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2015 Kotei Season Update: Tournament Organizers

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:58

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

We want to take a moment to thank all the Tournament Organizers around the world for taking the time to apply to host a 2015 Kotei for our players! We have received over 70 applications for the 2015 Kotei Seasons. In light of that the L5R Team has decided to extend the decision date for Tournament Organizers from today December 18th, 2015 until early next week.

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L5R RPG Reprints Inbound!

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 19:32

Citizens of Rokugan we are pleased to announce the upcoming reprint of many of the L5R 4th Edition RPG books. The great demand for this product has been heard and we are please to announce that we plan on having these available for Q1 2015.

The Imperial Cartographer is also working on another special project, an Atlas of Rokugan. This will be designed to be an independent reference for anyone interested in the world of Legend of the Five Rings. More details about this product will be announced in the future.

Whether your are preparing to start your Rokugan adventure or you are looking to fill in missing pieces of your collection, we look forward to providing you with the resources to experience the rich colorful tapestry that is the living world of Rokugan!

The following is a list of the items being reprinted:

4th Edition Core Rules
Enemies of the Empire
The Great Clans
Emerald Empire
Imperial Histories
Imperial Histories 2
Sword and Fan
Secrets of the Empire
Book of Earth
Book of Air
Book of Fire
Book of Water
Book of the Void

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2015 Kotei Applications : Reminder

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 13:37

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

The L5R Team wanted to take a brief moment to send out a reminder that the deadline for 2015 Kotei Applications is Sunday, December 14th, 2014. If you have any questions pertaining to a already submitted application, or questions about submitting a application, please send an email to and include any questions you may have.

The application information can be found HERE.

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Regarding Fan Site Content

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:10

It’s come to our attention that some fan created websites have posted content that is offensive in nature.

As a company, we find it repellent that sexual violence would be mentioned in a lighthearted way when writing about one of our games. It is our policy to make sure that this material, or direct linking to it, is not allowed on our web forums or in official communications. However, when a site contains such material in an indirect link, we cannot realistically police the entire content of any sites linked to. In situations like these, we look to the fan community to join together and express their displeasure directly to the site / author or through other channels.

If you have any questions or concerns on this matter, please feel free to contact me directly at

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2015 Kotei Season: Icons

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:00

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

The most iconic aspects of your Clan will be available for you to choose from during the 2015 Spring Kotei Season. These include the most iconic locations, items, and schools/teachings of your Clan.

The winner of a Kotei will choose which Icon of his or her clan they believe to be most worth perpetuating. This Icon will become a card in a future L5R set, and will feature prominently into the story of the Clan once Onyx Edition begins. If a Clan chooses an Icon not of their faction, they will be given a choice when submitting their pick. The TO of the event will ask the winner whether the Icon that is chosen be used to bring their respective Clans closer, or will it be used only for the strengthening their own Clan and cause a rift between the two factions?

If s Spider Clan player wins a Kotei, they will have the additional option of being able to choose an Icon that has not yet been chosen by another Clan. That Icon will become corrupted. This will also remove it from future eligibility to be chosen.

Below you will see a list of examples for all the Clans of iconic locations, items, and schools/teachings that are available to them. These were collected from posts on the respective Clan forums, social media, and messages the L5R Team received from the players. As stated before, these lists aren’t final, and players are welcome to make thier own choices, which, as usual, will require approval from the L5R Team.



Locations: Shinsei’s Last Hope, Shiro Hiruma, The Great Carpenter Wall

Items: Ancestral Armor of the Crab, O-Ushi’s Dai-Tsuchi

Schools/Teachings: Kuni Witch-Hunter School


Locations: Kakita Dueling Academy

Items: Doji’s Tears, Ancestral Sword of the Crane Clan

Schools/Teachings: Kakita Technique, Doji Courtier School, Daidoji Iron Warrior


Locations: Tomari’s Furnace, The High House of Light

Items: Ancestral Sword of the Dragon Clan, Togashi’s Daisho

Schools/Teachings: Kitsuki Method, Niten Style


Locations: The Kitsu Tombs, The Akodo War College

Items: Ancestral Sword of the Lion Clan, Akodo Dagger

Schools/Teachings: Strength of Purity, Matsu Beastmaster School


Locations: Kyduen Ashinagabachi, Kyuden Kotei, Shrine to Yoritomo

Items: Tsuruchi Longbow, Yoritomo’s Kama

Schools/Teachings: Tsuruchi Archery School


Locations: City of Tears, Shiro Shiba, The City of Remembrance

Items: Isawa’s Last Wish

Schools/Teachings: Elemental Legions, Isawa Ishiken


Locations: Ryoko Owari Toshi, Traitor’s Grove

Items: The Oni’s Eye, The Obsidian Mirror

Schools/Teachings: Bitter Lies Swordsman, Bayushi Technique


Locations: City of the Lost

Items: Porcelain Mask of Fu Leng, Ancestral Sword of the Hantei, Tao of Fu Leng

Schools/Teachings: Shourido, Order of Venom


Locations: Shiro Shinjo, The Utaku Stables

Items: Ancestral Sword of the Unicorn Clan

Schools/Teachings: Moto Priest of Death, Shinjo Magistrate School, Utatku Battle Maiden


