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Bedrockbrendan:

--- Quote from: baran_i_kanu;1003161 ---Great article. Been  enjoying your Wuxia playlogs on your blog.
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Thanks Baran.

UppercutIntoCeilingSpikes:
I'm kind of interested in 'modern Wuxia', you know, something that evokes the feeling of the '60s/'70s(Enter the Dragon), '80s(Bloodsport/Kickboxer, Big Trouble In Little China, any of the numerous ninja movies) or even the '90s(Mortal Kombat, one of my all time favorite games.). Does a modern 'flavor' have any kind of huge impact on gameplay, when you account for guns and cars and stuff, or is all that trivial?

Also, is there a name for Japanese Wuxia, like L5R and the like? Also, if there is a name for Japanese Wuxia, is there a name for when they collide? I recall a great movie where a Chinese Kung Fu guy meets a Japanese Samurai guy, and they freaking haaate each other. But before they can fight each other to the death, they have to team up to fight some evil guy, I think he was a sorcerer(it's always a sorcerer) or something. It was a wonderful flick.

Anyway yeah, this was a fun read, thanks for writing it up.

AsenRG:
I'm not Brendan, but this post touches questions that interest me.


--- Quote from: UppercutIntoCeilingSpikes;1004057 ---I'm kind of interested in 'modern Wuxia', you know, something that evokes the feeling of the '60s/'70s(Enter the Dragon), '80s(Bloodsport/Kickboxer, Big Trouble In Little China, any of the numerous ninja movies) or even the '90s(Mortal Kombat, one of my all time favorite games.). Does a modern 'flavor' have any kind of huge impact on gameplay, when you account for guns and cars and stuff, or is all that trivial?
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Depends on the movie, I'd like to say. Besides, movies aren't uniform, either.
In some, guns are a huge deal that shape the fighting.
In others, they're what inept thugs use, without great success once they encounter a real martial artist.
Which sub-genre is your game representing?


--- Quote ---Also, is there a name for Japanese Wuxia, like L5R and the like?
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Chambara, chanbara or Jidai-geki.


--- Quote ---Also, if there is a name for Japanese Wuxia, is there a name for when they collide?
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Mish-mash;).
Also, it can be either wuxia or chanbara. They're different genres, not different settings.

Bedrockbrendan:
I think Asen got it but I would just add.

With guns and cars you need to know what 'franchise' you are in. Bruce Lee films are a whole different thing with guns than John Woo movies. I think if you are doing modern stuff like Enter the Dragon, Feng Shui or Hong Kong Action Theater are good options (but like Asen said, movies vary a lot even within genre). For Bruce Lee movies and other Kung Fu movies where guns are still very lethal, I'd just up the lethality of firearms in general. In my wuxia campaigns, when things veer into that more modern territory (either through time travel or advancement of the timeline) I treat modern firearms as impossible to counter for that reason.

Bedrockbrendan:

--- Quote from: UppercutIntoCeilingSpikes;1004057 ---Also, is there a name for Japanese Wuxia, like L5R and the like? Also, if there is a name for Japanese Wuxia, is there a name for when they collide? I recall a great movie where a Chinese Kung Fu guy meets a Japanese Samurai guy, and they freaking haaate each other. But before they can fight each other to the death, they have to team up to fight some evil guy, I think he was a sorcerer(it's always a sorcerer) or something. It was a wonderful flick.

Anyway yeah, this was a fun read, thanks for writing it up.
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I don't watch nearly as many Japanese movies as I do Chinese and Thai, but there is plenty of cross-over (Japan and China still exist in each other's movies and books). Even in straight up Kung Fu movies like King Boxer, you plenty of Japanese characters (and the Japanese are almost always evil in these). For wuxia there are quite a few instances of samurai and ninja showing up. My favorite is Duel to the Death by Ching Sui-Tung.

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