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Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Jigoku
Winner's Choice II: Charity Tourney
Winner's Choice II: Northern Battles
Brothers in Arms
The Samurai Championship
Defenders of Ningen-do
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Tengoku
Winner's Choice II: Manchester
The Last Brother
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Chikushudo
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Meido
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Gaki-do
Winner's Choice II: Poland
The Emperor's Favorite
The Spirit of Steel
Winner's Choice II: Archon 32
The European Championship: Light of the Moon
The European Championship: Temples of Victory, Part II
The South American Championship: Whispers of the Dying Moon
The South American Championship: Temples of Victory, Part I
Revered Sensei
Winner's Choice: Dragon*Con
Court of the Amethyst Champion
Gencon UK: The Jeweled Smith
Winner's Choice: Gencon UK
Gencon Indianapolis: Light of the Sun
Gencon Indianapolis: Forgotten Lore
Gencon Indianapolis: The Duel
Gencon Indianapolis: The Imperial Yojimbo, Part II
Gencon Indianapolis: The Jade Magistrate
A New Champion
Lost Legends
Masterpiece
Winner's Choice: Johannesburg
Gencon Australia: Whispers of the Dying Sun
Gencon Australia: The Imperial Yojimbo
The Mouzaka Championship: A Fork in the Road
Tale of a Hero
Test of the Onyx Champion
The Blessings of P'an Ku
Magecon Koku Auction
Kotei 2008: Race for the Throne
Winner's Choice: North Carolina
Favor of the Imperial Storyteller
Winner's Choice: Long Island
The Blood of Champions
Winner's Choice: Newcastle

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Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Jigoku
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Scorpion
Spider
Crab
111 Players
Victor Bazan
Javier Jimenez

Javier Suero

Story Point: Kaiu Taru will receive the Talisman of Jigoku in the form of a kabuto.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Jigoku




The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Jigoku. The mark of the Realm of Evil is strong upon the bearer of this item, causing all who bear the Shadowlands Taint to look upon them with favor, and to be unable to attack him. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: December 13th-14th
Place: Madrid, Spain
Winner's Choice II: Charity Tourney
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Dragon
Mantis
Lion
Crab
63 Players
Josh Griffis
Dan Dineen
Anthony Lawrence
Jeremy Kilburn

Story Point: A Dragon Clan personality will receive the Vigilant trait.
Card: Mirumoto Meisetsu





This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, each time a Winner's Choice tournament is held, the winner may select one of the flavor traits listed below, which will then appear on a personality card aligned to the faction used in the tournament in a future expansion. The Story Team will also entertain requests for the names of the personalities on which these traits appear, but such requests may not be honored. During this season, when a flavor trait has been chosen by a winner, it will be removed from the list. When the list of available traits dwindles down to only a few left, it will be refreshed with all-new traits.

Possible traits:

Blade of Vengeance - What dark acts will this samurai have committed, what wrongs to his clan will he have avenged, in order to have gained such a sinister pseudonym?

Drunken Master - With martial arts on the rise as a leisure pursuit of samurai (primarily due to the Kumitae and related tournaments), who will rise to the fore with this bizarre fighting style?

Justicar - The Justicars are a unique sect of magistrates who hunt down fugitives and duel them to the death in order to prove their guilt and punish their crimes at the same time.

Kabuki Master - The art of kabuki is greatly prized in high society, and none are more adept at the art than this personality!

Vigilant - Ever cautious, ever aware, the Vigilant seek to thwart the schemes of the Kolat at every turn, and work toward the destruction of that nefarious organization.

Villain - Who doesn't love to root for the villain?


Date: December 6th
Place: Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
Winner's Choice II: Northern Battles
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crane
Unicorn
Crane
Crane
29 Players
Dimosthenis Liberis
Yannis Probonas
August Arsenis
Thanasis Yannakakis

Story Point: A Crane Clan personality will receive the Seductress trait.
Card: Doji Nenkai




This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, each time a Winner's Choice tournament is held, the winner may select one of the flavor traits listed below, which will then appear on a personality card aligned to the faction used in the tournament in a future expansion. The Story Team will also entertain requests for the names of the personalities on which these traits appear, but such requests may not be honored. During this season, when a flavor trait has been chosen by a winner, it will be removed from the list. When the list of available traits dwindles down to only a few left, it will be refreshed with all-new traits.

