L5R

If you own Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game or have been interested in seeing the game work for 3 or more players, today is your lucky day. Fantasy Flight has released the beta version of it’s multiplayer rules, complete with an all new win condition, and they would love anyone and everyone to try them out! Now the intensely tactical card game is open to more friends and family at once for an awesome new gameplay experience. As described on their news post:

     “Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce multiplayer rules for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, now entering a beta process in which you’re invited to participate! This new variant is designed to allow three or more players to participate in a game of Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, and even introduces a new win condition: Enlightenment. To download the beta version of these multiplayer rules, click here ( 0.1MB)!”

That’s all there is to it! Now these are beta rules, as described, so Fantasy Flight is interested in any feedback players may have and they will be posting updates and asking for surveys on their community forums, so if you’re able to take the time to test the rules linked above, or any of the updates since, you have a chance to help improve upon them with just a bit of feedback. And of course, this is all free to try, no expansion content required. So if you’re interested, read this page for more information and visit the community subforum for FAQs and changes, and get to beating more than one player at a time in L5R!

Fans of Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game soon will have a new way to play the game. Fantasy Flight has introduced in-store organized play to bring more players together to enjoy a deeper and more rewarding experience of the game and the world of Rokugan.

Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a two-player collectible card game where players assume leadership of one of the Great Clans in the mystical world of Rokugan and battle another clan.  In organized play, players team up with other members of their clan to compete against members of the other clans for control of the stronghold, which is the store hosting the organized play.

Retailers can pre-order Season One Stronghold Kits for Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game now.  Each Stronghold Kit supports up to 32 players over a period of three months.  Retailers can decide how to conduct the events: weekly events, monthly events, or a combination of the two.  Reinforcement Kits are also available for groups larger than 32.

Each kit is packed full of rewards: promotional Patronage Cards, participation prizes, prizes for the top competitors, and prizes for the top players from each Great Clan. The 2018 Season One Stronghold Kit contains 247 extended art cards, 13 metal fate tokens, 7 clan specific first player tokens, 7 plastic Dragon Clan-themed Imperial Favor cards, 4 custom playmats, and 1 acrylic honor dial.

Fantasy Flight is releasing four Stronghold Kits each year and retailers can order one of each.  Each of the Stronghold Kit releases will include bonus events ranging from welcoming events for new players to competitive events for experienced players.

Retailers will pick an end date for the Stronghold Control contest, and the clan with the most net victories at the end of the Stronghold Control contest gains control of the stronghold along with local bragging rights, the chance to decorate the store with your clan’s colors and iconography, and any future benefits that may come with the control of your stronghold.  At least until the 2019 Battle for the Stronghold contest.

Legend of the Five Rings is a 45-90 minute living card game for 2 players that hit the shelves courtesy of Fantasy Flight Games earlier this year.  This game is a reimplementation of the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game, published by AEG in 1995.

Over the weekend, Fantasy Flight Games announced the new Phoenix Clan Pack for Disciples of the Void.

The mystical Phoenix mediate between worlds—the physical and the spiritual, appealing to the very soul of the land. Mountains collapse at their whispered requests, dry rivers are convinced to flow again, plagues are banished, restless ghosts return to slumber, and crops flourish in previously barren wastelands.  More than that, the Phoenix are the caretakers of the Emperor’s soul. In tune with the spiritual side of Rokugan, they would be the first to know if things were to fall out of balance…

The Disciples of the Void Clan Pack contains 78 new cards (three copies each of twenty-five different cards and one copy each of three different cards). These cards include a new role card, a legion of Shugenja, and the game’s highest cost card to date.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced Battle for Rokugan, a new strategy board game set in their recently aquired Legend of the Five Rings universe. 2-5 players take on the roles of Rokugani Daimyō battling for control of the 7 honorable clans’ territories, as well as the mysterious Shadowlands outside their borders.

Players gain honor with each province claimed, and a special ability if they manage to claim all the provinces within one territory. Battle is waged through secret placement of combat tokens, determining defense, diplomacy or battle. After 5 rounds, players score points for hidden objectives and add together all the honor earned through the game.

For more details, you can read the entire press release from Fantasy Flight here.

