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There is a slight disconnect between what western languages and what the Japanese associate sincerity with. This article about decoding asian business codewords explains the difference. being Makoto (mah-koe-toe) means to properly discharge all of one's obligations so that every thing will flow smoothly and harmony will be maintained. It also means ...


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Rank 1 techniques generally add rolled dice in certain circumstances (The Way of the Clan techniques in particular) and have a defensive bonus. Rank 3 techniques usually convert your attack from a Complex action to a Simple, allowing you to make two attacks a round. Some combinations of these rank 1 techniques are more powerful than 2 or 3 ranks in one ...


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The problem with the printed maps is that they are Imperial statements and cannot be wrong. If the ground disagrees with the maps then the ground is wrong. How dare it defy the Empress? Of course, if you're late because you thought the map was right, then you're the one at fault. There is one distance reference that I can find in the write-up of Toshi no ...


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ISTR d20 Rokugan has a scale bar on the map. The following image looks to be the same From: http://brennor.dyndns.org/~steve/L5R/CombatMaps/map_rokugan.jpg


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I admit, I have never played L5R. However... They should take it as a challenge that they need to overcome in their new political environment. I have just started to do the same with my PC's in a D&D game. They have been fine as heroes fighting off the monsters and saving the land. But their responsibilities have increased and now they have to ...


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I hope they pass, and try to plot for them passing but I feel like I need a swoop-and-save always in the wings. Ah, here we clearly have part of the problem. They're in a situation where they would fail most of the time if you weren't engineering things for them to succeed, so they should fail some or most of the time. If you feel bad for railroading ...


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It sounds like you heard "more social (than a war)" and gave them "ALL THE SOCIAL" instead. Have you considered backing off from or entirely backgrounding the politics storylines and bringing the level of social down a bit to where it's more comfortable? How about social issues and tensions among the people they're mentoring and responsible for, rather than ...


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I think the issue is about expectations and setting. I'm not a setting expert but I think I can prompt you with some questions you need to answer by yourself or wit the help of someone else who know the game or the historic era better than I do. Are they expected to protect the host? If so, is it because of kindness or is it something that's in a standard ...


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Like most any role-playing scenario, you should determine the answer to this question by asking yourself, "What would the characters do in this situation?" Regarding the NPCs involved, determine how they would react to such a failure. Would they be upset? Do they have the power to punish the players? It wouldn't be implausible for the villagers to be ...


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(I've played a lot of L5R 1E and a little 3E, so if things have changed in 4E, my apologies) Here's some things to consider about truth telling: What happened? Are you telling the whole truth of what you know? Are you telling it in a way to slant it to some angle you've got going? WHY are you telling what you're telling? What's your goal in this? L5R ...


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Mechanically, I would say that either it is not an opposed roll (since there is no opposition, just the person trying to put their viewpoint across - this could be rolled with the Sincerity skill, or with some form of Persuasion), or else it is a contested roll to persuade the other person of the truth-telling (which will not involve sincerity at all).


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So, I looked this up and here's what I've found. In a normal round you can take either one complex action (Attacks before unlocking the simple action attack option), two simple actions (drawing weapons, moving Water x 10 feet, etc.), and a reasonable number of free actions that I believe cannot be doubled. Anyway, as for your question, it's perfectly ...


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No one has addressed the problem of the ever-other-session player, and we have no details on that PC. But perhaps this character's continual appearing and disappearing could be fictized in a way that makes sense for the character's storyline as well, and might even be used to drive some plots forward. You could chat with the sporadic player after a missed ...


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One of the fun things about playing in a new system is discovering the system. I've played D&D 3.5 to death and am no longer capable of naively building a character one level at a time, with no prestige class in sight. Exploring the system for the first time is something you can only do once. I think you need to change your expectations for what ...


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If they are being outclassed by the people you are pitting them against then lower the level of these people and hand out enough experience for them to up their social skills. Have them deal with local officials to start with to get them into the hang of how you are using the system and setting. You should still be able to advance your agenda using these ...



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