A downloadable game

A violent robbery left behind a broken caravan, a scattering of valuables, and unmoving bodies, blocking the road ahead. The four stop to scan the area, bracing for a possible trap. What awaits them behind boulders and bushes, and in broad day light no less?

Will Xin (pronounced like "shin") survive an attack while shackled inside a caged wagon?

Will Dao the Constable upkeep the law?

Will Yu lead the escort through any attempt to end the mission before it reaches the execution ground?

And will Gong the mercenary help or hinder them?


The Escort is a collaborative storytelling game for 1 GM/facilitator and 4 players. A four hour one-shot should skip most of the middle of the journey. Otherwise I think it can be played for about 4~5 sessions of 3 hours each.

This is a wuxia-themed hack of John Harper's Lady Blackbird tabletop RPG. The initial hack took inspiration from both Lady Blackbird and the Entanglements mechanic in Lowell Francis's Hearts of Wulin, but without playtesting, the mash-up feels a little haphazard. So for the later version I removed the Entanglements rule and just used the mechanics of Lady Blackbird (updated to match its 2019 edition). You can try out both versions and see which one works better for your group.


theescort_playtest20181028.pdf 325 kB
theescort2019_en.pdf 240 kB

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