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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Lack of plot twists in cards   
    With the caveat of, the further out you go, the less decided things are. The change in planned rotation is a good example of that. Speaking of which, more likely than not they are probably playtesting for cycle 7 about now, so we'll see what other changes may come down the pipeline in the next year with that testing and planning under way. 
    As far as card designers putting flavor text on the cards, that's entirely possible, but it still means someone taking the additional time to select text for the cards, extra time for formatting that additional element for the cards...it would almost certainly add up pretty fast. From everything I've heard, I honestly doubt Tyler has the time to do that, and if he did somehow have spare time...I'd probably rather see it spent in more focus on fine tuning and balancing the cards. And that's coming from someone whose primary interest in the game is the lore. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in The Yogo Curse, Part 1 - Scorpion Story Discussion   
    If you note, Jiro says Hideo was killed on his wedding day. Kasume was dressed for mourning when Jiro got her drunk and proposed to her. Jiro is clearly very much in love with Kasume. And now Hideo, who was killed in battle on a dangerous mission, is haunting Jiro? My guess is that Hideo and Kasume were going to be married, and a jealous Jiro intentionally betrayed his best friend either hoping or intending for Hideo to die, so that Kasume would be free to marry him. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Crab Novella - Trail of Shadows   
    Honestly, I think my biggest complaint with the novella is the premise that this famous army, raised by a commander important enough to wear Kikyo, intended to assault the Shadowlands, managed to march all the way across Crab lands in the opposite direction without anyone knowing about it. I could understand it maybe if he had some wild scheme to march through the Shinomen Forest, and come down around through the Plains Above Evil into the Shadowlands, but from O-Ushi's reaction it sounds like he wasn't supposed to have gone anywhere near the forest. 
    As far as hiding the mask, I'd have thought secretly incorporating it into revered armor that was never going to be worn, but kept under the watchful eye of the Crab, should have been sufficient for that. Also to consider, Hida Chuku's march was less than two hundred years ago from the novella's present time, which would have been at least a few hundred years after the masks' creation. It seems a pretty drastic step to take so long after the fact, Iuchiban's first escape would have still been a couple hundred years before that. 
    My current speculation, without more details about these mysterious masks and their provenance, is that Hida Chuku was influenced by the mask that he was unknowingly wearing as a mempo. Perhaps it's possible  he did lead his army into the Shadowlands...but they were overcome by Taint, or the Shadowlands Hordes, or the mask's influence, or some combination of those. And so it was an undead/Lost Crab army that marched from the Shadowlands up into the Shinomen Forest, managing to survive the trek through the Plains Above Evil, only to succumb to the ancient forest itself. Whatever the case may be, I really do hope we get some sort of later reveal explaining it. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Crab Novella - Trail of Shadows   
    Okay now for super serious story spoilers and a reply to @Tonbo Karasu:
     
    If we look to old lore, Yori did "inherit" a Mask of Iuchiban from his father...in fact he busted his father attempting a ritual with the mask, which is how his father died and how Yori came into possession of it. I have to wonder how one of the masks became incorporated into armor made long before Iuchiban was even born, though. Perhaps these are new/different masks, giving a nod back to old lore like so many other things we've seen from FFG so far (the recent Sotorii story with Yotsu having saved him was a nice touch, for example). Maybe these even tie back to Fu Leng, which if recovered from the First War/Day of Thunder aftermath would explain how Osano-Wo could have had it at the time the armor was made. Otherwise, was it added to the mempo years later as part of the efforts to hide Iuchiban's masks? Is this mempo actually a fake, and the original one is still lost or destroyed? There's a lot of unanswered questions that I suspect we'll be waiting on answers for, the fact the masks and the oni spawn are given screen time again gives me some encouragement that there's more planned to that story. 
