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Friday, February 24, 2012

L5R: Legend of the 5 Rings

Hey everyone. I am a long time gamer, mostly in collectable card games. I have played many different ones and most have since gone the way of the dinosaur. But one in particular has stuck around for a while and has been one of my favorites. Legend of the Five Rings.

                This game is set in a mythological world influenced by Japanese, Chinese, and various other Asian myths and legends. Samurai, sorcery, and politics all play a heavy role in the development of the story. The game itself is on its 17th year with a whole new arc starting right now. ( So now is the time to get into it if you are new.)

                What attracted me to the game was not just the great style of the art and fun gameplay, it was the interactive storyline. The game is based around an ongoing storyline that is crafted by a team of writers at Alderac Entertainment Group. They have the largest say in the games canon, but the players actually have impact. With many clans in the world of Rokugan, you have an alliance to your faction that you play at major events. Most players will play outside of the clan that they started with and are most loyal to, but the truth is that most players want their one most favorite clan to win the best stories and get the best rewards. Some players aren’t as interested in story issues as to gathering the best items for their clan to get as special cards in future expansions. But, there are plenty of players like myself, ones who want their clan to have the best outcome in the story so that they achieve greater success in the Empires eyes.

                L5R has grown to include a table top version and an RPG. The tabletop really didn’t survive long, though there are still a few devoted who play now and then. The RPG has a massive following and has grown to be almost as influential as the card game. I know a lot of players who play just the RPG and never touch the cards. ( I must say that they are missing a great time, but at least they are enjoying themselves. )

                Each year the company sponsors tournaments all over the world called Kotei. The winners of each of these events will come to a final event that will have the most impact on the story of any of the tournaments held each year. Each Kotei will have impact as well, giving players multiple ways to have a hand in the ongoing adventures of the Samurai of Rokugan. Players can achieve this influence primarily through gameplay, but they also have contests of knowledge, costuming, haiku, and other various methods so that even the lowliest of players have a chance of giving their favorite clan/personality story time.

                Check out your local gaming store, or gaming group, and learn about one of the most exciting and fun games on the market today.

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