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  1. nameless ronin

    Courtiers in combat?

    Opportunities are supposed to not be connected to success or failure. That's a deliberate and explicit design consideration. It's actually one of the decisions I very much approve of for this edition, so I definitely suggest not making opportunity use hinge on success. If there are opportunity uses that really should require success, then those specific ones should probably become an effect of a successful check instead of an opportunity, and other, more appropriate, opportunities should replace them.
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    Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)

    I doubt it was planned and I doubt that if there's a Scorpion bushi school planned for the next book the comments on this forum have anything to do with that. Whether there's an upcoming event in Rokugan that takes out the majority of the Scorpion bushi (but not any other Scorpion?) or not, and that's another thing I doubt, the situation as is in the setting now and has been since the release of the core book is that Scorpion demographics are normal so they have a lot of bushi. "We won't need them a year after the release of the game if every group out there sticks with our timeline" is an insane argument. As for forum threads carrying any weight, I don't see the lack of a Scorpion bushi school stopping anyone from buying the game. It's also something that could have been solved in either of the two released sourcebooks or even via a downloadable document if they felt it mattered.
  3. The first Carpenter Wall was built by order of Hantei the First. It was destroyed by the Army of the Maw. The Maw was held at bay by Kuni Osaku, who created a wall of water powered by her own lifeforce, for 73 days - during that time a new wall was built which could not be overcome by the Maw's army, allowing the Crab to defeat it and kill the Maw. The return of the Ki-Rin happened 100 years later. They arrived from the south, through the Shadowlands, and were repelled by the Crab defenders on the Wall. They the made their way along the Wall to its very end, where they were met by a massive Crab army: that army, entirely infantry-based, had never encountered or fought cavalry before and was completely unprepared for it. That's how the Unicorn smashed through their defenses - they didn't breach the Wall, they steamrolled the Crab legions between them and the Empire.
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    Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)

    I'm not at all sure there will be a Scorpion Clan Coup in the FFG timeline.
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    Magic Research

    Yes, but then you have to keep importuning every time you want to use that invocation until you actually learn it. I don't think that's what's meant with "magic research". It's essentially just using a massive bribe.
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    Dueling Question

    Shrinekeepers can channel invocations as well, even if fluffwise (but not mechanically) they do something different. Regardless, it's not like tags have any kind of effect here: take them away and everything stays the same.
  7. It's not like a Cleansing Rite is all that difficult for the kind of shugenja that has any business traipsing through the Shadowlands though, particularly if they can and want to spend a Void point. Who needs to spam anything?
  8. nameless ronin

    Dueling Question

    School tags had a mechanical function in previous editions (at minimum preventing certain multischooling options), but otherwise didn't really matter. As far as I can tell they are pretty much meaningless in this edition.
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    Entangling Terrain/Movement action?

    The +2 to TNs applies to any and all checks for movement. If an action involving moving doesn't have an associated check it doesn't get one due to entangling terrain, it stays check-free.
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    Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)

    More the result of how the publication order of the sourcebooks turned out than anything else, I suppose, but it does sting a bit.
  11. nameless ronin

    Dueling Question

    If you carry a full daisho, that means you consider yourself a bushi (or at the very least style yourself one, whether you can back it up or not) - it literally just means warrior. You might not be the kind of bushi that serves on the Wall, has a position in a Lion legion or acts as yojimbo to a dignitary of your clan, but you still fight your own fights.
  12. Taint is not scary in this edition. I was hoping the Shadowlands book might make it a bigger deal, but from the reactions on this forum that is not the case. I don't think picking up taint from fighting Shadowlands critters or prolongued travel through the Shadowlands should be a massive risk either, it's just that as is there's no risk at all for anyone taking a minimum of care. Same with maho use.
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    Suffocation p.269

    I don't know how playtesting was done, but that kind of thing is not playtesting. It's what you might get as feedback from fans, not playtesters, and I assume more playtesting was done than the public beta. That said, it probably should be a bit more complicated than "no opportunities and/or strife" on checks to resist. The example from the book, resisting being thrown off a parapet, could certainly allow for narrative use of opportunities for instance. But without a rule or even some kind of guideline this is again an example of having the GM sort it out instead of providing us with something that works. I'm more than ok with the GM being an arbiter of the ruleset, like for interpreting whether something is a breach of etiquette and how bad it is, but that presupposes having a rule to go by. This - to me - seems to go a couple of steps beyond that into "do whatever's best" territory.
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    Suffocation p.269

    I'm pretty sure this only got through playtesting because everybody assumed this was not allowed.
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    A boxed set box suggestion.

    Let's not put too fine a point on it: it'd be more pricy than it'd be worth for a lot of potential buyers. We like nice things, but we're not made of money. Price matters. Then again, looking at that play mat it doesn't seem like that's a major concern in FFG's thinking so what do I know.