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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Mon no Oni in Curse of Honor, by David Annandale REVIEW   
    Here's our interview with the author, David Annandale, for Curse of Honor:
     
     
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Monoculture - What if it wasn't so japanese?   
    Page 6.

    Edited: Funny censoring.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Monoculture - What if it wasn't so japanese?   
    In the CRB for L5R 5th Edition, Rokugan is stated to be sized total 900X600 miles. 

    If that measure is true, you can use the map here to get travel distance and size comparison between points:
    https://craneclan.weebly.com/map-of-rokugan.html
     
    Use the hi-res map  linked.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Kinzen in Curse of Honor, by David Annandale REVIEW   
    Here's our interview with the author, David Annandale, for Curse of Honor:
     
     
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from MirumotoOrashu in Truth and Lies - new Fiction   
    I don't think you understood Hotaru in this story at all.

    Please let me break it down.
     
    If Hotaru took the Crane armies back to Kyuden Doji, it would be abandoning the Osari plains to the Lion, abandoning Kintani Valley, and making her, and the Crane, look like a terrible losers to all their enemies. 
    If Hotaru took the armies to back up Daidoji Uji, she'd get in his way, imply that he and her brother weren't competent, and force her tired men into another full war.  As well as playing right into Matsu Tsuko's hands, because the whole point of why Tsuko is there is to kill Doji Hotaru.
    If Hotaru, however, took her Armies to Toshi Ranbo, that reasserts the Crane Clan claim on both Toshi Ranbo and the Osari Plains,  makes it look like she is taking bold action, and having the right of being 'in Residence' when the Scorpion inevitably withdraw from the city, because they will, either because Shoju will need to consolidate power as regent, or  because he will need to weaken the Scorpion's position some so the clans are satisfied with him being Regent. 
     
    Thus, she decides to take her armies to Toshi Ranbo.
    However, she doesn't really want to /fight/ the Scorpion over Toshi Ranbo. If she did fight the Scorpion, she might look like she was going against Imperial Edict. Her men are exhausted anyway. And she'd make both the Imperial Armies AND the Scorpion as yet another set of enemies. This would be very bad for the Crane.
    Therefore, her goal is to take her armies to Toshi Ranbo and winter there /without/ fighting or bloodshed. 
     
    Originally, her argument, made through Tsume Itsuyo, was going to be, "We (Crane, Phoenix, and Tsume) think the Lion are going to turn and attack Toshi Ranbo like they did Kyuden Kakita, therefore, we have brought the Crane armies  here to stay so that the Lion Armies won't defeat the Imperial/Scorpion forces here".  A secondary, though unstated part of this strategy is to just have enough forces from enough clans that Yojiro just caves out of being intimidated. Her third backup plan is to engineer a situation where it's Yojiro's word against her own as clan champion, and claim that Yojiro either did something or said something that required her to take Toshi Ranbo.
    However, in the negotiation, Yojiro pretty neatly dodged her traps.  He didn't let himself be intimidated, and he pointed out the weakest point in her argument against defending against the Lion....by countering that the Lion would be more likely attack Toshi Ranbo if she were there.  So she was in the process of looking for how to engineer the situation when she saw Kachiko.
    Kachiko suddenly and unexpectedly provided a fourth way of capturing the city.  If Hotaru claimed Yojiro had captured Kachiko, and would duel him to free her, she could defeat or kill Yojiro, and then claim Toshi Ranbo because its magistrate was dead after dishonorably capturing the Imperial Advisor. All the plan needed was for Kachiko to play along, and Kachiko already indicated to Hotaru that it seemed she had been captured there.  This duel is /purely/ political gain for Hotaru...claiming the city honorably and without a big fight or going against the Imperial legions.   Shoju would have to play along, or have his own weaknesses exposed.

    Kachiko did no play along, however, showing more loyalty to Shoju than to Hotaru by saying she wasn't captured.  She did, however, understand what Hotaru's position was, and realized having Hotaru there would make her own position much better too. Therefore she negotiated and got Yojiro to let Hotaru stay and keep command of the city, making it the best for both the Crane and Scorpion.

    This is not saying that personal feelings weren't there, or that Hotaru would never do anything that would cause her to be manipulated by Kachiko.  But that's not what happened here.



