[color=#FF0040][size=200]天羅万象 (Tenra Bansho)[/size][/color]
[size=129][color=#FF0040]Translation:[/color] The title is a play on a buddist expression: “Shinra Bansho” means “Everything on Heaven and Earth” and “Tenra” is the name of the world of the setting.
[color=#FF0040]Translation-Project:[/color] There was one on Kickstarter over two years ago called TENRA BANSHO ZERO (since this is the 2000 edition of this game). It took them 7! years to translate this baby. The Japanese text is full of wordplays and Japanese cultural references.
[color=#FF0040]Style:[/color] It is a Hyper-Asian Magi-Tech world. So you have Ninja, Cyborgs, Buddist Monks, surgically upgraded Samurai, Mechas powered by the innocence of one’s soul, Shinto Priests who act as arms dealers, native Onis (Japanese demons), Robots, Onmyouji (Taoist sorcerers) and Mushi-shi (“bug-master” ~ parasitic-insect-spirits collectors / healers) among others.
[color=#FF0040]Synopsis:[/color] This is not a Western RPG with added Oriental elements. It draws strongly from Kabuki Theater play: So for instance shouting and praising a scene of another character will be encouraged, even if one’s own character is not even there (think of the other players more of as an audience in a wrestling match) … or the fact that Wounds will give you boni instead of penalties (think kinda like in the Die Hard movies).
[color=#FF0040]Setting:[/color] Several (very) large islands locked in a Sengoku-style feudal Total War period since over 100 years. So almost every lord (“daimyo”) fights against every other and Honor is a nice concept from the past, but in day to day activities it is very impractical and sometimes outright foolish. Although there are some small pockets of peace.
[color=#FF0040]System:[/color] 天羅万象 ZERO
[color=#FF0040]Dice:[/color] several D6s [/size]