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Everything posted by JolOfNar

  1. I think that after these minor clan wars we will see transitions in the Imperial roles, and likely a scorpion fall from grace. Here I expect to see Yoshi surviving and standing tall. He seems to be handling things on the back foot, maybe to show the scorpion supremacy the underpins the start of the setting, but I expect that to change when an Emperor sits the throne again.
  2. That’s the beautiful hypocrisy of the lion. I feel that for Tsuko what she’s done she won’t see so much a coup as putting the lion back on track. Yet the imperial situation will seem the other way round (even though we as players know it isn’t)
  3. I think in the end the scorpion will stand alone (possibly with the Dragon. Maybe) the other clans will declare it a coup and put Sotori on the throne. Shoju will be relying on the crab propping up his powerbase, and like last time they will side against him. The whole Toturi assassination attempt will be the thing that undermines it. With him out of the way, Tsuko will go against the edict he signed, believing him to be dishonourable. She will end up backing Kuwannen to depose Hotaru for revenge. Which plays in with Yoshi. Phoenix I think will likely follow suit, especially as Use of Meshido is mired up in it all.
  4. Our brave brothers and sisters of the crab keep the shadowlands at bay in the south. We should be more concerned with ensuring the true heirs safety and waging glorious battle to bring this coup down.
  5. Pretty pleased that we now have a clan champion. Our last one got a new job and a grey border. Tsuko is bringing the lion back to where they should be, engaging in glorious battle. Now the Ikoma bards will have tales to tell. Samurai Klingons get to do there stuff. Next though I think it’s time to ally with Kuwannen and Yoshi, and put the rightful heir Sotori on the throne. This regency with one heir missing and the other one about to be vanished seems far to much like a coup to me.
  6. Buy in cost is a wall for new players. Slows expanding to new player bases, and probably limits the game to very slow numerical decline as new players buy sets from players leaving the game rather than new. Also the game is story driven. The community needs weekly stories, whether there are new cars or not. Keeping that story stream is crucial to the lifespan of the game.
  7. The lion at the moment come off as slightly buffoonish pastiches of comedy villains. The writers have explained in previous posts that this is because they aren’t given enough words for the stories to show military conflicts, and imo that is a massive limit on showing the lion as a force, considering 90% of lion material is “doing a bit of a war”. Another issue they have is their portrayal in courtroom scenarios, aka the Ikoma twiddling moustaches. They kind of come across as stuffy boorish villains. Rather than bards singing the songs and telling the tales of glorious lion battle. All in all the lion are a bit like samurai Klingons before they had any character except as baddie of the week, rather than the later conquering banter laden alcoholics.
  8. Without proof and the Emperor, it’s whether you believe the edict or not. Even with the player base knowing it’s truth, it is still unconstitutional and against the will of the kami to depose the rightful heir Sotorii.
  9. Make it have a one to five limit. Honourwise it would have no more effect than playing contingency plan, but it would allow you to either limit draw or steal an honour for draw.
  10. A card like contingency plan, but that allowed you to actually change an opponents honour dial by one while bidding would be good for this.
  11. It has potential for clans that have other options for card draw. For it to be really useful, either the composure effects will have to be a little extra to already solid cards with their own abilities. Or really killer abilities. There will also need to be plenty more characters printed with composure to offset the advantage of greater card draw.
  12. All the nerfs seem appropriate. The scorpion stronghold was simply better than any other option. And restoration was an unavoidable horror. Mall the nerfs have the effect of allowing those cards to be played around using strategy. Rather than creating problems by existing.
  13. Iwasaki pupil is pretty amazing. For one cost we see the effect lion pay 4 for in Kage. Also regret would cost 2 if it were lion. We have Tsuko now so all events must cost 2 more fate, it’s the FFG way.
  14. The Ikoma bards would agree. Maybe seeing the wounded, the maimed and those who have lost relatives to the lion. Really seeing the consequences of conflict with the glorious legions.
  15. To further some of the points I’m reading above, we aren’t maybe seeing the right sides of the lion currently. If we discount all things Toturi, (he’s another post). Then the lion we aren’t seeing is all the interesting stuff. I have no issue with the lion as antagonist, it’s what we are shown that’s off. Importantly it should be shown from the stories of wounded soldiers, of die hard commanders desperately trying to hold a fortress until reinforcements arrive, and other characters living in the edge of terrible war, and just trying to survive. It should not be shown from the perspective of cocky warriors outwitting dumb dumb lion again, the eternal commanders who managed to use some manoeuvre to defeat the lion on the battlefield for the umpteenth time. It should be shown from the perspective of smug courtiers outmanoeuvring the lion at court, getting the last minute reprieve and saving the day. Those who falstall lion forces and reinforcements from being assigned and allow isolated pockets of lion to be defeated etc etc. It shouldn’t be cunning sneaky Ikoma up to cunning mischief. Lion don’t do sneaky. Lion don’t do cunning. From inside the lion I would like to start seeing stories about the glory and thrill of battle. Seeing lion enjoy the merry mayhem of the soldiers life, and seeing them portrayed as a warrior people clad in armour taking joy in battle. The Ikoma focus on the bards life, recounting the glorious tales and songs of war, with cheer. The Kitsu honouring the warrior ancestors. In short they should be Samurai Klingons. And my personal favourite Klingons were the DS9 bunch, where we finally saw them at war properly.
  16. It’s interesting. Will really have to see where the rest of the pack goes, I’m unsure if these will help us win. Peasants are solid, but missing the crucial bushi trait that our other cards need to trigger.
  17. We like losing, and have become very adept at it. But all cards play conditions are from winning. It keeps things interesting...
  18. Is that because it has a play condition and gives you a net gain of one card?
  19. Assassin could be duelist, and captain could be ronin. Creates a cool courtier theme.
  20. I feel like there’s a rule saying you can only use a cards ability once per window. So when the duel resolves you could use it for one character winning but not again for the other. I’m not certain on that though.
  21. No. Sacrifice is s cost and must be paid to trigger the effect.
  22. I’ve always thought the imbalance was due to the black scrolls kind of powering up. And the Phoenix having a bundle of them. Kind of a disruption of the kami
  23. I could see more of a parallel and opportunity for Daisetsu and Shahai to go on an adventure in the burning sands, and have an iuchiban-esquire adventure in this Rokugan.
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