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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from MonCalamariAgainstDrunkDriving in My house rules   
    Generally I like what you’re going for. 
    1. Have you played with minis yet? 
    The RAW itself states that the game will play different on hexes vs abstractly. Trying to make the two match is admirable, but is it worth the hassle and head-space? For my part, the differences between range 2 and range 0 weapons almost never come up. 
    I’m planning to use maps in my next session Friday. Because the nuanced melee ranges are rarely an issue in actual play, I plan to use the RAW grid rules (except maybe with hexes, to avoid the diagonal issues). I think and then characters will find an advantage with their reach 2 weapons. And that is about my experience without grids so it should be fine. 
    3. Avatar has a house rule which basically says “all wound effects for each ring are cumulative.” That pretty well covers the issue in my book, though there are some nuances that need to be addressed.
    4. I too have thought shields are pretty powerful. However, keep in mind that you’re sacrificing a hand for that resistance. 2 handed weapons are better than 1 handlers by a decent margin. 
    Also, shields are cumbersome. This will become especially relevant when using maps, I suspect. Though it may be irrelevant if you don’t make cluttered maps. 
    Long story short, are shields really better than having heavy armor? 
    I probably wouldn’t allow prayers while carrying a shield. 
    5. I love that you love Usagi Yojimbo. The guy I think of that thrashes people with his scabbard is Haohmaru from Samurai Showdown. Though that is actually how sword pommel isn’t it???
    6. I agree. This is a serious peeve of mine. Though with such a large number of ninjitsu now, should the Shosuro Infiltrator pose rituals or Shuji? 
    7. If you are the GM and you control unmasking, isn’t this rule... pointless? 
    8. I have issues with NPC Void points. Give them and NPCs feel “fair.” But be sure to describe their use. If all you do is spend Void for boosts, the PCs will never know the difference and this rule becomes invisible. And generally speaking, invisible rules are useless rules. 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Magnus Grendel in Messed up Utaku character build, how bad is it?   
    Looking through the core book again, a probably better example for a 'shock cavalry' technique is Heartpiercing Strike.
    That's also Attack and Movement, the severity of the resulting critical strike is increased by bonus successes (so the fire stance  bonus and your Utaku Steed's air ring will both contribute), and it has an  spend to move a range band before the strike lands. If you move 2 range bands and successfully hit, that's a severity 10 critical strike even before counting any  or surplus , , or  (which still count with most classic Utaku weapons since both a scimitar and a naginata are razor-sharp and can spend  to increase deadliness).
    It's risky, because Heartpiercing Strike is TN4 and disorients you if you miss, but if you hit you're pretty much going to turn most targets to a fine mist.
    Which, since we're talking about a headlong charge with all the strength of a Shiotome elite and the weight of an Utaku destrier behind it, is pretty appropriate, frankly.
    Flowing Water Strike is also Attack and Movement, but since it doesn't use bonus successes for anything, it's less relevant. Pin the Fan is also Attack and Movement, but it's also Rank 5. By the time you get Rank 5 kata.....you're already terrifying pretty much regardless of what path you've gone down. It will make for a terrifying mounted archer, though, with a horsebow firing a flesh-ripper arrow causing 12 damage whilst mounted and moving plus any bonus successes you actually roll, and  giving you a deadliness 18 critical strike if you incapacitate the target with that shot. "Nailed to the !!?"%$!ing wall" doesn't begin to cover it. That's in the same league as siege ballista designed to kill giant oni storming the Kaiu Wall. As with Heartpiercing Strike, it's not an easy shot (because the TN is the target's vigilance and most serious adversaries you need to be worried about by the time you're rank 5 have a vigilance of at least 3), but do bear in mind that a compromised target's vigilance does drop to 1. Pin the Fan pairs well with Pelting Hail style for that reason to try and throw lots of  at an opponent to generate an opening for Pin the Fan if you're trying to build a super-cavalry-archer.  
    Paired Attack and Movement subtypes also pops up in Mass Battles:
    Lightning Raid is one, with bonus successes adding panic to the enemy army. The basic Assault action is one, with bonus successes adding attrition, (and Lightning Raid can 'chain' into an Assault for the cost of  - funnily enough) and for a samurai cavalry cohort also causes panic equal to your ranks in survival  (which as the 'horsemanship' skill is likely to be high for Unicorn characters). Apparently being charged by a massed formation of elite heavy cavalry led by a Shiotome commander hurts a lot and is very scary. Who knew?
