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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in L5R Excluded from FFG Live AGAIN   
    They confirmed during the Gama trade show presentations that all their RPG lines (and yes L5R was called out as one of those lines) will be continuing under Edge Entertainment (along with the long talked about Zombiecide RPG and other products soon to be named) and that it was part of the trend to consolidate different design streams to specific studios across the Asmodee group.  I suspect we are still several months away from any formal announcements of new product from the studio as they will be getting up to speed with the new lines and consolidating what ever freelance work may have been underway prior to the shift.


    They also did confirm in another interview that they were separating the in house FFG studios into two branches.  One to deal with miniature game products (so X-Wing, Legion and Aramada) and the other for board and card games (and interestingly they did say that Imperial Assault was being kept under the board game umbrella instead of the other mini's games) which does make me wonder if they plan to move those aspects of the studio over to another wing (possibly Atomic Mass) as part of the further consolidation.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in New Fiction - Beneath the Light of Jade   
    WE already have Hatamoto's from the previous season (per the current hall of heroes) and they had previously announced that Hatamoto status that was supposed to expire will be extended indefinitely (likely until the new tourney season can be started up again).
    It suck s for those of us who have missed out on chances to qualify over the last few months, but hopefully they figure out some way to extend a similar option to the wider community (like say restarting the Imperial Assembly hint hint) in the near future
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in Ban the bans!   
    Yeah that sadly isn't going to happen.  FFG just isn't of the scale that Wizards is to be able to invest in play testing the way that Magic does. 
    And realistically that doesn't actually change the primary issue (buy in cost) as moving to a "big box" model would still need to priced accordingly.  So too match a two cycles worth of cards (the equivalent of a magic set) you are looking at roughly $150-180 per set because the current clam shells are likely a lot cheaper to produce and individually ship then the boxes would be, but since you are shipping less frequently (quarterly versus monthly) you may have some savings there. 
    So getting an equivalent card pool to Magics out there would require you to have the core set ($120 for 3) 3 Deluxe boxes ($40 each or $120) 7 Clan Packs ($20 each or $140) and 2 big boxes ($300-$380) for a total of $680-$740 dollars (you could break that down as $57-$62 per month if a player were starting from scratch and wanted to build up a collection over a year).  Annual turn over then assuming you rotate 1 Deluxe, 2 clan packs and 1 Big Box a year ends up being $230-$260.
    i thing there is way to much focus being placed on the total for a player getting the full pool in one go, when realistically most new players aren't going to all in at once (unless they are buying a collection used) and most players would be doing the stagger or monthly purchase method.  I know I reference in an earlier post but to repeat most players can get started with 2 cores, a deluxe box, their clan pack and probably a cycles worth of cards from the various packs (so roughly $230) and even that is likely only the sale to someone after you've already "sold" them on the game.
    Its a still cheaper then what you realistically would be paying for Magic to build up a proper competitive deck for more then casual store play (I mean its not unheard of to see a single competitive deck that has $600+ worth of cards in them) but it looks a lot less intimidating to a new player then your proposed model since they can choose to focus their purchases on specific cycle packs and build an "ideal" clan deck while you slowly build up a collection.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in Ban the bans!   
    The actual problem its the size of the card pool you end up with.  Two cycles are about the equivalent of a single set of Magic.

    So for example the current Magic set block is Core set, Ravnica and Theros blocks.  October Ravnica with its three sets and the 2020 core will rotate and be replaced by Core 2021 and the new Zendikar block.  

    What that means is that at any time you have a core set and 4-6 expansions legal for your card pool (or the equivalent of 8-12 Cycles plus the Core).  Current rotation plans would be about the same with the clan packs and deluxe boxes filing out the equivalent of an expansion and a half (or likely two full Expansion if we get a third deluxe box this year or next) and then the remaining cycle legal cards filling in the missing space.  You realistically need a larger card pool for L5R then magic as the clan restrictions act as a bigger limiter on your card pool then colour does in magic as you are stopped from mixing dynasty options unlike magic where you can freely mix the colour pool if you wish but the current pool with effectively 6-7 cycles being legal at a time gets you about as close as could be expected without significantly increasing the size of each cycle.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in Ban the bans!   
    Bit of a fallacy here. 