Possible traits:

Blade of Vengeance - What dark acts will this samurai have committed, what wrongs to his clan will he have avenged, in order to have gained such a sinister pseudonym?

Drunken Master - With martial arts on the rise as a leisure pursuit of samurai (primarily due to the Kumitae and related tournaments), who will rise to the fore with this bizarre fighting style?

Justicar - The Justicars are a unique sect of magistrates who hunt down fugitives and duel them to the death in order to prove their guilt and punish their crimes at the same time.

Kabuki Master - The art of kabuki is greatly prized in high society, and none are more adept at the art than this personality!

Seductress - What alluring temptress will ensnare the hearts and minds of Rokugan this court season? (A male equivalent is also available.)

Vigilant - Ever cautious, ever aware, the Vigilant seek to thwart the schemes of the Kolat at every turn, and work toward the destruction of that nefarious organization.

Villain - Who doesn't love to root for the villain?


Date: November 22nd
Place: Kavala, Greece
Brothers in Arms
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Lion
Dragon
Lion
Scorpion
28 Players
Erik Fredriksen
Sebstian Kleiner
Michael Verdefiore
Scharwin Farnusch

Story Point: Matsu Mikura will have learned with the Mantis.
Fiction: Brothers in Arms
Card: Matsu Mikura (Experienced)




The bonds that exist between samurai are strong, forged in honor and on the fields of battle. Nothing save the loyalty of a vassal for his lord can sunder such bonds, the bonds between kinsmen. On occasion, however, there are those who form such bonds with others not of their clan, typically due to years of training in another clan's lands as a result of an agreement of some sort. Such bonds, while rare, are the stuff of legend.

The winner of this tournament will be able to create a new character from his faction, and determine which clan, of any other Great Clan, that this character trained with during his youth. The character will have a strong bond with this clan, and with those who serve it, and may have some qualities normally attributable to that clan himself.


Date: November 15th
Place: Nuernberg, Germany
The Samurai Championship
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Side 1st:
Side 2nd:
Unicorn
Unicorn
Dragon
Crane
Unicorn
Lion
Pablo Rojo
Victor Diaz
Greg Wong
Chris Russel
Carl Harris
Case Kiyonaga
Story Point: Unicorn will take possession of the lands of the Spider clan.
Story Point: Moto Chen will win a duel to the first blood against Akodo Shigetoshi.
Fiction: The Celestial Tournament
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II



Race for the Throne: This event will be worth 30 military points for first place, 15 points for second, 10 points for third and 5 points for first. An additional booster draft will be held, which will be worth 10 military points for first place and 5 points for second.
Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.

The winning clan of this tournament will receive two prizes. First, the winning clan will be immune to elimination in the Race for the Throne; in the case that they would be eliminated, elimination would fall to the second most eligible clan. Secondly, the winning clan will take for its own the lands of the clan that is eliminated, serving as governors for the uninhabited lands.
In addition, the champion of the clan that wins the side event will win a duel to the first blood against the champion of the clan that places second.


Date: November 7th-9th
Place: Los Angeles, California
Defenders of Ningen-do
Top 3: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
3rd:
5th:
5th:
5th:
8th:
9th:
Unicorn
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Crane
Spider
Mantis
Phoenix
Story Point: The Lion will defend the Celestial Tournament
from an attack by Jigoku.
Fiction: Defenders








Race to the Throne: This event will result in points given for the following contests. For every three wins a clan gets in each category, they will get one point in that sphere.
Military: Tournament Winner - The winning Clan at each event.

Spirit: T-shirt Dominance - Clan with the most Clan T-shirts on at each event.

Knowledge: Most Demos - Clan who gives the most demonstrations of L5R with non-L5R players in the store that day.

Politics: Best Decorated Store - The Clan that best helps decorate their store in all things their Clan.

Economy: Booster Draft Event - Stores will be able to run a booster draft event and winners will earn Economy points.


