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Since the last time I wrote on this blog, I’ve started an L5R campaign… and it has died.

The usual culprit is to blame. Life. I just can’t seem to keep a group of players returning every week. I don’t think that’s a comment on my GMing abilities, either. I’ve been just as much to blame as my players, as well. I’ve had to work during several of our gaming nights, and an absent GM leads to not much of a game.

Things continue to go, however, and as we approach what should be the slow season at work, I’m beginning to put together ideas for gaming. It doesn’t hurt that I’m now incredibly jealous of my wife, who has joined a weekly Pathfinder game with some of our friends, while I usually have to work.

My strongest desire is still to play Engel, but I’ve got a lot of work to do on that translation before it can happen. The release of The Great Clans for L5R has got my creative juices flowing for that again. I’m also toying with running some Houses of the Blooded. Actually, I’m most likely going to be trading off. Run Houses for a bit, then run L5R, then Houses, etc. Throw in Engel and my homebrew game as they become ready. Rinse. Repeat.

Whatever I do, I’ll be putting it up on Obsidian Portal, as well as discussing it here.

There will be some facelifts here and there around this blog, and I’ve got plenty of topics to write about, so expect more regular updates. I just need to sit down and do it!

Up and Running (Almost)

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.

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Testing the Waters

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 🙂
If anyone reading this in the Albuquerque area is interested in joining the game, feel free to comment below (with some way to get in touch with you). No guarantees, but we’ll see.

L5R Project Update

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.

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Current Project: Legend of the Five Rings

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.

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Fourth Edition for Five Rings?

I recently learned about the upcoming release of Legend of the Five Rings, fourth edition (published by AEG). I’m still not entirely sure what I think about this. L5R has been among my favorite games since my friend and I bought our first starter decks for the CCG sometime in the late ’90s (Jade edition starters, though that story arc was nearing completion). I noticed books for the RPG soon afterward, and started picking those up just as the 1st edition line ended. Since then, the game has been a standard among my group of ever-shifting players, both with 2nd edition and then 3rd. The L5R CCG remains the only CCG I’m even willing to consider playing anymore, and the RPG is one of the few games that I’m equally excited to run or play.

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