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    BCumming got a reaction from BayushiCroy in Greetings Future Samurai of Rokugan (update and necrothread)   
    History is much more fun for all involved when it's "Hey, let me share this awesome thing with you" and not "I can't believe you don't know about this thing you weren't around for."
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    BCumming reacted to Kiseki in Greetings Future Samurai of Rokugan (update and necrothread)   
    Yeah, I think that'll be important to remember.  While I fully plan to share my stories of "the good old days", I really want people who pick up the game and play with me to not to see it as "my game" versus "their game", but rather "our game".  That'll be hard at times on both sides, I'm sure, but I love sharing this world, and want the game to be successful even if it turns out to not be for me.
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    BCumming reacted to Gaffa in Active Balancing is Important to L5R   
    Internet polls aren't worth the electrons they burn.
    Like Wizards, however, FFG does get feedback from a number of sources beyond listening to their fans on their forums (I'll note that Wizards closed all their forums some time ago, so it's not like they read their own forums now either). Mostly it's from playtester feedback, but also from Organized Play reports, conventions, and marketing reports. FFG also has a huge play area in their own store in Roseville, where the designers are known to hang out (plus the Source, Minnesota's biggest game venue, is only about a kilometer away), so they get a lot of direct player feedback and interaction (albeit limited to the local playgroups) there as well.
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    BCumming reacted to RandomJC in Yokatsu vs. Altarnasai: same character?   
    Meh, different strokes for different folks.
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    BCumming reacted to twinstarbmc in New Article: The Conflicts of Rokugan   
    We need to figure out how to get the most MPG (Military/Political/Glory) out of our decks!
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    BCumming reacted to twinstarbmc in New Article: The Conflicts of Rokugan   
    One of the big benefits of attachments in this format over others (Old5R, Magic, etc) is that they can come out of your hand mid-combat, providing both a bonus that lasts as long as the character it's on and an element of surprise. That right there makes them a little stronger here than in other games.
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    BCumming got a reaction from MrMenthe in Perspective from a new player   
    That's because you don't like paying for cards.
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    BCumming reacted to BlindSamurai13 in ...You May Be a <Insert Clan>   
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    BCumming reacted to khaighle in ...You May Be a <Insert Clan>   
    If you know that Rarity is clearly a Crane and not a Unicorn you might be too multidisciplinary.
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    BCumming got a reaction from Sparks Duh in Perspective from a new player   
    That's because you don't like paying for cards.
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    BCumming reacted to Iuchi Toshimo in New Article: The Conflicts of Rokugan   
    He wandered straight out of the Empire...
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    BCumming reacted to Kakita Shiro in Question about providences   
    Province, not providence.
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    BCumming reacted to Tetsuro in Yokatsu vs. Altarnasai: same character?   
    I'm desperately hoping this is true of the Kolat. As a pseudo-Yakuza they are fine, but some of the aspects of their story (sleeper agents, magic rock cellphones) are some of the dumbest things that existed in the history of L5R, and that's saying something.
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    BCumming reacted to Ide Yoshiya in How Fantastical is This?   
    The diversity between the families flows naturally from the Unicorn's history of appropriating foreign cultures, peoples, and ideas. They remain in solidarity due to their shared history, and to the fact that the other clans look at them all as foreign, even if it's mostly because the Moto are obviously gaijin and the xenophobic sensibilities of Rokugan paint the entire clan as gaijin as a result. In short, it's their shared identity as outsiders that unites the families of the Unicorn, which is ultimately why I have such a particular fondness for the family you forgot to mention, the Ide, who work tirelessly to squash this negative image of the clan as a whole. As for the Shinjo, I think it's fair to say that all of the Kami families derive much of their identity from their namesake, and the Shinjo are no different. Shinjo was the only Kami who showed sympathy and compassion for Fu Leng, even going so far as to attempt to reconcile with her fallen brother, which deeply enraged Hantei. Following this example, the Unicorn as a whole but particularly the Shinjo, have an enduring philosophy that favors Compassion in all things.

