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I'm just jazzed to see a vassal family get one confirmed card, and, as you say, the possibility of representation with an unnamed one.

Mind you, I think part of that is the fact that Phoenix have a whopping three "major" families total... but who knows, maybe all of the Clan packs will show off a vassal family?

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21 hours ago, Shiba Gunichi said:

Mind you, I think part of that is the fact that Phoenix have a whopping three "major" families total... but who knows, maybe all of the Clan packs will show off a vassal family?

God, I hope so. 

In the CCG there were a few personalities, that, as it turned out, were from vassal families, but you wouldn't know it from the cards.

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I like the idea of them leaning into the vassal families because:

1.) It's adds a bit more realism into the setting if we can see less homogeneity in each of the great clans.

2.) It fixes a naming issue where you don't get tons of Isawa this guy or Isawa that girl in the card pool.

 

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50 minutes ago, phillos said:

I like the idea of them leaning into the vassal families because:

1.) It's adds a bit more realism into the setting if we can see less homogeneity in each of the great clans.

2.) It fixes a naming issue where you don't get tons of Isawa this guy or Isawa that girl in the card pool.

 

Yup -- both of these reasons are why I made much greater use of vassal families in my campaign.

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On 18/12/2017 at 5:19 PM, Kinzen said:

Yup -- both of these reasons are why I made much greater use of vassal families in my campaign.

Amen. Just take a look at the PC and NPC name list of my current, just barely initiated, campaign:

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Hiroshige Katsuyoshi - Lord of the Kasugai province;

Ude Tsuyoi             - Cassiane / Hida Bushi / Last survivor of the Ude family, vassals to the Tachibana;

Nobu                 - Lauro / Akodo Bushi (Ronin) / Became a vassal to Lord Yukimura after they fought side by side during Yukimura's Musha Shugyo;

Kiyoishi Nakajima  - Vitor / Arashi Bushi / Monk of the Order of the Thousand Fortunes;

Senzo Hien            - GMPC / Bayushi Bushi / Dark Sword of Bitter Lies Bushi / Mandril mask;

 

Tachibana Yukimura - Leader of the Tachibana clan, Lord to the PCs;

Harumi            - Onmyoji, former Kuni vassal, turned from them after Kisada's Rebellion;

 

Kansuke Ranmaru        - Akodo Bushi / Kansuke's family lord; vassal to the Tachibana;

   ¬Kansuke Senshumaru    - Kakita Bushi / Ranmaru's youngest son;

   ¬Kansuke Rikimaru    - Akodo Bushi / Ranmaru's eldest son;

Kansuke Tatsumaru        - Akodo Bushi / Ranmaru's youger brother, leader of the famed Kansuke's Cavalry;

   ¬Kansuke Aioko        - Matsu Spearmen / Tatsumaru's eldest daughter, engaged to Ogata Junsuke;

Ogata Motozane        - Hida Bushi / Ranmaru's brother-in-law, leader of the Ogata family, vassal to the Tachibana;

   ¬Ogata Junsuke        - Hiruma Bushi / Motozane's eldest son, engaged to Kansuke Aioko;

 

 

 

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I think they were cool enough certainly but the end of the novella seems to mean we'll see a lot more of them, vassals or not. Which is awesome. And shrine maiden probably is a Kaito, but is certainly Kaito trained if not according to the novella.

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The Moshibaru vassal family of the Hida was confirmed in the RPG Beta as part of "A Ronin's Journey". If the RPG adventure of "Wedding at Kyotei Castle" is a rewrite of the classic 1st Edition module that also took place at Kyotei Castle, then it will feature the Tsume vassal family of the Daidoji.

Vassal families were a big part of L5R in 1st edition, and it is looking like the RPG and lore is moving back in that direction. To which I say good.

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