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    Matrim reacted to nameless ronin in Skirmish Combat   
    Absolutely. Any single issue is unlikely to be an absolute problem, but if things accumulate they'll eventually get to a point where the group just decides it's not worth the bother and they abandon ship. It's in no way an excuse for the designers to slack off. I don't think it's justified to make changes or interpretations willy-nilly either: it's important to work with the system, not at odds with it. This is why I don't play the Warhammer RPGs for instance, despite the fact that as rules systems they use are fairly complete: I don't like how the system works and changes I'd make would not be in keeping with the system. If I'd find that my ad hoc rulings for L5R didn't work with the design intent, I'd drop it like a hot potato too. There has to be a minimum of quality and a match with the players - otherwise, it's much better to just find something else to play.
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    Matrim reacted to Avatar111 in Skirmish Combat   
    I agree.
    If the rule is not there, or doesn't exist, like in the case of "do shugenja need empty hands to cast invocations". I am ok with this, you proceed as your group sees fit.
    But when it is clearly design laziness, or evident number/mechanical mistakes... I will be critic about it.
    Though, in the end, who cares, this is a niche RPG with probably only a few thousand players worldwide and the lack of proactivity in addressing issues, typos, rule clarifications, and the absence of communication with the community by the designers clearly shows that this game is not FFG's priority, or, that they see no purpose in fixing what have been done already.
    At this point, the dozen of us still active in these forums are just doing it out of sheer interest to go beyond the product by ourselves.
    That being said, I enjoy our discussions about the rules, otherwise I would have been long gone already! And I appreciate @Matrim work on putting example of plays on paper.
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    Matrim got a reaction from Monkey Bloke in Skirmish Combat   
    More for beginners out there I have posted up a combat walkthrough to cover some of the detail
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/l5r-rpg-rules-runs-part-i-basic-combat.html
     
    Enjoy! or not...
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Skirmish Combat   
    Looking at the cumbersome influences the fight so heavily I think it is better for me to re-run both fights. That will allow the rules used to be correct and avoid lots of 'did this wrong' which can add complication. I dont have time for this until later so will add a note indicating this currently...
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    Matrim reacted to Franwax in Skirmish Combat   
    It is very detailed and complete, thanks for sharing (and thanks to that guy for putting it all out in writing).
    Of course, I will have some nitpicks
    1. Earth stance is strong, but not that strong: it does not prevent the use of Striking as Water or Iron Forest Style. All it does it prevent spending opportunities to cause critical strikes and conditions (i.e. those between pages 271 and 273)
    2. Something is unclear about the hit that causes the Crane to become incapacitated and... inflicts the bleeding condition? Maybe I missed a step, but the hit that causes her to be incapacitated does not product a critical hit or any other effect, Razor-edged or not. Razor-edged cause that condition when inflicting a crit of severity 3+... I think
    3. Naginata are effective, I guess... but do not forget they are also Cumbersome! Katsuko moved before attacking in the first two rounds at least, so her TN should bump up to 3
    4. Some passages seem to imply you can spend a Void point after your roll ("If she had [...] a void point spare she could have rolled (and kept) another dice"); the extra die from "seize the moment" only happens when assembling the dice pool, not after you rolled. But this did not happen in the test, so maybe I am mis-interpreting this.
    Otherwise, it does showcase important stuff, like spending a Void point to take a critical strike instead of becoming incapacitated, or the fact that you can have Fatigue equal to your Endurance and still be in fighting shape... and Iron Forest Style is a pain in the back!
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    Matrim got a reaction from Tonbo Karasu in Skirmish Combat   
    More for beginners out there I have posted up a combat walkthrough to cover some of the detail
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/l5r-rpg-rules-runs-part-i-basic-combat.html
     
    Enjoy! or not...
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    Matrim got a reaction from Franwax in Skirmish Combat   
    More for beginners out there I have posted up a combat walkthrough to cover some of the detail
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/l5r-rpg-rules-runs-part-i-basic-combat.html
     
    Enjoy! or not...
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    Matrim got a reaction from LordBlunt in Uji and Harriers   
    For those who haven't seen it and who don't dislike my particular brand of writing, I have placed a brief guide to Uji and the Harriers on the blog for those uncertain.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/daidoji-uji-and-harriers.html
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    Matrim got a reaction from Nheko in Topaz Part II Report   
    My blog report on the 2nd part of the Topaz Championship is up on the blog attt
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-topaz-championship-part-two.html
     
    Full of spoilers so keep away if you intend to play this as a player..
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    Matrim got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Topaz Part II Report   
    My blog report on the 2nd part of the Topaz Championship is up on the blog attt
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-topaz-championship-part-two.html
     
    Full of spoilers so keep away if you intend to play this as a player..
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    Matrim got a reaction from llamaman88 in Uji and Harriers   
    For those who haven't seen it and who don't dislike my particular brand of writing, I have placed a brief guide to Uji and the Harriers on the blog for those uncertain.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/daidoji-uji-and-harriers.html
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    Matrim reacted to Bazleebub in Imperial Advisor   
    New episode up!
     
