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    JBento got a reaction from Grimmerling in Limits to Sympathetic Energies?   
    If you're intentionally spreading Afflicted, you've got bigger problems, as you're essentially a Mahotsukai. People finding out means an Empire-wide manhunt for your ***.
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    JBento got a reaction from Grimmerling in Dragon Mastery 6 and Kata   
    If it doesn't say, I'd default to simultaneous - after all, you don't apply each strife individually, either, you just get a block of them to the face.
    So, WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS is that you allocate all your Opps, then resolve all your Opps. We don't actually play this way, though, because doing one effect at a time means you have to track less stuff, but it means you can't use conditions generated by Opp expenditure to allow other Opp expenditures. In this case, you can't do the OP's tactic because you spend an Opp to ready a second weapon, but you don't actually resolve the effect, i.e., ready the weapon, until the step in which you allocate Opps has past, and therefore you don't fulfill the requirements for TSA until a point in which you can't actually allocate Opps.
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Topaz championship doubt and expirience   
    On the other hand, it's a good opportunity for roleplay. How DOES your character feel about having passed via, shall we say, non-standard methods? If they feel unworthy, do they wallow in pessimism, or do they continuous take the most dangerous route in an effort to prove their worth to themselves, if no-one else? Conversely, does that twist of fate make them believe they are lucky, and regardless of everything things will work out for them in the end at any situation?
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    JBento got a reaction from Victarion13 in Topaz championship doubt and expirience   
    On the other hand, it's a good opportunity for roleplay. How DOES your character feel about having passed via, shall we say, non-standard methods? If they feel unworthy, do they wallow in pessimism, or do they continuous take the most dangerous route in an effort to prove their worth to themselves, if no-one else? Conversely, does that twist of fate make them believe they are lucky, and regardless of everything things will work out for them in the end at any situation?
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    JBento got a reaction from Void Crane in Does Afflicted stack? How does a Hida EVER get tainted?   
    The "kami are exhausted" is actually a good idea I hadn't thought of. Near the Wall, where most tainting happens (presumably), kami probably have their hands full already and you need to get in line. Higher-ranking officers probably skip ahead on the line, too. And the closer you get to the Shadowlands, the higher the likelihood of whatever answers is a corrupt kami, which would exacerbate the problem, so it's entirely possible shugenja aren't really all too keen on just spamming the thing. Conversely, the FARTHER from the Wall you are, the less likely it is someone actually got the cleansing tools necessary, so you just got yourself a free quest hook.
     
    Cleansing your taint (haha) should, regardless, be treated the same as Medicine checks or Path to Inner Peace - you get one shot at being targeted by it, and if it fails, sucks to be you.
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    JBento reacted to Avatar111 in Backstab and ambush   
    I don't see why you couldn't roll an initiative in your sleep. Actually, I find it very much heroic. We all saw that scene in a movie somewhere!
    You still just roll vigilance, and if you don't act first, you are still considered "unconscious" until it is your turn. At least, this is how I play it and how I defined unaware in my houserules.
     
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    JBento reacted to Avatar111 in Backstab and ambush   
    Dunno why it is so complicated even after we explain it clearly.
    And no clue why he doesn't want to hear the right answer and that he is ok with totally unrelated sidebars.
    But whatever.
     
    Aware = focus initiative
    Unaware = vigilance initiative
    And there ALWAYS is an initiative.
     
