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MN

I am thinking of picking up the rules for Legends of the 5 Rings. I do not need the "newest" edition, but I do want the best edition.

I played 3rd edition before and I enjoyed it, but is there a preferred edition for the fanbase?

Let me know.... like..... your opinions man.

Do you like Free Wargames?
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 Easy E wrote:
I am thinking of picking up the rules for Legends of the 5 Rings. I do not need the "newest" edition, but I do want the best edition.

I played 3rd edition before and I enjoyed it, but is there a preferred edition for the fanbase?

Let me know.... like..... your opinions man.
I've only played the original L5R RPG, which sets my preference. Also, since I own about 75% of what was published for it, that confirms it, as that investment is not likely set aside.

However, if you can get the 4th ed. Imperial Histories books at a good price, they are a good source for campaign and adventure ideas. My recommendation is Imperial Histories 2, as it covers parts of Rokugan's history that were not covered in the CCG, as well as having a couple of alternate history Rokugans, for example, "The Togashi Dynasty". The first Imperial Histories volumes was less interesting to me, as it covered material I was familiar with from playing the CCG. [Admittedly, things are fleshed out in greater detail for RPG purposes.]

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Gonna go out on a limb here, but there's a version of L5R for 3.0 edition Dungeons and Dragons. My gaming group played both it and first edition L5R and found the D&D version superior. You'll need the 3.0 version of Oriental Adventures, as Rokugan is a setting for that expansion.

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4th edition is generally considered the best. If you're looking to make physical purchases, it can take a bit of effort to hunt down, but worth getting for sure.
   
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dream archipelago wrote:
4th edition is generally considered the best. If you're looking to make physical purchases, it can take a bit of effort to hunt down, but worth getting for sure.
What makes it the best?

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 Ancestral Hamster wrote:
dream archipelago wrote:
4th edition is generally considered the best. If you're looking to make physical purchases, it can take a bit of effort to hunt down, but worth getting for sure.
What makes it the best?


It allows you to crush your enemies, see them driven at full movement before you, and to hear the lamentations of their GM.

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MN

Thanks all. I will try to track down some 4th edition rulebooks.

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 Ancestral Hamster wrote:
dream archipelago wrote:
4th edition is generally considered the best. If you're looking to make physical purchases, it can take a bit of effort to hunt down, but worth getting for sure.
What makes it the best?


4th edition is the best iteration of the original Roll & Keep system. It tones down the extraneous and ubicuous modifiers of 3rd at the same time that it keeps all the subsystems while adding reasons to improve your skills instead of just pumping up your attributes. It has also the most complete core rulebook of all the editions.

That said, I'm liking 5th edition a lot myself, and gaming desing wise it is a much tighter game with an actual focus on emulating the chanbara and jidaigeki genres. It also allows much more variance between characters of the same school/clan, which makes single clan campaigns much more viable and interesting. System wise it tends to be more "narrative" than the original R&K and the setting itself is a rebooted and "down to earth"ed version of the original from AEG. I like it very much, even though as it is a first edition (fifth edition of the game, but first of this new system) it's not as polished as 4th.

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I have only really played 2nd edition, and loved it. I know most of the L5R community crapped all over it, but I had good time. I liked how the system rewarded having actually very good skill in stead just investing in Rings.
It was obvious though, that the rules had not been updated for so large change in core mechanic and we had to house rule the starting characters bit more powerful.
Also, I think early editions setting was the best. Got bit too wild for my tastes later.

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I have only played 4th edition and I loved it so much that I went on to collect the entire product line. Indeed, despite the beautiful art FFG has produced for their take on the property, I have not bought any 5th edition products simply because 4th is so good.

FWIW FFG re-envisioned the setting to some degree for the purpose of their LCG meta-narrative but don’t let that put you off; it is in general the same beloved Rokugan.

   
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 Manchu wrote:
I have only played 4th edition and I loved it so much that I went on to collect the entire product line. Indeed, despite the beautiful art FFG has produced for their take on the property, I have not bought any 5th edition products simply because 4th is so good.

FWIW FFG re-envisioned the setting to some degree for the purpose of their LCG meta-narrative but don’t let that put you off; it is in general the same beloved Rokugan.

It is a reboot, yes, but the changes before the start are really minimal, and the changes after it are done to lean more on the chanbara/jidaigeki genre and the human matters instead of on the "apocalyptic struggle of the week" that AEG's CCG timeline imposed.

Which honestly, it's really, really good for the RPG.

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I followed the FFG L5R storyline super closely and edited a “library” of the fiction so other fans could navigate which characters showed up in which stories, etc. Unfortunately, all that effort was lost when Asmodee nuked the FFG forums.

FWIW, I really liked the FFG L5R storyline.

   
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 Manchu wrote:
I followed the FFG L5R storyline super closely and edited a “library” of the fiction so other fans could navigate which characters showed up in which stories, etc. Unfortunately, all that effort was lost when Asmodee nuked the FFG forums.

FWIW, I really liked the FFG L5R storyline.


I have it all, but mostly the translated versions I worked on. I also compiled them all in a single ebook ordered by publication date for ease of use.

For the english versions, I think you can still go here:

https://imperialadvisor.com/the-l5r-story/

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