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.
FFG has announced an upcoming release to Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game. Whispers of Shadow and Steel is a novella set in the fictional land of Rokugan. This is the second installment of Legends of the Five Rings Fiction, but the first to include 2 new upgraded art cards that can be used in L5R:TCG. This novella is approximately 100 pages long and features the Scorpion Clan, and specifically, Bayushi Yojiro, one of this clan’s characters.
There will be three copies of each card, for a total of 6 cards, which will be tucked inside the book. The first card is an extended art version of Bayushi from the Imperial Cycle:
As a Magistrate, Bayushi Yojiro alters the rules of conflicts—in his case, ignoring the effects of status tokens on participating characters. This can enhance the dishonorable Scorpions around him, and erase the bonus of your opponent’s honorable characters.
The second card is from the upcoming Elemental Cycle for this game, and features an ability unique to the Scorpion Clan: Infiltrator:
Infiltrator is an attachment that allows you, as an action, to reveal the top card of your opponent’s conflict deck and either play it as if it were in your hand or discard it.
As an attachment, you can repeat this process every turn, as long as your infiltrator is in play, and as long as your bid remains higher than your opponent’s. This allows you to infiltrate your opponent’s conflict deck and turn their very best weapons against them—a tactic well befitting a Scorpion.
They’re already existing cards (or soon to be existing cards) with full art. They’ll look different than what will be in the standard LCG packs, but will function the same in-game (same stats, abilities, etc.). From a pure gameplay perspective, these promotional cards won’t be exclusive to people who purchase the book, but if you’re looking for the fantastic alt-art cards to make your deck ‘pop’, these are for you.
There is yet no release date set for Whispers of Shadow and Steel, but it is available for preorder from both local retailers and FFG.
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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.