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How much experience points should be given to create rank 2 characters?

A starting character receives 40 xp to purchases skills, advantage and rings. How much experience should be given to players in order to create balanced rank 2 characters ?
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What Gaijin items are banned from trade?

Trade with gaijin is obviously rare or non-existent during certain time periods of Rokugani history, although some artifacts may come in the form of "loot". But what items (besides "gaijin pepper") ...
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What families often have Merchant Patrons?

I know that the Ide, Daidoji, Yoritomo and obviously the Yasuki is mention in the source material as often having members whom are Merchant Patrons. There is also a reference that the Lion sees ...
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How does the Dragon Tattoo damage work?

The dragon is a fearsome tattoo, and contains frightening power waiting to be unleashed. As a Complex Action, you may breathe fire in a cone, equal to ten feet plus your School Rank in length, and ...
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How does Niten dueling differ from standard dueling?

I know that, mechanically, iaijutsu duels are iaijutsu duels. However, it's well documented that Mirumoto are skilled duelists that use a different style from their Kakita rivals. L5R goes into detail ...
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When Should Disadvantages be Inflicted on (N)PC's?

I was tempted to add the System Agnostic tag to this, but for today there is a specific game in mind to receive an answer. Regardless of the source of the disad, (Physical, Mental, etc.) there are ...
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Is there any way I can make an effective Rank 1 Yojimbo who is not a Shiba?

Is there some combination of mechanics available at character generation that would make a reasonable substitute for the Shiba's Rank 1 Guard as a Free Action technique? This technique allows the ...
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Is there a “Megaphone” spell?

The closest thing I can find is "Voice of the Wind" but I'm looking for a spell that will carry the speaker's voice beyond its normal speaking distance or, in this case, outside of a building. I'd be ...
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What happens if a shugenja takes the Multiple Schools advantage to join another shugenja school?

This is a strictly mechanical question. Obviously, when switching schools shugenja would gain access to the new technique, however are there any additional advantages or penalties to do so? Do they ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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Is physical contact still a problem for samurai if it's in private between family?

When it comes to courtly interaction in Rokugan, it is a significant offense for a samurai to touch another person. In fact, this seems to apply in general. There are exceptions for intimate ...
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Is there a “furry” disadvantage for Kitsune/Kitsu?

I was reading through the L5R 4th Ed books and stumbled across some bit of text that said something about certain characters having animalistic traits such as furry ears and slitted eyes as a result ...
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Stain Upon the Soul and Unconventional Wound Ranks

During a recent game, I had a monk character use the Kiho "Stain Upon the Soul", which makes the target act as though they have a number of wound ranks filled as the attacker's Air. The opponent, ...
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Would there be an appropriate punishment for failing to protect a host from another clan?

So I had a campaign idea that I was hoping to start up at some point involving the players being the second highest ranked people in an isolated Dragon Clan village. They were not assigned there, but ...
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Samurais studying abroad: automatic killing machines?

I am confused by the "Multiple School" advantage in L5R 4th Ed. It basically allows your character to stop studying in his current school and start studying in another one. It costs a whole 10xp, and ...
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How to Determine *Honest* Sincerity

The specific example I am working with is the Sincerity (Honesty) skill in L5R but there is a certain factor of curiosity for any other system: How do you really roll to tell the truth and logically ...
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What is the scale of the map of Rokugan?

Is anyone aware of the scale of the map for L5R? They talk about the sorts of tribulations of travel, but not what sorts of travel times are to be expected for any range and inquiring minds (my table) ...
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Movement Practices in L5R 4e

In the movement section of the 4th edition core it states how a Free or Simple action can be used for movement. Now my big question is, since they separate the concept of a complex action to move as ...
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Giving Players the Game They Want

Currently I am running a game of Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition that is an extension of my 3rd Ed campaign. The current setting is a courtly endeavor, which dredges up certain problems. When ...