L5R Posts


The Limits of Loyalty

The Limits of Loyalty

Perhaps the result of years in the theatre, perhaps from my love of fantasy adventure novels, a very common theme in the role-playing games I run is the conflict between what a character should do and what they want to do. While applicable to almost any setting – even...
A Petal Softly Falls

A Petal Softly Falls

With the banquet guests’ screams giving way to silent shock, a hush fell upon the hall. The most important and noteworthy men and women of Rokugan could hardly process what unthinkable horror had struck in their very presence – someone raising a blade against...
An Unrealized Chronicle Concept

An Unrealized Chronicle Concept

Over the past twenty-five or so years I’ve had occasion to run a number of gaming chronicles, and think up the settings and circumstances of many more. Every so often I’ll be inspired and write down a plot arc, individual scenes, or just the introductory...
Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

Outside of the Boy Scouts and sports, my close friends and I spent many hours of our youth enjoying table-top role-playing games like Legend of the Five Rings, RIFTS, and innumerable others. This is a story about immaturity, self-realization, and group dynamics, and...
Closing Up Shop

Closing Up Shop

When it comes to running role-playing games, I always prepare for the long haul. A Dungeons and Dragons campaign I ran that wrapped up some time ago closed on its fourth anniversary, and in the coming months my weekly Legend of the Five Rings game will finish, well...
The Weight of Leadership

The Weight of Leadership

With other members of the guild disposing the remains of the dark champion which had guarded the inner sanctum, Shosuro was left alone to reflect on the past and the future, kneeling in silent meditation. She remembered the many sacrifices necessary to secure their...