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Posts posted by KerenRhys

  1. Honestly, while the way DarkHorse is saying it is a bit exaggerated, I also kinda feel like that. I can totally relate to the list he has written to explain this feeling.

    Overall, I'd guess the main reason for that is not the writing itself but the pacing of story updates. It's been 2 years since the release, almost 2,5 years since the beginning of the storyline publication, and it feels like that during that time, not much happened that has changed things (excepted the emperor's death obviously). For me (maybe because I've have been spoiled with AEG storyline tempo), it's far too long for a status quo situation and for build up time. At that pace, assuming the Clan War doesn't go poof and isn't rushed, how long before a potential Day of Thunder* ? 5-6 years?

    I also feel that it's too long for major storywise domination for 1 clan and I think it's a big part of why DarkHorse feels that way. Contrary to the 6 others, the Scorpion Clan had basically no real struggle during those 2 years (or did I forgot something?). I know it's a "greatness before the fall" situation, but then again, 2 and an half year and that "fall" is still not there. It may come soon, it may come in a year, but, maybe unfairly, with the previous pacing, I'd bet more on "in 1 year" than on "in a few weeks".

    * I know that FFG may decide to not go that way, I'm just using it as a well-known milestone for the story.


    3 minutes ago, Hellvlad said:

    It is clearly written in he rules that the chaining system will not be used in Organized Play

    And I'd add that the suggested use of chaining in casual play is tracking the results of each deck against each deck, which will be a chore to do, even with an app.

  3. 3 hours ago, shineyorkboy said:

    It's not crazy. It's a completely valid analogy.

    You've got one group engaged in an endeavor that ultimately fails and abandons it. Then a second group comes along and assumes responsibility for it.

    I hope for FFG and L5R that your analogy won't be totally correct, because at the end, America ultimately failed too, after lots of lies, casualties and wasted years.

  4. Actually, I think we'll see an announcement pretty soon for a release at GenCon this year. The last time FFG had a year without a new LCG was in 2013 and FFG has known a long time that SW would end with this pack so they had the time to push forward the design of a new game. A March announcement with a pre-release at GenCon would be in line with how they did it for Conquest and L5R (kinda).

    Now, which setting and which kind of gameplay (coop or competitive)? That's a good question. Their coop are doing well (and they just released a competitive LCG with L5R) so they could be tempted to go that way but will they want to have 3 of them at the same time? That may be a bit much. For the setting, I'd put a coin on Twilight Imperium. With Conquest and SW out of the picture, there's a space for a Sci-fi/Space Opera themed game.

  5. 13 hours ago, Shiba Gunichi said:

    Hopefully she delivers on the words her prior continuity's incarnation used, and actually demands an equal voice on the Council. Not yet, of course- far, far too early yet (especially with all of one Phoenix-POV fictions to date)

    I know that it was a small one and it still doesn't put Phoenix on the same page as Lion, Scorpion and Crane, but there was also the Smokeless Fire as a Phoenix-POV fiction.


    4 hours ago, Shiba Gunichi said:

    Once again, for at least the third time, he says, outright, that being spotted by a single Mantis vessel spells the doom of any Imperial shipping endeavor above a certain size. What part of that don't you get? That is a pathetic degree of weakness on the part of the Empire, and for him to imply it in a private conversation between daimyo is an incredibly dumb thing to be saying.

    I do understand the point that maybe it shouldn't be said, but I don't get where does the surprise that imperial navy (and Great Clans' navy at that time) is really weak come from. It was the same in the old storyline, where nobody had any real kind of naval power except for the Mantis. Crane made some progress on that front only after the Mantis became a Great Clan and the Crab had their turtle ships but those are not seaworthy. I'd remind that in old Rokugan, for a long time, there was a law that forbid anybody to make improvements on ships (law that I doubt Mantis "pirates" would choose to respect).

    So, stating that the Empire can't do much against Mantis fleet is the simple truth. The only question would be "Is it wise to say the naked truth?" In a supposedly private meeting between daimyo who perfectly know that situation and with Taka's testimony worth less than Yoshi's (due to their respective status), I'm not sure it really matters.

  7. 1 hour ago, LordBlunt said:


    Yup, that's the character.


    Secondly, it is not that difficult for Crane or Lion to gain the Imperial Favor. This is a point that many posters have argued over and over again, on various threads. As a result, these newly released character cards are doubling down on Lion and Crane having access to the Imperial Favor more commonly than, say, the other Clans; which only heightens the abilities of these new characters even more.  


    Crane and Lion having easier access to the IA than Phoenix, really? 

    I won't deny that Lion is at the top of cards quality in the Imperial cycle currently. But, I'd argue that Phoenix is there too, and above Crane.

  8. Seeing that Crane and Scorpion seals give secondary traits (and that neither gives Courtier), I doubt a little that Bushi, Shugenja and maybe Monk will be given by the other seals. I think we should look into other less common traits.

    My bet would be :

     - Crab : Scout or Berserker.

     - Dragon : Tattooed? Nothing based on it for now, but some tattooes could come.

     - Lion : Commander maybe. There's Akodo Tashiro power that's based on it.

     - Phoenix : Scholar? Yojimbo? Not much use for either of them currently. Maybe they could go another way with the Phoenix and allow the player to choose any of the 5 elemental traits?

     - Unicorn : Cavalry

  9. 27 minutes ago, Barbacuo said:

    until people made choices just to downgrade another clan rhey don't play, just because they don't like it.

    That didn't happen and repeating it again and again as a broken record won't make it any more true.

    The 2 guys who made the decision (known here as Hinomura - scorpion hatamoto since GenCon and scorpion player for a long time in the old ccg - and Evilgm - admin of the scorpion clan forum) are both currently scorpion players. FFS, it has been repeated again and again, how is it so difficult to understand?

  10. 26 minutes ago, SolidusPrime said:

    I'm implying that I don't necessarily believe that that was your motivation, or his, yes.

    Neither of you are anything but names on a forum to me, and people do way shadier things in these games all the time. The name calling isn't really necessary just because I might not believe you or disagree with you. Grow up.

    Seeing you're the one who are calling somebody a liar, I don't think you're in a good place to protest about name calling. 

  11. 7 hours ago, selderane said:

    You think the game designers are so stupid that it took you to save them from themelves? 

    Is it your first card game? Because designers and playtest teams making mistakes/missing something isn't something so rare that it's make it as impossible as you put it. If that was the case there wouldn't ever be any need to ban/errata/limit cards, which is something that happens regularly in most card games, even FFG ones.

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