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from Chilitoke in The Influence Game   
    Most of it has 5E conversions. The main thing is the TNs. Everything else is fairly System agnostic. 
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from T_Kageyasu in Making a Kakita Duelist   
    Take Avatars concerns with a grain of salt. He armchairs a lot of things that he claims are “wrong” with the system. 
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from Avatar111 in Making a Kakita Duelist   
    Take Avatars concerns with a grain of salt. He armchairs a lot of things that he claims are “wrong” with the system. 
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from UnitOmega in Making a Kakita Duelist   
    Take Avatars concerns with a grain of salt. He armchairs a lot of things that he claims are “wrong” with the system. 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to narukagami in Worldly Ronin as Clan Samurai   
    Back in the 3rd edition the Ronin schools also doubled as Generic XYZ schools, where "the schools simply represent a more intuitive path that a samurai has chosen to follow rather than an established style" (quote directly from the 3e rulebook) so there's precedent for treating the Worldly Ronin as such.
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Avatar111 in Porting Card game characters into the RPG   
    I will throw a curveball in here and say that the cards "stats" do not match the rpg. You cannot always assume a character with high military strength in the card game will have a strong "martial" stat in the rpg.
    The card game's stats represent a broad number that even includes outside factors. For exemple, Sotorii is a 4 military in the card game, but he is probably a 1 or 2 melee in the rpg, if even. His 4 military in the card game also represents other factors like his bodyguards and his status. Sure, the military stat also represents the character's own prowess, but that isnt the "only" factor.
    As other examples, check the new Shoju with a "dash" for military. It doesnt mean the guy is garbage with a sword (he isn't), but more like "he wont fight or can't be fought" due to his current duties.
    Same goes for Ryoku, a mere 1/3 in the card game, but a beast in the rpg with 5s everywhere. Her card stats represent the fact that she isnt imperial advisor anymore and doesn't have as much pull.
    Or Kakita Yoshi with a 2 military, but the guy never lifted a sword.
    Anyway, food for thought!
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Homebrew - Doji Warrior Poet   
    I like fan and sword. The capstone ability doesn’t make sense to me though. 
    I don’t personally like abilities that are restricted to 1/scene, like Magnus said. I think the ability would be pretty slick if, instead of 1/scene, you could only transfer strife to fatigue if your strife exceeded your fatigue. And vice versa. Perhaps reduce the transfer amount to (school rank) instead of twice that amount. 
    Either way, they’re badass dualists. 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Avatar111 in Bonds   
    regarding the new Courts of Stone "bonds" rule;

    are the XP cost cumulative, or total.
    ie: if rank 1 bond cost 3xp, and rank 2 bond cost 4xp. Do you need to spend only 1xp to go from rank 1 to 2, or you need to spend 4xp?

    If it is the total, then it means a rank 5 bond would cost a staggering 31xp. Which is basically a school rank with all it includes.
    If the cost is only 10xp for rank 5 though, it makes bonds too strong.

    So, I wonder, what are your opinions on that? because I find myself thorn by either finding them too weak, or too strong, whatever the interpretation I use.

    edit: on an other, but similar topic. are they even fun things to spend XP on? or shouldn't that just be narrative bonuses you gain by roleplaying such "bonding" interactions with an NPC ?

    the rank 4 bonus is the one that strikes me as less fun. especially since you can use their "rings". dunno, just find that very gamey and eventually would start to feel quite "redundant and spammable" in a narrative sense when you can do that four or five times per session. if a session is 3 or 4 scenes (if even), bonds can become omnipresent, obscene, and lose their "flavor" I feel.
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Magnus Grendel in Messed up Utaku character build, how bad is it?   
    It's more a case that it was the only Movement plus Attack Kata I can see. I wouldn't be surprised to see a cavalry-charge kata come out with whatever unicorn-centric sourcebook we eventually get. And the knife i okay, I, guess, but ptly enough the scimitar is better...
    Mobility is basically the core of Unicorn tactics. Hit and run is a key pillar of Utaku tactics - pile in, fight, fall back, calming breath, rinse and repeat.
    It doesn't double mechanical fatigue recovery so much as narrative stuff - but with a high water ring you already regain 6 fatigue with a good night's sleep.
    Don't fixate on those techniques. Yes, you get them early, but they're nice-to-haves. Lady Shinjo's speed doubles up your movement speed in narrative scenes, for example, but not in combat. And it only works if you're mounted. Which you will be but many of your compatriots may not be.