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    Matrim got a reaction from Ignithas in Uji and Harriers   
    Thanks, there is an interesting view of how the harriers relate to law  in 'The Last Province' episode 25 between 1:03 and 1:08 (3+ hr podcast....).
    Their opinion was that the Harriers needed to be kept secret as actual knowledge stops all the duelists etc who would otherwise be able to defend with a clear heart. They also make an interesting point on that the Harriers are generally internally aimed (i.e targetted at other clans) whereas the Scorpion similar units (Shinobi)  can 'claim' they were told to protect the Empire against unseen threats. As far as I can tell those 'threats' tend to be internal and usually aimed at the Scorpion as well but that's just my opinion.  Anyway it is an interesting counter argument whereas I think the world (both Rokugan and here) is more shades of grey and theirs seems to be more black and white.  Pure good/evil never makes an interesting story as it just does not ring true.
    I think FFG's world and beliefs in proof etc are more forgiving thus making the world both more human, realistic  and less rigid. In my opinion (and it is just that) if someone came to court and screamed that the Crane illegally used gunpowder to blow up a Lion supply depot when the Lion was attacking Crane then the easy response is 'were they Crane? do you have proof, are you not trying to blame  incompetance on your own commanders on us? perhaps it was a successful raid and you are feebly attempting to lie to blacken our name'. At this point the duelists get involved. Then the accusor is cut down which automatically means (under Rokugan law) that he/she was lying  As far as the Clan Champion is concerned success covers a lot of sins and details can be avoided.
    To my mind it is inherently more interesting to have a small subset of the Crane willing to go against everything most other Cranes respect most to ensure the Crane survives. The counter argument that all Crane are utterly honourable and would never do anything dishonourable seems something only a fake world would have especially as even in the old lore Crane's repeatedly did not behave in such a fashion for exactly the reasons I give.
     I also agree that we should have only the odd Harrier card and not the AEG splurge of almost all military cards being Harriers. Since FFG has only printed one so far I don't think that is a trap they are falling into. 
     
    Finally I have adjusted the blog post slightly to include two quotes from 'The Crane' covering the Daidoji using these very methods along with Uji AND using black pepper. Therefore invalidating some of the incorrect opinions of other peeps above.
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    Matrim reacted to Azakel in Uji and Harriers   
    +1.  AEG lost the north with the harriers. Welcome back Uji and the great harriers. 😍
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    Matrim reacted to Ishi Tonu in Uji and Harriers   
    I like THIS brand of writing. 
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    Matrim reacted to Ignithas in Uji and Harriers   
    I really liked this article. A lot of interesting informations that I didn't know before.
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    Matrim got a reaction from Ishi Tonu in Uji and Harriers   
    For those who haven't seen it and who don't dislike my particular brand of writing, I have placed a brief guide to Uji and the Harriers on the blog for those uncertain.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/daidoji-uji-and-harriers.html
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    Matrim got a reaction from Azakel in Uji and Harriers   
    For those who haven't seen it and who don't dislike my particular brand of writing, I have placed a brief guide to Uji and the Harriers on the blog for those uncertain.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/daidoji-uji-and-harriers.html
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    Matrim got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Uji and Harriers   
    For those who haven't seen it and who don't dislike my particular brand of writing, I have placed a brief guide to Uji and the Harriers on the blog for those uncertain.
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/daidoji-uji-and-harriers.html
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    Matrim got a reaction from 987654321 in Clan Descriptions   
    In the best traditions of unbiased reporting I felt it would be useful to describe in a 'totally positive' way all the clans to clear away some of the smoke and mirrors the clans have these days. 
     
    https://shirodaidoji.blogspot.com/2019/01/lcg-clan-descriptions.html
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    Matrim reacted to Soshi Saibankan in Masters of the Court - Crane Clan Pack   
    I'll be surprised if he doesn't have Covert. Maybe Bushi, Shinobi, Daimyo for traits. 
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    Matrim got a reaction from Jamadman in Reforming the Yoritomo's Alliance/Mantis Clan   
    Meh.
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    Matrim got a reaction from Nheko in LFG   
    Not even sure if this is the best place for this so will also cross post to the l5r discord. 
    I am looking to start up a new campaign starting with the beginner game and then moving on. UK evening time weekday.
    Full info here
     
    RPG Info
     
    Thanks for reading..
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    Matrim reacted to Bayushi Shunsuke in Restricted List Updated   
    Three censors in one post.
    Pretty sure that means we can all ignore anything further you have to say on this matter.
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    Matrim reacted to RobertK in Multiple Elusive Creatures   
    You have multiple dogs. A rule that all members of your extended animal/human family must follow is...
    "The first time each day that a brown dog smells meat, it must bark."
    Of the five dogs in your family, three of them are brown. When you all have steak for breakfast, how many barks do you expect to hear?
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