    Now, on the other matter.  When Hotaru burned Kachiko's confession, that doesn't suddenly make 'Hotaru a big traitor'.  First, attempted murder, in Rokugan, is not the same thing as in modern time. I mean, Toshimoko tried some attempted murder on Hotaru just for fun the night before.  While Kachiko has every reason to think Toturi didn't escape, Hotaru knows Toturi better, and may very well think that there is every possibility he did. Hotaru's job is not enforcing Imperial Law, and she is not obligated to report every criminal act she ever finds out, by either honor or law.  And finally, Hotaru is well aware of how it would destroy the Empire if she reports it.  Because then it would all come out. Reporting that the old Emperor had been murdered by the initial heir, destroying the divinity of the Hantei line? That'd shatter the faith in the Empire, which is why Kachiko was covering it up in the first place, and why Miya Satoshi agreed to it so easily. Showing that Kachiko used a body double and that Bayushi Shoju was using the body double in her place? That would shatter the Scorpion as well as every agreement Kachiko...or Shoju...ever brokered, undermining even moreso his legitimacy as regent.  It would defy the public order Shoju had given to his Scorpion...to keep Kachiko safe. Having it become public knowledge at all that Kachiko was in Toshi Ranbo (as opposed to known to just those few people in the room)? It would look /terrible/  for her to the Rest of the Crane, because it would look like she had gone to Toshi Ranbo just to rescue Kachiko. 

    To protect herself, the Crane, the Scorpion, and the entire Empire, what Kachiko had done to Toturi needed to be kept secret.

    The only thing wrong that Hotaru did, maybe, was not write  privately to Shoju to tell him Kachiko's confession. But why should she?  Shoju let one murderer...Sotorii...pass as is.  Why would he not hide the second one? (his, potential, wife)  Quietly reporting it to Shoju would just make it more likely Shoju would make Hotaru dead and put the Crane at a big disadvantage in the court.  Not so good.

    You can love someone and still think clearly about things.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from phillos in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Court Games RPG Podcast:  https://open.spotify.com/show/2035IyUZAqYQQxmD233gMS
        This is focused on 5th Edition, and it follows the 5th edition fictions  and has a bunch of discussions on specific bits and pieces of the RPG ruleset, running L5R games, and also discusses Japanese cultural references when they are brought into the story.  It does talk about old lore, but primarily in context to new fictions, so pre-1122 Old Lore that looks to be consistent across both universes.  Each episode is generally between 35-45 minutes. It has interviews with the storyline writers and game designers for L5R as well.
    Court Games Actual Play - Fortune and Strife:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1Is9EQwJ6838bIPz2a2Rct
       This is an Actual Play series for L5R 5th Edition. It has good drama, I think, but it's also intended as a teaching RPG so we leave in a fair bit of the dice rolling and mechanics rather than cut it all out.  Each episode is generally 1 hour, though the most recent one is 1 1/2 hours.
     
    Court Games Actual Play - Crimson Gold Agonies: https://open.spotify.com/show/5LyBwPzyjXUo9DwhOEKhvt
      This is also an Actual Play series for L5R 5th Edition, but it has a different focus than Fortune and Strife. They remove most of the mechanics and focus on emergent game play, where the GM and Players (and the community) all contribute to the setting/story rather than the more traditional mechanics, similar to Powered by the Apocalypse.  Primarily it's a different kind of storytelling that other kinds of groups may prefer.
     
    Dead Unicorn Games is working on a teaching set of Youtube videos (I attached the first one below) and has some decent content.
    I hope this helps!
     
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Duty's Cost   
    Part 2 of Beneath the Light of Jade is out.
    The vote was close: Path of Courage won by 3 votes, according to Tyler.

