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 Post subject: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:57 am 
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Imperial Archives is out as PDF at DriveThruRPG (link to the product page).

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The Imperial Archives collects a variety of material for the L5R 4th Edition RPG that we have been unable to fit into previous books. From discussions of Shourido and the office of Shogun, to NPCs and Oni Lords, to a discussion of how to play Courtiers, this book has something for everyone! New mechanics include the Susumu Courtiers, Scorpion maskmakers, and an extensive discussion of options for enhancing shugenja spellcasting. Also included is the official Errata for L5R 4th Edition.


There is a Susumu Courtier School and a Shourido chapter with further mechanics! Yeah!

Unfortunately, there is not yet a print-on-demand option.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:29 am 
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This looks like required reading for Spiders. Very cool.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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Any more details you can give to those of us who will not have a copy downloaded until much later? As we are at work, and all.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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sndwurks wrote:
Any more details you can give to those of us who will not have a copy downloaded until much later? As we are at work, and all.


Sorry, I don't have the book yet. I copied what I could find on the product page.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:03 am 
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i picked up the PDF. i'll check it otu on my lunch break and post my notes then.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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quick mechanical review: theres an alt rank 1 for daigotsu courtier four susumu that links to a new 9/6 for spider advantage based on shourido. the advantage has to do with not needing honor for resisting things. the path basically gives you a mechanic for detecting flaws that would be shourido-vulnerable. i'll be reading the fluffy part later.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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the fluff on Shourido is really interesting and presents a good overview of a) how it fits into rokugani culture generally and b) why its useful to the spider specifically. this aligns nicely with the advantage they built to go along with the fluff.

tl;dr much appreciated addition to the spider's RPG arsenal. much thanks to whoever wrote it.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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lo, and behold!

Funnily enough, none of the Spider stuff was mine for once!

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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But the Yobanjin stuff was, and oh lawdy, do I appreciate it...

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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Student of Shourido basically says "You have at least 5 honor for the purpose of resisting Fear, Intimidation, Temptation and, if you are using the optional rule, Honor Rolls." Pretty good for low/medium Honor characters in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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Daigotsu Atsushi wrote:
Student of Shourido basically says "You have at least 5 honor for the purpose of resisting Fear, Intimidation, Temptation and, if you are using the optional rule, Honor Rolls." Pretty good for low/medium Honor characters in my opinion.

Wow, that is...something.

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 Post subject: Re: New Sourcebook: Imperial Archives
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kakita_shiro wrote:
Daigotsu Atsushi wrote:
Student of Shourido basically says "You have at least 5 honor for the purpose of resisting Fear, Intimidation, Temptation and, if you are using the optional rule, Honor Rolls." Pretty good for low/medium Honor characters in my opinion.

Wow, that is...something.


Indeed and matches exactly what the Honor should represent. I quite like this rule.

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