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  1. DarwinsDog

    The Jade Throne Podcast

    I gotta say, even though I like most of your content, I cannot listen to your podcast anymore. Please standardize your volume levels. Two of you are very loud and one is very quiet. If I turn up the volume to hear the quiet one I get deafened by the others.
  2. DarwinsDog

    L5R Core Sets @ Amazon $16.95

    It's been pretty low for a while now. Makes me wonder if Asmodee just gave up on MAPP, or if they're just hesitant to take on Amazon. Either way it sucks for the irl stores, considering that's below the wholesale price.
  3. That would be the smart choice imo. Taking fight on with a crab splash is very tempting. Reprieve and rebuild also pair well with Unicorn cards.
  4. DarwinsDog

    Going for time

    So you want to design a deck with the goal to break more provinces than your opponent and/or have more honor? Why not go for one more province?
  5. Did everyone forget about Toshi Ranbo? I'm pretty sure a box that updates the game to the current story will have the card from the story prize of the kotei season. That leaves 5 single cards and I'd be willing to bet they'll be a set of neutral provinces.
  6. I like the small packs over everything in one box. It lets people buy fewer packs upfront to build a deck, or skip a pack that doesn't have anything relevant. 6 in 6 schedule accommodates the most people's preferences. If you only want to spend $15 a month, that's all you have to spend. If you want everything right away, you can do that too. I guess the people that get left out are those that want to be fully competitive and only spend $15 a month. Someone's always going to be unhappy, but this seems like the best solution for the most people.
  7. I love the mind game of Stolen secrets that they don't know what you stole, but for the cost I want a reliably good effect. Run Agasha swordsmith, or Walking the Way, or something like that. Now every time you use it, ask yourself how crippling it would be to lose one of those cards. Better yet, think about it this way. Would you remove the best one of them from the game to make your opponent lose 1 fate off a character, one from their pool, and a card?
  8. Dragon will still have a 2/1 for 1/covert on anyone, a powerful early game bow effect, and the harpoon tattoo. Neutral attachment hate will just mean you'll see Tattoo+Fury or Tattoo+Wanderer instead.
  9. DarwinsDog

    The Fires Within

    As a monk fan, I very much hope Dragon goes Keeper. So many shenanigans possible with Keeper Initiates.
  10. DarwinsDog

    Where did the flavour go?

    In the very old days, they almost exclusively used the flavor text on cards to tell the story. You got some in the fan newsletters (which were all clan specific) and the rest in bits and pieces from the cards. It meant much of the lore was passed on by oral tradition. It was really cool for immersion, but kinda sucked if you wanted to know what was actually going on. Once that stopped, they still had flavor on a lot of cards, but not all. You're right that it's probably less now, but as long as it's good I don't mind seeing less.
  11. I asked my local store to order a playmat for me, and after some digging they told me that Alliance Game distributors hasn't gotten it yet. The only shops selling it right now are online stores buying directly from Asmodee (which local shops can't do). For all their talk of helping the local stores, it seems that Asmodee isn't all that concerned (not that that comes as a surprise). I know posting here won't change anything, but I figured I'd let others know.
  12. It's for who gets the imperial favor. In real-life terms it decides who is featured in the next tournament kit.
  13. The scorpion sword was Ambition (one of the bloodswords) that was broken after the coup. Shoju left the ancestral sword at home in case the coup failed.
  14. DarwinsDog

    Rookery variant for L5R

    On the other hand, the counter-meta may be weak against other clans so they will beat the meta, but lose to everyone else. A side board would allow people to run a few counter cards without weakening their other matchups. I don't have enough experience to know which is more likely, but I can see both sides of the argument.
  15. DarwinsDog

    Oracle System

    Legend of the Five Rings for me please! I'd be stoked to see Star Wars too.
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