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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Swift and exciting., 21 Feb. 2014
This review is from: A Fistful of Kung Fu - Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules (Osprey Wargames) (Paperback)
Ive not had the chance to try any of the other rules by the author, but the 80's movie styling of these rules made me want to get them as soon as possible. For such a small book, the possibilities and options are huge. The games can be as straight forward as you want, or with the imagination, can give fights as complex as anything from Jackie Chan.

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 !"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Set of Wargaming Rules of the Last 12 Months!, 24 Feb. 2014
This review is from: A Fistful of Kung Fu - Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules (Osprey Wargames) (Paperback)
The Songs of Blades and Heroes rules has had many settings adapted to its system, from the battles of the ancient Gods, to post apocalyptic science fantasy - without a doubt, the most unlikely setting is that of Cinematic Martial Arts combat - and yet, "A Fistful of Kung Fu" is one of the best Song of Blades and Heroes adaptions I have seen.

"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"!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action movie skirmish rules, 28 Feb. 2014
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A set of rules for fighting tabletop battles in the style of Hong Kong action movies (or Hollywood movies such as Die Hard if you prefer). Each player has several figures, as few as five or six, that include one protagonist - the hero or major villain - and a bunch of followers who are the extras. The rules do away with the charts, tables and factors used to describe hardware in many rules and concentrate instead on the cinematic effect. The extras are generally swotted like flies leaving the two protagonists to decide the game (just like the movies, see) but there can be a few surprises with clever play. The table needs plenty of scenery and detail as most of it can be used by the players to some effect. Characters can be thrown through windows, smashed with table legs etc. The result of a combat hit is not fixed but chosen by the winner from a list dependant on the degree of success. This leads to a fun and varied game where the story is more important than simply winning. The rules are based on the authors own Song of Blades and Heroes engine but extensively modified and simplified. There are dedicated figures being produced but any suitable ones from your existing collection can be used. Good, fun rules and excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I love Kung Fuuuuuuu!!", 26 Jun. 2015
This review is from: A Fistful of Kung Fu - Hong Kong Movie Wargame Rules (Osprey Wargames) (Paperback)
Andrea Sfilgoi's "A Song of Blades and Heroes" (ASOBH) has been an indy staple for fantasy skirmish games for many years, and he has turned the engine into an effective vehicle for a wide range of companion games, covering pulp SF, classic dungeon crawling and others as well as collaborating with other independents to create bespoke versions of the ASOBH rules for new settings.

A Fistful of Kung Fu (AFOKF) is one of the most recent and, with the publishing power of Osprey and Bloomsbury behind it, most popular incarnations of the engine.

Designed to capture the chop-socky feel of classic kung fu movies, from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Hard Boiled", the game aims to capture high-drama action between protagonists (or antagonists if you play the bad guys) as they smash aside the feeble extras. It's campy, schlocky, movie-style fun. Whilst the rules have the kung-fu movie aesthetic in mind, they are really good for all sorts of pulp action, pseudohistorical and superhero skirmish gaming.

Although they have a competitive flavour, they are not intended to be balanced for tournament gaming and players should discuss their plans for gangs and the narrative they want to explore before playing the game.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with these rules. Although the reuse of the ASOBH engine may make the casual browser think that this is a lazy re-skin or cosmetic adaptation, it isn't. Andrea has re-thought the rules from the ground up, kept what fits and re-written large portions of the core rules to capture that kung-fu/pulp action flavour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant set of skirmish-wargaming rules that recreates wuxia or martial-arts ..., 1 Mar. 2015
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This is a brilliant set of skirmish-wargaming rules that recreates wuxia or martial-arts films. The game is highly cinematic, frequently hilarious and spectacularly faithful to its Chinese and Hong Kong movie sources. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slim but comprehensive book that allows you to fight skirmish ..., 16 Jan. 2015
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Slim but comprehensive book that allows you to fight skirmish level games between different types of Hong Kong & martial arts from police vs triad/yakuza to a martial arts school vs hopping vampires and lots in between
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un excellent jeu. Mérite d'être connu, 3 July 2014
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Un excellent jeu. Mérite d'être connu.
Livre d'excellente facture. Livraison dans les délais. Emballage soigné. Bref á acheter même pour l'avoir dans sa collection faute d'adversaires.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun looking set of rules, 9 Mar. 2014
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I love the style of the author's rules and own virtually all of them. Simple,fun,adaptable and easily understood even by youngsters.
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