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  1. +1 Status and a rank of Theology instead of Survival, but I also gave them +1 Void. It'll be interesting how close my Homebrew came to what they designed.
  2. My hot takes on these new cards and rules. Disguise - As a a mechanic? I think that this will be an edge for the Conquest / Tempo style play if only for the fact that it readies a character. Being able to squeeze that extra Conflict out of a Character is a good thing. I expect to see this mechanic really find its place in the Unicorn and Lion right now, though with the possibility of Crab, depending on how their wide-board gets supported. Toshi Ranbo - This card makes me want to run it in a Kyuden Bayushi deck, though something makes me curious how this card will interact with Hidden Moon Dojo. Akodo Zentaro - Hm. The Disguise mechanic makes this character playable. Though my brain immediately goes to combining this guy with Kitsu Spiritcaller to bring out a non-Unique body with a useful ability (like a Lion's Pride Brawler or Honored General), popping the ability, then swapping them with this guy and not having to shuffle them back into the deck at the end of the Conflict. As for his ability? Stealing Iron Mines are nice, but being a Dynasty character makes this guy too predictable for any other Holding. Fifth Tower Watch - Well, my partner will love this card, but she likes any support for the Sacrificial Crab Deck. 4 Political Strength in Crab will be appreciated. Other than that, nothing amazing. This will also make an awesome Disguise target. Shiba Sophist - Telegraphed, but any form of tutoring is always good. Honestly, the weakest part of this card is that he is a Bushi, and does not have the right keyword to combo with really solid Spells, like Cloud the Mind or Embrace the Void. Purity of Spirit - Oooo. THIS I like. Not for the fact that it honors a Bushi, but that's a good thing. The fact that it clears the Status token at the end of a Conflict gives it teeth, as it can be effectively used to both clear Dishonored from your guy, Honored from your opponent, and any other Status tokens that they might create down the line. A Perfect Cut - This is another card we are going to see a lot in Unicorn, Lion, and Crab. +2 Mil and Honored in a neutral card is really what these decks need. Again, my brain keeps going back to how this will work with Disguise, and how the transferring of the Honored status token is going be solid. Hantei Sotorii - I am just going to put this out here, and see what people think. He is a VERY high risk, high reward character. With all the new ways to get Honored, I would not be surprised to see him prove to be a monsterly province crusher. Get him Honored, and he's a potentially 10 Mil / 9 Pol before Attachments. Will this be enough to see play? Who knows, but I am liking that this makes my Imperial tribal deck more viable. And from the livestream: Shinjo Kyora - Ring swapping is a weird effect. This does allow you to grab the Fate off of two Rings on the attack, however, so do not underestimate that. Again, it's the Disguise mechanic that holds the most interest for me with this. Cavalry Reserves out a Moto Horde. Crush a province or what not. Find a way to get a bowed Moto Horde into a Conflict (you're a Unicorn, you have ways). Disguise Kyora into play, Ready and in the Conflict. Laugh.
  3. sndwurks

    Children of Tradition

    Regarding Daisetsu and weakness... It is not the physical weakness, but the emotional weakness that Satsume was probably calling out. A worthy, strong practitioner of Bushido would not have stepped into the ring to restrain his brother, even if it meant the death of his best friend. Daisetsu saved NOBODY any face when he did so, and effectively resulted in escalating the situation into one which could not be resolved in a way which preserved dignity. Sotorii was out of control, and the honorable action would have been to do nothing, EVEN IF it cost Dairu his life. In Satsume's eyes, Daisetsu cared more about the safety of his friend than he did for either decorum or his own personal safety, and that is seriously a bad trait in an Emperor. Especially in the eyes of Doji "Smiling Crane", "Cold Shouldered My Wife Off A Cliff", "My Daughter Is Never Good Enough", "Personal Ties Are For Weaklings" Satsume.
  4. sndwurks

    Children of Tradition

    From a sheer editorial viewpoint - The fact that some of Sotorii's internal monologue appears as italicized and others do not is important. In fact, we are given a sample of Sotorii's internal monologue first as non-italicized, then later as italicized. This does not happen in text by accident, especially text like this. Examine what the italicized text says. Note how Sotorii pushes it away twice. He ARGUES with his own internal monologue. Notice the content of the italicized text, as well. When does it say anything GOOD? DG Laderoute is a good writer. And while Sotorii might not have been the worst person in Rokugan, he was likely lonely and emotionally weak. And very vulnerable to a voice that speaks inside his own mind, with his own voice.
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    Children of Tradition

