Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades is a tabletop roleplaying game with a wuxia theme and a dark atmosphere. The players are profound martial artists who can have occupations such as Assassin, Bandit, Beggar, Monk, Young Master, Scholar, etc. Assess enemies by scanning their Killing Aura, which you will want to do to avoid fighting the wrong person. If you lose a fight, you might experience a quick death, but you could also be maimed, and be forced to live with a crushed throat, horrible scarring, or internal organ injuries.
Will your character become one of the legendary Top Ten Fighters? Will you acquire one of the coveted Top Ten Weapons such as the Death Rain Effigy or the Spear of the Celestial Physician? As you become a powerful martial artist, you will need to successfully meditate to reach higher levels. Fail, and you will experience Fire Deviation, and possibly be afflicted with strange eccentricities, everything from acquiring a taste for human blood to having your hair turn another color. You might tangle with the malicious Screaming Zither Sect or become allies with heroes such as the Drunken Constable or the Ruthless Immortal. Perhaps you will ultimately found your own sect and rule the entire Jianghu.
Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades is dark wuxia at its finest, with a focus on eccentric characters, deadly mysteries, and ruthless combat.
In the Righteous Blood Podcast, Brendan Davis and I talk about aspects of the game and the movies that inspired it. Each episode is roughly an hour long.
Episode 1 - Grudges, maiming, OP characters, and specialty weapons (referencing One-Armed Swordsman and Crippled Avengers).
Episode 3 - Top Ten Weapons and Fighters, Eccentricities, Face (referencing Human Lanterns and Magic Blade)
Episode 5 - Magic, escort companies, encounter tables, and more (referencing Reign of Assassins and Magnificent Bodyguards)
Episode 6 - Ruthlessness and morality, combat phases, dialects, and more (referencing Killer Clans and Dragon)
Episode 9 - Bringing horror elements into wuxia campaigns, and other sundry topics (referencing Finger of Doom)
Here are some of the videos from my channel that are relevant to Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades.
Alcohol and wine. Information about the types of alcohol or "wine" consumed in wuxia novels.
Historical Chinese Martial Arts. Review of a book on the subject. Great reading.
Chinese people don't say "Hello" or "Thank you". Understanding how Chinese greetings work might help make your adventure or campaign a bit more culturally accurate.
Courting death. Explanation of this common term from wuxia novels.
Creating names for characters. This video might be helpful if you're wondering how to come up with authentic names for your characters.
DnD 5e "wuxia" guide. Spoiler: it sucks.
Fire Deviation. This is a general video about the topic, with information about how the mechanic is used in RBRB.
Hard to pronounce Chinese names. How to pronounce names that start with Q, X, or J.
The Jianghu, what is it? Information about the Jianghu.
Sects and clans. What is the difference between the two?
Swords and sabers. Differences and similarities between the two.
Sworn brotherhood. Talking about this common trope from Chinese fantasy novels.
There is a wealth of information on YouTube that can be helpful for players and gamemasters. Here are a few channels and specific videos that I recommend.
RPG philosophy. This is a playlist with a lot of amazing advice for both GMs and players.
How to be a Great Game Master. This channel has great content for GMs and players alike.
Running a Heist. Heists are a common theme in wuxia, and can make for great adventures with Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades. This video is great for GMs planning a heist adventure.
Running a Mystery. Mystery adventures are also common in wuxia, and make great adventures. This video is great for GMs planning a mystery adventure.
Handling Player Death. Player death is even more likely in Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades than many other RPG systems. This video has some tips for how to handle those situations.
The Matt Mercer Effect. This video explains the Matt Mercer Effect. If you are picking up Righteous Blood, Ruthless Blades and are also a fan of shows such as Critical Role or Aquisitions Inc., you should take the time to watch this video.