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    Himoto reacted to Shiba Gunichi in Uji and Harriers   
    I hated the old-lore Harriers on a conceptual level for essentially five reasons:
    1. They were frequently written outperforming the shinobi from the clan whose whole schtick was dishonorable skulduggery. While the new lore seems to be more... generous with letting clans use Shinobi, having the Scorpion get out-ninjaed in the old lore where they were the Clan with a thematic claim on the concept was... lame.
    2. During their run, they overshadowed the more iconic and thematic Iron Warriors . You know, the guys from the Battle of the Tidal Land Bridge, the Iron Crane, the Defenders of the Doji? The ones who would hold the line against the Lion while the Doji fought the war in the Imperial Court? Had both types of Daidoji shown up it would have been one thing, but for a long time there it was portrayed as only the super-secret ninja unit keeping the Crane militarily afloat.
    3. They never felt "Crane" in their general vibe. They didn't really fit the story beats the Clan as a whole seemed designed to revolve around, and basically seemed to exist because the Crane had to be in every stinking story ever, including stories with ninja in them. Crane aren't all effete morons, but they are the clan that embodies caring about form and proper observances. Their hypocrisy, when it appears, is generally more nuanced than it taking the form of a load-bearing unit of secret explosive-wielding face-stompers operating in violation of Imperial Law. Especially and particularly since they hide behind Imperial Law as a routine tactic.
    4.  They were one of too many super-secrets in an empire crawling with conspiracies nobody knew about.
    5. They were stinking Crane.
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    Himoto got a reaction from Nachtphysik in Dark-skinned people in Rokugan and fantasy worlds   
    There is one fundamental flaw in the comparison between gender representation and ethnic/racial diversity. 
    There have been, and still are, lots of places in the world that are not ethnically or racially diverse. Places in the world that don't have around 50% of women in their population, though? Yeah, that's...not really a thing that happened outside some very narrow organizations. 