    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/d0/8c/d08c3259-56a6-4823-acc3-e820ea8da8d9/op2_courage_dutys_cost.pdf
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from MonCalamariAgainstDrunkDriving in Gencon Announcement 2020   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Novatheorem in Gencon Announcement 2020   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from phillos in L5R Excluded from FFG Live AGAIN   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Kiso in Gencon Announcement 2020   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from JasonMFlow in Gencon Announcement 2020   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Court Games RPG Podcast:  https://open.spotify.com/show/2035IyUZAqYQQxmD233gMS
        This is focused on 5th Edition, and it follows the 5th edition fictions  and has a bunch of discussions on specific bits and pieces of the RPG ruleset, running L5R games, and also discusses Japanese cultural references when they are brought into the story.  It does talk about old lore, but primarily in context to new fictions, so pre-1122 Old Lore that looks to be consistent across both universes.  Each episode is generally between 35-45 minutes. It has interviews with the storyline writers and game designers for L5R as well.
    Court Games Actual Play - Fortune and Strife:  https://open.spotify.com/show/1Is9EQwJ6838bIPz2a2Rct
       This is an Actual Play series for L5R 5th Edition. It has good drama, I think, but it's also intended as a teaching RPG so we leave in a fair bit of the dice rolling and mechanics rather than cut it all out.  Each episode is generally 1 hour, though the most recent one is 1 1/2 hours.
     
    Court Games Actual Play - Crimson Gold Agonies: https://open.spotify.com/show/5LyBwPzyjXUo9DwhOEKhvt
      This is also an Actual Play series for L5R 5th Edition, but it has a different focus than Fortune and Strife. They remove most of the mechanics and focus on emergent game play, where the GM and Players (and the community) all contribute to the setting/story rather than the more traditional mechanics, similar to Powered by the Apocalypse.  Primarily it's a different kind of storytelling that other kinds of groups may prefer.
     
    Dead Unicorn Games is working on a teaching set of Youtube videos (I attached the first one below) and has some decent content.
    I hope this helps!
     
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Gencon Announcement 2020   
    We did get the following confirmation today on Discord:
     
    Later, Sam clarifies:
    That's thursday, July 30.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from T_Kageyasu in Next sourcebook announcement   
    Sparrow Please....
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Pompz1 in Unnofficial Fiction Anthology   
    Cool. This should make searching for text very easy.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Shadrack in New Fiction - Daidoji   
    Interestingly, I've scored New5R RPG materials, and I have only found 1 mention of gaijin pepper or gunpowder (unless you can find it elsewhere) and, where it is used, in the flavor text for 'cynicism', the speaker doesn't believe such stuff is real.  I don't know if it is really forbidden at all specifically, or if it is just considered unknown and gaijin in new5r. Its late though, so if you remember a better source, I'd appreciate it.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Novatheorem in Timeline for the Fictions So Far   
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wEhIccleYFIsL_C0zKAV3gk4U7XIcjNXokEsuMBbBZM/edit?usp=sharing
    Compiled by Kakita Kaori and Alphasquid.
    Feel free to take a look and tell me what you think. This is just my best guess.
    Methodology Notes:
    In general, assumptions I tried to use. If there is an event related to a piece of very personal information that an important person would be able to know about, and would be at the forefront of their thoughts if they were aware of it, AND if that person didn't have those thoughts/awareness of the event AND that person would have regular communication from a mix of sources during that time, I was willing to go on a limb and say that that that event happened after the POV, or close enough before to be in the same week.   I tried to use seasonal references if I had them, which are obviously very broad.  
    Though some, like Kurosunai Village, have a more defined seasonal reference like 'Soil baked dry after the long harsh summer' means it's going to be late summer, not early summer.   I generally assume that travel from any major place to a major place takes about a week. Toturi cuts it close a little.  
    I also use gross numbers and figure most complex mechanations take about a week unless I'm told otherwise. So Kachiko tells Yojiro to rig the Emerald championship a week before the EC. It could be longer, but it certainly shouldn't be shorter. I also TRIED to bias against having more stories within a single week. I really did. I wanted them to be more spread out, so if given any possibility to do so, I spread them out.
    The most awkward boundary was the '6 months ago' one in Children of the Empire. I fudged it a little. It's not exactly 6 months, it's probably more like 6 months + 1 to 2 weeks.
    I thought that was fair.   In heart of the garden, the author has the month of Bayushi directly follow the month of Doji in her date planning, which doesn't make sense and blows the sequence of events way off (putting 6 mo ago after Satsume's death) so I think that may just be a mistake and Shiba and Bayushi got switched, which makes for a straight forward timeline. The Pure Land Stories and the Naga Stories are the most unlinked from the main timeline and you're free to shove those around a little to your liking.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in All Fiction in PDF in Chronological Reading Order (temporarily)   
    This list is only temporary until @Maffster is able to update his list, found  Here.  I'm only making this because I can't update his post, and he has been out since Nov 2018.  He and I have slight disagreements about when certain stories fall (specifically, Tiger Stalks his Prey). This mostly focuses on Order of Release for all the new stuff, rather than trying to determine when, specifically, events occur in the timeline. 
    If you want to know when events occur relative to each other in time, you can find it here, at my New 5r Timeline.
     