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Q1 2015 Organized Play Promos Announced

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:44

The Event Support page has been updated with information on the prizes for the Q1 2015 Organized Play events held in Stronghold Stores around the world. Check it out!

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2015 Kotei Season: Multiple Seasons

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 22:16

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!
Today, the L5R Team would like to shine the focus back on the 2015 Kotei Season… or should we say seasons. For the first time in L5R history, multiple Kotei seasons will be run in the same year. The Spring Season, as you know, will focus on the Heir-apparent’s travels throughout the Empire during the Twenty Festivals celebrating his impending coronation. During this time, you – the player – know that something truly dangerous rests on the horizon. The Empire is on the verge of sinking into darkness, and it’s up to the players to secure the most iconic of their Clan’s artifacts, strongholds and the teachings of their samurai ancestors to light the way in the future.

The 2015 Fall Kotei Season will be built off the events that happen in the Spring Kotei Season, and pave the way for the launch of Onyx Edition in 2016. What will this entail for the Empire and the player base as a whole? In the coming months the L5R Team will reveal much more about the 2015 Fall Kotei Season, and how the players will be able to secure their Clan’s place with the turbulent times ahead…

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To Do What We Must: The Empire is Watching

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 14:22

In early May, we announced “To Do What We Must,” the interactive L5R novel slated for 2016, helmed by Robert “Spooky” Denton with input from fans just like you. Since that time, we’ve been looking for interesting ways to tie in what our fans are playing in L5R games into the story of the Novel. Currently, we are knee deep in the 2014 Fall Tournament Series, which is supplying us another point of interaction for the story.

Once the 2014 Fall Tournament Series is complete, we are going to take a look at the number of times each Clan was played during the whole tournament season. This means that each time you play your favorite Clan at one of these events, we add it to the count. At the end of the season, we will review which Clans saw the most table time and which Clans saw the least. This information will be used by Spooky to generate a key plot point in the Novel.

Sometimes those at the top have the most to lose, while those at the bottom have everything to gain. All we can say is that Rokugan will never be the same!

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The Currency of War Now in Stronghold Stores!

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 01:20

Today, The Currency of War, the latest Learn to Play Set for the Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game, is available in Stronghold stores.  Contact your local game store to get yours and join the exciting world of L5R.

Jump into the game as a member of the deadly and elegant Crane Clan or the fierce and adventurous Mantis Clan. Join the ranks of the samurai of the Emerald Empire of Rokugan, discover its rich history.  The storyline of this learn to play set revolves around a trade caravan dispute between the Mantis and Crane Clans and how the implications of their feuding will impact the future of Rokugan.

You are the hero, the choice is yours!

The Currency of War includes:

  • 2 Ivory legal and ready-to-play L5R CCG decks (one Crane, one Mantis).
  • 4 Ivory legal boosters to improve your deck (2 Ivory Edition, 2 The New Order).
  • A 16-page storybook detailing the events of the conflict opposing both clans.
  • A fully illustrated and comprehensive rulebook that includes a step by step walkthrough of how to play.
  • An exclusive vote that will allow you to shape the future of Rokugan.


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Shipping Updates from AEG

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 22:33

First off, 2015 L5R Holiday Boxes are shipping and Santa will be delivering your L5R Holiday Boxes soon.  The Holiday Boxes have already started shipping, with the first wave already arriving to some homes to be put under the tree (or opened early).  We will be sending out the second wave of orders this week with the final wave of orders to be shipped during the third week of December.


Also, Winter Warfare Demo Kits are shipping this week!

L5R is ringing in our 20th Anniversary, 2015, in a huge way.  We have over 200 locations worldwide that are going to be putting on one of the Winter Warfare Demo Events.  There is no way we could have this type of success without our great Vanguard Demo Team and to all of the Stores that signed up to run the upcoming Winter Warfare Event!  Contact your local store to see if they are participating in this fantastic way to kick off 2015.

We will be posting the complete list of locations on our website soon.  These stores will be hosting a Winter Warfare Learn to Play Event where you will be able to learn, teach, and connect with other L5R fans!

Have a safe, fun, L5R-filled holiday season!