    There is no real 'wrong' configuration of rings. The one thing which is generally a mistake is to sink too much into void early on, because it's more relevant when you either have lots of talents powered by void points or void-ring kata and shuji, which are largely high-rank stuff.
    Equally, in any non-conflict scene, you will always wish you had a better balance of rings than you do.. Water, for example, is your awareness check and your ability to be charming.
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from vargr in Damage Tiers   
    I don’t love the armor/wound system in 5R5.  This rule is intended to accomplish 2 things. 
    1. Make a shower of low deadliness critical strikes worthwhile. 
    2. Reduce the number of shirtless samurai on the battlefield. 
    The rule is simple: each scene, you can take only 1 critical strike at any given wound tier. So 1 “close call,” 1 “flesh wound,” 1 “permanent injury,” etc. if a wound hits that tier again, you step it up to the next tier. 
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from Avatar111 in Simplified Opportunity Table   
    I agree that the vast swaths of tables are a problem. I feel like they REDUCE creativity, since people spend all their brain power sorting through tables. I actually proposed a similar option-reduction to my players, and they said “no thanks.”
    that might be because my idea was more drastic though. I reduced opportunity options to about a half dozen. The idea being to encourage them to be used narratively. 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to HirumaShigure in Number of Players   
    Sorry, actually no. I have only ever managed to play with 3 players and although this is still one of my favorite games, because of life it's been awhile since I have played this. I've gotten distracted by traveling abroad, L5R LCG, L5R RPG, Journeys in Middle-earth, and the Transformers TCG... among other things! My sons and I have had this on the mind lately though, so if we decide to play a variant we'll try out using allied clans. 
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from HirumaShigure in Number of Players   
    Did you ever try this out? How’d it go? 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Magnus Grendel in Minions and Adversaries   
    It's probably not a bad idea to have an index of NPCs somewhere (accepting there will be spoilers), just so people know what's available where, even if they don't have the full stats.
    Using the sorting method in the Core Rulebook, a list of all the 'official' NPCs I can see (I ought to go back and gather up stuff like challenge ratings, but will do that later)
    Note that duplicates of the generic NPC are usually but not always duplicates. The Loyal Bushi in the Core rulebook carries a sword and bow, for example, whilst their beginner book counterpart is armed with a Naginata. Equally, the Bandits in In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion are armed with Slings, a weapon which (currently) appears nowhere else in the game.
    Numbers (e.g. 4/2) are Martial and Intrigue conflict ranks
    Subjects Of Rokugan Ashigaru Ashigaru (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                 2/1 Ashigaru (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                2/1 Trained Ashigaru (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                 2/1 Bandits & Criminals Bandit (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                     1/1 Bandit (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                       1/1 Bandit (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 12) Bandits (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Page 16)                                                                                                                                            1/1 Bandit Leader  (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Page 17)                                                                                                                                3/2 Bandit Lord (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                            4/3 Boss Kizo, Gang Leader (Dark Tides, Page 18)                                                                                                                                          3/2 Boss Yagoro, Gang Leader (Dark Tides, Page 21)                                                                                                                                    3/4 Desperate Bandit (Core Rulebook, NPCs) - 1/1 Experienced Bandit (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                 2/1 Experienced Bandit (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                               2/1 Experienced Bandit (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                               3/2 Goro the Bandit Leader (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 12) Bushi Bayushi Sugai (Beginner Box, Adventure Page 31) Byakko, Captain of the Takarabako (Emerald Empire, Page 87)                                                                                                            3/2 Daidoji Aki, Agile Crane Yojimbo (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 21)                                                                                                     7/5 Damasu no Akodo Maeda (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                       6/3 Hida Door Guard (Courts of Stone, Page 30)                                                                                                                                             2/1 Hida Etsuji, Watchtower Commander (Shadowlands, Page 73)                                                                                                            8/4 Hida Kotoe, Stout Warrior (Shadowlands, Page 53)                                                                                                                                3/2 Hida Masuo, Wall Gunso (Shadowlands, Page 74)                                                                                                                                   4/3 Hida Nanako, Garrison Taisa (Shadowlands, Page 74)                                                                                                                            3/3 Hida Tonomatsu (Beta Rulebook, A Ronin's Path NPCs)                                                                                                                         3/1 Hiruma Mokoto, Patrol Leader (Shadowlands, Page 78)                                                                                                                        7/3 Hiruma Izumi, Cautious Scout  (Shadowlands, Page 55)                                                                                                                         2/2 Kakita Sukenobu, Steward of Toshi Ranbo (Emerald Empire, Page 41)                                                                                                2/4 Koharu, Mantis mercenary (Emerald Empire, Page 49)                                                                                                                           3/2 Kaiu Suzue, Clever Engineer (Shadowlands, Page 58)                                                                                                                             2/3 Kitsuki Ma'Aya, Castellan of Shiro Kitsuki (Courts of Stone, Page 37)                                                                                                  4/5 Kitsuki Tomoyo, Regimented Dragon Warrior (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 20)                                                                              7/5 Kuni Haruna, Sinister Witch Hunter (Emerald Empire, Page 206)                                                                                                          