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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    Yes, but we don't have a title for the Emerald Champion (and I'm not sure we're likely to).
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from Kiso in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    I think a standard yoriki title would be fine, and I'm not sure about a 'champion' title - that's too huge a thing to compare to any example we have. As to magistrates...
    The 4th edition version:
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Ni Fang in You Know You're Playing Legend of the Five Rings When...   
    Man, reading this thread brings back memories
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from Myrion in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    I think a standard yoriki title would be fine, and I'm not sure about a 'champion' title - that's too huge a thing to compare to any example we have. As to magistrates...
    The 4th edition version:
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    I think a standard yoriki title would be fine, and I'm not sure about a 'champion' title - that's too huge a thing to compare to any example we have. As to magistrates...
    The 4th edition version:
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Daeglan in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    How would you built the Jade Champion Title?
    Jade Magistrate title?
    Jade Yoriki?
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from UnitOmega in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    It is - or was - a fairly widespread scheme called "Bits and Mortar" - I think it was Drivethru that sponsored it?
    I'd wait if it meant we got FAQs and Errata a month after release, and got the changes in the book. Given how long we seem to wait for errata I'm not sure that's a realistic hope, though.
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    It is - or was - a fairly widespread scheme called "Bits and Mortar" - I think it was Drivethru that sponsored it?
    I'd wait if it meant we got FAQs and Errata a month after release, and got the changes in the book. Given how long we seem to wait for errata I'm not sure that's a realistic hope, though.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to neilcell in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    I think Modeiphus did something like that as well for their Star Trek products.  At least for a time; if you got a hard copy and the store registered it, then you could get a digital copy free.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Daeglan in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    yeah It is a good plan and squashes pirating
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Myrion in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    The thing is that even wanting to support my FLGS, FFG made that hard. I know I'm not the only one who basically cannot get physical product through my local stores, since they have a hard time ordering it.

    The most reliable way to get it for me is going direct to FFG. (and paying outrageous shipping) So this delay is just a pain and doesn't help anyone at all in the first place.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to UnitOmega in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    Meh, like I said, they don't want my money, they don't get my money. I've never been shy that I am at least one vocal customer who will not pay extra for a hard copy of a book if I don't have to, since that's basically a luxury cost. I'm hoping with EDGE just being the RPGs maybe we can close this window a little. I don't mind a bit extra so we can maybe catch print errors, but the 4-5 weeks is incredibly frustrating. 
    I get it's cool people want to support your stores, but that's between you and your store. I have never needed, wanted or used a brick and mortar store as a source for my RPG supplies, and have run probably 99% of games digitally for over 10 years, so it's a lot of smoke to me. 
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Given 2020's track record to date, I'm not convinced it wouldn't be worth confirming every now and then.
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    Although the 'taster/booster' .pdf adventure is usually at the original release.
    Given the subject matter of the new adventure I'll be fascinated to see what they pick....
     
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from phillos in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Given 2020's track record to date, I'm not convinced it wouldn't be worth confirming every now and then.
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Given 2020's track record to date, I'm not convinced it wouldn't be worth confirming every now and then.
