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ENnie Winning Horror TTRPG ‘Jiangshi: Blood In The Banquet Hall’ Set For New Backerkit Campaign This July

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Wet Ink Games and Read/Write Memory have announced that Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall, the horror TTRPG by Sen-Foong Lim (Mind MGMT, Batman: The Animated Series – Rogues Gallery) and Banana Chan (Betrayal At Mystery Mansion, Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft), is returning this July with a second printing of the game. After a successful first crowdfunding campaign from Wet Ink Games and Read/Write Memory (formerly known as Game and a Curry), the game won a Silver ENnie award for Best Setting, and was nominated for Best Production Value and Product of the Year in 2022. Now the game is returning on BackerKit for a second printing that includes a new physical edition and a brand new setting book featuring a cast of guest writers.

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall box

The collaborative tabletop roleplaying game is about a Chinese immigrant family running a restaurant in the 1920s in a Canadian or American Chinatown. Despite societal backlash and anti-Chinese laws of the time, the family persists. Unfortunately, night is when the Jiangshi (hopping vampires) create even more chaos. 

The game is centered around persevering as a family and protecting a marginalized community, with much emphasis on storytelling rather than combat. There are several different settings and scenarios, with a choice of different Chinatowns that the players can choose from. 

Players take on the roles of members of the Chinese family (mostly from Guangdong province), spanning three generations, who face threats of jiangshi (hopping vampires) at night and racism by day. It has players balancing the responsibility of maintaining their family business with protecting themselves and their community from the dreaded Jiangshi. This is primarily a game about storytelling. Combat is limited, but horror, drama and sometimes comedy are the primary vehicles for driving the game forward.

Jiangshi:Blood in the Banquet Hall contents

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall comes in a boxed set with:

  • A rulebook
  • A scenario book
  • A deck of Restaurant cards
  • A deck of Mung cards
  • A deck of Jiangshi cards
  • 1 X-card
  • 6 gold eight-sided dice
  • 6 red eight-sided dice
  • 1 white four-sided die
  • 4 dry-erase character sheets
  • 4 dry erase markers
  • A pad of Spirit Paper
  • A Restaurant board

In this new crowdfunding campaign, pledge levels include a digital PDF version of the game, as well as the physical second printing of the boxed set. There is also a new setting book that is being released as a pledge level, with several guest writers, including Daniel Kwan and Connie Chang.

Become a backer when the BackerKit launches July 23 and get access to all the different tiers available.

Images via Wet Ink Games

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