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  1. Oh, I like these. I'm going to have to do something like this at some point for a couple of the Social Scenes in City of Lies.
  2. Have any of you seen The Mikado? Ko-ko is the Lord High Executioner and Pooh-bah is the Lord High Everything Else. Quoting W. S. Gilbert.
  3. From Kodansha Comics guide to honorifics -san: This is the most common honorific and is equivalent to Mr, Miss, Ms and Mrs. It is the all-purpose honorific and can be used in any situation where politeness is required. -sama: This is one level higher than "-san" and is used to confer great respect. -dono: This comes from the word "tono" which means "lord". It is an even higher level than "-sama and confers utmost respect. -kun: This is used at the end of boys' names to express familiarity or endearment. -chan: This is used to express endearment, mostly towards girls. It is also used for little boys, pets and even among lovers. -[blank]: The lack of honorific means that the soeaker has permission to address the person in a very intimate way. Usually, only family, spouse and very close friends have this kind of permission. Known as yobisute, it can be gratifying when someone who has earned the intimacy starts to call one by one's name without an honorific. But when that intimacy hasn't been earned, it can be very insulting. Added by the FFG writers -ue: This is used to refer to a Clan Champion, only. And another one I know -hime: This is most often translated as "princess", and thus a female of the Imperial Family. So, to eventually answer your question, Shinjo-dono is basically the same as Lady Shinjo, so Lady Shinjo-dono is a bit redundant. If I understand correctly, you can add someone's given name in if you have been introduced to them. If you are a personal friend, or have been in service for a long time, you might be able to get away with just the personal name. I think Shinjo Masako-dono would probably be the full and correct way to refer to the daimyo that you know and report to, whereas Shinjo-dono would be a daimyo of the Shinjo family that you are not familiar with and Masako-dono is someone that you've worked for for a decade, in informal circumstances. Actually knowing which name to call somebody you don't know can be a bit troublesome. You can always just use the family name of whichever mon they are wearing, but people sometimes wear either multiple mons (Clan, family, dojo [and some shugenja go as far as adding Isawa as well]) or only their Clan one. Generally, the one worn on the left lapel is the one the wearer feels closest to. In extreme cases, it is acceptable to just go with the ruling family's name - that Crab with no shirt and just the Clan mon on their helmet wouldn't object to be being called Hida-sama, even if they're actually a Kuni. Oh, and always err on the side of more respect. Gosh, that got long.
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    I wish he'd managed to finish Rokugan 2000... Although Rokugan as Star Wars is kind of a Campaign Setting in Imperial Histories 2 - Empire of the Emerald Stars.
  5. Not all Utaku are Battle Maidens, even the ones that are bushi.
  6. If they manage to bring out a City of Lies book while I'm still running the 1e campaign, that would be great.
  7. Those are reasonable guesses, but then again, would you guess that a Courtier called a Mediator would be anything other than Ide? You'd be wrong, because the card's actually an Utaku Mediator. On the other hand, one of the main characters back in the City of Lies box set is Ide Baranato - he's a merchant patron and Shugenja. I'd suggest generics with no family name are drawn from multiple families, and ones which represent large forces are a mixture.
  8. I would. It's quite a good little card game. If you don't like 'golden snitch' style mechanics, you can leave out the Monk and the Shogun.
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    Children of the Empire Spoilers

    Well, there's only so many ways that you can split the cards up, and once you have a handful of key ones (like a 5-cost neutral) you're able to split that into definitive chunks which are also able to be studied. What I am unsure about is Toshi Ranbo. If I was correct with that, it would have been '6 cartes Province', et seulement '39 cartes neutres'. Off the top of my head, maybe there's a neutral 1/deck?
  10. I think you had to be at a particular Gencon to get the button men. I'm pretty sure they used L5R art for Mai-Star.
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    RPG Lore - Kachiko & Hotaru

    Shiba did sit by the side of Hantei and Shinsei as they sat and talked, writing down their words as they were spoken...
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    Kaze no Shiro Story Archive Site moving

    Thank you, I am particularly fond of Minor Complications, given how much went to charity for it, and would not want to see it disappear.
  13. According to my card spreadsheet, current distribution of families: Family Generic Unique Total Ide 2 1 3 Iuchi 1 1 2 Moto 3 2 5 Shinjo 3 3 6 Utaku 2 2 4
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    Children of the Empire Spoilers

    I like that French for Composure is Sang-froid I suspect that The Fires of Justice will be the only element-locked card, as Void was 1 card behind the other 4. Does anyone reckon they can make out the card number on it?
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    Children of the Empire Spoilers

    Hey! they've done a card for that bald dude! [/Yasuki Garou]