Friday, February 5, 2010

Legend of the Five Rings

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.


  1. I beleive Scorpion are THE most fun of the clans to play do to their nak of bothering other players.

  2. I agree. I rarely win at L5R, but I do enjoy annoying my enemies with cheap shots. I think this makes their victories more enjoyable for them.