    A bully with a voice whispering in his mind to shape his world view into the worst possible scenario. I really do think that the italicized text is supremely important. That's not Sotorii's thoughts. That's something else.
  6. sndwurks

    Children of Tradition

    @DGLaderoute does an excellent job in making one feel sympathy for Hantei Sotorii, as only a proper writer can from within a character's perspective. Well done. Sotorii is weak, and lonely, and angry. And given to rage. And not even his younger brother wants to play with him. Remind you of anyone?
  7. And there is now Twitch Streaming:
  8. Showing some support for some of my local players on here. https://themeekinformant.podbean.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH3daJQxvSOblWDCexbKlog The Meek Informant is a podcast aimed at new players to the LCG. They usually produce a new episode once every two weeks. Check them out!
  9. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    Bayushi Dairu for Emperor, 2019?
  10. You can read it here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/1/30/the-future-of-organized-play/ We are still figuring out how this impacts L5R Organized Play, but the big changes that I can parse: In Store Support is going from tournaments to "Casual Play" model The In Store Support package is only for 8 players for 3 months Premium In Store Support packages will be available for certain games (presuming L5R is one of them) Worlds Championships are going to Invite Only Prime Championships provide 1 Invite; Grand Championships provide Top 4 Invites; Continental Championships (likely GenCon and European Championships) provide Top 8 Invites No word on what the retroactive Hatamoto titles given out to Top of Clans in previous Grand Kotei will be given or if they still have an invitations to the Worlds Kotei are NOT within this structure, but are instead an "Open Event", which may or may not be included with these events on a case by case basis The biggest change is that the local tournament scene is going to twice a year per store, and World's Championships are going to strictly Invite Only. No word as of yet if the Worlds will allow people in the door who are not competing in the main tournaments, but it is likely that if they do? This is the start of FFG moving in the direction of turning their World Championships in November into more of a mini-convention.
  11. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    While we have had divine right monarchs in the real world, it is very infrequent that the Sun itself comes down out of Heaven to go "Yeah, this is my grand kid." Which is basically part of the Hantei coronation ceremony. Complete with obvious magic. Personally, from a narrative perspective, I have always enjoyed playing in the sandbox of how Bushido and the righteousness of the Celestial Order breaks down in the mortal realm of L5R. Rokugan is ruled by a divine-right monarchy with an imposed caste system, reinforced by a religion which can manifest literal magic powers in its chosen followers. Ignoring the "realpolitik" of Sotorii proving himself to be an unfit ruler, and how the systems in place can be used to remove him from reaching the power (such as the Proclamation, which would do an excellent job of this), there is an element to blindly believing in the Celestial Order which strongly favors those who are born into power. After all, if they were not meant to be born into their position of privilege and power, surely the Celestial Heavens would not have allowed them to be born into this position (unless the Celestial Heavens are capable of errors, and it's not like the RPG supplement of the Emerald Empire has an entire section talking about how the underworld and afterlife is a bureaucratic mess with rampant corruption and all that, right?). It is easy for someone born to power and privilege to believe that they deserve it, especially when their religion, set down by provable Gods, explicitly says that they are. And what must an honorable samurai do when faced with the unworthy liege who believes in their own righteousness? On the subject of Sotorii, if you are PLANNING on being a despot who kills their enemies and rivals, being the worst version of yourself on the lead up to it will give you a pretty good guide to who you CAN abuse, and who you must destroy. But I think this is far more calculating than he is currently being depicted, especially in the scene with him playing with Kunshuu.
  12. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    Because it should not matter that he's a vicious idiot. He's the son of the Emperor and the crown prince. Anyone who has a problem with his behavior is a potential threat to his power, and when he HAS the authority he will be given, he will know who is truly loyal and who he must destroy. I sincerely doubt that this is how Sotorii is going to shake out. But it would be fun.
  13. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    Honestly, @Ishi Tonu has the thought I like about Sotorii. He's not a spoiled brat. He's a calculating, thoughtfully evil narcissist who is actually capable of handling and manipulating people around him. And he is building a list of enemies so that when he takes the Throne, he can destroy them absolutely and secure supreme, lasting Imperial power over Rokugan. The "Joffrey" behavior is entirely an act so people underestimate him. And THAT is why Hantei 38th is actually scared of him. Not that he would be a weak Emperor, but the wrong kind of strong Emperor. That would be cool. EDIT TO ADD: And if Hantei 38th doesn't see that, and he's just buying into the hype, it makes the murder of his father and framing of Shoju and Toturi (and his little brother) all the more villainously likely.
  14. sndwurks