4/1 Kuni Hatsu, Legendary Witch Hunter (Shadowlands, Page 62)                                                                                                              4/4 Loyal Bushi (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              4/2 Mirumoto Kazuya, Brash Dragon Captain (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 21)                                                                                      6/4 Moto Rurame, Restless Commander (Emerald Empire, Page 79)                                                                                                           7/3 Nasu no Shiba Shizuma (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                            7/6 Seppun Ishikawa, Captain of the Seppun Honor Guard  (Emerald Empire, Page 48)                                                                        5/4 Shiba Itsuyo (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                                4/4 Shika Katsukeru, Castellan of Kyuden Shika (Courts of Stone, Page 47)                                                                                              2/5 Shika Tsuneko, First Spear (Courts of Stone, Page 88)                                                                                                                             6/3 Susano-O no Izen (Winter's Embrace, Page 29)                                                                                                                                        6/4 Tsume Kotonoha (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                       4/2 Uranaishi no Manami, Ambitious Pirate (Emerald Empire, Page 227)                                                                                                  4/2 Utaku Sabuteki, Outpost Commander (Emerald Empire, Page 133)                                                                                                     5/4 Utaku Takeko, Wistful Pilgrim (Emerald Empire, Page 158)                                                                                                                    3/2 Veteran Bushi (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                           4/2 Veteran Bushi (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                         4/2 Courtiers    Asako Maezawa (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                         5/5 Asako Haruki, Secretive Phoenix Diplomat (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 19)                                                                                   4/8 Doji Hatsuhina (Winter's Embrace, Page 24)                                                                                                                                             2/5 Ikoma Rumiko (Winter's Embrace, Page 26)                                                                                                                                             5/5 Kakita Mototada, Gardener (Courts of Stone, Page 40)                                                                                                                           1/5 Kakita Shijin, Famed Poet (Emerald Empire, Page 45)                                                                                                                             2/4 Kakita Ryoku, Elder Crane (Courts of Stone, Page 51/Winter's Embrace, Page 25)                                                                           3/9 Kyuden Doji Courtier (Courts of Stone, Page 51)                                                                                                                                      3/9 Seasoned Courtier  (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                 1/5 Seasoned Courtier (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                1/5 Seasoned Courtier (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                1/5 Shika Yuki, Deer Clan Matchmaker (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 20)                                                                                                 3/7 Soshi Ozuru (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                                2/7 Shosuro Sanae, Go Master (Emerald Empire, Page 43)                                                                                                                           2/4 Suzume Hinagiku, Wayward Heart (Emerald Empire, Page 160)                                                                                                           1/3 Daimyo Provincial Daimyo (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                    7/6 Provincial Daimyo (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                  7/6 Miya Satoshi, Imperial Herald (Winter's Embrace, Page 27)                                                                                                                   5/8 Miya Tetsua, Imperial Governor (Emerald Empire, Page 90)                                                                                                                  2/5 Otomo Kuryusai (Winter's Embrace, Page 28)                                                                                                                                           3/6 Lord Shiba Katsuda (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                    7/6 Shosuro Hametsu, Family Daimyō (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 29) Shosuro Hyobu, Corrupt Governor (Emerald Empire, Page 77)                                                                                                              5/12 Toritaka Hatsuo, The Yotogi (Shadowlands, Page 84)                                                                                                                               7/7 Tsume no Doji Takashi (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                               3/6 Venerable Provincial Daimyo (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                7/6 Magistrates Agasha Sumiko, Ruby Champion and Acting Emerald Champion (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 22) Asahina Shinako, Magistrate (Courts of Stone, Page 33),                                                                                                                         2/4 Jealous Emerald Magistrates (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 30) Kitsuki Kagi, Chief Yoriki to the Emerald Magistrate (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 19)  Merchants Azif the Smooth, Gaijin Smuggler (Dark Tides, Page 22) Yasuki Nobuko, Merchant (Emerald Empire, Page 130)                                                                                                                            3/6 Yasuki Narumi, Observant Merchant (Shadowlands, Page 65)                                                                                                               1/3 Terrified Merchants (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 16) Monks & Priests Asako Raiku, Castellan of Shiro Asako (Courts of Stone, Page 44)                                                                                                           1/4 Chikako, Initiate Monk (Emerald Empire, Page 193)                                                                                                                                   1/3 Dai, Fortunist Monk (Emerald Empire, Page 196)                                                                                                                                        2/4 Jun, Shinseist Monk (Emerald Empire, Page 187)                                                                                                                                        4/2 Kuni Kayo, the Willow Gardener, (Emerald Empire, Page 