Legend of the Five Rings

For die-hard fans of Asmodee board games longing for further adventures from beloved characters such as Sparky the Stunt Dog or Blue the Monkey, your wishes have been fulfilled. Aconyte has announced that they will be publishing works of fiction based on the many fantastic worlds from Asmodee. Although details are scarce, from the web site it appears the properties deserving of literary expansion include Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Arkham Horror, Keyforge, Dead of Winter, and Legend of the Five Rings. Aconyte has stated that they are aiming for a monthly publication schedule starting in Summer 2020. Aconyte is being heralded by Marc Gascoigne, most recently publisher from Sci-Fi imprint Angry Robot Books, a property of Osprey Games. For more information, you can read the official press release from Aconyte here.

Children of the Empire, Fantasy Flight’s latest expansion for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game, is a massive expansion featuring 234 cards (three copies of each of 76 cards and one copy of six cards). Unlike previous expansions that focused on a single clan or a cycle of events, this expansion does not begin any new cycle nor cater to any one clan, making this expansion the perfect compliment to the core set.  Instead, this expansion focuses on new mechanics and themes.

The first new mechanic is Composure.  Composure is considered to be maintained as long as your honor bid is lower than your opponent.  Each clan has new cards that have different effects that can be activated only if they have maintained their composure. For the Scorpion Clan, who rely on high-honor bids, maintaining composure will be difficult, but their Courtier can switch honor dials with their opponent to regain composure and causing your opponent to lose his.

This expansion places a heavy emphasis on duels.  Every clan will have a new character type called a duelist to add to their ranks.  Each duelist makes use of the rewritten template “Initiate a duel” which provides clearer language than that previously provided on cards like Policy Debate.   Each clan’s duelist is unique and reflects the values and strengths of their clan.  Moreover, some events will trigger a duel, and some attachments are more powerful when used in a duel.

Children of the Empire does a good job reflecting the living aspect of a living card game.  Several event cards in this expansion reflects the events that have been described in short stories and novels set in Rokugan.  For example, “In Defense of Rokugan” recreates the sacrifice made by Tomonatsu describe in the short story “Dark Hands of Heaven” by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda.

Lastly, Children of the Empire includes multiple neutral cards, including a new version of Akodo Toturi, who was originally a Lion Clan Champion seen in the core set.  In this expansion, he serves the emperor and can activate special powers as long as he maintains Imperial Favor. In addition to this champion, the Imperial ranks include courtiers, magistrates, and even duelists.

Children of the Empire is certainly worthy of being called a premium expansion. Go to Fantasy Flight Games to learn more about Children of the Empire.

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!

Fantasy Flight Games has announced that they will be releasing The Sword and the Spirits, a new novella by Robert Denton III set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings. Physical copies of the novella will include two exclusive alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

The novella will focus on the Phoenix Clan and their investigation into an elemental disturbance and the possibly dark secrets of a vassal family located in the mountains. While investigating the murder, Isawa Tadaka and Shiba Tsukune will stumble upon a conspiracy ancient in nature.

Shiba Tsukune wasn’t supposed to become the Champion of the Phoenix Clan, but their ancient sword chose her. Trained as a samurai warrior, she was to be the bodyguard of Isawa Tadaka, a powerful shugenja—and the man she loved. Although her new duties have drawn them apart, she refuses to stand by and watch as Tadaka falls to the darkness within him.

Tsukune follows Tadaka north to Cliffside Shrine, home of the Kaito family, where he must investigate the mysterious death of a prominent priestess. All around them, the shrine shows signs of decay and desecration, and the wards that have bound an evil demon for centuries are fraying. What secrets are the Kaito family keeping? And can Tsukune save Tadaka from descending down a dark path before it’s too late?

Sword in the Spirits will include over 100 pages of tales designed to compliment Legends of the Five Rings lore. It will be released to coincide with Disciples of the Void, a Phoenix Clan Pack for Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

In addition to the novella, The Sword and the Spirits will include two alternate art cards for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.

Kaito Kosori will be an alternate art card for a card debuting in Disciples of the Void. The cards will be the first time a character from Kaito family makes an appearance in Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game. Kosori will honor the family tradition of bow use combined with mystical elements.

The Second card will feature extended art of Ofushikai, the sword that chose Shiba Tsukune as Clan Champion. Ofushukai is not included in Disciples of the Void, so for now will not be legal for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game tournament play until it is released in a Dynasty Pack later in 2018.

About Legends of the Five Rings: The Card Game

Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game is a Living Card Game published by Fantasy Flight Games. The game is set in Rokugan, the original setting for the Legend of the Five Rings collectible card game published by AEG. Players create decks of clan specific cards from the base game and supplemental decks when preparing to do battle. Two players will battle for 45-90 minutes.

 

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.

Like with any good living card game, you need to keep bringing out more content in order to keep things fresh and in the case of Legend of the 5 Rings, keep the story moving forward.  So it comes as no surprise that Fantasy Flight Games has announced the Imperial Cycle for the Legends of the 5 Rings LCG, but with a major difference.

That difference is that the six new packs will be released over the span of six weeks, instead of six months like normal.  At the same time the narrative of the L5R story is going to be expanded over those same six weeks, following the events in Rokugan in almost real time if you get the packs as they release.  This will shake things up and change the landscape of the card game in a matter of days instead of weeks.  At the end, there will be lots of new cards for each of the factions, and of note is that there will be cards specific to the role you choose, whether you are a Seeker or a Keeper.  You can preview some of the cards and read more about this event on the FFG website, and look for the packs to start appearing on store shelves in early November.

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.

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The following was quoted on AEG‘s Facebook page about their upcoming presence at Origins!

AEG has great new games at Origins! Join us to learn our games and the very first Valley of the Kings tournament. Also the releases of Pagoda, Romance of the Nine Empires: Arcane Fire and Istanbul will be at Origins.

For RPG fans Sword and Fan, a supplement for Legend of the Five Rings 4th Ed will release as well

Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition Role-Playing Adventures return to Origins with Introductory events and an exclusive RPG event that is part of the current official storyline! A murder threatens to drive two clans to war, and a group of Emerald Magistrates must find out the truth before it is too late. Characters will be provided.

AEG will also review game design submissions. Available appointment times are limited. Presentation is limited to 10 minutes. Interested game designers should contact jbancroft@alderac.com. Confirmation and appointment time will be provided on June 1, 2014.