Two years ago we reported on the sale of the Legend of the Five Rings IP by AEG to Fantasy Flight Games, and now that transfer has born the expected fruit.  In the fourth quarter of this year FFG will be releasing the first set in the Legend of the Five Rings LCG, bringing L5R back into print.  The new version of L5R will bear some resemblance to the CCG version of the game, but there have been some major changes and revamping as it made the transition.  You can read more about the changes between the versions on FFG’s L5R LCG game page, but suffice to say, it’s a whole new game now.

Legend of the Five Rings LCG is an interesting card game set it an fantastical version of feudal Japan, with samurai, ninjas, monks, and all sorts of other characters.  In the game you will pick one of the seven clans and build your deck around that clan.  Each game has you laying out four provinces that you control as well as your stronghold, these are the areas you must defend at all costs.  Each round you will gain fate tokens, which will be used to recruit/activate cards from your hand and activate abilities.  You will be attacking your opponent’s provinces with these recruited units and use conflict cards to help tip the battle in your favor.  Getting conflict cards can be tricky, as you will bet your honor, giving the difference to your opponent and pushing them closer to an honor victory, and pushing you closer to an honor loss.  But conflict cards are important because if you can’t defend your provinces, they can be broken, if too many provinces are broken your stronghold then becomes vulnerable.  And if you lose your stronghold, then you also lose the game.  Needless to say the game has a lot going for it both in game play and in it’s art style.  Check out FFG’s preview page for more information as well as background story on where the game stands in the universe’s fiction.

The cat is out of the bag, Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) will be acquiring the game Legend of the Five Rings from the Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG).  Legend of the Five Rings has been a long running CCG style game as well as an RPG game that has been very successful under the control of AEG.  As time has gone on, AEG has made a name for itself with it’s board games along with the L5R property, but now they want to move on from L5R and focus more on other flagship products, but they didn’t want L5R to fade away so a deal with FFG was born.  AEG will release one more CCG set for the game but then the game will transition to FFG’s control and, with a debut at GenCon 2017, be transformed into a Living Card Game.  More information will surface as the deal is finalized and we inch closer to the debut in 2017, until then you can read the full press release below.

Fantasy Flight Games to Acquire Legend of the Five Rings

Ontario, California; Roseville, Minnesota – September 11th, 2015. Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) and Fantasy Flight Games have entered into an agreement by which Fantasy Flight Games will purchase the Legend of the Five Rings intellectual property from AEG. For the past two decades, Legend of the Five Rings has been a hobby games mainstay as a collectible card game (CCG) and roleplaying game. AEG will be releasing the final set of the CCG later this year, closing this chapter of the game. Fantasy Flight Games anticipates its first Legend of the Five Rings product to be a relaunch of the card game as a Living Card Game (LCG) with a debut event at Gen Con 2017. More details will become available once the deal has closed.

“The prospect of working on Legend of the Five Rings is very exciting for us,” said Steve Horvath, SVP of Communications at Fantasy Flight Games. “The AEG team has done an amazing job creating a truly rich history and a universe with a deep narrative that fans have connected with for twenty years, and we are looking forward to the potential to build on that legacy moving forward.”

John Zinser, CEO of Alderac Entertainment Group said, “L5R is and will always be our first gaming love, but over time, we’ve changed our company focus further and further away from those roots. Our friends at Fantasy Flight Games have staff with a long history with the L5R property and its games, who are excited about the prospect of taking the brand into the future. When we recently decided it was time to end our own work on the story of Rokugan, we knew they were the best possible stewards for the world, the story, and the community we love and want to see continue to succeed and grow into its next twenty years.”

About Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight Games is a leading publisher of board games including XCOM: The Board Game and Twilight Imperium, Living Card Games such as Android: Netrunner and Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, and miniatures games like Star Wars®: X-WingTM and Imperial Assault. We also publish games based on A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lord of the Rings, and the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. We pride ourselves on epic themes, innovative gameplay, and top level production values. For more information, visit our website at fantasyflightgames.com. Fantasy Flight Games is a subsidiary of Paris-based Asmodee Group, a leading global publisher of games.

About Alderac Entertainment Group

Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is the “Best Small Game Company in the World.” For twenty years we have published fun, innovative, quality games including the best-selling micro-game Love Letter, award-winning games like Smash Up, Trains, Doomtown: Reloaded, and Valley of the Kings, as well as the highly anticipated upcoming games Dice City, Automobiles, Greedy Greedy Goblins, and more. For further information, visit our website at alderac.com.