From the Designer's Website:
Magie et technologie dans une Chine déchirée.
User Translation from French:
Magic and technology in a fragmented China.
("Les 3 royaumes" is French for "The 3 kingdoms".)
Characters have three attributes: Bravitude (Valour, used for decisive action and wisdom), Yin (used for science and technology), Yang (used for religion and magic). Players have fixed starting attributes at character creation: 10 Bravitude, 0 Yin, 0 Yang, modified by their home kingdom and gender. A speciality may be bought at the cost of 1 Bravitude. A weakness may be taken, gaining 1 in one attribute. Further, 1 point of Bravitude may be commuted to 1 point of either Yin or Yang.
Task resolution is performed by rolling a twenty-sided dice and comparing against the appropriate attribute value:
- Rolling less than or equal to the attribute is a success.
- Higher than the attribute is a failure.
- Rolling 20 is a critical failure, as is 19 if the attribute is less than 10.
- Rolling 1 is a critical success, as is 2 if the attribute is greater than 10.
If a speciality applies, the player rolls two dice and keeps the best. If a weakness applies, and speciality is ignores, and the player rolls two dice keeping the worst.