Crossroads of Heroes®】 is a strategy board game created by Pat Piper.

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it was successfully funded on Kickstarter on Mar 31st 2017.

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Crossroads of Heroes®】 is a board game made for 2–5 players.
The estimated playing time is 45–90 minutes.

In the game, you will play a martial arts hero who hails from one of the five most recognized sects in classic Chinese Wuxia. Your goal is to become the next Grand Master of Wulin!

Choose from five protagonists:
each with his/her own unique ability and fighting style!

While the path to attaining such a glorious title may be arduous, the means to achieving that goal is relatively simple—all you need to do is earn renown in the Jianghu!

There are various ways to gain renown in the game:

The first and most direct way is by defeating other players in Duels.
The second way is to use your wiles (by playing certain Stratagems).
The third way is to travel the Jianghu and participate in Hero's Meeting.
The last and also the most dangerous way is by vanquishing any 1 of the
5 Wulin Masters!

(There are definitely pros and cons to each method, but they are best saved for you to find out from experience!)

You will start the game as a novice fighter. To improve your fighting skills and thus increase your chances of winning duels, you must train.

Each sect has 3 Basic Techniques and a Sect Signature Technique to master!

Training is physically taxing and requires a great expense of Qi. In this game, Qi is used to guage the health of your character. Depleted health can be recovered by eating the various foods available to you or by seeking medical aid from Gan Tanfu, better known as the “Divine Healer” in Jianghu.

If you happen to lose all your Qi during the game, you will be critically wounded and lose the capacity for all regular activities. If such misfortunate should befall you, your only chance for a quick recovery is to wander the Jianghu and find the Divine Healer as soon as possible.

The game mechanics for resolving duels in the game are quite straight forward. A duel is fought and resolved in the best of 3 rounds. During each round, you will decide which of your trained techniqes to use against your opponent (who will do the same). The combined Wugong of your selected techniques will be pitted against your opponent's. The techniques with the higher combined number wins. You will lose 1 Qi for losing each duel round.

Simplistic though it may sound, there are unique modifiers tied to the various fighting techniques that will add both elements of strategy and chance to duels. For example, Jinglian from Emei Sect, after having mastered her Sect Signature Technique - “Maiden’s Five Flowing Methods”, is able to utilize her flexibility to overcome opponents who have the same Wugong rating as her. This effectively eliminates the possibility of her rivals fighting to a draw with her in the round when the technique is used.

Each Sect Signature Technique holds its own unqiue power.
Master it to unlock the full potential of your chosen character!

In addition to learning these powerful techniques, players can also pick up duel items such as Throwing Knives and Chain Mail Vest during the course of the game. These items can be used when fighting duels to surprise opponents and turn the tide of a battle in an instant!

Even though the life of a martial arts hero is made up of training and fighting for the most part, it is by no means limited to it. Your exploits in the Jianghu is also crucial to the continual growth of your character.

There are a few notable personas in Jianghu who will be happy to help your cause. Some of them, however, are not always benevolent and their choice of either helping or hindering your progress may depend on the circumstance.

One such helpful character you will meet in Jianghu is “Chankuniu”.
You can trade an item from your hand for your sect artifact!

Of course, if you really wish to put your fighting skills to the test, you may challenge one of the five Wulin Masters to a duel. (Such duels are played out differently than duels with other players, however, in that you combine the Wugong of all your trained techniques and then pit them against the Wulin Master's Wugong in a single decisive round.)

Do you have the skills to defeat one of the top five fighters of Wulin?

Furthermore, defeating a Wulin Master will not only increase your renown, it also rewards you with the secret manual of the technique which belonged to that fighter! With it, you can further train to build up the martial arts prowess of your character.

Although fighting duels may be the most gratifying way to gain renown, you should never overlook the importance of strategy. (You are role-playing as a reputable martial arts hero and not just a mindless brute after all!)

Each player starts the game with 3 stratagems and is liable to pick up more of them during the course of the game.

Clever use of stratagems can either help your advance
or hinder your opponents' progress!

There are 10 types of stratagems that you can employ. These are categorized as Yin, Yang or Taiji stratagems. Yin stratagems are for harming and disrupting the progress of your enemies; Yang stratagems are for self-cultivation; Taiji stratagems are more balanced acts with dual effects of both Yin and Yang.

A wise strategist will use a combination of these, using them at just the right moment to surprise enemies as well as maximize the benefits of each action!

When characters become too aggressive, their lust for fame and power may eventually corrupt their minds and set them on the dark path.

If you resort to using one too many Yin stratagems or items, your character will gain “Xie” tokens. (This accumulation of Xie represents the rise of wickedness in the character's heart!)

Besides gaining notoriety and a modified “dark” ability,
an evil character also has a slightly higher Wugong base rating.

Once a certain level of “Xie” is reached, your character will turn evil. This not only changes the appearance of your character, but it also changes his/her unique ability and base Wugong rating.

Be warned however, that once your character has succumbed to the dark path, there is no turning back. Evil characters will be cast out of their sects and they will be on their own. They will no longer be in reputable standing to become the next Grand Master of Wulin. Only by mercilessly eliminating a virtuous player in a duel can you be declared the winner of the game.

Crossroads of Heroes®】 is a game that encourages players to not only use their wits to win, it also allows them to plan, to some extent, the way in which they wish to win. According to the type of actions that they choose to take, they also decide how righteous or malignant their characters will become.

Most of all, the underlying focus of the game is not just on winning but on how you play. Whereas some players may want to go rogue and employ evil tactics right off the bat, other players may choose to take the noble path and find more pleasure in losing honourably than resorting to treachery.

The hope is, whichever path you take during the game, you can, for a brief moment, experience the journey and face the dilemmas of a true martial arts hero in classic Wuxia tales and legends!

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Wuxia (武俠)—Wuxia is a popular genre of fiction in Chinese culture that tells adventure stories of martial arts heroes. Besides promising a good dose of martial arts action, honour and retribution are also common themes found in most Wuxia stories.
Xie (邪)—evil, nefarious, iniquitous, demonic. In Chinese culture, Xie is sometimes used to describe methods that are deviant, unorthodox or of a heretical nature.
Taiji (太極)—The combination of both Yin and Yang forms a Taiji. It symbolizes balance and is the ultimate representation of how two seemingly opposing forces are in fact complementary and interdependent of each other in the natural world.
Yang (陽)—In chinese philosophy, Yang symbolizes the light, positive and masculine force that is contrary to Yin.
Yin (陰)—In chinese philosophy, Yin symbolizes the dark, negative and feminine force that is contrary to Yang.
Wugong (武功) Better known as Kung Fu or Wushu in modern context, Wugong is a broad term that includes the many fighting styles and training methods that were often inspired by ancient Chinese philosophies or animal mimicry. A sect, school or family would usually focus on mastering one such style.
Qi (氣)—literally translates as "air". In traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts, Qi represents the energy flow and life force in all living things. When the flow of Qi within a body is disrupted, it will gradually lose its normal function if left unchecked.
Jianghu (江湖)—literally translates as rivers and lakes. In the Wuxia genre, it refers to the environment or sub-community of people who chose to live by their own moral principles rather than conform to the societal laws governing mainstream society.
Wulin (武林)—literally translates as "martial forest". It is a term commonly used in Wuxia to define the thriving community of martial artists living in the Jianghu.