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Bayushi Karyudo

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  1. I was actually thinking on the case of crafting skills. It kinda sucks for them, because if you're a crafter of X, you're kind of expected to know how to repair, adapt, and at least improve that X. Invent and attune are in the "Master" league, so to speak, but still... that's 3 of 5 rings you need to invest just to be able to do your job. And with Rings being used for multiple skills (instead of 2 Traits per Ring), it kinda turns into "Oh, I just buy a little skill in Y, and now I'm rolling like a boss in it" Not quite sure how I feel about it :/
  2. Correct me I'm reading this wrong, but if you want to be really good at your job, you need to invest heavily in -all- rings..? (page 80 onwards)
  3. I.... wow. I see the intent, and the desire to make something that pleases everyone... but oh my, it does feel terribly messy.
  4. What he said ^ A word of wariness though - it may be easy to think "oh, we'll change all things and it will give people a reason to buy!", but it would be wrong - if you change the elements that make players comfortable and familiar with a RPG, they will just go away (I'm looking at you, D&D 4th) and search for alternatives.
  5. I wouldn't call it being "duped by advertisement". But simply a matter of offer and demand. My demand is to play RPGs. If the offer in my 'local environment' is simply of D20 (be it D&D X edition, Pathfinder, or some other variant) I am either forced to play it, or not play any RPG at all. After a while, you grow so used to it (inertia is a HUGE factor in these things) that you just don't want to learn a whole new system/game. Regardless of the flaws you perceive in it.
  6. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/EDqXn Not exactly cards, but card art. Though I really hope "Bayushi SHOYU" is just a typo... >_> please don't give the Scorpion a Soy Sauce Champion.
  7. This. Everyone is always ready to assume the worst, to assume that whoever is on the other side of the screen is a disgusting human being. No one is remotely willing to give people the benefit of the doubt - not just here, but in general everywhere. That is the true tragedy - that in the haste to be the first to denounce something, or to be seen as virtuous, folks are so ready to trash everyone else without pausing a single minute to think, "hey, maybe the guy just made a mistake and didn't mean anything much". Such is the haste that, not content with raising the matter in the original reddit AMA, even after an apology has been made, the matter was raised in the l5r facebook group (until locked because it was devolving in pointless insulting back and forth) and now a ghost account is created here for... what? More of the same? The guy made a mistake. He apologized. "To err is human". Unless you're all aliens or robots, some people should remember that. Now please can we go back to L5R and discussing the new game?
  8. Wow. A reasonable point of view being presented in this kind of thread? I am stunned. And yeah, going around and giving sentences malicious intent is like, many a sad person's hobby. It is both unfortunate to see it in this community, and to see it going to 4 pages already - when we ALL know this goes around in circles and achieves no purpose at all other than people becoming angry at one another.
  9. You are absolutely correct and that NPC does indeed exist. City of Lies, GM's Guide. Shosuro Gobei is the NPC you're thinking about.
  10. Keep in mind, this would also work in the ongoing story. 'Spider' becomes just a different name for Shadowlands Horde, and whatever untainted remains of them were left behind are either retconned out of existence (YAY), or sent to the same place Minor Clans go (once in a blue moon appearance). And Mantis got nuked in Onyx.
  11. Could this mean they will simply pick from where the Winter Court IV ended? *hopeful*
  12. Yea, I've heard this theory before. Sadly, Scorpions seems to be the only one to find such a theory interesting ! Well, take a look at the Onyx fictions the story team put out I personally love one of the last acts, where the Lion see the actions of Nitoshi....
  13. Put me in the field of those that like the reduced deck size. Or rather, reduced -minimum- deck size. It's an elegant solution to a real problem, and truly... nothing prevents folks from increasing their decks to the 40/40 they were used to, once more cards are released for the game But a minimum of 30/30... yeah, me likes.
  14. Yep, I agree with that. It's the equivalent to a wild arms race. And, let's be honest here - if you're playing in a game where everything important that happens is combat (aka, a dungeon-crawler type of game), and still you choose a non-combat character, then you should expect and agree to be sidelined when said combat situations happen - for the benefit of being the only one able to do Thing X when it becomes required. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the GM to make sure all characters have an equal chance to shine and be relevant - in a number of characters become constantly sidelined in a game campaign, and consequently the players get bored, that is not the game mechanics fault - it is the GM's.
  15. From what I understood the L5R backstory was fairly barebones at release in '95 and was mostly backfilled starting with the release of the RPG in '97. This is different than restarting the storyline from where AEG left it off in 2015. This would be closer to having a plot heavy serial TV series canceled a few episodes into a season and then having it brought back 2 years later. You can't just continue things from where they left off 2 years ago. You need to bring both new and returning lapsed viewers up to speed or create a new starting point from which you can backfill the missing story despite what active "fans" think. I think I mentioned this before, but I can counter that line of thought with two words: Star Wars.
  16. No matter what they do a fair number of people will be upset at the start. The question will be if the influx of brand new players who join will be greater than the number of upset players who do not return depending on the choices made. New players won't care if it will be reboot or not. New players will care plenty -- and not be new players for long -- if a brand-new game requires more reading and study then university exams. A fresh start is the only sensible choice. Cut those apron strings and all the cruft and complications of the setting, story and timeline in recent times can be moved past. That's akin to claim that no one would care much for L5R when it got released, because of its long and complex background story, going back to the world's creation when the Kami fell. 20 years of success said otherwise - you don't need to know ALL the lore to enjoy a game. And the same will hold true if things are kept as they are.
  17. That.... already exists. The existing "Extra Attack" Maneuver, at a 5 raises cost. The bushi's "Attack as Simple Action" could be rewritten as a "you can make an extra attack maneuver for 0 raises", with no mechanical difference (that I can spot anyway).
  18. I'd like to see it continue where the previous one left, and not just because I have a personal stake in it (due to the last Winter Court), but I think one of the biggest strengths of L5R over the years was its sense of a continued story.
  19. With the division in the Scorpion, between those loyal to Kanpeki and those not, will there be two Scorpion delegations?
  20. Flattering TsuTsu-chan will not get you cookies. (Sorry. Huge inside joke) But, but..... cookies!
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