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    BitRunr got a reaction from Bayushi Tsubaki in Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)   
    If you don't think Shosuro Actors do any sneaking or backstabbing (the ones who become ninja -there's plenty who are "just" skilled actors), I don't know what to tell you. No.
    In terms of numbers, the Bitter Lies are a minor footnote for almost their entire history, and likely are better served through literally anything other than being a full school.
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    BitRunr reacted to Magnus Grendel in The Issue with Ronin and New Families in Rokugan & Solution   
    Indeed. I think that a more active 'ecology' of minor clans and minor clan vassal families is probably a sensible addition to the setting. I agree that major clans families rarely get meaningfully threatened - not least because they are essentially people's nailed-to-the-colours factions and inherit a degree of customer-driven plot armour, but seeing some minor clans that were recently created, or seeing them collapse and be disbanded, would help explain where ronin come from. However, the numbers need to do that would I think lead to a much less stable and violent (militarily or economically) than is implied in the setting.
     
     
    You can claim to be a ronin when really a bandit or peasant mercenary, provided your claimed lineage isn't easily disprovable; which means once ronin aren't that rare to begin with, it becomes more credible to add more. But that argument doesn't hold water if there are relatively few places a ronin could credibly have come from.
    Also noted that the L5r setting does include Musha Shugyo Ronin - who aren't exactly Ronin in the 'masterless men' sense so much as 'currently masterless men' - they are essentially released temporarily from their obligations to go out and study....war? bushido? the real world? sort of a Gempukku equivalent of a Gap Year, I guess. Which helps provide Ronin warm bodies to fill out an army, but doesn't give you people who'd be prepared to sign on into a clan not their own.
     
     
    I agree you can't have 'ronin families ruling cities'. Any lord holding territory within the Empire is either (a) beholden to a family Daimyo, or a clan daimyo above them, or the Emperor above them, or is a rebel. If you're not a clan member, you're a direct imperial vassal. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but I agree it's definitely not the same as being a ronin.
     
     
    Elevation for service is definitely a thing. We've seen in FFG's L5R a new vassal family be born in Outsiders:
    "But it was some time before she could complete the letter. She kept rereading the first line. It addressed her as “Kaito Kosori of Cliffside Shrine.”
    Not “Isawa Kosori no Kaito.” Kaito Kosori. This was not the convention by which one addressed a mere vassal of the family. There was only one reason they would do this."
    It's an Isawa vassal group being 'spun off' as a vassal family. Critically, we're not talking pureblood Isawa here; I agree someone accepting a social demotion for independence is theoretically possible but unlikely  and can't be expected as a 'default' answer.
     
     
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    BitRunr reacted to Tabris2k in The Issue with Ronin and New Families in Rokugan & Solution   
    Dude... you’re looking for logic in a game where people talk with spirits, demons exist, and a sword can have powers. 
    Whenever in doubt, “A (few) kami did it” works wonders as an explanation in Rokugan. 
    Also, as always, Rokugan is not Japan. 
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    BitRunr reacted to AtoMaki in Mirumoto School Ability   
    Catching a blade with your hand(s) is a very fantasy samurai thing to do.
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    BitRunr reacted to Magnus Grendel in Never mind.   
    I'm not sure whether I will be put off - I've no firsthand experience of him (hence  the query) - but I've had enough grief off kickstarters even from fairly reputable companies to understand it (which is why I won't touch crowdfunding with a bargepole these days).
    Regardless, thanks for the heads-up, as I wouldn't have known him from adam.
    Politics aside, if you feel that strongly, I strongly advocate a (polite) complaint letter to FFG - sending them a letter directly is far more likely to get their attention than a forum announcement.
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    BitRunr reacted to Magnus Grendel in Who marries into a family?   
    This. A minor clan champion is higher status than a great clan samurai, so the great clan samurai would be expected to become a member of the minor clan.
    But any marriage between high ranking individuals is generally political rather than romantic, and exceptions are often written into the terms of the deal - Shinjo Altansarai was happy to go along with grudgingly accepting being Mrs Ikoma because the wedding was one part of a treaty to 'shelve' the Lion Clan's claims to Unicorn territory, despite her higher status (until she found out the guy was already married, and the wife was going to kill herself and put the blood on the Unicorn's hands if she went through with it - something the Lion had 'sadly neglected to mention')
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    BitRunr reacted to easl in Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)   
    IIRC they were generally portrayed as being very traditional in many ways (with some obvious exceptions).  Bushi fulfill the bushi roles, etc. They're a great clan that firmly believes their duty to the Emperor includes disreputable actions, not a thieves' guild.
    I took the school choices to be a publishing decision, not a setting decision. I.e. they decided on one school per family for the core book, with the intent to publish additional schools (both to known families and new ones) in supplements.  Of course, that brings up the entirely different debate of how 'complete' an RPG should be in it's core book. I think it's a legitimate gripe against the core book choices to complain if you don't think the Scorpion clan can be played effectively without a supplement.
    [Late edit] Overall I'd say I would've preferred the publishing strategy of 'every clan gets a bushi, courtier, shugenja, and other' 
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    BitRunr reacted to Magnus Grendel in Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)   
    This. A good part of the reason no-one has Ninjutsu as one of their three technique classes is that there really aren't enough techniques to justify it.
    Any sourcebook including a school which does so had better also include a shed-load of extra techniques...
     