The greatest heroes of the Empire have gathered in the tournament grounds near the Plains of Thunder, assembled by the announcement of a grand Celestial Tournament by the Voices of the Sun and Moon. Dozens have assembled to compete, watched and supported by hundreds of their kinsmen, including the most important and powerful individuals anywhere in the Emerald Empire.

This has not gone unnoticed.

The forces of Heaven wish to re-establish a proper, reverent order in the world of man, but the forces of the Realm of Evil do not consider such an outcome acceptable. The forces of Jigoku have thrived for decades in the atmosphere of fear and ambition that mankind has wrought, and they have no intention of allowing that to stop.

The Clan that claims the most victories in this Global Storyline Tournament will be responsible for thwarting an attack by Jigoku on the Celestial Tournament, the pivotal event in determining the next Dynasty of the Emerald Empire. The cost of victory may be great indeed, but the clan will gain a favor from their new Emperor, and the blessings of the Voices of the Sun and Moon will be showered upon them as well.


Date: November 7th-9th
Place: Global Storyline Tournament
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Tengoku
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Dragon
Crab
Crab
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Lion
Crab
Unicorn
Crab
17 Players
Nicolas Vaurette
Alain Decker
Vincent Destombes
Frederic Dacquin
Gedric Giroux
Guillaume Brisseau
Stephane Tetart
Thomas Haessle
Florent Dolle
Frederic Dacquin
Cedric Giroux
Mathieu Guyot

Story Point: Doji Hakuseki will gain the Talisman of Tengoku in the form of bell jewelry.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Tengoku












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Tengoku. The mark of the Celestial Heavens carries great weight, and none may attack its bearer whom he has not first attacked. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: November 2nd
Place: Lille, France
Winner's Choice II: Manchester
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Unicorn
Crane
Phoenix
Crane
16 Players
Matt Green
Dave Ruddock
Ed Paszek
Nathan Holmes

Story Point: A Unicorn Personality will receive the Sake Master trait.
Card: Moto Paisei





This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, each time a Winner's Choice tournament is held, the winner may select one of the flavor traits listed below, which will then appear on a personality card aligned to the faction used in the tournament in a future expansion. The Story Team will also entertain requests for the names of the personalities on which these traits appear, but such requests may not be honored. During this season, when a flavor trait has been chosen by a winner, it will be removed from the list. When the list of available traits dwindles down to only a few left, it will be refreshed with all-new traits.

Possible traits:

Blade of Vengeance - What dark acts will this samurai have committed, what wrongs to his clan will he have avenged, in order to have gained such a sinister pseudonym?

Drunken Master - With martial arts on the rise as a leisure pursuit of samurai (primarily due to the Kumitae and related tournaments), who will rise to the fore with this bizarre fighting style?

Justicar - The Justicars are a unique sect of magistrates who hunt down fugitives and duel them to the death in order to prove their guilt and punish their crimes at the same time.

Kabuki Master - The art of kabuki is greatly prized in high society, and none are more adept at the art than this personality!

Sake Master - Whose potent concoctions will capture the Empire's interest?

Seductress - What alluring temptress will ensnare the hearts and minds of Rokugan this court season? (A male equivalent is also available.)

Vigilant - Ever cautious, ever aware, the Vigilant seek to thwart the schemes of the Kolat at every turn, and work toward the destruction of that nefarious organization.

Villain - Who doesn't love to root for the villain?


Date: November 1st
Place: Manchester, England.
The Last Brother
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Phoenix
Lion
Phoenix
Dragon
Crane
Crane
Crab
Crane
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
36 Players
Marc Johnson
Ohmy Fasvdhani
Carlos Matos
Alex Wong
Ken Kama
Amanda Lau
Amanda Lau
Shane Pheeney
Amanda Lau
Edward Drew
Dan Juleff
Richard Chan

Story Point: Etsushi will join the Unicorn Clan.
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II













Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Years ago, a man named Kaneka traveled the Empire as a ronin, encountering many talented and gifted individuals, making allies and enemies everywhere he went. When the hand of fate intervened and granted Kaneka a life unlike that of any ronin-born samurai, when he rose in status and power to become the first Shogun of Rokugan for his brother, Emperor Toturi III, those who had known him best stood beside him as his chosen advisors. These men and women were placed above all others in the Shogun?s forces, and when many of the Great Clans showed their support of Kaneka, he in turn ordered his advisors to swear fealty to the clans as a sign of his favor. One by one, his advisors joined the ranks of the Great and Minor Clans.

All save one.

Etsushi is the last true descendant of the ronin hero Ihariko, who founded the Hidden Sword ronin band. The Forest Killer bandits destroyed the Hidden Sword years ago, leaving only Etsushi, his brother Uchito, and Kaneka alive to tell the tale. Now Kaneka is dead, Uchito has joined the Lion at the Shogun's request, and Etsushi alone remains. As a magistrate in Zakyo Toshi, the so-called City of Vice, Etsushi has had to face the machinations of the Scorpion again and again, and now he finally has accepted that as a ronin there is nothing he can do as a simple wave man. Fortunately, his talents, his courage, and his tenacity have not gone unnoticed, and a clan has approached him with the offer of fealty that he alone among the advisors missed originally.

What clan will Etsushi serve?
Will he join his brother among the Lion?
Will he accept that the Scorpion cannot be defeated, and join the Clan of Secrets?
That remains to be seen.

The winner of this tournament will see his clan offer fealty to the ronin hero Etsushi, the last of the legendary Shogun's Advisors. Etsushi will swear an oath of loyalty and serve the clan with every resource at his disposal, no matter the cost. Although there is no guarantee of a new personality card, if one should be printed, the winner will receive full credit for Etsushi's new representation in the game.


Date: November 1st
Place: Santa Rosa, California
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Chikushudo
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Scorpion
Crab
Crab
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
31 Players
Chris Russel
Craig Poche
Ravi Sanka
Nick Shahan:
Mark Cimino
Tim Eck
Rob Zepf
Sascha Peil
Sascha Peil
Paul Casagrande
Craig Poche
Brian Gifford

Story Point: Daidoji Yaichiro will bear the talisman of Chikushudo.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Chikushudo












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Chikushudo. The favor of the Realm of Animals has strange but powerful results. The bearer of this talisman may command any natural creature, and see through its eyes as he wishes. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: November 1st
Place: Salisbury, Maryland
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Meido
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Lion
Lion
Spider
Dragon
Phoenix
Spider
44 Players
Sebastien Bellanger
Pierre-Emmanuel Bureau
Sebastien Duthu
Laurent Simon
Gregory Betsch
Anthony Delord
Paul Thevenon
Vincent Diot
Sebastien Duthu
Franck Serres
Maxime Desprez
Nicolas Binet

Story Point: Hida Ubogin will gain the Talisman of Meido in mempo form.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Meido












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Meido. The Realm of Waiting offers eternal patience and persistence to those who bear its mark. The bearer of this talisman will never age or grow infirm so long as he keeps it in his possession. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: October 26th
Place: Toulouse, France
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Gaki-do
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
Dragon
Dragon
Spider
Spider
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Dragon
43 Players
Chris Nicoll
Tom Kirchgesner
Craig Poche
Matt Butterfield
Kevin Kennedy
Jonathan Roden
Victoria Joyner
Mason Crawford
Kevin Kennedy
Rich Judd
Craig Boche
Kevin Kennedy

Story Point: Kakita Hideshi will gain the Talisman of Gaki-do.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Gaki-do












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Gaki-do. The Hungry Dead favor those who bear their talisman, and their favor is terrible indeed. The bearer of this talisman may summon the spirits of that dark realm to smite his enemies at will. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: October 25th
Place: Overland Park, Kansas
Winner's Choice II: Poland
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Spider
Crane
Crab
Crab
24 Players
Przemek Kowalczyk
Kamil Magda
Michal Gabor
Jacek Jachymowski

Story Point: A Spider Clan personality will receive the Master Chef trait.
Card: Udo





This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, each time a Winner's Choice tournament is held, the winner may select one of the flavor traits listed below, which will then appear on a personality card aligned to the faction used in the tournament in a future expansion. The Story Team will also entertain requests for the names of the personalities on which these traits appear, but such requests may not be honored. During this season, when a flavor trait has been chosen by a winner, it will be removed from the list. When the list of available traits dwindles down to only a few left, it will be refreshed with all-new traits.

