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Return to Rokugan in the L5R RPG Beta

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The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game holds a special place in my heart. The fourth edition was one of the main games I was excited about when I first started this blog in 2011, and I’ve been playing it ever since. Now, I’m incredibly proud to share news of the upcoming open beta for the newest edition, which I got design alongside Max Brooke.

Starting next week, you’ll be able to download a free PDF to try out the core rules. You’ll create characters by choosing from a wide variety of skills, techniques, advantages, disadvantages. Custom dice mechanics will allow you to contribute to the unfolding story and decide whether your character succeeds, by how much, and how much it will cost your character. One of the main narrative mechanics revolves around the impossible choices facing a samurai as their human feelings, or ninjō, conflict with their obligations to society, or giri. Whether you choose happiness or duty for your character will have narrative and mechanical consequences not only for yourself, but for all of the Emerald Empire. Will you be lifted up beside the names of your honored ancestors, or will you fall among the ranks of the empire’s most infamous villains?

If you’re curious, you can read more at the announcement article, otherwise you can sign up to get news and updates sent straight to your inbox. I’ll be sharing more updates on this blog as FFG announces more, so stay tuned!

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