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    BitRunr reacted to Wyrmdog in Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)   
    The former. Honestly, I would have dropped one of the shugenja schools and not worried so much about each family getting a school out of the gate. I feel it would be better to give each clan a Courtier, Bushi and Shugenja, then one specialist school as a baseline. I don't see the relationship of school to family as important as filling the school roles for each clan.
    This is just my opinion. I am not getting after anyone for seeing it differently, just trying to explain why I don't like the design decision and what I'd rather was done, I guess. Griping. 😃
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    BitRunr reacted to Franwax in Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)   
    Well sure, Infiltrators can parade as bushi - that’s what they usually do in broad daylight. It may even work mechanically, but the bulk of the military-oriented Scorpions hail from the Bayushi bushi school. Most Scorpion bushi never get even close to using Ninjutsu techniques. It is a big thematic gap.
    Nobody would suggest that since Kakita bushi have access to Shuji and are overall well educated, we don’t need to have Crane courtiers in the core rules. 
    And before this is brought up again, the “one school per family” excuse is a lazy one. The Bayushi happen to have two iconic and widely attended schools and there should have been room to show both of them. 
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    BitRunr reacted to AK_Aramis in When do you stop using Duel?   
    I believe you mean Seppuku, but the idea of forcing a samurai to do a math puzzle is a fun one.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from Avatar111 in rank 6 abilities   
    I don't see the problem with World Of Shadows; am I missing something? The GM decides the TN based on the plausibility of what you're attempting, and has final say on what's acceptable. The MA does say "all along", but the actual sticking point of how long an illusion has been masquerading as reality can be as low as "at least a few moments". The GM has to sign off on how far back you go, and it's entirely plausible that they'll pull up your epic rewrite of Bayushi Bob never even existing, because he clearly was here to shiv Kakita Carl, has a backlog of nefarious actions that aren't illusory, and you only passed your gempukku this decade.
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    BitRunr reacted to AK_Aramis in Got Some Rules Answers From FFG   
    Real-world weapon binds tend to actually not be grapples of the weapon. Fastest way to break free of my hilt bind (using a rapier) is to take your blade offline from me. Disarming is a separate technique.
    With a quillon-less weapon, binds are usually of the "press" variety: I force your blade against yourself. Pretty much, anything BUT hitting me is doable.
    Lesser used, but still practical with curved blades vs , is the coiled pin - it's usually used to disarm. I hook my backedge around yours, apply leverage, and then attack offhand. I've done it with scimitar, once, and had it done to me more than once; it's impossible with a rapier. If I keep the tension, you have to move with it, withdraw, or let go.
    Sai and Jitte, have trapping arms - you slot the blade, and twist to hold. A straight retreat can often defeat it, as can simply pulling up hard. Too strong a twist near the end  of the trapped blade with the sai or jitte, and you can potentially snap the trapped blade.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from sndwurks in Long Distance Communication in Rokugan   
    It's rank 5 in 4e, and you must know the target.
    Legacy of Kaze-no-Kami is rank 1, and creates a bird to carry a spoken message of up to a minute's length at least 10 miles.
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    BitRunr reacted to Daeglan in Source book "Emerald Empire" preview   
    Not as big a problem as people think. As long as you provide a legal means of buying the digital format. A big mistake many publishers make is treating customers as theives and thinking pirates were lost customers. Pirates arent customers and customers tend to be fairly honest.
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    BitRunr reacted to nameless ronin in Source book "Emerald Empire" preview   
    Like I said, single clan mechanics wouldn't make an adventure module worth buying for me. I also dislike mixing adventure modules with game materials meant for players - players shouldn't want to read through adventure books. I get the notion of trying to sell more modules that way, but I doubt the effectiveness. Usually I see one person in the group buy such items, with the others getting a photocopy of the crunchy bits they need, or it's straight to (illegal) download (FFG's habit of going with small printruns that sell out in a week or two in Europe don't help in that regard either, nor the later release dates). Bigger, crunchier books seem to sell more consistently.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from MonkeyPaste in Master of Void? Void Shugenja?   
    Void magic was also balanced by the fact that you were directly connecting to the wellspring of everything and nothing. If you weren't cautious, that was enough reason for the GM to slowly introduce you to the kind of issues that could result. If you didn't wise up, then speech impediments, preternatural aging, wounds, disadvantages (ie; touch of the void), etc were all possible results when attempting to cast void spells, possibly through attempting to cast powerful spells, using a large numbers of raises, failing (or succeeding) by large margins, or just not respecting/understanding the power, responsibilities, and consequences of what you were meddling with. Going back earlier, there are stranger and more punitive results of overconfident meddling, from physical deformities, all the way to having your past fractured into something approaching a weird multiple choice quiz that no one (least of all you) can remember the true answer to.
    Come to think of it, Annihilation (Feb 2018) has a lot of visuals reminiscent of Void magic gone wrong. Or right.
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    BitRunr reacted to Kai Kazegami in High-res map   
    Hey hey,
    I just acquired the PDF version of the 5e core rulebook. Loving it!
    I think it would be nice to have a high resolution version of the 5e Rokugan map. Maybe 4k+ or at least around 3000 wide.
    It is a highly important (and beautiful) piece of lore, and it bugs me a bit that it gets blurry when I zoom in on the labels.
    Does the community already has access to a high res version of the map?