Possible traits:

Blade of Vengeance - What dark acts will this samurai have committed, what wrongs to his clan will he have avenged, in order to have gained such a sinister pseudonym?

Drunken Master - With martial arts on the rise as a leisure pursuit of samurai (primarily due to the Kumitae and related tournaments), who will rise to the fore with this bizarre fighting style?

Justicar - The Justicars are a unique sect of magistrates who hunt down fugitives and duel them to the death in order to prove their guilt and punish their crimes at the same time.

Kabuki Master - The art of kabuki is greatly prized in high society, and none are more adept at the art than this personality!

Master Chef - Whose masterful cuisine shall reign supreme in the highest courts of the land?

Sake Master - Whose potent concoctions will capture the Empire's interest?

Seductress - What alluring temptress will ensnare the hearts and minds of Rokugan this court season? (A male equivalent is also available.)

Vigilant - Ever cautious, ever aware, the Vigilant seek to thwart the schemes of the Kolat at every turn, and work toward the destruction of that nefarious organization.

Villain - Who doesn't love to root for the villain?


Date: October 18th
Place: Szczecin, Poland.
The Emperor's Favorite
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Scorpion
Dragon
Unicorn
Scorpion
Scorpion
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
38 Players
Rick Heinz
Chris Stevenson
Justin Ownby
Stephen Franklin
Jesse Wallace
Steve Bewley
Thao Nguyen
Erin Carlson
Justin Purdy
Rick Heinz
Azver Hussain
Jesse Wallace

Story Point: Scorpion playwright Bayushi Hiroshi will
become the Empress's favored courtier.
Fiction: Glory of the Empire, Part I












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Each court season is an opportunity for those who travel in such circles to increase their influence and prestige and, for a very select few, to gain the attention and the favor of the Emperor himself. With a new Dynasty upon the throne, the new Emperor's first Winter Court will be the most momentous in living memory, and opportunities will abound for those who know how to seek them out.

The winner of this tournament will have the opportunity to create a new character in the Legend of the Five Rings storyline. This character will be in attendance at the new Emperor's Winter Court, although they may be a courtier, a yojimbo, an artisan, or any of a dozen other possible professions. This character will gain the attention of the Emperor through one means or another, perhaps creating a new work of art, demonstrating a mastery of kata, or skillful maneuvers in court. For at least a season, this new character will be the darling of the court, the favored of the Emperor himself, and will feature prominently in any fiction regarding the courts.


Date: October 18th
Place: Douglasville, Georgia
The Spirit of Steel
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Dragon
Crane
Mantis
Lion
Dragon
Spider
Unicorn
Lion
Unicorn
Spider
Dragon
48 Players
Andrea Civiera
Steve Chamberlain
Dave Ruddock
Pawel Chimeleski
Paul Moore
Steve Chamberlain
Anthony Doornebosch
Dave Benton
Phil Comer
Gary Quinton
Anthony Doornebosch
David Avery

Story Point: Moto Kang will perform an act of villainy
and awaken the spirit of his blade.
Card: Moto Kang's Sword
Card: Moto Kang (Experienced)
Fiction: Darling of the Season










Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Every samurai carries a blade forged for his family. The eldest in each particular branch of a family carries his grandfather's blade, and in turn passes it down when he comes of age to do so. Every katana has a story, and is forged for service. Those who come into the hands of particularly valiant warriors can have their spirits awakened by honor and glory, and become things of magic, spirits wrapped in steel that strengthen the arm and honor of their master.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-unique personality currently aligned with their faction. This personality will perform a deed of such heroism (or if the winner prefers, villainy!) that it will awaken the spirit of their blade, and it will become a talisman of great power for that character's family. This blade, and its bearer, will be specified in the next two arcs of the Legend of the Five Rings storyline, guaranteeing that the legend of this character and their bravery lives on.