162)                                                                                                                 5/3 Warrior Monk (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                             4/3 Warrior Monk (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                           4/3 Ryuhei, Monk (Courts of Stone, Page 25)                                                                                                                                                      2/3 Shu, Possessed Monk (Emerald Empire, Page 186)                                                                                                                                    5/2 Takeshi, Sōhei (Emerald Empire, Page 183)                                                                                                                                                  4/2 Tsume Yemon (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                               4/3 Peasants Humble Peasant (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                       1/1 Peasant (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                         1/1 Peasant (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                       1/1 Ryu, Peasant Servant (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 10) Ronin Itto (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                                                   4/2 Keinosuke the Ronin (Beta Rulebook, A Ronin's Path NPCs)                                                                                                                     3/2 Ronin (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                             3/2 Ronin (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                           3/2 Ruffian (Beginner Box, Adventure Page 22 & 31) Skillful Ronin (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              4/2 Shujenga & Scholars Agasha Susumu, Scholar and Guide (Emerald Empire, Page 209)                                                                                                            1/2 Asako Taishi, Itinerant Scholar (Emerald Empire, Page 131)                                                                                                                      2/5 Asako Takahiro, Insightful Inquisitor (Emerald Empire, Page 207)                                                                                                           3/4 Hida Chobo, Storemaster (Courts of Stone, Page 30)                                                                                                                                  2/3 Isawa Yoshiko, Cunning Phoenix Shujenga (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 21)                                                                                      3/7 Kaiu “Shibito” Tsuneko (Emerald Empire, Page 220)                                                                                                                                  2/3 Masayo, Orphaned Child (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 18)                                                                                                                     1/2 Miya Bunji (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 18)                                                                                                                                               5/7 Scholarly Shujenga (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                    4/3 Scholarly Shujenga (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                  4/3 Scholarly Shujenga (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                  4/3 Lady Shiba Chisei (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                          1/5 Toritaka Dairoku, Council of Twilight Member (Shadowlands, Page 86)                                                                                                 2/7 Shinobi Aotora Akira, "Pilgrim" (Emerald Empire, Page 195)                                                                                                                                  2/3 "Ide Torao" aka Shosuro Yu  (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                     1/5 Mercenary Shinobi (The Scroll or the Blade, Page 14)                                                                                                                               3/3 Cultists Bloodspeakers Deadly Bloodspeaker (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                              9/9 Maho-Tsukai Kitsu Sokori (Mask of the Oni, Page 28)                                                                                                                                                        8/6 Maho-Tsukai (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              4/3 Wicked Maho-Tsukai (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                               4/3 Kolat Chinoko, Deceitful Geisha  (Emerald Empire, Page 77)                                                                                                                              6/6 Kitsuki Tomo, Kolat Assassin (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 34) Shadowlands Horrors Bog Hag (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                               8/5 Fudoshi (Shadowlands, Page 22)                                                                                                                                                                              3/0 Goblins Goblin (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                          1/1 Goblins (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 15) Goblin Accursed Priest (Shadowlands, Page 31)                                                                                                                                         2/3 Shadowlands Goblin (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                1/1 Shadowlands Goblin (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                1/1 Shadowlands Goblin Chieftain (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                               3/2 Shadowlands Goblin Shaman (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                 4/2 Harionago (Shadowlands, Page 16)                                                                                                                                                                           4/3 Kyorinin  (Shadowlands, Page 16)                                                                                                                                                                              3/2 Lost Dark Moto (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                  4/2 Dark Moto Bushi (Shadowlands, Page 22)                                                                                                                                                     8/4 Fallen Scholar (Shadowlands, Page 34)                                                                                                                                                          2/6 Lost Samurai (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              4/2 Moto Tsume (Shadowlands, Page 23)                                                                                                                                                          12/8 The Obsidian Flower (Shadowlands, Page 31)                                                                                                                                           10/14 Oni Atsumari no Oni (Mask of the Oni, Page 29) Hideous Oni (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                             12/5 Hellish Sorceror - Powerful Oni (Shadowlands, Page 