World-Building

World-Building

Launching any role-playing campaign is a careful balance of characters interacting with each other, presentation of the setting, and initial motivation to explore the greater story. Recently I had occasion to begin running a new Legend of the Five Rings campaign for...
Helping the Antagonist

Helping the Antagonist

To me, the best antagonists in fiction are those that have real motivations and consistent abilities. They’re driving at their goal because they have a core belief that they are in the right, no matter what society says. They don’t suddenly teleport out of...
A Scorpion Playstyle

A Scorpion Playstyle

In the final stages of preparing to run an upcoming Legend of the Five Rings table-top campaign, I’m getting questions from players about the “right” way to play their Clans, their Schools, and their classes. L5R presents a society which is very...
Greatness (Campaign Teaser)

Greatness (Campaign Teaser)

“The Empire cries with great need,” Hikoma intoned, his deep voice slow and solemn as was the custom in Crossroads Village, far from any crossroads, and far from being a true village. “It is now a time for heroes.” The men and women seated...
Stealing the Wind (Campaign Teaser)

Stealing the Wind (Campaign Teaser)

The honorable and venerated Hantei XX stared for a long time at the tall lion kneeling in supplication before him with head to the floor. “Matsu Ikuko,” the young emperor eventually began, his quiet voice echoing in the silent room, “what news have...
The Famine (Campaign Teaser)

The Famine (Campaign Teaser)

Something was wrong with the Emerald Empire. No-one wanted to admit it, but the unprecedented drought and famine had brought even the most well-stocked Clans to the edge of starvation. Something had to be done to ensure everyone’s survival. Shugenja and oracles from...