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A Fistful of Kung Fu: Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules (Osprey Wargames) Paperback – February 18, 2014
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"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"!!
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 manhole...no 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 !"
The rules seem simple and straightforward. It'll take a couple of games to form a precise opinion, but so far so good.
The book itself is well laid out, the print quality is good. I would probably like a little variety with the photos of miniatures (I suppose only a few were actually sculpted at the time the book went to publishing), but it's not an immersing setting. And I think it's actually great, because, like I said, in this game everything goes. Medieval samurai against terminators? OK, bring it on! I look forward to a lot of creative and, more importantly, fun gaming with this system.
The game is very open ended and you can use just about any models to fit the bill. Lots of customization options to make heroes, villains and thugs based on your imagination.
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We dove into FFOKF with a casual read and a taste for cheesy chopsocky movies. FFOKF does not attempt to portray a period as such, but aims at playing in the world of the 70ies and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JW van der Pijl
This looks like a fun game, though I'd have to be a lot more into Hong Kong action flicks to really appreciate it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Pliska
Not played yet, but quite enjoyed reading it, looking forward to test it.Published 15 months ago by martin fraser
One of the best sets of miniatures rules on the market. Mr. Sfiligoi successfully captures the often crazy over the top action of the Kung Fu movie genre into a tabletop game. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer