Novocrane
 member, 346 posts
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 11:54
L5R: Iron Empire
Iron Empire presents an alternate Rokugan set in the late eighth and early ninth centuries, long after a different Battle of White Stag. It depicts a Rokugan where certain aspects of foreign cultures have been embraced, where the use of foreign technology is endorsed by the Emerald Throne and the wheels of progress have ignited an early age of proto-industry. Trade with foreign nations and exposure to new technology, combined with the ingenuity of the Great Clans, leads to advancements in metallurgy, engineering, farming, and the development of unique firearms.

But even as the Empire marches forward, the samurai do not forget the ways of their ancestors, and the distrust of gaijin permeates all responses to change and progress. As more technology is developed and incorporated into daily life, the face of the Empire begins to change. Widespread use of firearms renders the old ways of warfare obsolete, and new technologies bring the lower classes much closer to the elevated samurai class. This culminates in a new project undertaken by the Imperial families: a railroad and steam engine named the “Iron Dragon” that will unite every province by Imperial decree. In the face of these changes, many samurai begin to wonder if their traditional ways are still relevant. A cultural schism develops in the Empire between those who have embraced this new path and others who warn these new ways are not endorsed by Heaven.

A charismatic leader rises with the goal of preserving the old way of life, in a movement the Kuge nobility interpret as a revolt. As a wave of disenfranchised samurai and traditional monks seek to break away from the Empire to form their own nation, forces loyal to the Throne and the New Way try to end the uprising, unaware that their greatest foe comes not from the ranks of the disenfranchised Buke, but from among themselves...

I'm curious whether anyone is interested in running a game with this particular chapter of Imperial Histories 2; something like a mix of classic L5R and Tai Chi Hero or Jade Empire.
Exwrestler
 member, 18 posts
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 19:12
L5R: Iron Empire
You definitely caught my attention.
Samus Aran
 member, 332 posts
 Author, game designer
 Part-time Metroid fighter
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 23:54
L5R: Iron Empire
Looks pretty interesting to me.
Novocrane
 member, 347 posts
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 08:42
L5R: Iron Empire
And maybe one day, a GM. :D
tnm1401
 member, 1 post
Sun 20 Aug 2017
at 17:25
L5R: Iron Empire

This message was deleted by the user at 14:32, Tue 22 Aug.

Novocrane
 member, 352 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 01:11
L5R: Iron Empire
If you build it, they will come.
drf.daniel
 member, 11 posts
Mon 21 Aug 2017
at 22:26
L5R: Iron Empire
The premise is amazing. I'd love to be part of it.
Novocrane
 member, 353 posts
Tue 22 Aug 2017
at 13:22
L5R: Iron Empire
Calamity of calamities, misfortune of misfortunes, mishap upon reversal upon wreck and ruin, (ok - less of an issue than a stubbed toe) it seems tnm1401 was unaware of what Iron Empire is, didn't read the opening post, or otherwise had different inspiration on how and when "it" and "I'd be down to GM" should be used to reply to someone's ad.

So, please, observe the intent of this ad conscientiously and reply with enthusiasm that includes the setting.

Which means the quest for a GM excited to portray an empire torn between Seppun Tadaka's restorationists (who want to return Rokugan to its old ways), and Empress Meisho's progressives (who champion the advancing technology being used to create the Empress' golden road train network), and the rest of the Iron Empire's unfolding drama ... continues.
Novocrane
 member, 362 posts
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 02:43
L5R: Iron Empire
Bump.
Chappu
 member, 213 posts
 You lost me at freeform
Tue 3 Oct 2017
at 03:05
L5R: Iron Empire
I'd be so down to play this.
Novocrane
 member, 364 posts
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 00:52
L5R: Iron Empire
https://images-cdn.fantasyflig...00_beta_rulebook.pdf

Just going to put this here, in case.