    You can justify fairly easily (via isolation) an ethnically homogenous setting without invoking racism or discrimination. There are times where it,s problematic (mostly, in the gross over-representation of all-white casts, something Rokugan is not guilty of) ; but you don't need to directly invoke racism or rely on it in order to achieve that goal. (In the specific case of Rokugan, there is also the matter that an obvious samurai culture peopled by non-asian people is a can of worm all of its own)
    The only way to have a setting where women aren't as present as men, on the other hand, is to have active rules in your setting limiting women participation ; in other words, to make sexism a cornerstone of your setting. It can be done, of course; but it should only be done sparingly and with excellent narrative reasons (NARRATIVE reasons, not faithfulness to the original setting). These reasons don't exist in Rokugan. 
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    Himoto reacted to Kakita Shiro in Masters of the Court - Crane Clan Pack   
    And toxic men never stop laughing.
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    Himoto got a reaction from Tomello in All and Nothing preview   
    If they made duels that risky, no one would ever use them, short of a much bigger, game-swinging effect than any currently existing version. And hen they' build their own character to make sure they can't lose he duel regardless of who you pick (because the investment is worth it), and we'd still have the same complaints.
    An action card in a card game is inherently meant to be an unfair card - something that gives a significant advantage to the player playing it over the one not playing it. If it doesn't give you that kind of significant advantage (or often won't dipue to being a "risky card", why play it? Deck space is a limited ressource. Actions are a limited ressource - for every one you take, the opponent get one too. If you waste yours on a risky move that doesn't pay off (or worse, end up hurting you), your opponents basically get two actions in a row (three if your risky action end up hurting you). So "risky" actions, especially actions that gave your opponent too much control over the results, end up being coaster. As they should.
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    Himoto got a reaction from Goshiu in All and Nothing preview   
    If they made duels that risky, no one would ever use them, short of a much bigger, game-swinging effect than any currently existing version. And hen they' build their own character to make sure they can't lose he duel regardless of who you pick (because the investment is worth it), and we'd still have the same complaints.
    An action card in a card game is inherently meant to be an unfair card - something that gives a significant advantage to the player playing it over the one not playing it. If it doesn't give you that kind of significant advantage (or often won't dipue to being a "risky card", why play it? Deck space is a limited ressource. Actions are a limited ressource - for every one you take, the opponent get one too. If you waste yours on a risky move that doesn't pay off (or worse, end up hurting you), your opponents basically get two actions in a row (three if your risky action end up hurting you). So "risky" actions, especially actions that gave your opponent too much control over the results, end up being coaster. As they should.
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    Himoto got a reaction from sndwurks in Scorpion Clan Pack Announcement   
    That...is completely wrong. 
    New stronghold for existing clans were first introduced in Time of the Void in 1997 (Phoenix and Crab). Lion and Scorpions got theirs in Scorpion Clan Coup, and Crane, Dragon and Unicorn in Hidden Emperor. By the end of the Jade arc, every clan had multiple arc-legal strongholds, except the one off vilain factions of Ninja and Spirits. 
    From Gold onward, every clan had two strongholds in every base set except Emperor (4) and Ivory (which went back to 1). Prior to Emperor, every clan also gained additional stronghold as the arc progressed, so that they usually finished the arc with four legal strongholds, and always at least three. Emperor's innovation was printing all four strongholds at once, rather than waiting for expansions for the next two.
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    Himoto got a reaction from Yogo Gohei in Scorpion Clan Pack Announcement   
    That...is completely wrong. 
    New stronghold for existing clans were first introduced in Time of the Void in 1997 (Phoenix and Crab). Lion and Scorpions got theirs in Scorpion Clan Coup, and Crane, Dragon and Unicorn in Hidden Emperor. By the end of the Jade arc, every clan had multiple arc-legal strongholds, except the one off vilain factions of Ninja and Spirits. 
    From Gold onward, every clan had two strongholds in every base set except Emperor (4) and Ivory (which went back to 1). Prior to Emperor, every clan also gained additional stronghold as the arc progressed, so that they usually finished the arc with four legal strongholds, and always at least three. Emperor's innovation was printing all four strongholds at once, rather than waiting for expansions for the next two.
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    Himoto got a reaction from Khudzlin in Scorpion Clan Pack Announcement   
    That...is completely wrong. 
    New stronghold for existing clans were first introduced in Time of the Void in 1997 (Phoenix and Crab). Lion and Scorpions got theirs in Scorpion Clan Coup, and Crane, Dragon and Unicorn in Hidden Emperor. By the end of the Jade arc, every clan had multiple arc-legal strongholds, except the one off vilain factions of Ninja and Spirits. 
    From Gold onward, every clan had two strongholds in every base set except Emperor (4) and Ivory (which went back to 1). Prior to Emperor, every clan also gained additional stronghold as the arc progressed, so that they usually finished the arc with four legal strongholds, and always at least three. Emperor's innovation was printing all four strongholds at once, rather than waiting for expansions for the next two.
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    Himoto reacted to JJ48 in 'New' Official Map   
    Oh, please.  Like there's any chance of the Shadowlands bypassing the Maginot Line Wall by swinging around through Belgium the sea.
    I'm not really well-versed in geography, but from what I can see on maps, don't the Carpathian Mountains bend sharply in Romania?  If there were massive fortifications protecting a pass at the bend, it doesn't seem like it would be too much of a stretch to just draw straight lines to the pass and call it a day.
    It's a simple matter of rates!  River 1 is 2 miles wide and flows at a rate of 10 MPH, while River 2 is 1/4 mile wide and flows at a rate of 20 MPH.  If River 3, which connects them, is exactly 1 mile wide, but has the kami of a 3-mile-wide river, how bored does the Imperial Cartographer have to get before he decides, "it's close enough," and goes home?  Solve for X.
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    Himoto got a reaction from LordBlunt in 'New' Official Map   
    Now then. interpreting that geography,
    I'll refer to the rivers as North River (the one that rise from that big lake at the Dragon/Phoenix border ; Central River (Rise in Unicorn land, follows the north edge of the mountains) ; Small River (rise in the mountains, follow the southern edge) and South River (rise in the central mountains, reach the sea in Crab lands).
    Some observations.
    1. There's an upland region in central Lion lands. Note the drawing of a hill there, about midway  between the North river and Central river, directly in the original axis of the North River. This is a key factor in understanding the course of the North and Central river. That upland region is probably topographically connected to the southern edge of the Mountains of Twilight, along the coast. 
    2)The north river branches, likely flowing on either side of the aforementioned Lion upland ; the East Branch north river eventually passes between the Lion uplands and the Mountains of Twilight to reach the sea. and the West branch north river reaches a confluence with the Central river. While uncommon, this is not unheard of in our reality ; the Casiquiare, noted above, is the biggest example. There are a few other in the Rocky mountains on a much smaller scale (more on that when we deal with the Small river.
    3)The Central river flows from Unicorn land, to its confluence with the west branch north river, through a valley between the Lion uplands and the Spine of the World, to the lake where it receives Two-Way Creek (more on that in the next section), and eventually has a mall delta as it reaches the sea. Nothing unusual or noteworthy here. It does NOT, despite what might appear from the map, flow through the spine of the World (hopefully. If FFG changed that, they're dumb). 

    4)The Small River rises at two-way creeks. Two way creeks is similar to Two-Ocean creek and Divide Creek in the rockies : rivers that rise in mountain passes and then flow to both sides of the aforesaid pass, with one branch eventually reaching the Atlantic and the other the Pacific. This small creek, and half a dozen others (a number of which are on-map), feed into a large lake on the southern side of the mountain, from which rises a river that flows south-eastward into the sea. Nothing particularly noteworthy here once one figures out Two-Way creek. 

    5) The south river is fairly straightforward: a long river fed by a number of tribunatries, which eventually branches off on two sides of a major island at its mouth. This is not entirely unusual , although the scale might be.

    6)The Shadowlands river. That one actually doesn't make any geographic sense...and that's explicitly noted to be a characteristic of the Shadowlands. The geography is twisted, warped. In this specific case, "A Wizard did it" (or, more accurately, a Jigoku did it) *is* the canonical answer.

