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  1. Right on. If there were a new Core Set this wouldn't be (as much of) a problem. Where is the entry point for new players here? I can imagine the conversation now. "Well to get into the game you'll need to buy 1-3 core sets. Oh and don't forget to go through this ever expanding banned and restricted list to get rid off the cards you can't use." Exactly what a potential new recruit wants to hear
  2. More Core Set bans and restrictions in an environment where there are no events to even test the effects of these changes. This is how games die.
  3. The theme of Lion getting dumped on continues. The supposed mightiest clan struggles to maintain basic supply lines because 'something is amiss'
  4. Am I the only one who sees the new banned list as overly oppressive? Why not simply keep these cards restricted to limit their use? Forbidding the use of cards in their entirety is quite a heavy handed move. Can you imagine the reaction of a new player trying to get into the game? "So I need to get several core sets but I also have to throw out some of those cards because of bans?" I know there are a lot of moving parts to a game this size and the design team is doing the best they can, but I can't help but think a little more playtesting would have solved a lot of these problems. I for one won't be following the new Imperial Law in my local playgroup. If that means I won't be attending any more official events then so be it.
  5. I'm not a huge fan of a Banned list at all. Keep those cards restricted, don't outlaw them completely. This change could mark the beginning of the end for some people.
  6. Have to echo the annoyance about the Lion jobbing to everyone of course. That said I was not a fan of this story. We have to wait for a follow up to know if Kamoko murders a 12 year old in cold blood? Not exactly the type of epic cliffhanger we get from other stories.
  7. You'd think something this big would merit a post on the main page. I know FFG can be slow with updates but some official word for those of us not at worlds would be nice.
  8. Love how this all comes back to the big story choice where Matsu Tsuko lets Kuwanan go instead of killing him off out of hand. Well played Tsuko!
  9. His wording is a little dodgy. He can "move" a status token to himself. This sounds a bit different then honoring or dishonoring. What happens when he is dishonored and he tries to 'move' someones honor token?
  10. Great story. I love the part where once again the Lion Clan maintain their spot at the top of the crap heap. Perfect synergy between the LCG and the storyline! Seriously though Toturi is in for a world of hurt. He could easily get killed off or executed. And this leaves the Lion in the hands of Matsu Tsuko. I love Tsuko as a character but if Sotori is on the throne then she'd be honor bound to support him. Sad Lion
  11. Great story but I'm hoping we can move on quickly. I've been waiting far too long to see the empire's reaction to the epic power shift. These stories were great as far as character development, but spending so much time on flashbacks does nothing to advance the plot.
  12. I appreciate the effort to humanize Sotorri but I'm having a hard time swallowing it. Are we supposed to like and or sympathize with him now? In every story he appears in thus far he has been a total and complete jerk to everyone he encounters. We get a glimpse into his mindset here; he just wants a friend. Perhaps he would make more friends if he wasn't straight out trying to murder Bayushi Dairu and his own brother.
  13. No love for MI again. I know we are a frozen wasteland up here FFG but us trolls could use an event every now and again.
  14. This has spiraled a bit out of control, though if we have honored writers among us perhaps we can gain enlightenment I have yet to find a cannon answer about marriage rules in L5R. Who takes whose family name? It seems logical to assume that whoever has the highest rank/glory would keep their name, so in Altansarnai's case she runs into a male-centric Ikoma tradition/rule that subverts this? I know back in Old5R 1st edition the female would usually take the male's family name, with the exception of the Matsu and Otaku families being matriarchal. If this is covered in the new FFG RPG at any point please set me straight as I haven't been able to pick up a copy yet.
  15. You got it! The Unicorn are the plucky rebels. They spent 800ish years exploring the world, returning to the empire with strange customs and super curvy swords. The more traditional clans have problems accepting them as the Unicorn have little desire to conform to the Empire's culture. In events thus far Unicorn Champion Shinjo Altansarnai broke off a marriage treaty with the Lion Clan. For reasons... (She didn't want to change her name, and the prior wife of her Lion intended threatened to kill herself.) Unicorn name magic "Meshido" is being studied, but not banned, by the Emperor's shugenja as the Phoenix think its really bad juju. And after skirmishing over a border village for a bit, the Lion are ready to declare all out war! Also they discovered the Naga but I'm sure that won't really be important
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