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  1. The translation of Anima: Beyond Fantasy was dreadful at best and a a crime to TTRPG's at worst. I have the books in both Spanish and English, one of my players is bilingual and translates them, and he said that a lot of the religious overtones in the English books are miss translations, half the combat and weapons descriptions are completely wrong, and Anima Prometheum Exxet's translation is a joke from start to finish. And to top it all off the English corebook is not even the right edition for all the expansion books. The whole thing was a mess.
  2. You seen to have missed the entire point of my post. What you stated here was the point I was making. Star Wars under Disney has been a complete joke. No wait jokes are funny, it is more like a Greek tragedy. I was responding to one of the other posters that was using the "it made 1.08 billion" line in defense of Disney. The truth is that after 5 + movies Star Wars under Disney had yet to make a true dent in the 4 billion dollar cost they spend on it. And has made nothing compared to what Lucas made off it during his ten-year.
  3. And Fry's electronics is not closing according to the company ­čśî Yet all their stores go empty and the staffs are looking for new jobs. The point is that most companies are not going to come out and say "we are done" You don't announce to the table "Hey I have a royal flush" you keep that to yourself as the pot rises. They want to get as much as they can out of it before the end, so you will see new books come out for the next few months even a year as they empty out their back-stock of project they where working on. The true test will be in 6-8 months when they have announced all the projects they have on the back burner and if they announce more after that.
  4. You do realize that out of the 11 Star wars movies (adjusted for inflation) only 3 made less then "Rise of Skywalker" ( Return of the Jedi 970 million, Attack of the Clones 970 million, Solo 404 million) all others including the other two prequel movies made more. (Phantom Menace 1.4 billion, Revenge of the Sith 1.1 billion). Yes the Mandalorian was a god send for Disney+, it also appears to be the only draw as, as soon as the first season ended the subscriptions dropped like a rock. That aside the point was not that star wars movies and tv are not making money, it was that in a niche market like RPGs any lost or division of the fanbase is going to hurt the product. Add to this the supper high cost of licensing the IP and sales that would be great for a normal RPG game are borderline or bad for the company holding the Star Wars RPG licence.
  5. Though I agree with most of what you said since I am not a big fan of the New story/Mechanics of L5R , I believe the death of the RPG lines of FFG have more to do with Star Wars then L5R. The true issues IMHO is the new Star Wars movies destroying the fanbase and driving people away from the IP. Without a continuing Star Wars well of collectors and gamers alike to support the line, it was only a matter of time before the licensing fees for the IP overtook the sales figures and put FFG's RPG branch in the red. One of my roommates who is an avid Star Wars collector and happens to like the game too noticed a major drop in the quality of the editing and layout of the game a couple of books back and saw this coming. This is normally (but not always) an indicator of a company trying to offset cost by limiting the backstage expenses like full-time editors. So with their major cash cow dying, and the fact that (though you might not like the idea) L5R and Genesys are niche products at the best of times. Add to this the large amount of the L5R fanbase they lost with the New Story/Mechanics and the line was doomed to failure without the continual revenue from the Star Wars Line. The end of the RPG branch was pretty much guaranteed.
  6. While this has been verified by FFG staff, what of the Burning Sands is part of the L5R license has not. To the best of my knowledge on IPs, anything that AEG who actively held full rights to both licenses made part of the license would transfer with it, unless provisions where made during negotiations to remove it. So any L5R only book info, shared names and characters, or general BS info that was added to any office L5R books would be part of the L5R license. Not quite shore about the status of Legends of the Burning Sands RPG book as it was mostly the opposite having mostly BS info with a small amount of L5R info. Now even with this it is possible that FFG has made the choice to ignore all of BS original story and create the area from scratch.
  7. Story wise There has never been any real indicators to me that the heavens cared who was on the throne until Iweko I, and that seemed to be more about bring balance back to the heavens and Rokugan then any real interest in the mortal world as a whole. This can be seen many time, as has been stated before (Steel Chrysanthemum, the Gozoku, battle of the White stag ) where during these time the dragons did not come an protect the Hantei line or impose their mandate on Rokugan. I would say that as the Hantei line thinned the idea of 'Mandate of Heaven´╗┐' was adopted to keep stronger/purer lines like the Hida from gaining a claim to the throne. You can play it like you want, but I have never seen anything in the old canon that stated or enforced a belief in the 'Mandate of Heaven´╗┐'.
  8. I could be wrong, but I believe the OP was worried about a Samurai using armor in a rare spontaneous duel in court. So I was listing the few times that a Samurai would wear armor in court. That said, you are correct that outside of an arranged duel, wearing armor in a duel would not be seen as honorable. I guess I could have been clearer there.
