Welcome to the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game Beta Playtest
The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game development team welcomes you to the open beta playtest! For over twenty years, Rokugan has been home to fantastical and dramatic tales featuring the samurai of the seven Great Clans. Now, we invite you to gather your friends, play the game of twenty questions, and return to the Emerald Empire to tell new stories of triumph and tragedy.
We here on the development team invite you to join us in the process of creating the best Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying experience possible. This beta rulebook is a fully functional game that provides players and game masters with the tools they need to play countless sessions of Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying. However, it is important to note that many elements of the beta are not representative of the final product. Many of the character options (including schools, techniques, advantages, and disadvantages), as well as game master advice, artwork, and setting information have been removed to provide a more concise playtesting experience.
Once you’ve finished creating characters, the fastest way to begin playing is to purchase the Legend of the Five Rings Dice App, available on the App Store and Google Play. The Legend of the Five Rings Dice App is a comprehensive physics-based dice roller that can be used to roll the custom six- and twelve-sided dice used in the game, as well as the tensided dice occasionally used during character creation. The app allows you to manually change die faces, group dice, display total results, and explode dice, as well as create custom presets for any combination of dice. Alternatively, the Dice Sheet included on page 233 can be printed out on sticker paper and attached to normal six- and twelve-sided dice. If you don’t have sticker paper, gluing the paper die faces works just as well. You’ll probably want to create at least five of each type of die to get started. Spraying these with a bit of transparent dull-coat (found at most hobby stores and friendly local game stores) will help keep the stickers on.
After you’ve had a chance to try out the system (we recommend running through the included adventure, “A Rōnin’s Path” on page 207, to get a feel for the four major types of conflict scenes as well as the new paradigm for investigations), there are three main methods for you to submit your feedback. First, we have a public forum on the FFG website. You can use this board to post questions and discuss the beta test with the other people involved. Second, you can submit any specific reports or feedback directly to the development team at the beta test email address (L5RRPGbeta@fantasyflightgames.com). When submitting your feedback via email, it is most helpful to us if you consolidate all of your questions and comments into a single document for your entire group, waiting to send it in until you have collected all related feedback into a single document. This will help the development team here more easily organize and process all of your comments. Third, the development team will occasionally post surveys to help us aggregate specific feedback and data points. You will also have the chance to vote for additional preview mechanics through social media!
The best way to get news updates from the Legend of the Five Rings RPG team, such as when updates are released or when new surveys are available, is to sign up for our mailing list. In doing so, you’ll also have a chance to receive a signed copy of the final product!
We would like to include a note as to what constitutes useful feedback. The sort of information that is most useful to us is specific, well considered, and concise. Good feedback states the issue at hand and accurately cites page numbers related. It can pertain to rules contradictions, typographical inconsistencies, or even experiential problems that arose in gameplay, but the more specific it is, the better we can implement it. Reports that include not just an overview of the problem, but also the circumstances and reasons that it might have occurred are most valuable. We will be adding weekly updates to our website as the testing progresses.
To close, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks to you for your enthusiasm and your diligence during the beta playtest. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we thank you for helping us in making this game the best it can possibly be. We hope you enjoy this document and have many great adventures in the Emerald Empire.
The Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game Team
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