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In the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game Open Beta, players take on the role of individual samurai whose honor and loyalty will be put to the test. These samurai serve their lords as warriors, courtiers, priests, or monks and embark on adventures filled with drama, suspense, humor, romance, and horror. All the while, they must grapple with their human emotions and choose between following their heart’s desire or doing what society—and the Code of Bushid—demands of them. These personal stories of triumph and tragedy will reverberate across the Emerald Empire and shape the very future of Rokugan.
The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game will contain rules for creating characters sworn to the service of the Great Clans and running game sessions filled with intrigue and conflict. A wide variety of skills, techniques, advantages, disadvantages, and more allow players to customize their character mechanically and narratively. Custom dice mechanics enable players to contribute to the unfolding story and decide whether their character succeeds, by how much, and how much it will cost them. And the fantastical feudal setting of Rokugan provides a rich tapestry of majesty and wonder where these stories can unfold. 
The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game Open Beta is available for free download. The Open Beta will not include every mechanic in the final game, but will give players everything they need to start running samurai-inspired adventures in the land of Rokugan. The beta will run for twelve weeks, giving players the oppurtunity to submit feedback about the upcoming Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game.


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vincent R November 11, 2017 7:56 am UTC
Well here we go.
I have been on the beta since it was released by FFG.
My thoughts on the Beta are.

1. This is not a beta its a errata/proofreading club.

2. The dice system is not an issues, as the custom dice kind of work here.

3. The issues are with the character creation system(4), skill system(5), weapons(6), strife system(7), and abilities(8).

4. Character creation in this game is for lack of a better word a game of mad-lids.For those that are unfamiliar with these. A mad-lib is a story with missing nouns, verbs, etc that you fill in the blanks to form a story. The current system does just that. You go through and at the points it tells you you pick a skill, ring, or advantage/disadvantage. This takes one of the most important parts of role-playing out of the players hands and turns it into a MMO. FFG answer is, this is how they want it to fight power-gamers and force players to take disadvantages.

5. The skill system is a mess....See more
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Harm-Diercks G October 07, 2017 8:56 am UTC
I skimmed through the "reviews" and I am downloading it now. I started roleplaying 30 years ago with "das schwarze Auge" and the first German edition oF D&D. Just keep that in mind before you call me a "kid" because my opinion differs from yours. I invested quite a lot of money in Warhammer 3rd Edition. FFG lost the licence and all the stuff is wiped from the market. With that comes my first point against special Dice.

1. When the game is dicontinued all special stuff you need will become expensive, rare and then unavailable.

2. IMO the limit your imagination, because they tell you what happens in wich area. For me it is ahindrance for good and exciting roleplay. Bur I guess some players need that help from the Dice. How good it works without special Dice can be seen each week in critical role, when matt mercerinhales life into boring rolls of dice.

3. I don´t trust FFG anymore. And now bring the hate.

4. the rulebooks usually...See more
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Jesse T October 10, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Eventually, yes, Warhammer 3rd Edition material will become expensive and rare, but the same can be said for most dead RPGs, and there's /tons/ of the material still out there in the market, often available for much cheaper than when it was new.

I'm sorry you feel it limits your imagination. I find the unique dice mechanics drive the games in interesting, unexpected ways that everyone is involved and invested in, rather than just one storyteller's vision.
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Harm-Diercks G October 12, 2017 7:30 am UTC
Yeah but the discontinuation came pretty fast and not even the PDFs were not longer for sale here on drivethrough. It felt like FFG said a big FU to the fans.

First I thought the same, but when the players are not able to spin a story around the dice the GM has to do it, then it is the storytellers Vision again. Then he/she has to spin around the dice and cannot use the own imagination. It usually ends in the usage of the same sentence constructs "You manage to hit because your XX is so high but it took more time so it will take more time to use it again, also it was more exausting than expected and you get 2 fatigue tokens". Maybe I programm a database were you put in the Dice rolls an it spins a story from it. I think it is an illusion of inspiration because it limits the story you can spin around an action to the types of dice you use.

Also I love to play with candleligght and so the dice must be very visible and easy to read. The Symbols in this look great but are hard...See more
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Robert L October 12, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Yeah it's so horrible that FFG lost the license and isn't willing to get sued by a historically litigious company just to bring you more WHFRP 3rd edition products and PDFs, legality and IP be damned! /sarcasm
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Harm-Diercks G October 12, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Why don t you take your sarcasm an stick it in your northern end when you travel south :)

They did not "lose" the license, they did not renew it.
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Charlie S October 06, 2017 10:33 pm UTC
Kevin is right, the whiners are really bringing the rating down, and I love the dice mechanic, all they have to do is try the game, if they choose not to, well shut up about it.
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Kevin D October 06, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Every "review" but one so far ought to be deleted. These children can't get over their hate for unique dice and have literally nothing else to say about the game.
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Nicholas K October 06, 2017 12:10 am UTC
TL;DR: There is nothing stopping you from using standard dice with this game, just have a print out of a small table next to you.

For those of you concerned about the utility of the custom dice, don't worry. Like the Star Wars products there is a table at the very beginning of the book that lays out what the die faces are and those can be used as a translation table for any standard dice that you have. It takes barely a moment and you start to memorize what number corresponds to what symbols as you use it.
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Corwyn C October 05, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
There's a Legend of the Five Rings Dice App available for $6.99 CDN on the App Store and Google Play for people who don't want to cut and paste the symbols onto physical dice. The app is similar to the Star Wars Dice App.

"...the fastest way to begin playing is to purchase the Legend of the Five Rings Dice App, available on the App Store and Google Play. The Legend of the Five Rings Dice App is a comprehensive physics-based dice roller that can be used to roll the custom six- and twelve-sided dice used in the game, as well as the ten- sided dice occasionally used during character creation. The app allows you to manually change die faces, group dice, display total results, and explode dice, as well as create custom presets for any combination of dice."
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October 05, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Doesn't "The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game" already exist? how can you open beta something that has existed for years?

Shouldn't it be "The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game, Xth edition" or something? Neither the title nor the text indicate it's a new edition, or which edition, or ...
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October 05, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
I think they can't exactly do that because the brand is under a new management and the entire lore is getting retconned.

Similar to how the different Star Wars roleplaying games are called "Star Wars Roleplaying Game" or something like that and the fandom needs to add something to differentiate them.
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Corwyn C October 05, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Roleplaying game lines don't typically indicate the edition number in the title unless it's a new or updated edition of an existing game being produced by the exact same company. If a new company takes over an existing property, such as in this case where Fantasy Flight is producing an entirely new version of the game with different rules from AEG's version, they almost always leave out the edition number in the books titles.
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Levy K October 05, 2017 12:56 am UTC
Hey what happened to Mantis and Spider clans?
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Alex T October 05, 2017 4:14 am UTC
They're doing a hard reboot so they don't exist yet.
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Nathaniel B October 05, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Good to know its a reboot when I read this -- I have friends who like the game but they have memorized all the lore from all the versions and it gets annoying sometimes when it keeps changing. Hopefully a reboot is what we need -- I'll review the system and see if I like it
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Levy K October 06, 2017 4:39 am UTC
Man I love my samurai pirates. Are they planning to bring Mantis back?
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Kevin D October 06, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
@Levy K
There's no official word on in what capacity the Mantis may return. In this beta, the get a mention in a section talking about Minor Clans and that's it.
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Randall T October 28, 2017 1:28 am UTC
The Mantis rules will be in the next version of the Open Beta.
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