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The game uses the Legend of the Five Rings setting, and primarily the nation of Rokugan , which is based on feudal Japan with influences from other East Asian cultures. Like most role-playing games, Legend of the Five Rings is played by one or more players and a game master , who controls the events that happen during the game as well as the non-player characters NPCs.
Legend of the Five Rings features many courtiers and other non-combatant character types as valid player characters. The fictional setting of Legend of the Five Rings is similar to feudal Japan , though it also includes aspects of other Asian cultures, as well as magic and mythical beasts. There is no given name for the entire world which the setting describes, so "Rokugan" is used alternately to refer to the specific nation within the setting or to refer to the entire world.
Rokugani society is based on a clan structure, with seven and later eight so-called "Great Clans", as well as a number of minor clans. Great Clans are made up of several family lines, each with their own general purpose within the clan. Minor clans generally only have one family. Each clan also has areas of land bequeathed by the emperor under their control. The emperor retains ownership of all lands, however, and the clans essentially rent the lands by paying annual taxes.
The game system of Legend of the Five Rings uses sided dice exclusively. Usually, when a die is rolled and the result is 10 normally marked '0' on the die , the die is said to "explode".
In this situation, the player rolls again and the new result is added to the original result. If this second result is a 10, the player rolls a third time, totaling all three results. This process is repeated until the player rolls something other than When dice are rolled, there are two quantities given: a number of dice to be rolled and a number of dice to be "kept". The totals of the kept dice are added together, giving the player the total sum for his or her roll. For example, if a roll called for five dice to be rolled and three kept said simply "five keep three" or written "5k3" , five dice would be rolled.
Out of those five, the player would choose three generally, but not necessarily, the player would choose the three with the highest values whose values would be added together for the total value of the roll. The Traits are grouped into pairs associated with four elemental "Rings" respectively to above : Earth , Water , Fire and Air. The four Rings represent a limitation in character development, because in order for a character to advance, the level of his Rings must increase, and to increase a character's Rings, both of the Ring's associated Traits must increase.
There is a fifth Ring, called Void. This ring, like the other four, is taken from Miyamoto Musashi 's The Book of Five Rings , although "Nothingness" is a better translation of the text. In the game, Void represents a character's inner strength, and its use allows a character to perform extraordinary actions, or to perform normal actions more efficiently.
There are primarily two methods of creating characters in role-playing games: to roll dice to randomly generate attributes or to begin with a set number of points and a formula by which attributes can be purchased with these points.
Legend of the Five Rings uses the latter method. Each new character begins with 40 "Character Points" to spend to create the character except for ronin characters, which begin with These points are spent to raise the level of the character's Traits and Void Ring , to raise the level of the character's skills, and to purchase new skills.
In previous versions of the game, characters started with 30 points, or 45 for ronin. These points may also be used to purchase Advantages , which give the character some extra bonus or ability that is designed to help in certain situations such as "Large", which increases the damage a character can inflict, or "Social Position", which increases that character's standing in the courts of the land.
Conversely, if a player so chooses, he can select a number of Disadvantages for his character, which give extra Character Points to spend in other areas, but imposes some penalty on the character during play such as "Small", which decreases the damage the character can inflict with certain weapons, or "Bad Reputation", which causes a great number of NPCs to dislike the character.
Proper role-playing is encouraged to avoid combat when unnecessary, but the characters do have requisite abilities to survive if combat is forced in the early stages. It was decided to make this new version of Oriental Adventures a showcase for their recently acquired Legend of the Five Rings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Rokugan. Archived from the original on Retrieved Archived from the original PDF on Role-playing game systems.
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Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game, Fourth Edition
The game uses the Legend of the Five Rings setting, and primarily the nation of Rokugan , which is based on feudal Japan with influences from other East Asian cultures. Like most role-playing games, Legend of the Five Rings is played by one or more players and a game master , who controls the events that happen during the game as well as the non-player characters NPCs. Legend of the Five Rings features many courtiers and other non-combatant character types as valid player characters. The fictional setting of Legend of the Five Rings is similar to feudal Japan , though it also includes aspects of other Asian cultures, as well as magic and mythical beasts.
Legend of the Five Rings returns with the fourth edition of its award-winning role-playing game line. While some samurai serve the greater good, others use the strictures of Bushido to manipulate the lower ranks and advance their own power. Will you follow honor or reject it? The choice is yours! Each is defined by its own principles, values, and agendas. Each sees the Code of Bushido in its own way. Each seeks to serve the Emperor with its own unique talents.
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