||I originally picked this up as I have been a practitioner of Ying Jow Pai for 12 years and this is the first supplement I have seen mentioning it. I am also curious as to how martial arts are handled in various systems. D20 martial arts are quite dull so I thought this might spice it up a little. I should also say I play d20 sparingly and don?t have very many other supplements.
Overall, I was surprised by the choice of the various styles. Usually you get the stock mantis, shao lin, karate, etc. but here they have added several rarer ones like hwarang do. I also found the descriptions quite interesting.
Apparently you take a style as a feat then you get several maneuvers. This part I don?t have much of a problem with. It does however enter into the problem area that virtually all attempts to mimic a style fail. Many martial arts are quite inclusive. Putting them into a mechanic often makes them seem over balanced when compared to normal weapons. As such you either don?t get a true representation of the style or it is out of balance. For example Ying Jow does not have joint locks which is really ironic since the 108 locking techniques and eagle claw technique are what exemplify the style. There may be other examples that other artists may pick up on but that is beside the point. But overall with a little tweaking they might become more accurate.
What irritated me most about the book is that it is not stand alone. The page on rpgnow does not mention this at all. Going to the RPGObjects site it is indeed listed as a supplement. Many of the maneuvers are not described in the book and I am inferring that they are listed in the original Blood and Fists. It is also quite ambiguous as to what is a feat, how you get legendary maneuvers or simple descriptions of many of the maneuvers.
The second think I didn?t like was that it is in a landscape format. It says you can get a portrait version on the objects site but I couldn?t find it.
Overall the book showed a lot of promise but fell short due to misrepresentation.
LIKED: Different styles not seen in other products.
Background info on those styles.
DISLIKED: Not complete as it describes rules not in this product.
[2 of 5 Stars!]