135)                                                                                                                         8/10 Kazanagan no Oni (Beta Rulebook, A Ronin's Path NPCs)                                                                                                                         5/3 Monstrous Warrior - Powerful Oni (Shadowlands, Page 136)                                                                                                                  12/4 Obsidian Bone Oni (Shadowlands, Page 28)                                                                                                                                               11/3 Oni Fragment (Shadowlands, Page 138)                                                                                                                                                       3/3 Savage Brute - Lesser Oni (Shadowlands, Page 135)                                                                                                                                 10/3 Sinister Oni (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              12/5 Skull-Cleaving Oni (Shadowlands, Page 26)                                                                                                                                                  9/7 The Watcher (Shadowlands, Page 39)                                                                                                                                                          10/4 The Wounded Bushi (Shadowlands, Page 40)                                                                                                                                            14/4 Vile Trickster - Lesser Oni (Shadowlands, Page 134)                                                                                                                                   4/8 Warlord of Jigoku - Powerful Oni (Shadowlands, Page 136)                                                                                                                    14/10 Penanggalan (Shadowlands, Page 17)                                                                                                                                                                    6/3 The Siren (Shadowlands, Page 39)                                                                                                                                                                           7/8 Tsumunagi (Shadowlands, Page 18)                                                                                                                                                                       2/0 Undead Bushi Skeleton (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                       3/1 Gashadokuro (Shadowlands, Page 15)                                                                                                                                                     14/0 Onikage Steed (Shadowlands, Page 23)                                                                                                                                                     2/0 Revenant (Shadowlands, Page 18)                                                                                                                                                              6/2 Skeletal Bushi (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                         3/1 Undead Horror (Shadowlands, Page 19)                                                                                                                                                    5/0 Zombie Peasant (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                     2/0 Zombie Peasant (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                     2/0 Wanyudo (Shadowlands, Page 19)                                                                                                                                                                         4/2 Spirits & Monsters Ghosts Crab Scout Gaki (Shadowlands, Page 32)                                                                                                                                                   7/2 Mazoku (Shadowlands, Page 85)                                                                                                                                                                 7/9 Ki-Rin (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                                  7/7 Kitsune Doji Kuzunobu (Wedding At Kyotei Castle, Dramatis Personae)                                                                                                            4/3 Ha Iwa, Kitsune Spirit (Emerald Empire, Page 212)                                                                                                                                   4/5 Kitsune  (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                      1/2 Kami Manifest Air Kami (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                  7/5 Manifest Air Kami (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                   7/5 Manifest Earth Kami (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                              8/2 Manifest Earth Kami (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                              8/2 Manifest Fire Kami (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                 9/2 Manifest Fire Kami (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                 9/2 Manifest Water Kami (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                             7/4 Manifest Water Kami (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                             7/4 Ningyo (Mantis Clan PDF, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                             4/5 Nezumi Burnt Paws Rememberer (Shadowlands, Page 46)                                                                                                                                   1/4 Cracked Bone Warrior (Shadowlands, Page 45)                                                                                                                                        4/1 Frayed Whisper (The Knotted Tails, Page 20)                                                                                                                                            3/2 Iht-zyk, Nezumi Forager                                                                                                                                                                                 1/2 Knotted Tails Warrior (The Knotted Tails, Page 6)                                                                                                                                     3/1 Lucky Silver, Leader of the Knotted Tails (The Knotted Tails, Page 10)                                                                                                  4/2 Nezumi Pup (The Knotted Tails, Page 8 )                                                                                                                                                    1/1 Nezumi Pup (Shadowlands, Page 47)                                                                                                                                                           1/1 One Eye, Dreamer of the Knotted Tails (The Knotted Tails, Page17)                                                                                                     2/2 Outcast Nezumi (The Knotted Tails, Page 20)                                                                                                                                            2/1 Outcast Nezumi (Shadowlands, Page 48)                                                                                                                                                    3/1 Third Whisker