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    Matrim reacted to Franwax in Shadowlands sourcebook and Mask of the Oni adventure announced   
    That is indeed super cool. Not sure what in Jikoku this new stuff is doing in the Shadowland book and why someone thought we needed a second Yogo Shugenja school, but that’s fun stuff so I’ll let it slide  😛 
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    Matrim reacted to GM81 Protocol Droid in Shadowlands sourcebook and Mask of the Oni adventure announced   
    I am mostly through the Shadowlands locations part of Chapter 1 now. The horror elements are very chilling. Plenty of unsubtle unnatural or gory elements, but mostly focused on the deceptive slowly maddening nature of the Taint. The writing is not as frightening as first edition Shadowlands material generally was, but I think that is due to a lack of in depth detail and atmospheric immersion. The book is more useful as a play aid because of that. The Dark Moto are presented. As is a character that incorporates elements of the Demon Bride of Fu Leng but with some other possibilities and attached to the Forgotten Tomb of Fu Leng. Most of the pieces are presented as somewhat nebulous for Gamemasters to tailor. Very unreliable narrator pieces that are intended for players.
    Overall the setting material is feeling very solid and does a great job at setting up playing in the Shadowlands or with the Taint as an important character. I'm looking forward to the other parts.
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    Matrim reacted to The Grand Falloon in Shugenja Combat Article   
    This is excellent!  I will be directing my players to your articles.

    Also, what's the current status of the Hiruma School?  I got the Core Book on release day, and I hadn't heard about this errata.  Anyone wanna break it down for me?
     
     
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    Matrim reacted to Franwax in Shugenja Combat Article   
    I really like the pictures captions
    Those scouts... bunch of showboats!
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    Matrim reacted to Avatar111 in Shugenja Combat Article   
    predict sucks anyway, true.

    and since predict works only for the next time the opponent choose a stance, Hiruma can pick a stance he wants (void if he wants to be 100% sure to avoid the predict), then switch to Earth after the attack (and predict won't work anymore).

    even without predict, this ability in duel is insanely strong (better than Kakita's by a mile, and close in power to Mirumoto's) making Hiruma one of the best duelist in the game (and i'm sure it wasn't intented, just another one of their untested, unthought of, butched polishing of the rules)

    venting over!

    btw, thanks for the article, it is great.
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    Matrim got a reaction from sndwurks in Shugenja Combat Article   
    Yup. The sidebar says that out of conflicts invocations are once per scene. In life or death conflict situations then they can be used multiple times.
     
    Without that Shugenja's would be pretty useless otherwise.
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    Matrim reacted to Avatar111 in Shugenja Combat Article   
    I thought that rule was for out of conflict situations.
    Just to control abuses in narrative time like "i never walk i always fly".
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Shugenja Combat Article   
    My final article on the combat rules has gone up on the blog. This covers Shugenja's, ranged combat and some teamwork. Enjoy! or not.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/03/l5r-rpg-rules-runs-part-iii-shugenjas.html
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    Matrim reacted to Ishi Tonu in Sheffield EC Play Review   
    Great write up.  Bummer that you were done in by the effects of age.  As someone who is closer to 80 than they are 0, I can totally relate.  I had a back to back brain farts in my last two major tourneys in Old5R...…..and things have not gotten better since.  Good luck at the next event.
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    Matrim got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Sheffield EC Play Review   
    Hi all,
     
    I have an old style review of the Sheffield Elemental Championship at Patriot Games up on the blog at
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/03/esoteric-capability-part-i-sheffield-ec.html
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    Matrim got a reaction from Evilgm in Flight of the crane   
    I suspect if they added one new card it would no longer be 'a World Championship winning deck' so kind of defeating the object..
     