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2015 Kotei Season: Titles

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 21:03

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

The L5R Team is proud to share a new aspect for the coming 2015 Spring Kotei Season: the winner of each Kotei will be given a title that corresponds with that weekend’s festival! Furthermore, that title will also be tailored to reflect the deck the player won with. This title will be applied to the winner’s AEG Forum account, and will remain there as a permanent reminder of their victory. An example of a title would be if a dueling deck won a Kotei on the weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival, the title earned could be something along the lines of the “Iaijitsu Champion of the Cherry Blossom Festival“.

This is a unique feature of the 2015 Spring Kotei Season and we believe the make up of your deck is an important aspect of L5R that should be remembered!


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2015 Sprint Kotei: New Prizes

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 19:29

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

Today I would like to share with you the artwork that has been selected for the playmat prizes that are a part of the 2015 Spring Kotei Season prize kits.

For any person who Top 8‘s at a Kotei your playmat will look like this:


For any person who is a member of the Event Staff (Tournament Organizer, Head Judge, or Scorekeeper), along with the Honor Event Winner of that Kotei, your playmat will look like this:


This is the first time in L5R history that playmats are being given out at Events from AEG for Top 8 placement. It is also important that the Event Staff receive their own prizes from AEG, as they work extremely hard to provide a great event for the players!





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2015 Spring Kotei Season: Story Focus

Sat, 12/06/2014 - 00:17

The focus of the 2015 Spring Kotei Season will be the celebration, throughout Rokugan, of the soon-to-be named Emperor successor of Empress Iweko I.

However, all is not well. Dark forces are at work, and the future of Rokugan is at stake. As part of the Kotei Season, players are being given the chance to select the greatest Icons of their Clans, in an effort to protect them from the impending seismic shifts facing the Empire. This will secure them against a wave of destruction upon whose brink Rokugan will soon find itself teetering. It will be up to you, the players, to determine what aspects of the Empire and its ideals will remain to fight back against the darkness that is on the verge of engulfing the Emerald Empire!

Here is a sneak peak at artwork from 2015, just to give you a brief glimpse into the future that awaits Rokugan…




As you can see by the artwork above, and on the header image of this post, Rokugan faces enemies and threats the likes of which are usually relegated to the nightmares of peasants. Nightmares which are about to become realities, and now the Empire needs all of it’s Samurai to rise to the challenge! It has been a generation since the Emerald Empire has faced a threat to its existence. A threat which could take over a peaceful Empire unawares. How will this new generation rise to the challenge? How will you rise to the challenge?

The L5R Team looks forward to the 2015 Spring Kotei Season, and we welcome the players having the chance to save that which they hold most dear!


Note: The Icons available will have a suggested list, created from feedback received from the players via the Clan Forums and Facebook, to choose from. However, the players can work with the Story Team if they would like a different Icon that wasn’t listed. Further information on this will be coming in a post next week!


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2015 Kotei Season Update

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 18:41

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan,

As the Major Events Manager, my job is to make sure that the Tournament Organizers and Players of Legend of the Five Rings have the best Events possible to run and enjoy playing in. The 2015 Spring Kotei Season is fast approaching, and I do not believe adequate information has been communicated to you explaining why the L5R Team believes the 2015 Spring Kotei is going to be the best Kotei Season yet!

L5R Sword Stance

Thus, starting on Friday, December 5th, the L5R Team will be making posts on, and the Imperial Herald, about things we want to make sure you know about the 2015 Spring Kotei Season.

With that said, the L5R Team has decided to extend the application deadline for the 2015 Kotei Season to Sunday, December 14th. That will extend the acceptance date of Tournament Organizers to Thursday, December 18th, and the public announcement to Tuesday, December 22nd. All remaining dates will remain the same, and the Kotei Information Sheet has been updated to reflect that.

The L5R Team is also pleased to share with you an infographic on 2015 set released for the CCG, and that can be found HERE.

Please note the “TBA” (To Be Announced) portion of the release information. We can say that Twenty Festivals is projected to be released in Stronghold Stores in March of 2015, and once we have a firm date we will be sharing it with you.

I am truly excited with where the story is going in the coming months and years, and I believe you will be even more excited to participate in the upcoming Kotei Season once you see what we have in store for you!


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Twenty Festivals Product Page is Live

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 10:10

Twenty_Festivals_SolicitationSheetTwenty Festivals information has been posted.

Twenty Festivals Information Page

The Release Date is still pending, but we have put some up some great art from the set.  We are extremely excited for this set to kick off our 20th Anniversary of Legend of the Five Rings and hope that you look forward to the celebration that we are planning for all of 2015.


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Renewal : 2014 Kotei: 2nd Round Voting is live on the Imperial Assembly!

