Qin: The Warring States


Qin is a roleplaying game of exciting adventure in a mythical China. Become a hero of Chinese legend – intrigue, combat, quests, magic and supernatural creatures await!

Enter the epic world of Warring States China, a world of colourful myths and timeless legends, bold wu xia and beautiful courtesans, wise scholars and scheming eunuchs, exorcists and monsters… All await the daring exploits and noble deeds of a new generation of heroes!

Qin is written by Florrent and Neko, Laurrent Bramardi, Jérôme Larré and Romain d’Huissier, and illustrated by Aleksi Brielot, Anne Rouvin, Marc Simonetti, Olivier and Stéphane Péru, Jaouen and Christian Naits.

Qin and a wide range of supplements are already available to buy in print from your local gaming store and from our webstore, as well as in PDF from RPGNow.

The Setting

Qin (pronounced CHIN) is set in Ancient China, during the 2nd Century BC in the era known as the Warring States. It is set in the real world, but with the premise that all of Chinese mythology is real – that Heaven and Earth exist as separate realms, that dragons, demons and ghosts are real, and that heroes wield supernatural powers.

The state of Qin is the most authoritarian and brutal of all the Warring States. Its vast and disciplined army stands ready to embark on its great project: the union of all things under Heaven into a single Empire, or Tian Xia. The world is doomed to fall victim to dictatorship and bureaucracy, but it is not too late to change the course of history – all it takes is the action of a few brave heroes.

The Heroes

As a hero in search of adventure, glory or immortality, you will leap from roof to roof, duel against the expert swordsmen of Chu, plot against the rulers of Qin or Zhao, make pacts with the spirits or discover the fruits of the Immortal Isles, decipher oracles carved on jade bi or tortoise shells, direct your troops to capture a fortress, seek wise Taoists and follow their teachings, drive out ghosts, or draw on the power of the Chi to accomplish high deeds worthy of the immortals themselves.

Knight-errant or mercenary, robber or fleeing courtesan, exorcist or alchemist, simple footman or general, destiny calls you all to enter the legend of this forgotten China.

You’re already a hero – but you’re about to become a legend!

The System

Qin uses a unique system that evokes the flavour of the setting – the Yin/Yang System. It uses a single black d10 and a single white d10 that are used to resolve actions.

To resolve an action, both d10s are rolled together and the lower value subtracted from the higher to give a result between 0 and 9. The result is then added to their character’s relevant stats and compared to the Success Threshold (typically 6) – if the final result is higher than the Success Threshold, the action is a success.

If the roll of the dice was a double-zero, a catastrophic failure occurs. If the roll of the dice was any other double, the hero is in perfect balance and achieves a critical success.

Characters also have a pool of mystical energy, called Chi, that they can draw upon to achieve greater successes, as well as to use their supernatural powers to bend the laws of creation, such as jumping through the air, vanishing into the shadows or firing a whirlwind of arrows.

Qin: The Warring States Core Rulebook

The best place to start your own heroic saga is the Qin Core Rulebook, which contains all the rules and background you need to play the game. It also contains 7 ready-made characters and a complete adventure.

This 272 page lavish hardcover contains :

• A historical and cultural presentation of Ancient China.
• A description of each of the seven states, each with its own powerful factions, key figures, and closely-guarded secrets.
• A free character creation system and seven pre-generated characters. No classes.
• A description of the four mysterious ways of Magic.
• A game system enabling you to recreate the spectacular action scenes of Chinese martial arts movies.
• An introductory scenario which will transport you to the heart of this ancient and fascinating world.

You can buy the Qin Core Rulebook from our webstore, from all good game stores and as a PDF.

TWO TIMES ENNIE SILVER AWARD WINNER 2007 - "Best Interior Art" and "Best Game"!


There are a number of supplements already available for Qin in both print and PDF, including a Gamemaster's Screen and a Bestiary. You can find out more about them here.



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