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Duels   
    and the article is live again at
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/02/l5r-rpg-rules-runs-part-ii-duel-to-death.html
     
     
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    Matrim reacted to Avatar111 in Duels   
    looks clean!
    I really love that nobody uses predict and center lol  well played!
    Duels to the death are quite amazing indeed.
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Duels   
    I now find it hilarious that I originally said, 'one issue' needed fixing. Hohoho
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    Matrim got a reaction from Tonbo Karasu in Deadliness and crit clarification   
    My problem with it is that this should not be the case. Most duels (and conflicts) are ' a sufficiently skilled character trying to kill an equally  sufficiently skilled character prepared for the attack'
    If the opponent is not 'prepared' or ready then dont roll. Just narrate it. It would probably be murder as well....jmo
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    Matrim got a reaction from Avatar111 in Duels   
    I now find it hilarious that I originally said, 'one issue' needed fixing. Hohoho
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    Matrim got a reaction from UnitOmega in Deadliness and crit clarification   
    My problem with it is that this should not be the case. Most duels (and conflicts) are ' a sufficiently skilled character trying to kill an equally  sufficiently skilled character prepared for the attack'
    If the opponent is not 'prepared' or ready then dont roll. Just narrate it. It would probably be murder as well....jmo
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    Matrim got a reaction from AK_Aramis in Deadliness and crit clarification   
    My problem with it is that this should not be the case. Most duels (and conflicts) are ' a sufficiently skilled character trying to kill an equally  sufficiently skilled character prepared for the attack'
    If the opponent is not 'prepared' or ready then dont roll. Just narrate it. It would probably be murder as well....jmo
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    Matrim got a reaction from Avatar111 in Deadliness and crit clarification   
    My problem with it is that this should not be the case. Most duels (and conflicts) are ' a sufficiently skilled character trying to kill an equally  sufficiently skilled character prepared for the attack'
    If the opponent is not 'prepared' or ready then dont roll. Just narrate it. It would probably be murder as well....jmo
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    Matrim reacted to AradonTemplar in Mirumoto Hitomi   
    If a player has multiple characters dueling on the same side, they add all the relevant skills from their characters into one number, bid ONCE, and add their bid to their total. So if you duel two enemy characters, they will add their skill together along with 1-5 from the honor bid for their total.
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    Matrim got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Returning (Rather Lost) Player   
    The Imperial Advisor dudes have also written some excellent articles on what to buy and cover some issues new and returning players might have.
     
    Have a look here
     
    https://imperialadvisor.com/articles/
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    Matrim got a reaction from FriendofYoda in Returning (Rather Lost) Player   
    The Imperial Advisor dudes have also written some excellent articles on what to buy and cover some issues new and returning players might have.
     
    Have a look here
     
    https://imperialadvisor.com/articles/
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    Matrim got a reaction from FriendofYoda in Returning (Rather Lost) Player   
    if you sign up to the l5r discord you can see the online league. The cup for this involves the best players and they have to publish the decks. Usually you also get to see them in play which helps. If you also access some of the online deck builders (i.e five rings db) then that also publishes decks. These may be good or bad but can give some ideas.
     
    Discord invite link    https://discord.gg/nvVX9Wb
    five rings db  https://fiveringsdb.com/     (there is also bushibuilder out there)
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    Matrim got a reaction from Void Crane in How good is this game?   
    I'm enjoying the game. My current group is a narrative group and not a power roller group which helps as I prefer that style. 
    As to the rules you can take/change/leave what you want. 
    What I am looking forward too is a big campaign. I am designing one myself but it would be nice to have a large standalong campaign produced by FFG. 
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Dueling Question?   
    lovely topic guys. Especially as I am planning on rolling up two chars to write up a blog article on duelling in the next couple of weeks. If anyone has the time (and beleives they are an expert) can they message me some indication of how the characters in a duel to first strike/duel to death would tend to operate (not as in blow by blow but more in what they would bid/stance to aim for). I want the write up to be something reasonable that covers as many rules as possible but in ways people would act.

    If anyones ok with it then I will probably throw a draft of the article to be validated before publishing...
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