I'm not a big fan of collectible card games. I made an exception for L5R for a few years in the late 90s. I found the interesting fantasy Asian setting and characters appealing. Each of the game's clans had a specialty for achieving victory in one way or another - a big plus in my book. Military, honor, and the wisdom of the rings are all paths to victory.
With the game's relaunch with the Celestial Edition last year, my curiosity brought me back to the card table. I compare the increased focus on keywords similar to the d20 epiphany of 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons. While I like to win games, I mostly enjoy the different kind of interplay that occurs with different clan match-ups. Even better, a player may tweak his clan deck and pursue different kinds of strategies without losing the essential theme of the clan.
My favorite clan has been the Scorpion, although I like to dabble with other clans. The Scorpions tend to be about dirty tricks - rumor, lies, and murder. The attached card picture is taken from AEG's Celestial Edition preview. More may be seen here.
I love history, mythology, and games. My favorite projects allow me to mix them liberally and turn readers onto something new and different. When it comes to games, players ought to do more than roll dice, flip a card, or move a piece – they ought to feel immersed. I look for this in my favorite pastimes and I bring this attitude to the table and my work. This blog features my thoughts and experiences about the games I play and my contributions to the hobby.