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Bushido $19.95 $10.00
Publisher: Fantasy Games Unlimited
by Barry B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/21/2006 20:22:07

I played Bushido back in the 80’s and loved it. As the other reviewers have noted the layout of the books is not great, but once you learn to navigate the content you will find one of the best RPGs ever written. The mechanics are complex, but they did force players out of the trad D&D thud n’blunder mind-set and forced them to consider a more rounded vision of Japanese culture.

This was the first game I saw where you could gain as much advantage through a well composed haiku as walloping someone with a sword, peasants HAD to be humble around their social superiors or get their heads chopped off and personal honour created genuine dilemmas for players. I have not seen any of the more modern Samurai role playing games, but I doubt they have improved on this marvellous game.

One warning, the PDF is not clear in places and they have left out the crucial encounter tables and critical hit and fumble tables from the DM's screen.



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