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Fight to Survive: Role-playing Martial Arts Meets Heart
Publisher: Radio James Games
by Jack D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/22/2023 13:23:11

A Rock & Roll Fable.

Fight To Survive is a TTRPG, at first glance. But once you peel back the first layer you'll soon uncover that it's something decidedly more.

We begin at the premise; Fight. No, nothing so barbaric as just 'fight'. We're talking about Fight. Capitalisation matters. Fight is the premise. Not combat. The setting is but a means to an end, and the end is Fight. This is a game about ~Fight~. Fighting for justice. For glory. For honour. For respect. For your ex-girlfriend, cruelly kidnapped by a young Willem Dafoe wearing glossy leather dungarees. For your city, for your town, under siege by the Mad Gear gang. For small sums of money, in which the principle of the matter has made that capital worth far, far more.

If Rocky IV is the 3rd sequel to Rocky, then Fight To Survive is the second sequel to Rocky II.

The combat system is designed to demand a few form of play, because previous forms of play were not suitable. Most other systems rely on some kind of dice roll, and the tension therein is 'will I get a high enough number'. Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, in their quest to save Ryo's sister Yuri from the foul clutches of Mr. Big, were not concerned with numerology. They were preoccupied with making high-risk high-reward decisions in the moment-to-moment, regarding whether they should kick, punch, grapple, block or dodge. Also, they were worried about Mr. Karate, but that was just an extension of the thoughts throbbing through their ganglions vis-a-vis violence.

Fight To Survive is to Rock-Paper-Scissors what Chopin's Nocturne op.9 No.2 is to Mary-Had-A-Little-Lamb.

Feel the rush of risking it all on a risky Punch-Punch-Punch. Feel the agony of risking it all on Punch-Punch-Punch, and your opponent blocking everything.

The setting is The Setting. Lord Pepperpash's madness lead to the fall of his empire. Fighting Schoolgirl Judy Herrera's immaculate jib has her inspire her community. Moxie Wellingston, of the ferocious fighting flappers, stands strong and defends her realm. Heroes rise, villains strive, and all sides will clash in the eternal Fight.

The comforts system is a fascinating way of combining flavour, personalisation and skills. If you choose to have your character's grandfather's frying pan as a comfort, you can use your comfort skill to cook. Cook To Survive. Create a stir-fry that humilates Gordon Ramsey. Make him hurt. Give him hardship. Then, when he goes for the congratulatory handshake, throw him through a table.

If Dungeons and Dragons was trying to emulate Tolkien, Fight To Survive is trying to emulate Jack Dempsey vs Georges Carpentier at the Boyles Thirty Acres Arena in 1921.

If you're still reading this, buy Fight To Survive. Do it. They'll never catch you. They can't. If Interpol try to stop you, challenge them to 100 Years Of Punches.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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