    Yes, you could play for "free" if your local scene was willing to take pity on you and just give you cards, but the same can happen in the LCG if your locals are focused on a single clan as you can split packs and only take the cards needed for your faction.  And that person playing for free is only a body sitting at the tables but isn't' actually contributing anything to the community beyond that being a warm body.  They aren't supporting the store that is bringing product in and supplying play space they are literally just a body for the other players to punching bag against.
    CCG gives the illusion of being cheaper, but that is just it, an illusion.  The buy in for a single cycle costs $89.70 plus tax and gets you a play set of that cycle.  You now have every option from that set and there is no need for rare chasing or secondary market hunting.   A single booster box cost you roughly the same and you are now left with hunting for cards to finish your deck by trading and secondary market purchases and that is likely only going to get you 2 or 3 decks out of the process (and even that is just a fun deck as I've never seen a magic deck that was limited to only 1 expansion that wasn't just a for lol's deck).  I know you'll say that you have to multiply that by the cost of each cycle, but no player has to buy the complete cycle in one go, you can very easily tinker on the deck building sites to figure out what packs you need and then just go out to buy those packs initially and then over time build the rest of your collection. 
    Was there a bigger community at your store for the CCG then LCG maybe, but that is just anecdotal proof from your store, in my local scene we went from having a non-existent CCG scene to an active one that was supporting regular play at 4 different stores (between weekly meetups and monthly tournaments) as a direct counter.  **** we still have an active Netrunner community running that has 10-20 regulars coming out for a dead game.  The only thing that kills a game is whether you have a community that is willing to rally around it and from what you've described your communities issue wasn't that they liked the old game more, its that most of your players sound like they were cheap and wanted someone else to carry the frate for them.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in New Fiction - Daidoji   
    But some times you need those weeds as they can provide vital nutrients that in the long term help the paddy thrive.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in New Fiction - Daidoji   
    But some times you need those weeds as they can provide vital nutrients that in the long term help the paddy thrive.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from phillos in L5R Excluded from FFG Live AGAIN   
    I'm hopeful we are getting a new board game to replace Battle for Rokugan.  Possibly a Descent re-skin to tie in with the Roleplaying line
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    So one of the things I noted when re-reading the character descriptions from Winter's Embrace Yoritomo's niece Magami was only healed of her chronic illness through the intervention of a fire spirit from a volcanic island, at great cost to the clan.  I have to wonder if this story is a hint to those events as well.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from KRKappel in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the modern Mantis clan mindset
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from North_Wolf in Mirumoto's Fury (Skirmish)   
    Provinces in Skirmish are neither face up or face down they just are.  Therefore its X should be set to 0, so still effect 0 Glory characters.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shiba Gunichi in A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve   
    It was mentioned in her first story that her instructors used to have to caution her against jumping to conclusions so its actually probably not that out of character for her.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve   
    Both come from RPG adventures. 
    His loyalties are part of his character write up from the Winter's Embrace adventure.
    The details of Satsume's death are part of the Palace of the Emerald Champion adventure and while they don't say Satoshi was explicitly involved you can uncover evidence that Satsume was in communication with someone he referred to as his peer in the capital that was sending him Kolat inspired propaganda and seemed to be actively trying to recruit him.  When that failed an assassin was ordered to murder Satsume.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Mangod in A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve   
    It was mentioned in her first story that her instructors used to have to caution her against jumping to conclusions so its actually probably not that out of character for her.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve   
    It was mentioned in her first story that her instructors used to have to caution her against jumping to conclusions so its actually probably not that out of character for her.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Myrion in Reboot of Clan war or L5R figures for the RPG??   
    I've been saying for ever that a Descent/Imperial Assault Skin for L5R would be great.

    Release with 7 Clan and 1 Ronin/Mantis character (I would just use the characters from the Beginners Box myself).  Opposition models are a mix of Ronin/Bandit (Sword, Spear Bow) some Goblins, Skeletons and Zombies for Shadowlands.  Include an Ogre and a Big Oni as your boss monsters and rules to allow for the PC's that aren't being used to serve as additional antagonist characters.  You add a set of rules that mirror the Imperial Assault Skirmish rules for basic map play.