  9. First let me say that all my experience comes from 1-4 ed. So that is where my examples will come from. Now to understand the position we first have to understand what a Courtier is and what they do. L5R uses the word Courtier which doesn't have the meaning that the writers are trying to portray. Courtier: noun / plural noun: courtiers European: A person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen. Japanese: Courtiers are the rich people who live in the courts also known as the palaces. But that neither here nor there as it has become part of the game world at this point. The position of a Courtier is something that seems to get confused a lot in L5R games. In-world it is a job/position, But being an RPG the game has to make some distinctions between it and the Bushi class for balance and playability. This was do to the Class/School design from the first four editions of the game. It surprises me that they kept it in 5th since the structure of the new mechanics does not require it. Courtiers are Clan diplomats/representatives. They negotiate treaties, arrange marriages, and other political activities. In-world this can be done by anyone within the Clan with the clout to speak on the clans behalf. This can be a Champion, Family Daimy┼Ź, or an appointed representative with the status to accomplish the goal. A good example of this is the Phoenix Clan, who's Courtiers tend to be from Shugenja schools in-world and not Courtiers in the game "Class" sense. Now to the OP, first we must look at the "School" system in Rokugan. The word "School" is what tends to confuse newcomers to L5R. Rokugan schools are not like western schools. They are more of an apprenticeship program. 3/4th Ed Emerald Empire explained Rokugan schools as for lack of a better term like the Jedi order. You have a preschool like first part of your education where you lean the basics and then you are paired with a master for your farther education based on you skills. If the student is not up to the task of advanced training with a master, they are sent to the military as a grunt or a low level administrator/ assistant for a Courtier. So all Courtiers will probably have some form of low level martial training. Now whether that training is rank 1 quality would depend on the Clan/Family. Most often in Clans with a Courtier training curriculum I would say no. Now this by no means keeps a Courtier from practicing his/her swordsmanship. But a fully trained Bushi Yojimbo would still be a better choose then a partially trained Courtier so most don't bother. Another issues that come up a lot, is the belief that there are multiple Rank 3+ Samurai running around. When the fact is (at least from 3/4th ed) the majority of Samurai in Rokugan are Rank 1-2. Rank 3+ Samurai are rare and the PCs are part of this rare breed. Because of this most of your opponents will be low level, so a few ranks in Katana/Kenjutsu/or what ever they are calling it now, should be just fine. As to Armor in a duel. Outside of a battlefield it is rare for a Samurai to be in armor. Exceptions to this would be if ; 1.The Court is part of a siege or in an active warzone. 2. The Samurai is in an enemy court during a war. 3. The Samurai is a member of the Courts guard. In these instances it would be O.K. ? (depending on the Clan) to wear armor during the duel. Outside of that, no one is going to let a Samurai go get his/her armor to fight in a duel. This would show he/she has no faith in his/her position or skill.
  10. From my experience, The few 4th edition post I have seem have been deleted by the Forum Mods. Now I don't know if this is because they went of the rails or its just a ban on 4th edition post in general. But it has been a trend. So I would probably say no. I would also say it would depend on what the discussion was about. If you are looking to bash 5th then no. If you are looking for a discussion on possible house rules or just how a mechanic works then it depends on the Mod.
  11. As I have said before I'm here to follow the story. Did not know I have to like the RPG to do that. And the OP asked for both sides of the story.
  12. Overall I agree with @sndwurks review of the game. To sum it up "Nice try, but try again". The one major issue with the game that IMHO sndwurks missed was the character creation system. At lest to me (and every gamer I know) The character creation system is the first make or brake mechanic for a game. Where a game stands or falls before the dice are even rolled. An example would be A time of war (battletech RPG). It is a wonderful system, with great game balance and easy mechanics that work. But the Character creation system is horrible, so its not a popular edition of the game. Even though it has superior mechanics to the first three games. but L5R FFG fails out of the gate on both counts here. Not even having superior mechanics to fallback on. They took the 20-questions, that were meant as a guide, and turned them into a rigged fill in the blanks system. They took away a players freedom to create the character they wanted and replaced it with a one-from-column-A, two-from-column-B system. Limiting the players choices to one or two per question. Overall the game is a major pass, and I could not recommend it.
  13. Was not talking about this forum, as if your here you probably have a bias for FFG games. Was talking about more L5R orientated forums. And the Beta bombed with players in my area. As I said its no skin off my back which way it goes as I have all the 1st-4th edition books, and I'm good with that. I just thought it was coarse to respond like that. I will admit that I may not have had the whole story, but I said what I had to say.
  14. Well, that's no way to promote the game. First let me say I no longer really care one way or another what happens with this game. As I have said before I'm just here to follow the story and see if its worth using in 4th. But I see a few ways that this can go at this point. 1. FFG manages to capture enough of the old fan base + transfers from SW/Genesys to support the game. (From the response I'm seeing on the L5R fan sites that seems unlikely) 2. FFG gets an influx of players from SW/Genesys + new players to support the game. (Possible, but I have no info on this as I'm not in with the SW/Genesys) 3. Game fails to drive in the needed numbers and FFG release a Genesys setting for it. (Not sure on this one as I don't know if Genesys is working out for them) 4. Game fails to drive in the needed numbers and FFG release a updated version of the old R&K system. (I don't think they are likely to invest more money to do this) 5. Game fails to drive in the needed numbers and FFG drops the game entirely. (More likely if the sales are bad) If people come to this site and are treated like that, all you are doing is driving more players away from the game. While he may leave anyway I doubt he doesn't know other players that might be interested, and if they get the idea that the forum is hostile you may lose them before they even try it. That said, do what you want, that was just my 2¢.
  15. The where deluxe bound character sheets booklets, with a gloss cover featuring one of the Clan Mons.. Which I always found stupid since they cost to much to be used for what they where. So they just wound up being collectors items.
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