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Asia in 1872 has thrown off the yoke of colonialism and embraced the industrial age. The nations of the Indian Alliance unite the subcontinent with railroads. Buddhist apothecaries from Viet Nam spread advanced medicinal learning throughout the region. Japanese war automatons sweep into Chinese territory while the Qing Dynasty responds with its terrifying Dragon Airships. Thai elephant cavalry face off against Burmese airboats as tensions rise along their border. Meanwhile, sea and air pirates threaten trade throughout the island and coastal nations of Southeast Asia.
Steamscapes: Asia is the second major setting book for Steamscapes. It includes extensive alternative historical backgrounds for over a dozen nations and regions. It offers detailed martial arts rules including full coverage of fifteen different historical forms from across the continent. It introduces the Apothecary profession, elephant cavalry rules, rocketry indirect fire rules, new airships, new weapons, and a new racial template for Japanese war automatons. It also provides several introductory scenarios and a variety of character templates so GMs and players can jump right in and start playing.
Steamscapes: Asia requires the Savage Worlds core rulebook to play. Steamscapes: North America is also recommended but not required.
"I've never read an RPG that better combined historical research and imaginative storytelling. Careers have been built on stories less compelling than the ones in this book. This isn't a ninjas-and-samurai slapdash effort; it's the real deal. You get a sense that the author has reams of research for every decision.