Hearts of Wulin

Created by The Gauntlet Gaming Community

A tabletop roleplaying game of Wuxia melodrama, Powered by the Apocalypse. In Hearts of Wulin, players take the role of skilled martial artists in a world of rival clans, conspiracies, and obligations. The game emulates films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese wuxia TV series like The Smiling Proud Wanderer and Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain, and Chinese martial arts novels from the second half of the twentieth century. In these tales, romance is as dangerous as a blade. Everyone has ties to factions, loves they can’t quite express, and secrets which will shake them to their core. As in the source material, stories in Hearts of Wulin are driven by the characters’ duties, romantic desires, and entanglements with other characters. Hearts of Wulin is Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA), meaning its mechanics are inspired, in part, by Apocalypse World by Vincent and Meguey Baker. The game is strongly influenced by several recent PbtA games, including Monsterhearts 2 by Avery Alder, Masks by Brendan Conway, and The Veil by Fraser Simons. That said, Hearts of Wulin stands on its own, and has several distinct features that help players tell stories steeped in wuxia melodrama.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Printing and shipping schedule
27 days ago – Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 06:06:01 AM

Hi everyone. 

We've had the normal back and forth with the printer to make sure the files are good to go for print. Everything is now sorted and we have our schedule for printing and shipping. Here it is:


Ok to print: Sept 08

F&Gs ex China: Sept 29

Ok to bind: Oct 06

(Factory is closed from Oct 01-07 due to China National Holiday)

Advances ex China: Oct 19

Ok to ship: Oct 22

RTS date: Oct 26

ETD HK: Nov 01

ETA Gerlach, NV89412: Dec 10  (This is based on normal shipment, a possible delay will be incurred due to the port congestion)


What the above means is that we should have the printed pages by September 29th and assuming they look ok, they'll start binding them in early October. Our international shipper is ready to go and should be shipping out the international backer books in November. Domestic backers will have to wait for the boat, and that's the major bottleneck affecting most U.S.-based businesses right now (to say nothing of the lack of long-haul truckers post-pandemic). 


The one issue we're still deciding how to handle is the small number of backers who pledged to get a signed copy of the hardcover. We promised that reward in a world where we thought we'd be able to meet up at conventions and get the books signed. Given the state of things and to prevent further delays for those backers, we're probably going to just refund them the difference and not do the signed books. But we'll reach out to those folks separately. 


As always, thanks for your support!


-The Hearts of Wulin team

July 2021 Update
3 months ago – Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 10:34:39 PM

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Reference Sheets & Playbooks
5 months ago – Sun, May 09, 2021 at 12:37:48 AM

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Hearts of Wulin PDF
8 months ago – Fri, Mar 05, 2021 at 10:46:18 PM

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We're locking down Hearts of Wulin orders on February 10th. Please fill out your BackerKit survey ASAP
8 months ago – Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 02:05:49 AM

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