    I do kind of hate (in a "love to hate the bad guy" way, not a "hate how this was written" way) that it seems Yori planned to steal the mempo all along, which is why he insisted on accompanying the expedition personally. I suspect it also means he orchestrated Kana becoming tainted during the ritual, taking advantage of the opportunity to use her as a distraction later so he could slip into the cave and steal the mempo. As a side note, part of me is really hoping that since the Path of Courage was chosen, Kuni Yori really does sacrifice himself in the Shadowlands and doesn't come back to have an opportunity to continue his little mask collection...also the irony of that decision after reading the novella is thick and delicious. I'm getting a bad feeling thought that things aren't going to happen like that, because as reasonable and honorable as Yori might appear, he's definitely proving to be quite calculating and manipulative in his "mission". 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from TheHobgoblyn in New Fiction - When the Wave Strikes the Shore   
    IIRC there was reason to believe the Lion's so-called "food shortage" may have been a ploy by the Ikoma leadership to force Tsanuri's hand on raiding the Unicorn (starting with a village that was conveniently harvesting tax crops). If anyone has had any notable mention of food shortages, it's Crane (who cite that as one of the major reasons they couldn't afford to lose control of the Osari Plains when this conflict started). 
    Honestly I wonder how things are going to splinter going forward, assuming further splintering will happen. At the moment, Crane appear to be allied with Unicorn and Phoenix, Dragon are allied to Unicorn, but Unicorn and Phoenix don't play nice. Crab and Phoenix seem to be getting along*, and Dragon was possibly trying to get support from Phoenix and Crab for...something?...and who knows how Crane/Dragon relations will be going forward, between Kuwanan's ambush of Sotorii's delegation which Hitomi witnessed, and Hitomi storming the palace, even if she did end up arresting Shoju. Scorpion is looking pretty alone right now, and it's hard to believe that's going to change unless someone comes up with Very Good Reasons to side with them (side with Kachiko against Shoju, maybe?). Then there's Lion who are also looking pretty alone, and although they seem happy enough with that up until now, that might change after recent events...
    So now that we've had both a literal and a figurative powder keg blow up, what's the next big shake-up? 😁
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from TheHobgoblyn in New fiction - The Last Leaf Falls   
    Kachiko was specifically pointed out as being unaware of the palace wards, and she's Imperial Advisor...so just how many people *actually* know about them, or knew about them before they failed? I'd have to dig around, I think Sumiko was made aware of the issue with the wards after the fact, but not 100% sure. I don't think we've had any update on the investigation into why the wards failed either, so the characters in the story may not have tied that to Shahai stealing kami for her meishodo demonstration...yet.
    Also, I mean...Scorpion specialize in wards. Junzo's letter even talks about sending Yogo to help with wards...that's going to look awfully "convenient" if you suspect Scorpion are behind the Emperor's assassination in the first place. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from TheHobgoblyn in New Fiction - The Stained Cup   
    Just my two koku, but this sounds like Toshigoku, and it's unclear if this is "just a dream" or him dreaming about what actually happened. In either case, I feel this strongly suggests Toshigoku is involved somehow...but is it as a result of the patricide, or was it somehow influencing him even before that?
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from TheHobgoblyn in The Eternal Knot - Dragon Novella   
    It's on DriveThruFiction.com instead. 
    https://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/298315/Legend-of-the-Five-Rings-The-Eternal-Knot?src=hottest_filtered
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from MonCalamariAgainstDrunkDriving in Centipede Clan - Under New Management   
    Celestial Realms has revealed that the Centipede Clan has a different champion from the old lore. Moshi Chiasa "was chosen as clan champion due to her extremely strong bond with Amaterasu....However, Chiasa is young and inexperienced and often feels overwhelmed with the pressure of being clan daimyo, she is staunchly idealistic and hopeful, but she has little real political experience." 
    Hopefully despite her inexperience, her strong bond with Amaterasu (she's basically described as a favorite daughter of the Sun) and her idealism are enough to keep her steered well away from smelly pirates and bad marriage choices...
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    Asako Michi reacted to Tonbo Karasu in Which Lore Characters Do You Want Cards For?   
    Well, the character who is most name-dropped and doesn't have a card yet is Akodo Arasou.
    I'd be intrigued in having a card for the former Isawa Rujo and the Mantis twins sound like fun.
    But the person I'd most like to see a card for (and how they'd go about doing it) is Tsume Itsuyo - formerly Phoenix, now daimyo of a Crane vassal family and present in both an RPG scenario and the fiction.
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Updated Phoenix Mons   
    So got my copy of Celestial Realms today and boy did I get a much desired and unexpected surprise...updated Phoenix mons! And a Kaito mon!
    https://imgur.com/gallery/NV2PGUk
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    Asako Michi reacted to Bazleebub in The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons   
    We have an exclusive first look at the amazing cover for AconyteBooks #L5R book 'The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons’ along with an interview with the author Marie Brennan who tells us why she loves Legend of the Five Rings.
