoi is one of those few lucky fellows who can claim they are Song of Blades and Heroes line of wargame and roleplaying books, published by Ganesha Games, convinced him to stop doing what he was doing before and write games for a living.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9712 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (February 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HK42EHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition . . . . February 21, 2014
By A
The Songs of Blades and Heroes rules has had many settings adapted to its system, from the battles of the ancient Gods, to post apocalyptic science fantasy - without a doubt, the most unlikely setting is that of Cinematic Martial Arts combat - and yet, "A Fistful of Kung Fu" is one of the best Song of Blades and Heroes adaptions I have seen.

"A Fistful of Kung Fu" has a modern setting, its a world similar to our own - but one balanced between the bright future of technology and the shadowy past of demons and magic - bathed in the light of the new, with one foot firmly entrenched in the traditions of ancient cultures.

This seemingly jarring contrast, is actually one of the strengths and flexibilities of the setting - leaving players the option of having "Gangs" (for want of a better term) of Cops vs Cults led by Demons, or Martial Arts Monks facing off against gun toting Yakuza.

The basic Ganesha Games system remains the same - but the real fun and flavour comes in from the special Martial Arts Maneuvers and "Gun-Fu" stunts available through the various traits that characters and their followers have.

Overall I have to say this is my favourite rules set of the last twelve months!

The only thing I have to add is "more please"!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Swift & Exciting February 24, 2014
Ive not had the chance to try any of the other rules by the author, but the 80's movie styling of these rules made me want to get them as soon as possible. For such a small book, the possibilities and options are huge. The games can be as straight forward as you want, or with the imagination, can give fights as complex as anything from Jackie Chan.

Unlike most systems where the scenery is only there to break up a bare board, in this it is a vital part of a fight. No other system I know of lets you use a pile of books or billiard balls as a weapon ! Standing over a problem, rip up the cover and Frisbee it at your opponent.

The character creation system lets you create anything from a cyborg assassin from the future to a 2000 year old Chinese vampire by way of a yakuza gang member or a rookie policeman. The "traits" added make it so easy to customize, but still to keep the game fair and playable.

To misquote Big Trouble In Little China (which the game is ideal for) "Give it your best shot, the game can take it !"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hong Kong action movie skirmish rules February 23, 2014
By Radrek
Pre-ordered as soon as they were announced. I had been looking for a simple but atmospheric set of rules for a while and knowing the authors other rules hoped these fit the bill. They do. Not complicated at all, they do away with most skirmish games obsession with vast amounts of weapon details and stats and go for great action movie based results. The winner of a combat action gets to chose the effect or effects from a short list rather than a fixed result. Minor characters are disposed of easily but the heroes and major bad guys can take a few hits and and meet up for a grand finale, just like the movies. To sum up, great rules giving a fairly short game with lots of memorable events. Recommended.
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