    01 - The Great Clans ...........(PDF Version)
    02 - An Empire In Turmoil ...........(PDF Version)
    03 - A Season Of War ...........(PDF Version)
    04 - Her Fathers Daughter
    05 - The Price Of War
    06 - The Rising Wave
    07 - Dark Hands Of Heaven
    08 - Risen From The Flames
    09 - Curved Blades
    10 - Smokeless Fire
    11 - The World, A Stage
    12 - A Most Suitable Teacher
    13 - In the Garden of Lies (Part 1)
    14 - In the Garden of Lies (Part 2)
    15 - To The South (Part 1)
    16 - To The South (Part 2)
    17 - The Fate of Flames
    18 - Better To Be Certain
    19 - The Fires of Justice
    20 - The Stories We Tell
    21 - Blind Ambition  ...........(PDF Version)
    22 - Service and Sacrifice
    23 - A Difference Of Lanterns ...........(PDF Version)
    24 - Family Duty ...........(PDF Version)
    25 - Beneath, Below, Beyond
    26 - Court Games ...........(PDF Version)
    27 - Flying Chariot, Standing
    28 - Honor, Loyalty, Duty
    29 - The Bright Flame of the World's Glory ...........(PDF Version)
    30 - Wildcats And Dragon Teeth
    31 - Fireflies ...........(PDF Version)
    32 - The Spectres of War
    33 - The Sword And The Spirits - Chapters
    34 - Repentance Does Not Come First
    35 - The Sword And The Spirits - Epilogue
    36 - Tempests and Tides ...........(PDF Version)
    37 - A Crane Takes Flight
    38 - Gaze Into Darkness ...........(PDF Version)
    39 - Kurosunai Village
    40 - Awakened ...........(PDF Version)
    41 - Outsiders
    42 - Dreams of Shadow ...........(PDF Version)
    43 - Heart of the Garden
    44 - Snow And Sun ...........(PDF Version)
    45 - Between the Lines
    46 - A Swift End ...........(PDF Version)
    Whispers of Shadow and Steel
    47 - Tiger Stalks His Prey  (Duplicate from the old)
    48 - A Simple Test
    Whispers of Shadow and Steel
    49 - A Call to Stewardship - Unicorn Clan Letter
    50 - A Call to Leadership - Lion Clan Letter
    51 - A Call to Witness - Dragon Clan Letter
    52 - A Call for Diplomacy - Crane Clan Letter
    53 - A Call for Unity - Phoenix Clan Letter
    54 - A Call to Investigate - Crab Clan Letter
    55 - A Call to Duty - Scorpion Clan Letter
    56 - Small Mercies
    57 -Like Seeds on the Wind
    58 – Imperial Gifts
    Across the Burning Sands
    59 – Rule from Horseback
    60 – Tactical Maneuvers
    61 – Tiger Stalks His Prey
    62 – Children of the Empire Part 1
    63 – Children of the Empire Part 2
    64 – Children of the Empire Part 3
    65 – The Last Stone Played
    66 – 2019 Clan Letters
    67 – Falling Stars
    68 – By the Stroke of a Brush
    69 – Red Petals Scatter
    70 – Two Swords Fall from Heaven
    71 – Black and White
    72 – Behind the Empty Throne
    73 – Roar of the Lioness
    74 – Wind Through Falling Leaves
    75 – The Price of Failure
    76 – Trust Me
    77 – A Game of Promises
    78 – The Cornered Lion Part 1
    79 – The Cornered Lion Part 2
    80 – Bloody Harvest
    81 – Pine and Cherry Blossom
    82 – We Strike First
    83 – Beyond Reach
    84 – What the Eye Cannot See
    85 – A Night Storm Rages
    86 – Cold Autumn Harvests
    87 – Hidden Markings
    88 - The Art of Matchmaking
    89 - How the World Ought to Work 
    90 - Caged Birds
    91 - Violence Behind Courtliness
    92 - Truth and Lies 
    93 - Courtly Nets and Hidden Snares
    94 - The Sea and the Sun's Shadow
    95 - Heart of the Mountain
    96 - A Missive from the Front - Lion Clan
    97 - A Missive from the Front - Unicorn Clan
    98 - A Secret Letter - Scorpion Clan
    99 - A Discerning Eye and an Unyielding Resolve
    100 - Daidoji
    101 - Beneath the Light of Jade
    102 - The Shadow of Glory
    103 - Duty's Cost
    104 - A Stained Cup
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in All Fiction in PDF in Chronological Reading Order (temporarily)   
    We've reached #100.  Congratulations FFG!
     