Dreamer  (Shadowlands, Page 44)                                                                                                                                     3/3 Three Tooth, Knotted Tails Infiltrator (The Knotted Tails, Page 21) Ogres Ogre (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                            3/1 Ravenous Shadowlands Ogre (Shadowlands, Page 17)                                                                                                                            7/1 Teru The Ogre (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 15) Shikigama (Shadowlands, Page 115)                                                                                                                                                                       1/1 Tengu Airi the Tengu (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 13) Tengu (Beginner Box, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                          2/2 Trolls Forest Troll (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                              7/4 Kasai, Mournful Troll (Emerald Empire, Page 222)                                                                                                                                    8/4 Sea Troll (Mantis Clan PDF, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                7/4 Twisted Troll (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                           7/1 The Willow Kodama (Emerald Empire, Page 162)                                                                                                                                                7/4 Animals Bear (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                                    7/1 Birds Hawk (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                        1/0 Hawk (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                        2/1 Boar Boar (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                          5/1 Boar (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                          5/0 Rampaging Boar (In The Palace Of The Emerald Champion, Page 17) Canines Dog (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                            1/0 Dog (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                            1/1 Wolf (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                           2/0 Wolf (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                           1/1 Felines Cat (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                              1/0 Cat (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                              1/1 Hunting Cat (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                               6/1 Horses Horse (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                          2/1 Rokugani Pony (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                          1/0 Utaku Steed (Core Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                               4/2 Unicorn Warhorse (Beta Rulebook, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                     3/0 Sea Creatures Eel (Mantis Clan PDF, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                              1/0 Octopus (Mantis Clan PDF, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                     3/1 Shark (Mantis Clan PDF, NPCs)                                                                                                                                                                         7/0  
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from ArkhamChronicle in L5R Downloadable Hi-Res Maps, Please!   
    There is a high resolution map available on DTRPG. 
    the resolution is so high I cannot DL it on my phone and it lags horribly on my computer. Ergo it is only a mediocre product  
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    AndyDay303 reacted to DanGers in Your School of Choice?   
    My Moto family meishodo wielder with high Water and Earth was fun.  He doesn't carry a sword, but can cast Staff of the Sorcerer (Bo of Water) when needed and if he gets an opportunity he can summon up a scimitar on the spot.  That and his high endurance make him a decent melee fighter.  It was fun playing up some of his foreign habits too.  Unfortunately, I've only been able to play him when one of my players takes a shot at running the game.
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Hida Jitenno in Your School of Choice?   
    I had a monk that just made up sayings, and always concluded with "Shinsei said that."
    My favorite one was: "Sorry is the man who cannot laugh; sorrier is the man who cannot laugh at himself."
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Prudii in L5R Downloadable Hi-Res Maps, Please!   
    I have those, I use those. They work.

    Big problem with them is, that they are 4th edition. So they show places and routes that may not exist in 5th or do not exist yet.
    And they are not the art style that ffg is going with L5R. I love the rokugan map from FFG, but it is not large enough and does not have a high enough resolution to be useful other than for show.
    Same with the other maps, they are pretty, but they are not functional. For example the Mask of the Oni Daylight Castle Map. It is pretty, but there is only one version that has labels on it. One without would be cool, and one without the hidden caves and tunnels (Same with Emerald Champion Castle Map) and so on. Not to mention the same problem with resolution and size.
    I can work with them, but they could be more functional. I play exclusively via online platforms, as mentioned in above post, so those things are key and necessary for smooth play.
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    AndyDay303 reacted to TheSpitfired in Shinobi on Border   
    It resolves like an army token, but it is placed in the middle of the province. This is in the rules and is also right on the player screen.
    Hope that helps. Welcome to a fun game!
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    AndyDay303 got a reaction from neilcell in Sensei Title   
    A thought I had Was this:
    sensei advises his student and gains 1d10 strife. If he is not compromised, the student regains a void point as the secrets of the training become manifest in his mind. 
    Another idea: 
    As a downtime action you can train another character. You and he may immediately spend any accrued experience to improve stats and skills. 
    This option might also be interesting if it allowed a character to go into “XP debt” and gain an ability be couldn’t afford. Of course, you cannot benefit from additional training until you’ve paid off your XP debt. 
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Scrivener Spills in Shinobi Skill : Cuts the Onions   
    I was thinking about the old joke of "where are those onion cutting ninja!" when something makes you cry. 
    Shinobi technique : Cuts the Onions
    Using a variety of scents and sounds, the Shinobi brings forth memories of pain and grief in the victim.   While wafting a variety of smells from bottles of oils, and making soft, unheard whispering sounds, make a Skulduggery (air) check with a TN of the target's vigilance.  Effect lasts 3 rounds, plus rounds equal to bonus success.  Every round, target gains one cumulative strife (one strife round one, two strife round two, so on) as the smells and sounds bring memories of loss.  If the target becomes compromised, they must immediately unmask by weeping in grief.  Knowledge of a particular loss the target has suffered, such as sound of the person's voice, or a smell associated with them that can be copied with the oils used, reduces the TN of the check by 2 (minimum one). 
