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  1. Frankly, when I saw the first cards it was going to be a hard pass from me. I only reconsidered when I realized this was going to be an Arkham Horror LCG-style collaborative game. May be it's not the art per se, but the card layout/design that makes it somewhat underwhelming to me. The truth is all Big Two licensed games have this uninteresting style (VS, HeroClix, etc) so maybe it's more a licensor imposition than a publisher's decision... after all, FFG is making many other games that look cooler than this.
  2. Sorry if this has been mentioned before. In the cards in the article in the FFG website Hero-side is A, while Alter Ego-side is B. These seem switched in your list.
  3. That was very frustrating for many prospective players and for me it was a reason why I didn't play the game (even if I still bought to collect). I think they made a good decision with AGOT 2E and L5R. In the end, the dedicated player will end up buying 3 core sets anyways but, while on AGOT2E and L5R it felt like it was a reasonable investment, for Netrunner the second Core was a grudging buy, and the third one felt an outrageous waste. Arguably it was just a matter of perception, but that perception most assuredly cost sales.
  4. I finally was able to read it. So... quite a lot of information about this new version of the Burning Sands. Has someboy been able to put together a map, even a rudimentary one, of the world outside Rokugan and the travels of the Unicorn? I find interesting that the Iuchi Horde never returned. A plot hook for a later developement?
  5. Also apparently the Ivory Kingdoms, heavily featured in the last years of oL5R (Rokugan even got a colony there!) is part of nL5R, as it's been referenced now and then.
  6. Now, what's this? https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/39/b5/39b59442-dd09-48ec-b048-0900a3eee2f8/l5r08_art_asahina-yajinden.png
  7. Over one year ago, upon the collecting of the first several stories as the First Scroll, I wrote a post pointing what I considered were "seasonal" problems with the order. The issue is not fresh on my mind TBH, but this may be helpful to you, or maybe not:
  8. ...and now, at long last, the Dark Lord himself! Sort of.
  9. Also, they took the chance to re-do the Core Set. Some of the more problematic cards were taken from the CS and a few select ones from the first 2 cycles were added-in. Overall, people were happy with it. Sadly Netrunner license wasn't renewed, so it was moot. Will they take the same approach with L5R? It would make sense at some point to take the opportunity to clean house both for balance and for storyline reasons. For the first, looking at the restricted list would be a good indication; for the second removing dead characters would make sense.
  10. This seems a common problem through Europe. For instance, in Spain we got the Spanish edition on release day, but the English edition is not available from any European distributors, not even Asmodee UK.
  11. Also, IIRC, Motso had no connection with the Kami (maybe he was forsaken, even?), which is way he took an unusual career for a Kitsu. It would make much sense for both the Kitsu and Agasha daimyo to be shugenja. It could go either way for the Seppun.
  12. For a Matsu to become Champion of the Lion, instead of the next Akodo in the line of succession, something major must have happened. In the OL5R, this was the banning of the Akodo family after Toturi's fall from grace. It remais to be seen how exactly develops in the new story. In any case and if, as it seems, 1) the Lion Clan Pack has been pushed forward, when it was designed to be the final one, and 2) also the overall release rate of clan packs has been increased, we will be seeing a Matsu Champion way earlier than originally planed by FFG. I only hope this doesn't impact the story negatively. One advantage that FFG version of the story had that AEG didn't is that they had the benefit of hindsight, and were able to present a more logical progression of the story, as opposed to being patched together from improvisations based on tournament results, planned or unplanned.
  13. I was somewhat puzzled that the SKU for this product is L5C27. The Inheritance Cycle should take up to L5C24. That leaves a gap of two products. One theory is that 25-27 are meant to be other two clan packs, but they have decided to advance the Lion pack because of their perceived performance in tournaments. Any other theories?
  14. I didn't know this was out yet! I guess this Caliphate takes the place of Medinaat al-Salam in the old lore?
  15. I hope so... As I have said many times, FFG has a privileged that AEG didn't: hindsight. Different writers under AEG "inherited" whatever plotholes or even outright inconsistencies their predecessors left; retcons added upon quick fixes, upon errors of judgement. In all, the story had its ups and downs, but it came out good enough, considering... after all, it's the story many of us fell in love with (me included). Still, FFG knows where they want to go with the story, instead of improvising on the go, which makes for a more solid story. I still flinch when I something that is different to the old Rokugan, but I also rejoice when I recognize long-term plot threads seeded now for future developement.
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