    Then you release a series of Clan focused sets that include two additional PC/Antagonist characters that fill out the missing primary character roles (Bushi, Courtier, Shugenja) for that clan and a "unique" clan type unit (So Matsu Lion's Pride, Hida Heavy Infantry, etc.) over the next year or two as well as "reinforcement" packs for the neutrals that were included in the base game.  
    Gives plenty of options for models for RPG crowd and once the line is built up you can expand to a full minis game using the clan packs as a starting point so that you have all the great clans ready to go out of the gate.
    You adopt the same Movement trays and the Non-Combat Unit rules that they were using for the Song of Ice and Fire game and use a unit footprint system and the Courtiers can be your Non-Combat Unit and I think it would work very well
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve   
    It was mentioned in her first story that her instructors used to have to caution her against jumping to conclusions so its actually probably not that out of character for her.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Hannibal_pjv in Ban the bans!   
    Except that most of the "bans" are things folks have been calling for over the last few months because they have all been problematic cards for quite a while.  Also there have been plenty of "events" over the quarantine period via online tournaments and leagues so I wouldn't say that there is no way to test the effects of this list change.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from phillos in Ban the bans!   
    I think Skirmish is the first step in addressing that for the competitive LCG.  Unfortunately the current collection of accessories and tokens that you need for the game is one of the biggest obstacles to putting a clan start collecting deck out there that wouldn't be so expensive that the price eclipses the cost of just getting the three cores if you plan to play with more then 3-4 or the clans.
    However, now that we have Skirmish if we ever have the opportunity for a core 2.0 you can address a lot of that with the distribution model.  Curate the card pool to eliminate the most problematic cards and salvage key pieces from the 1st and 2nd cycles that are needed for the card pool (likely with new art to try and entice existing players to buy in).  Then you release a Core 2.0 that is essentially the same format as the current core, only with 3 of's for the role locked cards (like a re-worked Keeper and Seeker) and the addition of Stronghold and Province cards.  You offer Skirmish decks that are 2 copies of the clan cards and selected neutrals to supplement that core for players that want Stronghold play sets.  The main advantage here is the Skirmish decks don't need as many tokens due to smaller bid dial (0-3) less fate and honor tokens and just go with slightly smaller Rings, you include a card copy of the favor that is double sided with a play style or lore breakdown for the clan on one side and the favor on the other so they are a good get in on the ground floor option for new players and when they are ready to move on to Stronghold that is when they move on to buying the core set instead of the other way around.  It sadly wouldn't have worked before we had Skirmish as a clan starter would have still needed to include role cards, provinces, stronghold and enough cards for a 40/40 deck, where as Skirmish we've eliminated those 11 "support" cards, and slim down to a 30/30 deck.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Ishi Tonu in Ban the bans!   
    Except that most of the "bans" are things folks have been calling for over the last few months because they have all been problematic cards for quite a while.  Also there have been plenty of "events" over the quarantine period via online tournaments and leagues so I wouldn't say that there is no way to test the effects of this list change.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in Scorpion Clan Letter 2020   
    Hey Junzo was fine til his curse triggered with Shoju's death
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Mangod in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    So one of the things I noted when re-reading the character descriptions from Winter's Embrace Yoritomo's niece Magami was only healed of her chronic illness through the intervention of a fire spirit from a volcanic island, at great cost to the clan.  I have to wonder if this story is a hint to those events as well.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    So one of the things I noted when re-reading the character descriptions from Winter's Embrace Yoritomo's niece Magami was only healed of her chronic illness through the intervention of a fire spirit from a volcanic island, at great cost to the clan.  I have to wonder if this story is a hint to those events as well.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Ishi Tonu in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    So there are these really powerful divine beings called the Elemental Dragons, you know the ones who decided who got to stay in Tengoku after they cleared the field.  Well one of them decided that Yoritomo as representative of the Mantis was worthy and so gave their divine essence over to Yoritomo to give him the right to stand as an equal to the founding Kami, and the other Dragons and Kami agreed.  But hey if you want to speak out against the divine wisdom that's on you.
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    Schmoozies got a reaction from Shadrack in New Fiction - Heart of the Mountain   
    So one of the things I noted when re-reading the character descriptions from Winter's Embrace Yoritomo's niece Magami was only healed of her chronic illness through the intervention of a fire spirit from a volcanic island, at great cost to the clan.  I have to wonder if this story is a hint to those events as well.
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