    EDIT: TL;DR the Unicorn are outsiders, and their unity as a clan is more on the order of that flavor than their shared mechanics (because let's be honest: mobility is their key mechanic, so when you take that away it's hard to describe them collectively). Whether they are political or martial, honorable or not-so-honorable, depends on the family your deck focuses on, and your playstyle, of course.
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    BCumming reacted to Ishi Tonu in ...You May Be a <Insert Clan>   
    If you insist that the best way to eat rice is by dual-wielding your chopsticks, you may be Dragon clan.
    If your Garmin only says "The arrow knows the way" when you ask for directions, you may be Mantis clan.
    If your favorite movie is "Groundhog Day" you may be Phoenix clan
    If you "think this song is about you" you may be Crane clan
    If you have a strange obsession with laser pointers you may be Lion clan
    If you think Rarity is the best pony in ponyville you may be Unicorn clan
    If you have blue "truck-nuts"and a bumper sticker that says "chicks dig the tetsubo" you may be Crab clan.
    If you're sick of Samuel Jackson's opinions on which airline you fly, you may be Naga
    If you insist all your children's names have as many vowels as consonants, you may be Ratling
    If Shaggy's "It wasn't me" is your anthem song, you may be Scorpion clan
    If you're not in this list and totally pissed, you may be Spider clan.  
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    BCumming reacted to Tetsuro in Yokatsu vs. Altarnasai: same character?   
    The best way to tell if AltTab is the same as Yokatsu is if everyone basically ignores her or forgets she exists for the entire arc. If they do, she's Yokatsu.
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    BCumming reacted to Mirith in Yokatsu vs. Altarnasai: same character?   
    Traditionally yes, but occasionally they'd make them out of Methane or Neon in a pinch.
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    BCumming got a reaction from LordBlunt in L5R Story Restraints   
    I want to see more conflict at the individual and small-group levels.  Those stories are more interesting to me and don't need to rely on Imperial apathy/incompetence to stay believable.
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    BCumming got a reaction from Kiseki in L5R Story Restraints   
    I want to see more conflict at the individual and small-group levels.  Those stories are more interesting to me and don't need to rely on Imperial apathy/incompetence to stay believable.
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    BCumming reacted to Togashi Gao Shan in Anticipated Release Date   
    The *real* pre-pre-release core set actually has 8 clans. They combined two of them into the Spider-Man-tis Clan. Their primary strategy involves putting 'webbing' tokens on enemy characters to keep them bowed.

    Trouble is, they're going to reboot Spider-Man-tis every couple of years. When asked why, they just said "it seems like all the cool kids are doing it".
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    BCumming reacted to Tetsuro in Spoiled Cards List   
    Kudos for Daidoji Nerishma being a named card. I know there was probably limited space for named characters and so many others that probably are a million times more iconic (if they still exist) from this time period, but Nerishma was a planned tribute card in Onyx Edition for someone who had passed away, so it was very decent of them to go ahead and print him. As someone who made the original Nerishma that won't see the light of day, this is the type of thing that makes me believe that the best aspects of this game community continue on in new hands.
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    BCumming reacted to slowreflex in LCG model and clan loyalty   
    Sun Tzu says to play all the clans... for research purposes...
    It's sound advice, if you are the competitive sort...
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    BCumming got a reaction from BuzzsawMF in LCG model and clan loyalty   
    I can't let this continue unimpeded.
    I will be playing exclusively Unicorn in competitive events.  Also playing whatever I enjoy in casual settings, which will likely be mostly Unicorn also.  Been a Pony player ever since getting that free Unicorn starter at GenCon '96 even if I didn't really learn to play until almost a year later. 
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    BCumming got a reaction from RandomJC in LCG model and clan loyalty   
    I can't let this continue unimpeded.
    I will be playing exclusively Unicorn in competitive events.  Also playing whatever I enjoy in casual settings, which will likely be mostly Unicorn also.  Been a Pony player ever since getting that free Unicorn starter at GenCon '96 even if I didn't really learn to play until almost a year later. 
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    BCumming got a reaction from Isawa Syd in Common L5R Terms?   
    Box - means Stronghold to the truly old-school Ringers. 
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