    There you go, again.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Backstab and ambush   
    What you just described is how the rules say the game is played - the players Skullduggery in, then everyone rolls initiative, and their first action is an attack that deals its normal damage. The daimyo does... whatever, and the guards first round action is to walk in. If one of them botches the skullduggery roll, then the daimyo rolls initiative with Focus. If they all pass, its with vigilance.
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Backstab and ambush   
    There's no need to tackle this because it literally never happens. If someone is trying to backstab you (and it isn't a rank 6 Shosuro Infiltrator or you're not a minion), then you're in a conflict scene, which means you already rolled initiative. As a game system that relies HEAVILY on storytelling, it's literally impossible for you to just assassinate important (i.e., non-minion) NPCs. If you could, then they would not, by definition, be important NPCs, because narratively speaking, important folks should only be faced in impressive showdowns, with many one-liners being thrown in by both sides.
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    JBento reacted to Avatar111 in Backstab and ambush   
    Go check my houserule.
    But tdlr is I always play an initiative, there are no "free rounds" in my game.
    That is what Vigilance initiative is for.
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Use of 'Lady Doji's Decree' during a duel?   
    Additionally, as a general rule, Shuji can only be used on people who can hear you (see the sidebar on page 215).
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    JBento got a reaction from LAntorcha in Tessens, Breach of Etiquette?   
    We haven't played that adventure yet, so I don't know: does the adventure object to bringing, say, a katana? Because it shouldn't. Telling a samurai "you can't bring your katana" is a major insult. A katana (and/or wakizashi) is a samurai's soul - objecting to it is basically objecting to the samurai. It's not "I don't trust you with a weapon here", it's "I don't trust the very core of your being." Duels have been called for less.
    Note that if you actually use the tessen (or katana or wakizashi or etc.) as a weapon, even just to intimidate or even as a means to defend yourself, you immediately breach Bushido. You fail Courtesy (obviously) and Honesty (because by carrying it into an event where no weapons are allowed you have, in fact, stated that it isn't a weapon). If it's an official event where you are in representation of your lord/family/clan/whatever, you also breach Duty. And that's just off the top of my head.
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    JBento got a reaction from LAntorcha in Tessens, Breach of Etiquette?   
    Do Tessen have the Ceremonial property? If yes, then they should be kosher.
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    JBento got a reaction from Void Crane in Tessens, Breach of Etiquette?   
    We haven't played that adventure yet, so I don't know: does the adventure object to bringing, say, a katana? Because it shouldn't. Telling a samurai "you can't bring your katana" is a major insult. A katana (and/or wakizashi) is a samurai's soul - objecting to it is basically objecting to the samurai. It's not "I don't trust you with a weapon here", it's "I don't trust the very core of your being." Duels have been called for less.
    Note that if you actually use the tessen (or katana or wakizashi or etc.) as a weapon, even just to intimidate or even as a means to defend yourself, you immediately breach Bushido. You fail Courtesy (obviously) and Honesty (because by carrying it into an event where no weapons are allowed you have, in fact, stated that it isn't a weapon). If it's an official event where you are in representation of your lord/family/clan/whatever, you also breach Duty. And that's just off the top of my head.
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    JBento reacted to nameless ronin in Tessens, Breach of Etiquette?   
    The wakizashi is the soul, in principle. There are actual examples in the setting of not being allowed to bring your katana to meetings with lords of high status, and in City of Lies you're not alowed to enter the pleasure district with your katana either (although there at least a social excuse is made).
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Shugenja Combat Article   
    My physical copy says the Hiruma stance dances.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Moving before Clashes   
    There's ALWAYS something at stake - H/G are very big deals. Refusing a challenge because "fighting is risky" fails Courage and (probably) Honour - you've already set yourself up as a combatant by being, well, a combatant, so now you can't weasel out without being, well, a weasel.
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    JBento got a reaction from T_Kageyasu in Moving before Clashes   
    There's ALWAYS something at stake - H/G are very big deals. Refusing a challenge because "fighting is risky" fails Courage and (probably) Honour - you've already set yourself up as a combatant by being, well, a combatant, so now you can't weasel out without being, well, a weasel.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Moving before Clashes   
    If you're an active participant in the confrontation then you can certainly be challenged.
    If the shugenja has a yojimbo, then the challenge probably defaults to the yojimbo if the shugenja accepts. Note that the shugenja is supposed to not do anything (or have anything done to them) while the challenge is underway, and if the yojimbo gets killed the shugenja is supposed to withdraw from the fight - the yojimbo takes their place in the challenge, but they're basically an extension of the shugenja.
    If the courtier is shooting people in the face, they're basically a bushi, and they can get challenged as a bushi. If they're shuji'ing around, then they're enemy leaders and can be challenged, though in that case they can probably defer the challenge to their bodyguard, like a shugenja.
     
    Note that if the courtier is LITERALLY "shuji'ing his way out of it", as in, the only thing they've done is use shuji to not get ganked and go away, challenging them is a no-no as far as H/G goes.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Moving before Clashes   
    The Hida already murderise goblins, which are lower in the scale than anything not of Jigoku, so "bashing the artisan who thinks he can fight" in the face until their teeth are in the back of their head isn't an issue. Samurai kill peasantry all the time. They wouldn't debase themselves into CHALLENGING them, because that would be saying that the artisan is their equal, but they have no issue murderising them. That's not a tale they'll be recounting, of course, because artisans aren't real challenges. If the artisan turns out to be a real challenge they CERTAINLY aren't recounting it, because that would be basically saying "I had trouble killing an artisan" and they'd never hear the end of it. That's disadvantage material right there.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Iron Forest Style - multiple spend use?   
    There is not - it's why you can't dump Air as a melee Bushi. Thunderclap Strike is the only good Air kata, but it's mandatory if you want to affect multiple opponents with, say, Iron Forest or Coiling Serpent. Note that you can affect everyone with those kata even if you don't hit, so generally what you in that scenario is ignore successes and just take Opps.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Spiritual backlash targets   
    If you mean the Honour TENET, then yes - that's the entire Scorpion shtick. If you mean the Honour score, then no. Or rather, yes, but you're no longer playing a L5R proper Samurai.
    The thing about L5R is that societal norms are very much mandatory. In other settings, when a noble says they're much better than the peasantry they're (almost always) full of crap. In L5R? That's true and no one would dispute it - they have more divine blood in them. In the same vein, a Samurai with a low Honour score is never a loveable rake - they're a dishonourable cur universally shunned.
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    JBento got a reaction from nameless ronin in Spiritual backlash targets   
    L5R's problem is that the devs expect you to play the game as the setting expects you to, but don't go into enough detail of THAT in the Core book. Well, and Pelting Hail Style, I guess. D&D 3.5 suffered from a similar issue, where the devs expected your wizard to cast Fireball and not just CC all the encounters into oblivion.
    40k/WHF's mechanics suffer from a basic mechanics issue, which is that you're rolling against your skill (mostly) without enemy ability coming into play, meaning that everyone sucks until you can level those things up and when you do you're basically playing rocket tag with the enemies, because it's possible to do like half a gazillion damage in one hit.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Spiritual backlash targets   
    If you think L5R is mechanically unsound, I should show you my 40k Adeptus Mechanicus that could be ambushed by a genestealer and not only survive but use it to bash a second genestealer while shooting a third in the face by like the second adventure. This required no combo or build creativity on my part, mind you - I did this just following the talent tree that was right there in the class page. And Adeptus Mechanicus don't have the Psyker problem of "ooops, bad roll, your head blew up."
    40k (and WHFRPG) suffer A LOT from the fact that characters can be ridiculously useless until they get a good amount of experience under their belt and the game being ridiculously lethal, meaning there's a good likelihood of them not living long enough to EARN that experience.
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Stances and Invocations   
    You CAN fan the flame whole joking about someone, but then you're using, by definition, something they would take offense at, because that's the point of Fanning the Flames.
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