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March 28, 2012 / Wythe

Blood and Honor

Is a samurai-themed RPG by John Wick full of good ideas for gameplay, including making characters bet on the likelihood of their actions’ success, taking “season turns” (a la Birthright or Shogun/Samurai Swords—now called Ikusa?—my favorite board game), and tying everything in the game back to 1) the katana and 2) honor.

Re honor and similar concepts, here is the list of virtues that players are asked to keep in mind:

  1. Rectitude (Gi)
  2. Courage (Yu)
  3. Benevolence (Jin)
  4. Respect (Rei)
  5. Honesty (Makoto)
  6. Honor (Yo)
  7. Loyalty (Chugo)

I love this list. I love that everything in B&H happens in sevens. And—because I can never get enough lists of classes—I love this list of duties (giri), which are the closest concepts in B&H to classes:

  1. General
  2. Seneschal
  3. Executioner
  4. Spy Master
  5. Spiritual Adviser
  6. Courtier
  7. Bodyguard

Aaaaand here’s the trailer:


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