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Oct
5

A Guide to the L5R RPG Beta for New and Returning Players

A Guide to the L5R RPG Beta for New and Returning Players Yesterday, the free beta PDF of the fifth edition of the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game was released! I’ve been working on it alongside lead designer Max Brooke, and we’re tremendously excited to dive into the beta playtesting stage. The core mechanic should be both fresh and familiar to returning players, and for new players, we hope that it inspires a whole new generation. If you’re curious about what the new edition of the L5R RPG is all about, and how it’s similar and what’s different, read the below excerpt from the...
Sep
30

Return to Rokugan in the L5R RPG Beta

Return to Rokugan in the L5R RPG Beta 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....
Jun
6

Ego Check with The Id DM – Episode 16 – Katrina Ostrander

Ego Check with The Id DM – Episode 16 – Katrina Ostrander The Id DM recently invited me on his podcast, Ego Check, an interview podcast series hosted by a licensed psychologist, Michael Mallen, Ph.D. The podcast delves into a variety of game types (e.g., tabletop roleplaying games, boardgames, videogames) from a psychological perspective. Dr. Mallen has been interviewing members of the gaming community for articles on his blog, The Id DM, since 2011 and is now posting these interviews for others to enjoy. Check it out as well as the other fantastic episodes with other guests from the gaming industry and beyond! I’m joined...
Oct
19

Day 18: Rewarding the Player Characters

Day 18: Rewarding the Player Characters Player rewards can be broken down into tangible, intangible, and story rewards. In my games, I like to try to give out a balance of all three, but some in- and out-of-character considerations will occasionally affect what I distribute and when. Tangible Rewards Tangible rewards are your gold, loot, magic items and artifacts. My parties are usually good about splitting gold evenly. Some are even willing to lend theirs among the party so that certain PCs can get the item they’re looking for, with the general expectation that they will be helped in kind down the...
Oct
23

Rokugan Style: A Game of Chrysanthemum Thrones

Rokugan Style: A Game of Chrysanthemum Thrones Given the change of system, I felt obliged to change the promotional image as well. (Though technically it’s the Oriental Adventures LARP, this cover was just too perfect to resist.) An Invitation to the Winter Court Greetings, honored visitor, to an isolated corner of the Empire not often seen, but wondrous to behold. On the cusp of the year of the that may come to mark a renewed spiritual vigor in the Emerald Empire, it is my honor as the Emperor Hantei the Thirty Fifth’s Official Voice to invite you to the grand celebrations which are to be held...

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