    The Big Bad Thread of Homebrews

    Because I suspect that this is going to be a thing as this RPG gets going, I figured it would be good to get out ahead of this train before it leaves the station. The purpose of this thread is to provide a single stop repository for Homebrew Material. To make things easier, please use the following tags in your posts in order for someone to search things easier: #School, #Equipment, #Technique, etc #MinorClan, #Imperial, #CrabClan, #CraneClan, #LionClan, etc #Kata, #Shuji, etc #SystemChange And so forth... A granular tagging system will make this much easier for people in the long run. For the time being, however, go nuts!
  15. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    Hantei Sotorii would be a bad Emperor, possibly one so bad as to rival Hantei XVI (but not likely to do so). Hantei Daisetsu, on the other hand, is shaping up to be the LAST Emperor, as all it would take is one solid disillusionment in Bushido, and he'll be on the path of tearing the whole system down.
  16. sndwurks

    Children of Bushidō

    It is not just you. Personally, I expect it to go down with Hantei XXXVIII telling his son privately, to try to get Sotorii to not embarrass himself publicly. And then Sotorii kills the old man in a fit of rage, blames Shoju publicly, and then everything just goes pear-shaped.
  17. This deck would be perfect in NEL5R Enlightenment!
  18. My thoughts on the previews: Overall - YES! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AT LONG LAST, THE IMPERIAL DECK IS MINE! MINE! HAHAHAHAHA! Oh, wait, you wanted more? Oh, okay. Hantei XXXVIII - Big Daddy Hantei himself. And you can run more than 1x of him in your deck (as "Mythic" is just flavor text). So, let's look at that stat block. Huh. Okay. But I DO like that first line. No Attachments. So. Tasty. And so what if your opponent can make you discard him if they get the Imperial Favor. Other than that one Scorpion, this should NEVER HAPPEN if you have him on the board. Seriously. Four Fate this guy, and watch as your opponent just rolls over you for paying 10 Fate for a very glorious speed bump. On the bright side, he has an awesome Action, and an Interrupt that just... works. I do not know if this will be a card that sees play outside of a wacky theme deck and maybe Shiro Shinjo, but hey. I like it. Humble Magistrate - Okay, I like your text. But a 2M/2P/2G for 3 Fate for a blanket, limited shut down is not anything to write home about. Righteous Magistrate - I am so very happy to see the Scorpion Clan have enlisted the aid of the Imperial Families to effectively turn off the Air Ring on the defense. And Banzai. And Assassinate. And Unleash the Djinn. Other than that, I like this guy a lot more than Humble. Unveiled Destiny - NB4 "2 Fate Attachments are useless!" But seriously. This is probably unplayable because of its Fate cost. A 0 Fate +0M / +0P Attachment that did the same MIGHT have seen play. This is just bad. Defend Your Honor - Oh. Oh my. Is this a counter-Event that the Unicorn, Crab, and Lion could theoretically run? And the Dragon are just going to run because they can? And is essentially ANOTHER Way of the Crane for the Kyuden Kakita deck, which has the potential to shut down an Event? This is solidly good... and one that adds incentive to running - Mil characters, since they cannot participate in a Mil duel, and thus this card cannot be played because there are insufficient targets. Overall winner? DEFINITELY the Keepers. Both of the Seeker cards in this are substandard. The real losers? The Support Of Roles. Wait, wait, there's a Mantis in this preview? Where? Oh, yeah... Aspiring Challenger - Well. Uh. Good for you, Mantis Clan. This certainly is a card. And is practically worthless, as it is a duel you never want to lose, but to get use out of the Composure, you have to already be winning?
  19. You and I are on the same page on this one. Right now, I'm looking at Crane since they have a Fire role, and we can actually hit the full 40 card Dynasty deck with all Imperial cards (Kakita Yoshi, Silver-tongued Magistrate, Chisei District). If the rumors are true, and we are getting both the Heirs, as well as big daddy Hantei 38th, that will bring us to being able to run a fully Neutral Dynasty deck as long as we get a Fire Role. Conflict... Let's just say that this is going to be my Enlightenment go to deck.
  20. This is basically a straight update and re-do of "Murder at Kyotei Castle" scenario from Honor's Veil, back in 1st Edition. And no, the title is not a spoiler, since the scenario has undergone a significant revision.
  21. sndwurks