    1: learn something about the person the target is thinking of.  Their name, family/clan, something personal about them, as the target mutters to themselves while lost in memory
    2+ add one strife per round per 2 opps spent
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Avatar111 in Damage Tiers   
    -Conditions and Critical Strikes fixes:

    All the following changes assume you are playing with the sidebar rule on p.270 (repeated injury).
    The purpose is to make combat more cinematic and more intense (incapacitated condition fix). It doesn't really affect the deadliness of combat, it is simply more fun and fixes a few weird loopholes with critical severity, severely wounded condition, and the stacking of such.
    Dying condition:  Add: If you suffer from the Dying Condition, you perish if you take any critical strike of severity above 0 after the resist check.

    Severely Wounded condition:  Effects: A Severely Wounded character increases the TN of their checks with the affected ring by 3.
    If the character suffers the Lightly Wounded or Severely Wounded condition for the same ring, they instead suffer the effects of a severity 8 critical strike for that ring as if they had failed the check to resist it.

    Incapacitated condition:  Change it to: Effects: An Incapacitated character increases the TN of all action checks by 2. An Incapacitated character cannot defend against damage. After an Incapacitated character suffers a critical strike, they suffer the Unconscious condition in addition to any other effects.

    change/modify the following critical severity outcomes:
    7-8 Permanent Injury: If the character was not Severely Wounded for the ring used for their resist check, the character suffers the Severely Wounded condition for that ring. The character also suffers the Bleeding condition, then chooses one of the following scar disadvantages for the ring they used for their check to resist: Air (Maimed visage or Nerve Damage), Earth (Damaged Organ or Fractured Spine), Fire (Lost Fingers or Maimed Arm), Water (Lost Eye or Lost Foot), Void (Lost Memories).
    9-11 Maiming Blow: If the character was not Severely Wounded for the ring used for their resist check, the character suffers the Severely Wounded condition for that ring. The character also suffers the Bleeding condition, then chooses one of the following scar disadvantages for the ring they used for their check to resist: Air (Deafness or Muteness), Earth (Damaged Heart or Damaged Organ), Fire (Lost Arm or Lost Hand), Water (Blindness or Lost Leg), Void (Cognitive Lapses).
    12-13 Agonising Death: If the character was not Severely Wounded for the ring used for their resist check, the character suffers the Severely Wounded condition for that ring. The character also suffers the Bleeding and the Dying (3 rounds) conditions, then chooses one of the following scar disadvantages for the ring they used for their check to resist: Air (Deafness or Muteness), Earth (Damaged Heart or Damaged Organ), Fire (Lost Arm or Lost Hand), Water (Blindness or Lost Leg), Void (Cognitive Lapses).
    14-15 Swift Death: If the character was not Severely Wounded for the ring used for their resist check, the character suffers the Severely Wounded condition for that ring. The character also suffers the Bleeding and the Dying (1 rounds) conditions, then chooses one of the following scar disadvantages for the ring they used for their check to resist: Air (Deafness or Muteness), Earth (Damaged Heart or Damaged Organ), Fire (Lost Arm or Lost Hand), Water (Blindness or Lost Leg), Void (Cognitive Lapses).
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    AndyDay303 reacted to Avatar111 in Damage Tiers   
    That gap is "lightly wounded" which is a push over if you have a water shugenja. The problem he mentioned is that unless someone have high enough deadliness, for example peasants with Yari deadliness 3. They cant "wound" you unless they wail on you while you are unconscious. Which is, in game, kind of really in a weird spot, unfun basically, that such weapons cannot wound anyone unless they attack you while you are already out.
    It just makes the gameplay unfun, in all cases.
    I do understand his issue. And I tried to fix it with the incapacited tweak (which works for me, especially since I allow minions to crit with 2opp). But there is definitely an issue in term of gameplay flow that i feel many tables will find iffy if they do not houserule it. Most fights have zero consequences (physically) if you dont adjust the rules, and that in turn makes the general feeling of danger a bit irrelevant. I for one think you should be in danger of getting wrecked sometimes. Meaning that, the FUN is mostly in making the choice of keeping fighting while risking a severe injury or stop fighting. The base rules just dont bring this kind of choice to the table, and that is a problem for me.
    More than just a balance issue (which is honestly a non issue for me) the core rule goes against "fun". And that, is not good design.
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