What the Heart Wants

What the Heart Wants

Five samurai stood impassively, trying to ignore the cold rain which fell incessantly from the midnight sky as their quarry approached. With features set grimly and traveling clothes soaked through, they were a striking contrast to the soft-toned and delicate woman...
Cinematic Role-Playing

Cinematic Role-Playing

Recently I started running a new Legend of the Five Rings campaign, with most of the players having participated in at least some of my previous five-year story arc in the same setting. I thought long and hard about how to make this experience different from those...
Halfway Deals

Halfway Deals

“I don’t like him,” the large man grunted from the doorway, fingers drumming on the hilt of his aged machete, having escorted the strange traveler from their small bandit village. O-Baka hardly registered his companion’s complaint, lost in...
Appendix Two is a Lie

Appendix Two is a Lie

One of the books that most formed my early gaming experience was The Way of the Scorpion for the Legend of the Five Rings game system. A deep dive into the politics, mentality, and hidden truths behind one of the most secretive organizations in the setting, it...
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...