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Lack of plot twists in cards   
    It may be a bit more subtle, but Shahai's flavor text also hints at some progression in her relationship with the prince. Maybe not independently, but in light of the fiction we've had so far. Note that both quotes are addressing the prince, presumably Daisetsu. First she talks about her broken heart and how it was locked away and left behind. Now she's reaching out to offer her assistance to the prince, possibly in light of their budding romance. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Thaliak in Question about Errata?   
    As a Phoenix player since release, I can confirm the cards that have taken a hit more than earned it.
    Banning Isawa Tadaka (Disciples of the Void) wasn't just about removing one of the most oppressive cards in the meta, it was also about removing an extremely NPE card from the game. Kuroi Mori was errata'd because Phoenix players could legitimately stonewall opponents by putting it under their stronghold, because it's such a strong province to begin with.
    Against the Waves was errata'd because it pretty much singlehandedly discouraged any other clan from playing shugenjas, ever (especially before Kyuden Isawa was errata'd so Against the Waves may as well have been 6x per deck).
    Kyuden Isawa went a long time without any errata, but after a *lot* of actual play data and tournament results, it was nerfed to try to bring it more in line with the level of other strongholds. This one might have been nerfed a bit too far, but afaik Phoenix has still done well regardless. 
    Kaito Kosori's errata is unfortunate, but honestly this is just to make her work as intended, she wasn't supposed to contribute from home while bowed. 
    Kanjo District was banned because it proved in play to be severely oppressive and NPE, turns out the previous designer's idea to "balance" overpowered cards by making them 1x per deck was rather...flawed (see also Karada District). 
    Jurojin's Curse was banned as a result of updating the game phases, as it used to be there was another phase after fate phase when you readied characters. By consolidating that into the fate phase, it basically changed Jurojin's to an auto-trigger every fate phase unless your opponent managed to bow that character before fate phase ended. Since the card never saw play before that, it made more sense to ban it out of caution than try to fix it or leave it be to warp the game in ways unintended when it was designed. 
    Display of Power was restricted because it encouraged noninteraction by the player to claim rings through not defending, and was particularly abused by both Phoenix and Scorpion who not only have been top clans for some time, but are also among the best control clans who can mitigate the risk of actually having an undefended province break. 
    Embrace the Void + Consumed by Five Fires are restricted as a pair to break up their combo, because players were using them together to essentially get free Consumed by Five Fires. Student of Esoterica likely could have made this even more likely by putting Embrace the Void and a pile of fate on her...but it wasn't needed to abuse the combo. 
    The one card that I will say did not deserve its fate is Master of Gisei Toshi. Yes she's a strong card, she's not ban-worthy in her own right. She unfortunately had to pay for the sins of Isawa Tadaka (Disciples of the Void) and Guest of Honor, both of whom share a similar design space and proved oppressive and NPE enough to be banned. Master of Gisei Toshi was banned alongside them because of that shared/similar design space, as the designer felt it would be more fair to ban all three at once. I still hope she might one day be removed from the banned list...
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    Asako Michi reacted to Kinzen in New Fiction - Questionable Shelter   
    I am limited in what I can say, but I can assure you that it isn't a dropped thread. I don't know *when* you'll find out what they've been up to -- that's up to the Story Team -- but Tyler and I had a conversation prior to me writing this story about where Ichiro and Satto have been and what they've been doing, that they're on their way back from when Mitsu runs into them.
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from redcapjack in Question about Errata?   
    As a Phoenix player since release, I can confirm the cards that have taken a hit more than earned it.
    Banning Isawa Tadaka (Disciples of the Void) wasn't just about removing one of the most oppressive cards in the meta, it was also about removing an extremely NPE card from the game. Kuroi Mori was errata'd because Phoenix players could legitimately stonewall opponents by putting it under their stronghold, because it's such a strong province to begin with.
    Against the Waves was errata'd because it pretty much singlehandedly discouraged any other clan from playing shugenjas, ever (especially before Kyuden Isawa was errata'd so Against the Waves may as well have been 6x per deck).
    Kyuden Isawa went a long time without any errata, but after a *lot* of actual play data and tournament results, it was nerfed to try to bring it more in line with the level of other strongholds. This one might have been nerfed a bit too far, but afaik Phoenix has still done well regardless. 