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from Myrion in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Given 2020's track record to date, I'm not convinced it wouldn't be worth confirming every now and then.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Doji Hyōkin in Doji Kuwanan dueling Doji Hotaru   
    The Unicrane would be unstoppable.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to Diogo Salazar in Doji Kuwanan dueling Doji Hotaru   
    Just imagine all those fabulous horses prepared for a dressage competition. 😂
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from neilcell in New Campaign Characters   
    So... now defeated, the two fire spirits collapsed; their flaming halos dissipating to reveal the horrifically burned corpses of two villagers. By process of elimination, the survivors identified them as two lovers who had been missing - presumably in each other's company - for most of the afternoon. The heimin hadn't really seen what had happened - they'd been much to focused on fighting the fire - and certainly hadn't seen the burning man who the PCs had seen, apparently directing the carnage. They did say, after being asked if anything else untoward had happened, that they'd heard what they'd assumed at the time were fireworks coming from the direction of Shiro no Shosuro. There was no festival happening they were aware of, though. Quite a few villagers had been killed. Whilst the PCs didn't get involved in handling the bodies, Horonigai did aid the priest in reconsecrating the tiny village shrine, whilst Uiri and Goriate tried to win friends and influence people - the latter (who wasn't here for the session) by the time-honoured Hida method of lifting heavy objects - in this case helping heft some heavy beams supporting the burned-but-still-serviceable roof of the main barn, which would be the only shelter for quite a few grateful families. Uiri tried to offer some advice to the carpenter (who had thankfully survived) on repairs, but - thanks to a poor roll - got a respectful response whose tone had a carefully suppressed subtext of "Yes, samurai-sama, of course, samurai-sama, whatever you say, samurai-sama, thank you for telling me how to do the trade I've been expert at for about twice as long as you've been alive, samurai-sama". Uiri decided not to press the issue given how traumatised the villagers were, especially since the carpenter hadn't actually said anything disrespectful (even if he was clearly thinking it). After a few hours respite (given how burned and bruised everyone was) they set out for Shiro no Shosuro, with rather more haste than previously. They had connected the strange figure with the rumours of the Elemental Oracle of Fire being in the region, though why he'd decided to start barbequing Scorpion Clan holdings ("beyond sensible general principles" - Uiri's player "Oi!" - Suiren's player) was a mystery. Shiro no Shosuro was....not doing well, when it finally hoved into view. No small number of towers and buildings were fire-damaged, and a few were destroyed outright. Rather blatant twenty-foot-high kanji had been scorched into the wall in a gigantic display of pyrographic calligraphy, reading "RETURN WHAT WAS MINE OR BURN". Much of the hillside was scorched, with gardens and vegetation destroyed. Most worryingly, the white sand of the path crunched underfoot in chunks of crudely fuzed glass. "So....it seems he might be a tad annoyed about something." - Uiri's player. At this point, a cadre of armoured Scorpion Bushi poured out from behind a rocky scree, holding the PCs at arrow-point and demanding to know their business. After "what had happened" they had orders to admit no-one to the castle and they fully intended to shoot the PCs if they tried to bypass them. Fortunately, Suiren managed not to screw up a courtesy check for once. He passed a tough check, and rolled a handful of opportunities to boot - noticing that one of the bushi was Shosuro Kitsami; a friend of his. Making his way to the front of the group, he was able to successfully identify himself - and, critically, convince the bushi that the edict probably shouldn't apply to him since he was a senior member of the Shosuro family and as such had a right to be in the castle. They still weren't inclined to let him pass, but Kitsami volunteered to go and seek clarification from Shosuro Juberu; Suiren was a family member, and in turn was vouching for the other three as Emerald Magistrates. This did the trick. After a few more nervous minutes, Juberu hurried apologetically out of the gates, and welcomed them, taking them through the busy, fire-damaged castle to a meeting room in a central building, where they were introduced to Shosuro Hametsu himself (though the daimyo barely spoke to them). Interestingly, given an extremely good roll with many, many explosive successes, Uiri (though not the other two magistrates) placed Shosuro Hametsu as someone he'd met before, though it took him a while to figure out where - eventually realising that the man in front of him was 'Bayushi Ago', the Scorpion 'Magistrate' who they'd spoken to in Shiro Yogasha during the investigation into Doji Satsume's death. Precisely why the Shosuro Daimyo was lurking in the Emerald Champion's castle in disguise in person and trying to persuade people to blame Doji Hotaru for her father's murder was an awkward question, but when Suiren filled in the missing detail that Shosuro Hametsu and Bayushi Kachiko were siblings and not, supposedly, well disposed to one another, it made a lot more sense. It was also clear Hametsu wasn't Suiren's biggest fan, though at the time it wasn't clear why. The party were given a brief outline of what had happened; Shosuro Medu had sought out the Oracle to ask questions on behalf of the Daimyo. He'd encountered the Oracle with a hinin girl in a mountain cave, and on Medu asking for the Oracle's aid, had become angry and driven him away. Not content with this, he'd chased Medu down and attacked the castle during the evening, demanding the return of some ill-specified stolen item, which Medu swore he'd not taken. The Shosuro were under no illusions how an envoy from the castle would be received...and therefore would the PCs consider acting as mediators? The PCs were...not impressed, but there's no diplomatic way to say 'get lost' to the daimyo of a Great Clan family. Suiren - who was Shosuro, but had not been in the region until that day - would attend to represent the Scorpion. The fact that supposedly the Oracle might well kill him didn't seem to concern his family Daimyo as much as Suiren would have hoped. He later discovered from Kitsami this was because a letter to Shosuro Hametsu from Kachiko had arrived a few days before they had. Kachiko being angry with Suiren was hardly a black mark in her brother's books, but any suggestion of someone putting any loyalty before the Clan was, however petty or vague the order - so if Suiren was torched by the Oracle, he "So....do we believe their story?" "Like heck. But until we figure out exactly how they're lying through their teeth, we have to play along." Uiri and Horonigai's players. So now the PCs are going to visit a potentially insane Oracle, to try and persuade him to maybe not kill them long enough for them to negotiate on behalf of a Daimyo they're convinced is lying to them. They then let Goriate's player know how things had gone...  