    Edit: For example, this is a zoom-in on a label on the PDF:

    Hard to read!
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    BitRunr got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Shugenja and Scrolls   
    I always thought of spell scrolls as containing all the known conditionals and localised requirements that form the correct prayer for the current situation - which is why spell scrolls are huge, and memorising them takes considerable effort for something that needs seconds to complete.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from Tonbo Karasu in Shugenja and Scrolls   
    I always thought of spell scrolls as containing all the known conditionals and localised requirements that form the correct prayer for the current situation - which is why spell scrolls are huge, and memorising them takes considerable effort for something that needs seconds to complete.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from Myrion in Shugenja and Scrolls   
    I always thought of spell scrolls as containing all the known conditionals and localised requirements that form the correct prayer for the current situation - which is why spell scrolls are huge, and memorising them takes considerable effort for something that needs seconds to complete.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from AK_Aramis in Master of Void? Void Shugenja?   
    Void magic was also balanced by the fact that you were directly connecting to the wellspring of everything and nothing. If you weren't cautious, that was enough reason for the GM to slowly introduce you to the kind of issues that could result. If you didn't wise up, then speech impediments, preternatural aging, wounds, disadvantages (ie; touch of the void), etc were all possible results when attempting to cast void spells, possibly through attempting to cast powerful spells, using a large numbers of raises, failing (or succeeding) by large margins, or just not respecting/understanding the power, responsibilities, and consequences of what you were meddling with. Going back earlier, there are stranger and more punitive results of overconfident meddling, from physical deformities, all the way to having your past fractured into something approaching a weird multiple choice quiz that no one (least of all you) can remember the true answer to.
    Come to think of it, Annihilation (Feb 2018) has a lot of visuals reminiscent of Void magic gone wrong. Or right.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from Hida Jitenno in Master of Void? Void Shugenja?   
    Void magic was also balanced by the fact that you were directly connecting to the wellspring of everything and nothing. If you weren't cautious, that was enough reason for the GM to slowly introduce you to the kind of issues that could result. If you didn't wise up, then speech impediments, preternatural aging, wounds, disadvantages (ie; touch of the void), etc were all possible results when attempting to cast void spells, possibly through attempting to cast powerful spells, using a large numbers of raises, failing (or succeeding) by large margins, or just not respecting/understanding the power, responsibilities, and consequences of what you were meddling with. Going back earlier, there are stranger and more punitive results of overconfident meddling, from physical deformities, all the way to having your past fractured into something approaching a weird multiple choice quiz that no one (least of all you) can remember the true answer to.
    Come to think of it, Annihilation (Feb 2018) has a lot of visuals reminiscent of Void magic gone wrong. Or right.
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    BitRunr reacted to omnicrone in Why does lion give + water?   
    Water was always the associated ring to the Lion. It was the Ring of War in previous editions, harboring the Strength attribute and being used for Battle rolls (Battle was tied to Perception back then) and Kitsu always had Water affinity as well. Akodo also tended to have high Fire (Intelligence + Agility) while Matsu, although always fighting in Fire stance, most of the times had Fire and Air as their dump rings. A starting Matsu in 4E could conceivably start with a Water Ring of 4.
    In 5E the Water/Earth that was natural to Matsu isn't quite right, so they are clearly trying to push them to be Earth/Fire.
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    BitRunr got a reaction from OokamiGauru in Vassal Family Creation   
    I could get behind the idea of vassal family samurai PCs receiving less starting glory, but being able to swap out a single school skill for something specific to that vassal family. This would also make it easy to create your own vassal families ...
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