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  1. It doesn’t really. When I gave the title I just never considered that he would not use it for the abilities it offers, but would simply use it as a way to plough 30 xp into learning more invocations (not just earth invocations). I am aware that this does slow down his progression towards his school, but I don’t really see why this matters as I will always tailor encounters to his abilities anyway, so can’t really see why taking 30 Xp longer to complete his school is an issue. Eventually he will still complete his school ranks but have an extra 30 xp worth of invocations. I guess I just expected he would use the emerald magistrate title on the abilities it confers, not just a way of getting some extra invocations.
  2. Based on how school progression works I would have to say that you need to pay the full xp for each rank. Think i’m with you on bonds, initially I thought they may be quite interesting, but when I read through them properly I totally agree with your edit and won’t be having them in my games.
  3. Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate I have deviated a little from my initial question, but really interesting to read your responses. I think what I can take from this is that I wish I had not used the title, but what is done is done and I need to adapt to it and not worry about how the xp is spent. As Avatar 111 said it won’t be over balanced as I can just scale challenges appropriately anyway. Also I will rethink offering bonus xp as mentioned, and as opportunity is likely to be used more often to increase effects of techniques etc, the generic tables should give enough variation. Cheers guys. Scrivener - sorry, for some reason I can’t post a reply, only add to this. He is paying 3 but putting 2 towards the Xp count which is why I thought this may be power gaming when I originally posted. Every time he wants to learn an invocation he learns it via the title not his school so he will learn more invocations as less Xp goes to the count. I fully understand this will slow his progression to the wardmaster, but anytime he puts xp to the title it will do this. As avatar said you can adjust the challenges, so even if he advances slower I just set challenges accordingly. All I could see initially was that he would eventually be a level 6 wardmaster but with more spell access as he had used the title exclusively for this.
  4. Thanks for all the replies, I appreciate I have deviated a little from my initial question, but really interesting to read your responses. I think what I can take from this is that I wish I had not used the title, but what is done is done and I need to adapt to it and not worry about how the xp is spent. As Avatar 111 said it won’t be over balanced as I can just scale challenges appropriately anyway. Also I will rethink offering bonus xp as mentioned, and as opportunity is likely to be used more often to increase effects of techniques etc, the generic tables should give enough variation. Cheers guys.
  5. I actually do have the Winters Embrace module, but not had a chance to play it through yet. I’m aware that the game should not really be run as a combat based affair, though my players do enjoy combat, so I am trying to keep a balance so we are all happy. This system has a much better feel to than running it as D20, and I really like the different scenarios the roll and keep dice system allows, even if I do sometimes wish I could think of some better uses for opportunity than the generic tables provide, as I don’t want to keep using the same things over and over. I’m glad you agree that progression is fast, at least this makes me feel I may have got this about right.
  6. Is it possible I could be giving too much XP then, as he seems to be progressing reasonably quickly through rank 1 wardmaster whilst still having XP to put towards his invocations via the Emerald Magistrate title? I have tried to follow the core rules guidelines on this of 1XP per hour of game play, plus I have given a few extra points for completing a task, or good ideas etc, so did not think this was excessive. Ultimately though I am not going to be stopping him doing what he wants with his XP, so will just have to see how it goes and tailor challenges accordingly. My only other RPG experience is D20, and it just feels that advancement in this system, particularly in the number of spells you can learn and certainly in the amount you can cast at rank 1 is much greater. In combat situations it just appears that you can keep casting invocations, or have I misunderstood this?
  7. Obviously I am not viewing this in the same way as some of you are. I have never played L5R before apart from under D20 rules, so this is all new to me in this format, so may take me a while to get my head around things! Deraforia & Avatar, why do you see this as weak gaming? I totally understand that by putting XP into the Emerald Magistrate he is slowing down his wardmaster progression, if this what you are saying. Perhaps as this is new to me I am looking at it all wrong, but what I see is someone who can learn 15 spells via the title (as he appears to have little interest in the other aspects of it), then use the 20xp required to advance in the wardmaster school without having to use any of this for spells so can increase rings or other rank 1 criteria. When I have read other posts on here it seems to suggest Shugenja are really powerful, I can only assume this is due to the invocations they can learn. So ultimately, even if it does slow progression down a little doesn’t having access to even more invocations make them even more powerful, hence why I referenced power gaming? Thanks again for taking time to reply to my newbie confusion!
  8. Thanks for the replies guys. I will just let them do what they want with the XP as suggested. Perhaps my issue (and it is my issue) is that I am not a power gamer, my friend is much more this way inclined. He would probably say he is just maximising his characters potential, though! I just never considered that someone would use a title to basically learn up to 15 extra invocations effectively using the title to gain an extra rank to use predominantly on extra spells. Thanks for the input, anyway.
  9. One of my group is playing a shugenja and has earned the emerald magistrate title. They want to learn more earth invocations so want to use this title as a way of learning more invocations as they will only need to add half the experience each time they learn a new invocation. As they are playing a Yogo wardmaster currently at rank 1 they have access to earth invocations as part of this class but will need to add the full XP if they learn them this way. I can’t see anything stopping them doing this but it just feels wrong. I appreciate it is slowing their progression as a wardmaster but it does not seem right that they can learn twice as many invocations by choosing to learn them through the magistrate title whilst ploughing all of their other experience into other skills via the wardmaster. Are they able to do this? Hopefully this makes sense Thanks for any clarification
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