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    KakitaKaori reacted to DGLaderoute in New Fiction - Daidoji   
    I don't disagree. However, I would like to introduce you to the two words that are the true master of any freelance writer:
    WORD COUNT
    We writers are allowed to write to a particular word count for a story. In that word count, we have to deliver all the story beats, and accomplish all the dramatic goals, that are intended for the story. There are NEVER enough words to say all the things we would just love to say, or explain, or expand up, or whatever. The essential dramatic purpose of this passage was to show the reader that past "cruel, paranoid and destructive" Emperors had caused great mayhem in the Empire, and then imply that Sotorii could lead to the same thing. I think it accomplished that, but yes, we could have gone on with more explanation as to how Toturi knows that, how common that knowledge is, etc. But that would just be exposition, and worse, exposition that doesn't advance the plot or help develop the characters. And in a 3500 word story or whatever, you simply don't have scope for that, if it's not something absolutely essential to the story.
    So, maybe think of it this way. It's not that that story was lacking that information; it's that this discussion, here, is a bit of value-added, a "bonus feature"...you know, like a movie that comes with a voice-over from the director and actors and such, explaining stuff about what you're seeing on-screen.
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    KakitaKaori reacted to Kinzen in New Fiction - Daidoji   
    So. Much. This.
    And it's tangential to the specific point here, but: the majority of the stories I've personally written for L5R have been capped at three thousand words. I think for two of them, I've been permitted to go up to four thousand. By now you all probably have a general sense of how much that feels like, but for context, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America define a short story as anything up to 7500 words. Now, we have the advantage of not needing to make each fiction completely self-contained -- we can get away with skipping a bunch of the exposition we'd have to do for an ordinary tale, and not delivering full closure at the end -- but even so, we're constrained to the bottom *half* of what's usually considered short story territory. So yeah, in DGL's shoes, I likewise would not have chosen to devote words to how Toturi learned about a piece of secret history and how he had reacted to it at the time, when the purpose of bringing that up was mostly to provide context for something happening in the present moment. We're not just writing short stories, we're writing fairly small ones, and it is often tough to work at that length.
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from Kinzen in All Fiction in PDF in Chronological Reading Order (temporarily)   
    We've reached #100.  Congratulations FFG!
     

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    KakitaKaori reacted to JasonMFlow in Challenge, Focus, Strike! Episode 1 Available now!   
    Episode 1 of Challenge Focus Strike! is now available on all major podcast platforms. In this episode a case of mistaken identity leads to a supernatural cold case that could have ramifications for an entire village. https://cfspod.weebly.com/home/episode-1-ghost-of-a-chance Anchor: https://bit.ly/37SjkHW Apple: https://apple.co/31bEX4K Spotify: https://spoti.fi/37WpGGc Stitcher: https://bit.ly/2Yvpgnv   Follow us on Twitter: @CFSPod  
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    KakitaKaori got a reaction from scottomail in Court Games Podcast: Build a School   
    Our Podcast Court Games has an interview with Max Brooke and Katrina Ostrander discussing Building a School as in Path of Waves you might be interested in.

    https://courtgamespod.com/podcast/5e-school-creation-w-katrina-ostrander-and-max-brooke/
     
    We also built the Kakita Artisan School in there you might want to take a look at:
     
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tzYpcgGcLfVCrG_ZEJMg2AJv8mt56NaJ/view
     
    Hope you enjoy!
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