    "YOU PROMISED THE SCORPION CLAN WHAT!?!?!?!"
     
     
    ...every single time...
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from sndwurks in Final Two FFG (Not Edge Entertainment) RPG Products - Fields of Victory and Blood of the Lioness   
    https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2020/8/2/fields-of-victory/
     
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from theBitterFig in Should Twin Ion Engine Mark II make a reappearance?   
    Indeed. Stuff with a side-effect would be nice; I'm not a fan of 'easy choices'.
    I'd consider doing it the other way; rather than making a manoeuvre blue, maybe make blue manoeuvres 'extra blue' - a trigger like "after you fully execute a blue manoeuvre" means that it's harder to trigger on a TIE bomber or punisher (but may be proportionately more valuable) whilst a TIE interceptor can trigger it all the time....but it's a flimsy ship that may not get the benefit out of it.
    Maybe something like a charge-based "remove extra red tokens" effect? That sort of fits a ship which can stabilize from extreme  manoeuvres fast.
    Alternatively, maybe a superior boost/roll ability. Rather than daredevil's optional hard-turn-red-boost, how about an optional speed-2-red-boost? 
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    Magnus Grendel got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in New Campaign Characters   
    So... now defeated, the two fire spirits collapsed; their flaming halos dissipating to reveal the horrifically burned corpses of two villagers. By process of elimination, the survivors identified them as two lovers who had been missing - presumably in each other's company - for most of the afternoon. The heimin hadn't really seen what had happened - they'd been much to focused on fighting the fire - and certainly hadn't seen the burning man who the PCs had seen, apparently directing the carnage. They did say, after being asked if anything else untoward had happened, that they'd heard what they'd assumed at the time were fireworks coming from the direction of Shiro no Shosuro. There was no festival happening they were aware of, though. Quite a few villagers had been killed. Whilst the PCs didn't get involved in handling the bodies, Horonigai did aid the priest in reconsecrating the tiny village shrine, whilst Uiri and Goriate tried to win friends and influence people - the latter (who wasn't here for the session) by the time-honoured Hida method of lifting heavy objects - in this case helping heft some heavy beams supporting the burned-but-still-serviceable roof of the main barn, which would be the only shelter for quite a few grateful families. Uiri tried to offer some advice to the carpenter (who had thankfully survived) on repairs, but - thanks to a poor roll - got a respectful response whose tone had a carefully suppressed subtext of "Yes, samurai-sama, of course, samurai-sama, whatever you say, samurai-sama, thank you for telling me how to do the trade I've been expert at for about twice as long as you've been alive, samurai-sama". Uiri decided not to press the issue given how traumatised the villagers were, especially since the carpenter hadn't actually said anything disrespectful (even if he was clearly thinking it). After a few hours respite (given how burned and bruised everyone was) they set out for Shiro no Shosuro, with rather more haste than previously. They had connected the strange figure with the rumours of the Elemental Oracle of Fire being in the region, though why he'd decided to start barbequing Scorpion Clan holdings ("beyond sensible general principles" - Uiri's player "Oi!" - Suiren's player) was a mystery. Shiro no Shosuro was....not doing well, when it finally hoved into view. No small number of towers and buildings were fire-damaged, and a few were destroyed outright. Rather blatant twenty-foot-high kanji had been scorched into the wall in a gigantic display of pyrographic calligraphy, reading "RETURN WHAT WAS MINE OR BURN". Much of the hillside was scorched, with gardens and vegetation destroyed. Most worryingly, the white sand of the path crunched underfoot in chunks of crudely fuzed glass. "So....it seems he might be a tad annoyed about something." - Uiri's player. At this point, a cadre of armoured Scorpion Bushi poured out from behind a rocky scree, holding the PCs at arrow-point and demanding to know their business. After "what had happened" they had orders to admit no-one to the castle and they fully intended to shoot the PCs if they tried to bypass them. Fortunately, Suiren managed not to