    Ninjo

    In my opinion, no. It is not "too good". Quite the opposite, it makes the whole Strife system better by its inclusion. Or, more accurately, it gives you a reason to have Ninjo you actually care about as a player. Without a Ninjo that rewards you for pursuing it, why would you ever select a Ninjo which would conceivably come up during a game session, from a sheer "game" perspective? As in, ignore the RP / Fluff aspect of the game (which is always very subjective, mileage-wise), but look at the mechanics. Without the inclusion of some kind of carrot to the Ninjo vs Giri system, all a Ninjo gives you is punishment when it comes up. Either it restricts your RP, or you take Strife. It was my biggest critique of the Beta, and its inclusion is one of the things that I have praised about the current game. Having your Ninjo be, effectively, the ultimate Strife sink means you want it to come up regularly, arguably more regularly than a Passion. Also, Passions are meant to be simple, easy, and not inherently dishonorable. No one is going to lose honor over making some Ikebana, or by tasting some hard to find Sake, or by reading a book on Military History. A Ninjo is bigger than a Passion, and by its nature, it is supposed to be selfish, in a societal sense. "Create the most perfect work of art" is much larger than a simple Passion about Origami or Painting. Taking some time Painting would lose you some Strife if that is your Passion. Neglecting your morning appointments because you NEED to capture the exact way a specific crane takes flight from this garden just after the attendants clean the grounds? Now that is a Ninjo.
  22. My thoughts on the cards previewed: Overall - Well. That certainly is a lot of dueling. No idea if it will shake up the meta sufficiently to become its own thing, but that is a lot of dueling. Illustrious Forge - This is now the reason to run Seeker of Fire, now that Feast or Famine is Restricted. I expect to see this as the go to Fire Province for Unicorn and Crab as well. Meditations on the Tao is nice, but any deck which runs a decent amount of Attachments is going to want to run this. Crane with Seeker of Fire are going to like this, as are Dragon if they ever get a Seeker of Fire role again. Finally? I like it. And it synergizes with Kitsuki Yaruma, so hey. That's cool. Kakita Dojo - I see this having a place in the post Masters of the Court Crane deck, which just wants to get more duels on the table to increase the use of their box. Blanking text and bowing is also nice, but ultimately it takes a Holding slot, so it must be compared to Favored Ground, and I'm not sure if it is worth it just yet. Kakita Toshimoko - Yeah, that ability is something I would have expected to see on a Lion Clan character. He is a nice Charge! target on the new Crane box, but yeah. I'm just not seeing it. He is somehow even more situational than Kaezin. At least he's a reason for the Scorpion to swing Political with only - Mils on your SH? Iaijutsu Master - I want to say it is just plain better than Mirumoto Daisho, simply because it's only 1 Fate? But it's the Duelist restriction that really hurts it. Again, this is a card for the post Kyuden Kakita Crane, but it is the sort of card which will really help you push that Honor win. Contingency Plan on a stick is just nice. Can't wait to see the Keeper of Air Crane bully dueling dishonor deck. Prudent Challenger - The best parts of this card is Courtesy and 0 Glory. Otherwise, it's a blank 2 Mil / 2 Pol for 2 Fate. Okay, maybe that's too harsh. You can use its ability to clear off Poison Attachments, saving your Let Go's and Miya Mystics for better Attachment removal. I expect to never see this used offensively, except by Togashi Yokuni. Mirumoto Dojo - ... See, now THIS is what I was expecting from Dragon dueling. Yeah, losing a Fate from your own guy isn't usually good, but I can see it being done to clear Fate from a body who got Cloud'd or the like. And then there's the offensive super-advantage. The greatest thing about this? Doesn't say "At this province". Just having it face up at all means you can rip someone's Fate and get them one step closer to being eaten by Raitsugu. Mirumoto Hitomi - Okay, looks like the Dragon have found their replacement for Niten Master. Give her a Seal of the Dragon, and watch her go to town defending a Sacred Sanctuary, or chewing about apart the Phoenix, Crane, or Unicorn. Amusingly, she is terrible for dueling the Crab, which amuses me to no end. A+ on flavor, FFG. B+ on design.
  23. sndwurks

    Clan Descriptions

    As we all know, Hiruma scouts are not known for being big. They are known for having given their pants to Shinsei.
  24. http://www.cardboardrepublic.com/articles/dave-of-the-five-rings/dotr-chapter-thirty-four Wherein I discuss the situation of the Unicorn Clan and their upcoming Clan Pack, new RPG supplements, and due to the holiday season publication delay, comments about the Kotei season that are no longer up to date!
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