    Kaito Kosori's errata is unfortunate, but honestly this is just to make her work as intended, she wasn't supposed to contribute from home while bowed. 
    Kanjo District was banned because it proved in play to be severely oppressive and NPE, turns out the previous designer's idea to "balance" overpowered cards by making them 1x per deck was rather...flawed (see also Karada District). 
    Jurojin's Curse was banned as a result of updating the game phases, as it used to be there was another phase after fate phase when you readied characters. By consolidating that into the fate phase, it basically changed Jurojin's to an auto-trigger every fate phase unless your opponent managed to bow that character before fate phase ended. Since the card never saw play before that, it made more sense to ban it out of caution than try to fix it or leave it be to warp the game in ways unintended when it was designed. 
    Display of Power was restricted because it encouraged noninteraction by the player to claim rings through not defending, and was particularly abused by both Phoenix and Scorpion who not only have been top clans for some time, but are also among the best control clans who can mitigate the risk of actually having an undefended province break. 
    Embrace the Void + Consumed by Five Fires are restricted as a pair to break up their combo, because players were using them together to essentially get free Consumed by Five Fires. Student of Esoterica likely could have made this even more likely by putting Embrace the Void and a pile of fate on her...but it wasn't needed to abuse the combo. 
    The one card that I will say did not deserve its fate is Master of Gisei Toshi. Yes she's a strong card, she's not ban-worthy in her own right. She unfortunately had to pay for the sins of Isawa Tadaka (Disciples of the Void) and Guest of Honor, both of whom share a similar design space and proved oppressive and NPE enough to be banned. Master of Gisei Toshi was banned alongside them because of that shared/similar design space, as the designer felt it would be more fair to ban all three at once. I still hope she might one day be removed from the banned list...
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    Asako Michi reacted to Mangod in New Fiction - Questionable Shelter   
    The serious answer: make them better people - humbler. wiser, more understanding of the world and their place in it, more cognizant of what being Emperor actually entails, and what consequences a seemingly simple choice can have, etc, etc.

    The Ishi Tonu answer: more eyes!
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Lack of plot twists in cards   
    I would love more stories, but considering the short stories are free (to us) content FFG is paying writers to produce, I think their recent pace averaging every other week or so has been fine. We've had 5 clan novellas release so far, and would be on our 2nd full length novel if not for COVID delays...as is, we should have 3 full length novels released between now and end of January. 
    As far as lack of card spoilers, that seems to be a deliberate choice on FFG's part, wanting the actual stories to show off the big plot reveals. Even in the case of the razed Kyuden Kakita, they were careful to release the story before spoiling the card. I can see that not everyone would necessarily be on board with that choice (I recall some people losing their minds when the Scorpion Clan Coup card was leaked and people started speculating what it meant), personally I enjoy the way they've chosen to handle this. *shrug*
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Kiso in Lack of plot twists in cards   
    I would love more stories, but considering the short stories are free (to us) content FFG is paying writers to produce, I think their recent pace averaging every other week or so has been fine. We've had 5 clan novellas release so far, and would be on our 2nd full length novel if not for COVID delays...as is, we should have 3 full length novels released between now and end of January. 
    As far as lack of card spoilers, that seems to be a deliberate choice on FFG's part, wanting the actual stories to show off the big plot reveals. Even in the case of the razed Kyuden Kakita, they were careful to release the story before spoiling the card. I can see that not everyone would necessarily be on board with that choice (I recall some people losing their minds when the Scorpion Clan Coup card was leaked and people started speculating what it meant), personally I enjoy the way they've chosen to handle this. *shrug*
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Mangod in New Fiction - Questionable Shelter   
    Define "better"... 🤔
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from DSalazar in New Fiction - Questionable Shelter   
    Define "better"... 🤔
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from Victarion13 in Crab Novella - Trail of Shadows   
    Amazon has a December 25, 2019 release date for the Kindle Edition, which is just under 2 months from the hardcover release. So assuming same timing for Trail of Shadows, we're probably looking at mid-October release for the digital versions. 
    EDIT: Also good call on checking for a digital release date, I forget that they actually list those separately from the print release. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from redcapjack in New Player advice?   
    The good news is, Amazon has that sale pretty frequently...so unless the world is suddenly running out of core sets, I would expect them to be back on sale within a month or so. 
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    Asako Michi got a reaction from DSalazar in New Fiction - When the Wave Strikes the Shore   
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