A few months have passed, but things seem to finally be on their way. This past Saturday, I pulled together friends and acquaintances, and laid the groundwork for a new Legend of the Five Rings campaign! I’ll be acting as the GM, and I have four players, two of whom I’ve never played with before, but they are both at least somewhat experienced role-players. At any rate, it won’t be anything new for them.
The following email just went out to 13(!) people, with possible forwards to a few more.
As most of you are probably aware, I’ve been wanting to start up a new game of Legend of the Five Rings with the new edition (which I think kicks some serious ass). For anyone who doesn’t know, L5R is a fantasy RPG set in a world based on myths and legends of Japan, China, Korea, and similar geography (mostly Japan). Players take the role of samurai from various clans, and seek to balance their duty and the rules of honor and bushido with their own personal desires and goals. Threats come from many places: goblins and oni (demons) from the twisted Shadowlands to the southwest of the Empire, invading gaijin (literal translation: barbarians; more accurate translation: anyone from outside the Empire), samurai corrupted by Jigoku (the Spirit Realm of Evil that has corrupted the Shadowlands) or other taints, peasant uprisings, or even just plain other samurai (either pursuing their own personal interests, or those whose duty conflicts with yours).
A long-standing tagline for L5R is “where honor is more powerful than steel.” So, as might be guessed, there’s a lot of political plotting going on. There’s also ample room for combat, though, for those that prefer that. I’ll be trying to maintain a good mix to keep the game interesting. I’ll keep from detailing my plans too much now, and save that for another time.Right now, all I’m looking for is to find who would be interested in playing, and a general idea of your availability. I’ve had a lot of people express interest, though, and there is a limit to how many players I’ll deal with in a game, so I’ll probably have to be harsh and say no to some people that want to play. However, if there’s enough interest, I may decide to run a game for a second group operating in the same game world. With limits on time due to work, life, etc., I don’t know how that will work out, but I’m open to the idea.So, if interested, please respond to me at this email and please don’t Reply To All. In about a week (to give everyone a chance to respond), I’ll send out another email, which will explain what I’m wanting to do a bit more, as well as give some info so you can start thinking about your characters.It’s been a while since I’ve played, longer since I’ve GMed. So I may be a bit rusty. But i’ve got some new tricks up my sleeve, a few cool ideas to kick things off, so hopefully we’ll have a good, interesting and exciting game.Thank you for your attention 🙂
I finally picked up the 4th edition book for Legend of the Five Rings last week, and have been reading through it. First thing that needs to be said about this book is that it is freakin’ beautiful! The layout and artwork and the whole design is top-notch. Typos are also significantly down from previous AEG books, and the thing seems internally consistent, which has sometimes been a problem. So hats off to the editing team as well.
Many years ago, I stumbled across a game called Engel. I took a chance on it. What I discovered between its covers blew me away, and still leaves me in awe. I don’t want to say much about the setting, because there are plenty of secrets and such that I don’t want to spoil. The long and short of it is that in the late 21st century, God got mad at humanity. Plagues and floods and all kinds of badness resulted. A new church was born out of this chaos, and by the middle of the 27th century (when the game takes place), the church largely dominates Europe. Part of what has made the church successful is that angels have been sent to aid the church in its struggles. The PCs are all angels… or Engel. There’s a lot more to it than that, but it’s a start.
In preparation of the 4th edition of Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game being released this summer, I’ve started putting thought into what I want to do for a new campaign. I’ve enjoyed every edition of L5R to date, and the designer diaries for 4th edition are addressing those things that I did not like about 3rd. So I am excited for it, and will be kicking off some sort of campaign as soon as I’m comfortable enough with the rules. It doesn’t look like the book will be coming out until late June, so I’ve got some time, and what follows is more or less of a documented brainstorming session inspired by some ideas I’ve had over the last few weeks.
A new blog title, a new look, and a new roleplaying venture!
Welcome to A Boy and His Dice, my latest attempt at an RPG blog, picking up where KeegsOnline left off… 5 months ago.
Coinciding with this relaunch is the beginnings of a new game I’m running, using the Warhammer 3rd edition rules and setting. The last of the three core players made his character last night, and we hopefully begin play this coming Saturday. There will, of course, be game reports.
More coming soon!
I was not present for this last session of Shadowrun, being unfortunately at work. As expected, my ability to participate will be haphazard at best. There is a new player who joined this last session and another who should be making a character later this week.
The GM did send along a recap of the first two sessions, which does include the basics of what I’ve already relayed here, but here it is in its entirety: