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A Horror RPG Inspired by Chinese Ghost Stories 

Adventure in worlds haunted by fox spirits, hopping vampires and ghosts. Strange Tales is a Chinese horror RPG inspired by the supernatural accounts of Pu Songling and Yuan Mei. Players confront the supernatural as demon hunters, scholars, wandering swords and dangerous ritual masters.  

Strange Tales provides a streamlined and easy system for quick play and comes with four complete adventures. It also includes a selection of monsters based on Chinese anomaly accounts, folklore, and horror movies. The GM section provides a number of approaches with a focus on monster-of-the week style play.




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corvo A June 03, 2021 10:50 am UTC
Hi, i read the original books Strange Tales of Pu Songling, and I would like to know :
- if the monsters/bestiaries and adventures are really based on the books, or just vaguely inspired from ?
- the system is lighter than WHOG, and is it also lighter than RB,RB, your other wuxia game édited somewhere else ?
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Brendan D June 09, 2021 3:53 pm UTC
Hi. It is a mixture. Most of the monsters are directly inspired by those found in Pu Songling's Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. Some are attempts to create monsters in his style (the Skeleton Puppet Master for example was inspired by a song dynasty painting and an attempt to create a monster that felt like it came from Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio). Many of the monsters are also found in Chinese folklore and myth. One of the adventures is based directly on a story in Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, the others are inspired by Pu Songling, but not based on specific stories. The adventure Heads of Waterfall Bay takes a lot of inspiration from the film Human Lanterns.

Yes, this is a much lighter system than the other games I have been involved in. The reason was I felt rules light worked better for horror, and I was interested in making something very stripped down.
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Prince M August 03, 2020 3:53 am UTC

Probably a silly question but will there be a fillable character sheet made for this game? Not a big deal if it doesn't happen but would be cool!
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Brendan D August 03, 2020 8:07 pm UTC
Presently there isn't a plan for this (but we might put something together eventually like we did for WHOG). However a poster at RPGpub made a fillable version here I believe:
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Shiru B May 13, 2020 3:27 pm UTC
This seems really interesting, but could I get some more info about them? Simple things like whether this supports session with multiple players, or whether it focuses on investigation or battle?
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Brendan D May 14, 2020 12:22 pm UTC
It assumes a standard party size of 4 or more characters (recommend playing it with 2-6 players). It is designed around monster-of-the week adventures, and best suited to short campaigns (the ideal campaign length is 10 sessions). Scenarios can vary. Investigation is definitely a big part of the setting. While it has combat, it isn't tactically crunchy and combat tends to be very quick (the point is more to avoid the monsters, find ways to beat them, than it is to spend the whole session fighting them). It is much more focused on role-play, investigation, etc. That said there are combat abilities in the game. Player characters will fight monsters. But it is a high lethality game.
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Shiru B May 19, 2020 3:20 pm UTC
Thank you!
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January 17, 2020 8:16 pm UTC
May we see the full-size preview please?
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Brendan D January 20, 2020 10:04 pm UTC
Sorry about that. They just tried to fix it and should kick in in a couple of hours
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January 21, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
Thanks. Much appreciated.
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