    Yes, that's a lot of unusual (but not unheard of) phenomenons in a small region, and some of them on a very unusual scale. Yes, the geography could be done a lot better, and how and where those mountains came together is a question best left unanswered. But it's possible, roughly, to make sense of the rivers. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Twice false. We won the first and second tournaments (Gateway 1996 and a 2000 Global Storyline Tournament) for Emerald Champion, resulting in Toshimoko and Hachi. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Tonbo Karasu in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Twice false. We won the first and second tournaments (Gateway 1996 and a 2000 Global Storyline Tournament) for Emerald Champion, resulting in Toshimoko and Hachi. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Shiba Gunichi in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Twice false. We won the first and second tournaments (Gateway 1996 and a 2000 Global Storyline Tournament) for Emerald Champion, resulting in Toshimoko and Hachi. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from llamaman88 in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Or the Emerald Championship is the replacement for Toturi's roninhood and dishonor, as the fiction themselves hint. The Lion expecting their own Satsume vs Toturi believing the Champion should serve all the clans, Tsuko's rising influence - the ingredients are there for some nasty results without repeating old stories. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Vlad3theImpaler in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Twice false. We won the first and second tournaments (Gateway 1996 and a 2000 Global Storyline Tournament) for Emerald Champion, resulting in Toshimoko and Hachi. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Notorious I.D.E. in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Or the Emerald Championship is the replacement for Toturi's roninhood and dishonor, as the fiction themselves hint. The Lion expecting their own Satsume vs Toturi believing the Champion should serve all the clans, Tsuko's rising influence - the ingredients are there for some nasty results without repeating old stories. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Manchu in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    Or the Emerald Championship is the replacement for Toturi's roninhood and dishonor, as the fiction themselves hint. The Lion expecting their own Satsume vs Toturi believing the Champion should serve all the clans, Tsuko's rising influence - the ingredients are there for some nasty results without repeating old stories. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from MythicFox in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    Yes. "By Nancy M. Sauer" is definitely the most important part of this fiction
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    Himoto got a reaction from twinstarbmc in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    I certainly hope Daisetsu does not end up becoming neo-Daigotsu in a straightforward way.

    In my opinion, if Daisetsu becomes involved with Shadowlandsy matters, it should be as a tragic hero (think Tadaka, or Sezaru's fight with madness in the old story). And if he becomes a villain, it should be as a mundane villain who actually has the potential to divide the clans rather than unite  them against him. We've already told the story where the second son of Hantei XXXVIII becomes Shadowlands champion. We need not tell it again. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from pete19 in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    There's a difference between similar or identical starting situations (eg, Toturi taking the lion from his brother, right at the start), and retelling the same story once the story gets rolling. 
    Starting from a mostly familiar point is great. But now the story need to grow into its own thing, that might occasionally echo the original, but should not follow it. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Andrew.Taon in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    Tesuhiko is correct.
    While this is clearly this universe's equivalent of the boy who, in the other universe, became Daigotsu, the circumstances that, in that universe, turned an (unborn) Imperial Prince into Daigotsu are completely absent from this universe.  There is no kidnapping, no growing up in Jigoku (for crying out loud), no bloodspeaker sheananigans. None of the forces that made Daigotsu, Daigotsu.  
    Which is to say, in all ways that matter : this isn't Daigotsu. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Yakamo no Oni in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    There's a difference between similar or identical starting situations (eg, Toturi taking the lion from his brother, right at the start), and retelling the same story once the story gets rolling. 
    Starting from a mostly familiar point is great. But now the story need to grow into its own thing, that might occasionally echo the original, but should not follow it. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Kakita Shiro in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    Tesuhiko is correct.
    While this is clearly this universe's equivalent of the boy who, in the other universe, became Daigotsu, the circumstances that, in that universe, turned an (unborn) Imperial Prince into Daigotsu are completely absent from this universe.  There is no kidnapping, no growing up in Jigoku (for crying out loud), no bloodspeaker sheananigans. None of the forces that made Daigotsu, Daigotsu.  
    Which is to say, in all ways that matter : this isn't Daigotsu. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from Tetsuhiko in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    I certainly hope Daisetsu does not end up becoming neo-Daigotsu in a straightforward way.

    In my opinion, if Daisetsu becomes involved with Shadowlandsy matters, it should be as a tragic hero (think Tadaka, or Sezaru's fight with madness in the old story). And if he becomes a villain, it should be as a mundane villain who actually has the potential to divide the clans rather than unite  them against him. We've already told the story where the second son of Hantei XXXVIII becomes Shadowlands champion. We need not tell it again. 
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    Himoto got a reaction from DarkHorse in 'The stories we tell' new fiction up on main site   
    Tesuhiko is correct.
    While this is clearly this universe's equivalent of the boy who, in the other universe, became Daigotsu, the circumstances that, in that universe, turned an (unborn) Imperial Prince into Daigotsu are completely absent from this universe.  There is no kidnapping, no growing up in Jigoku (for crying out loud), no bloodspeaker sheananigans. None of the forces that made Daigotsu, Daigotsu.  
    Which is to say, in all ways that matter : this isn't Daigotsu. 
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