tim guereca (seiffer66) wrote in roleplayers,
tim guereca

Looking for gritty realism...

A little bit of help, if I may be so bold to ask:

I have just recently fell in love with Rokugan, the setting for the Legend of the Five Rings universe. So much in fact, that I'm ready to abandon my Exalted ideas in order to run a L5R campaign, but I have one problem...

I do not know much about the original printings and rules of the game, but I do know that it has been reprinted using the D20 Oriental Adventures campaign books. However, D20 is not the feel I want for this game. I want grit. I want realism... and I want Iajutsu style 1-2 hit duels. This wouldn't be D20's strong points in my experience; it would default more to a character having dozens of HP and being able to take multiple swipes of a dai-katana before he fell.

Can anyone suggest a better system to sate my urge for deadliness? GURPS came to mind, but gah who wants to invest in that many books? Hero System maybe? Input please. :)
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