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 19:11

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan,

Please take a moment to log onto your Imperial Assembly Account and vote on how you want to spend your Clan’s Glory Points that were earned during the 2014 Kotei Season.

Crane Clan Players: Your Clan earned the most victories during the 2014 Kotei Season, and  Daidoji Uji was voted by your players as your personality choice. Now you vote on what  Minor Fortune of Bushido (or a Guardian Spirit of the Shrine of Three Dynasties) he will become!

The deadline to vote on which character will be chosen for your Clan is Friday, December 12th, 2014.

For a review of the voting parameters, please review this document pertaining to the 2014 Kotei Season found HERE.


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Cards for Koku Reminder

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:46

This is just a reminder that on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 7 AM Pacific Time, the Cards for Koku offering will be updated with cards from A Line in the Sand. Make sure to log on and pick up some excellent additions for your L5R collection!

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2015 Spring Kotei Season Format

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 23:45

Greetings Samurai of Rokugan!

The L5R Team is proud to announce that the 2015 Spring Kotei Season will be the Tournament Organizers choice of: Strict, Arc, or Extended format

The current formats as you know them are as follows:

Ivory Strict:  Any card with the Blue Bug printed on the card. (Including Strongholds and Sensei printed in the Ivory Edition Base Set)

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Ivory Strict:

❖ Ivory Edition, The Coming Storm, A Line in the Sand, and The New Order

Ivory Arc: Any card with the Purple Bug printed on the card.

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Ivory Arc:

❖ Coils of Madness, Gates of Chaos, Aftermath, Ivory Edition, The Coming Storm, A Line in the Sand, and The New Order

Ivory Extended: Any card with the Green, Purple, and/or Blue Bug printed on the card.

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Ivory Extended:

❖ Emperor Edition, Embers of War, The Shadow’s Embrace, Seeds of Decay, Honor & Treachery, Torn Asunder, Coils of Madness, Gates of Chaos, Aftermath, Ivory Edition, The Coming Storm, A Line in the Sand, and The New Order

These formats will be available for all Spring Season Kotei that are prior to the legality date of Twenty Festivals.


Upon Twenty Festivals becoming legal the formats will be as follows:

Twenty Festivals Strict: Any card with the Black Bug printed on the card. (Including Strongholds and Sensei printed in the Twenty Festivals Base Set)

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Twenty Festivals Strict:

❖ Twenty Festivals, and Thunderous Acclaim

Twenty Festivals Arc: Any card with the Blue Bug printed on the card. (The Strongholds and Sensei’s in Ivory Edition do not have a Blue Bug)

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Twenty Festivals Arc:

❖ Ivory Edition, The Coming Storm, A Line in the Sand, The New Order, Twenty Festivals, and Thunderous Acclaim

Twenty Festivals Extended: Any card with the Purple, Blue, and/or Black Bug printed on the card.

For easy reference look for these cards in the following listed expansions for Twenty Festivals Extended:

❖ Coils of Madness, Gates of Chaos, Aftermath, Ivory Edition, The Coming Storm, A Line in the Sand,  The New Order, Twenty Festivals, and Thunderous Acclaim


Note: This choice is not part of the application process, and will be made by the Tournament Organizer after the Kotei have been assigned. So those Tournament Organizers who have already applied will have plenty of time to decide on which format they believe their regions players will enjoy the most for their Kotei.

Note: The L5R Team is currently working on an infographic that will summarize the formats for our players, and it will be out by the end of 2014!

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L5R Product Updates

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:50

The L5R 2014 Holiday Pack started to ship last week. The AEG Customer Service team was hard at work packing all those extra goodies into your Holiday Boxes, and they started landing in mailboxes last weekend. As many have already found out, it is stuffed full of enough promo cards and boosters packs to fill anyone’s stocking. Be on the look out for yours to arrive soon if you haven’t received it already!

L5R Expansion Tournament Legality News:

December 1st, 2014 – The New Order is now tournament legal.

The New Order is now available for purchase at all locations, not just at Stronghold Stores

Check with your local stores to get your hands on this expansion.

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New Cards for Koku Coming

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 18:53

Cards for Koku are going live this week over at the Imperial Assembly! Gather up all those beautiful wrappers, get them counted, and prepare to turn them in for some awesome L5R cards to add to your collection. Beginning this Friday, November 28th, at 7 AM Pacific Time, you will be able to choose from “The Coming Storm” cards, then we will add the “A Line in the Sand” cards the following Friday, December 5th, again at 7 AM Pacific Time.


By staggering the release we are trying to make as many cards available to as many players as possible. The final lists will be posted when the cards go live, but needless to say, we are very excited to share all of these cards with you as part of the Cards for Koku promotion!

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