screw up a courtesy check for once. He passed a tough check, and rolled a handful of opportunities to boot - noticing that one of the bushi was Shosuro Kitsami; a friend of his. Making his way to the front of the group, he was able to successfully identify himself - and, critically, convince the bushi that the edict probably shouldn't apply to him since he was a senior member of the Shosuro family and as such had a right to be in the castle. They still weren't inclined to let him pass, but Kitsami volunteered to go and seek clarification from Shosuro Juberu; Suiren was a family member, and in turn was vouching for the other three as Emerald Magistrates. This did the trick. After a few more nervous minutes, Juberu hurried apologetically out of the gates, and welcomed them, taking them through the busy, fire-damaged castle to a meeting room in a central building, where they were introduced to Shosuro Hametsu himself (though the daimyo barely spoke to them). Interestingly, given an extremely good roll with many, many explosive successes, Uiri (though not the other two magistrates) placed Shosuro Hametsu as someone he'd met before, though it took him a while to figure out where - eventually realising that the man in front of him was 'Bayushi Ago', the Scorpion 'Magistrate' who they'd spoken to in Shiro Yogasha during the investigation into Doji Satsume's death. Precisely why the Shosuro Daimyo was lurking in the Emerald Champion's castle in disguise in person and trying to persuade people to blame Doji Hotaru for her father's murder was an awkward question, but when Suiren filled in the missing detail that Shosuro Hametsu and Bayushi Kachiko were siblings and not, supposedly, well disposed to one another, it made a lot more sense. It was also clear Hametsu wasn't Suiren's biggest fan, though at the time it wasn't clear why. The party were given a brief outline of what had happened; Shosuro Medu had sought out the Oracle to ask questions on behalf of the Daimyo. He'd encountered the Oracle with a hinin girl in a mountain cave, and on Medu asking for the Oracle's aid, had become angry and driven him away. Not content with this, he'd chased Medu down and attacked the castle during the evening, demanding the return of some ill-specified stolen item, which Medu swore he'd not taken. The Shosuro were under no illusions how an envoy from the castle would be received...and therefore would the PCs consider acting as mediators? The PCs were...not impressed, but there's no diplomatic way to say 'get lost' to the daimyo of a Great Clan family. Suiren - who was Shosuro, but had not been in the region until that day - would attend to represent the Scorpion. The fact that supposedly the Oracle might well kill him didn't seem to concern his family Daimyo as much as Suiren would have hoped. He later discovered from Kitsami this was because a letter to Shosuro Hametsu from Kachiko had arrived a few days before they had. Kachiko being angry with Suiren was hardly a black mark in her brother's books, but any suggestion of someone putting any loyalty before the Clan was, however petty or vague the order - so if Suiren was torched by the Oracle, he "So....do we believe their story?" "Like heck. But until we figure out exactly how they're lying through their teeth, we have to play along." Uiri and Horonigai's players. So now the PCs are going to visit a potentially insane Oracle, to try and persuade him to maybe not kill them long enough for them to negotiate on behalf of a Daimyo they're convinced is lying to them. They then let Goriate's player know how things had gone...  
    "YOU PROMISED THE SCORPION CLAN WHAT!?!?!?!"
     
     
    ...every single time...
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to shineyorkboy in Duty's Cost   
    Hmm, can't say I'm particularly pleased with this turn of events. But at least Tadaka has an Asako and a nezumi around to keep his head on straight. Depending on how this plays out I might have some good things to say about the Phoenix.
    Well the Kuni have a fairly good track record of not letting the Damned lose their souls. Granted a Phoenix is wielding the blade this time, so... we'll see.
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    Magnus Grendel reacted to KakitaKaori in Duty's Cost   
    Part 2 of Beneath the Light of Jade is out.
    The vote was close: Path of Courage won by 3 votes, according to Tyler.

    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/d0/8c/d08c3259-56a6-4823-acc3-e820ea8da8d9/op2_courage_dutys_cost.pdf
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