Sengoku: Chanbara Roleplaying in Feudal Japan (Revised Ed.)

goldrushg | April 20, 2017 | 0

Possibly the most anticipated GRG product ever, Sengoku: Chanbara Roleplaying in Feudal Japan is an adventurous game set in 16th century Japan, where honor is more valuable than gold and shame worse than death! The game is inspired by Japanese history and myth, chanbara (Japanese samurai action films) and jidai-geki (period films).

Using the Fuzion system, the game provides a choice of three “levels” of play: Historic, Chanbara and Anime. An exhaustive list of skills, four caste templates and 47 character profession templates provide an endless combination of character types.

And Sengoku is compatible with all other Fuzion games, including the Usagi Yojimbo RPG, the Bubblegum Crisis RPG and Champions: New Millenium. Includes conversion notes for the Legend of the Five Rings RPG, Bushido and GURPS Japan!

Sengoku Revised Edition includes conversion notes for the following game systems:

  • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition*
  • Bushido*
  • Chivalry & Sorcery Light*
  • GURPS*
  • HERO System*
  • Legend of the Five Rings (L5R) RPG*
  • Usagi Yojimbo RPG*
  • Instant Fuzion*



“3.6 (out of 4). Sengoku is a seminal work in historical RPGs. When it comes to historical Asian role playing, Sengoku sets the new standard. The most historically accurate samurai RPG ever created. Anime fans will love this book, even if they don’t role play. This is one of the few books out there that deserve reading for its background information alone.” – AniMail Newsletter #11 (Central Park Media)

“…an exceedingly thorough book. Sengoku has stepped up to the head of the line for authentic, detailed treatment of this fascinating era. If you have any interest in roleplaying in this setting at all, Sengoku is probably the first book you should buy.” – Pyramid Magazine (12/17/99)

9/10. A masterpiece… unique in its scope, detail, accuracy and playability. Simply the best feudal Japanese, historical RPG ever published.” –

“I’m impressed as hell. Best collection of hard info on the setting I’ve seen outside of my college textbooks.” – Gareth M. Skarka

“Ichiban desu yo! Drop whatever you are doing and go buy [Sengoku]!” – Knights of the Dinner Table #38

4 of 5 Stars! “Sengoku: Revised Edition is a must have for fans of ancient Japanese culture. If you enjoy movies like The Last Samurai, The Seven Samurai, Shogun Assassin, and other Chanbara genre films, you’ll love Sengoku.” –

“Winner, BEST HISTORICAL GAME/SUPPLEMENT of 1999 – AniMail (Central Park Media)

“…with this book GRG presents yet another contender for the Origins Award.” –

“Best new game of [GenCon ’99]? Tough call, especially since I haven’t read all of Continuum — if it wasn’t my STRPG, it might have been Mark Arsenault’s Sengoku from Gold Rush Games.” – Out of the Box, Mania web’zine (8/13/99)

9 (of 10). “Sengoku is a watershed in the RPG industry. …a masterpiece that is unique in its scope, detail, accuracy and playability. None of the Japanese, historical fantasy RPGs currently on the market or previously published remotely approach this level of detail. The best RPG released this year… Simply the best feudal Japanese, historical fantasy RPG ever published.”  –

Sengoku is great. I can actually build Zatoichi with it, which is way beyond cool.” – Mike Brislawn

“Having obtained my copy of Sengoku at GenCon, I have to say that it was well worth the wait! Sengoku is awe-some! My congratulations to everyone for helping to produce such a wonderful book!” – Kevin MacGregor

Game I was happiest to add to my tribute pile (at GenCon ’99): Sengoku.” – Robin D. Laws

“As for my own personal ‘loot’ I bought a copy of Sengoku for myself… Reads well, and I was most amazed by the incredible bibliography in the back of the book!” – Peter Corless, Green Knight Publishing

Love Sengoku. If there is any game to get with the Fuzion system it is this one, though it is not the Fuzion system that makes this game great.” – Chris Czerniak

“If you ever plan on running any RPG owing anything to cinematic Japan…you will be cutting off your own sword arm if you don’t pick up Sengoku first. Hai!!” – Out of the Box, (8/27/99)

“…a must-have for anyone interested in roleplaying historic or fantastic Japan.” – Steve Peterson, former President of Hero Games

“[I]mpressive in detail and quality, and probably one of the best games/gaming supplements that I have purchased in a long, long time. …keep up the good, quality work!” –

5 out of 5! “…awesome.” – Ismael Alvarez (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! – T. Jones II (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “Quite simply the best Japanese RPG ever released, brilliant scholarship.” – Max Cairnduff (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “From start to finish, this is a top notch product. The amount of cultural information is staggering and presented in an entirely RPG-friendly manner…” – Sleeper (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “Nearly every aspect of the culture is explained. A great buy for those interested in medieval Japan or in Anime style gaming.” – Kevin Clark (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “I really can’t say enough in praise of this game. …absolutely invaluable.” – Jimmy Dykes (RPGNow customer)

4 out of 5! “This book is fantastic for anyone wanting to roleplay in ANY system that would touch on Japan.” – Angus MacDonald (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “a wealth of information concerning lliterally EVERYTHING about Japan…you name it, it’s there. Whether as a game or a resource, this book is indispensable.” – José Porfirio (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “Wow… the spirit of Kurosawa’s storytelling technique has been captured perfectly…” – Nick Stapleton (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5!A must for anyone considering an oriental type campaign of any sort.” – David Maple (RPGNow customer)

5 out of 5! “AMAZING piece of work.” – Strife Weaver (RPGNow customer)



Sengoku: Chanbara Roleplaying in Feudal Japan has received the following awards and nominations!

  • Best Historical Game, 1999 (AniMail / Central Park Media)
  • Best Roleplaying Game Nominee (Origins Awards, 1999)
  • Best Oriental RPG Book (Academy of Oriental RPGs, 2000)
  • Grg D’Or Award Nominee (Guide du Roliste Galactique, 2002)


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