Date: October 11th
Place: Sheffield, UK
Winner's Choice II: Archon 32
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Scorpion
Crane
Mantis
14 Players
John Merholtz
Jesse Wallace
John Urbanek
Mark Urbanek

Story Point: A Crab Clan Personality will receive the Wyrm Rider trait.
Fiction: The War of Dark Fire, Part IV
Card: Hida Tobashi



This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, each time a Winner's Choice tournament is held, the winner may select one of the flavor traits listed below, which will then appear on a personality card aligned to the faction used in the tournament in a future expansion. The Story Team will also entertain requests for the names of the personalities on which these traits appear, but such requests may not be honored. During this season, when a flavor trait has been chosen by a winner, it will be removed from the list. When the list of available traits dwindles down to only a few left, it will be refreshed with all-new traits.

Possible traits:

Blade of Vengeance - What dark acts will this samurai have committed, what wrongs to his clan will he have avenged, in order to have gained such a sinister pseudonym?

Drunken Master - With martial arts on the rise as a leisure pursuit of samurai (primarily due to the Kumitae and related tournaments), who will rise to the fore with this bizarre fighting style?

Justicar - The Justicars are a unique sect of magistrates who hunt down fugitives and duel them to the death in order to prove their guilt and punish their crimes at the same time.

Kabuki Master - The art of kabuki is greatly prized in high society, and none are more adept at the art than this personality!

Master Chef - Whose masterful cuisine shall reign supreme in the highest courts of the land?

Sake Master - Whose potent concoctions will capture the Empire's interest?

Seductress - What alluring temptress will ensnare the hearts and minds of Rokugan this court season? (A male equivalent is also available.)

Vigilant - Ever cautious, ever aware, the Vigilant seek to thwart the schemes of the Kolat at every turn, and work toward the destruction of that nefarious organization.

Villain - Who doesn't love to root for the villain?

Wyrm Rider - What bizarre exploits in the land of the Yobanjin could lead to such a strange nickname for an honorable samurai?


Date: October 4th
Place: Archon 32, St. Louis, Missouri.
The European Championship: Light of the Moon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Legacy 1st (4M):
Legacy 2nd (2M):
Legacy 3rd (1M):
Legacy 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):
Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Legacy:
Booster Draft:
Main Tournament:
Crane
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
Scorpion
Crane
Phoenix
Scorpion

Scorpion
Unicorn
Phoenix
Scorpion

Dragon
Dragon
Phoenix
Crane

Spider
Dragon
Dragon
Crab

Unicorn
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion

Dragon
Unicorn
Crane

Crab
Dragon
Spider

Scorpion
Crab
Phoenix
Mantis
Dragon

Dragon
Spider
Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon

Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion

Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
256 Players

38 Players

104 Players
Kamil Magda
Pablo Rojo
Juan Palomo
Victor Diaz
Javier Rodriguez
Reda Lounis
Jean Laroche
Borja Claveria

Piotr Burakowski
Michal Michalak
Lukasz Kowalczyk
Julien Paffumi

Javier Jimenez
Alberto Vasquez
Benjamin Deinhardt
Lionel Lambert

Anthony Doornebosch
Kevin Kennedy
Greg Wong
Jean-Pierre Lacroute

Remi Cavaille
Anthony Doornebosch
Abraham Arce
Stephane Tetart

Lene Jakobson
Michal Michalak
Volker Muller





Daniel Vidal
Manuela Mertes
Natalia Abramova
Juan Carlos Arco
Adrian Amoros

Christopher Weindl
Tobias Vater
Kevin Kennedy

Christian Sulcanj

Robert Almgren











Story Point: Kakita Kensho-in will bear the Obsidian Hand.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part IV
Card: Hand of the Obsidian Dragon
Card: Kakita Kensho-in (Experienced)



























































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Just as the Sun chooses a hero to receive its blessings, so too does the victorious Moon seek those worth of its favor. Although it too seeks a recipient who demonstrates the proper respect for the Celestial Order, the Moon has no little use for conventional heroes, and instead seeks one who can walk the fine line between reverence for the Order and the wicked ways over which the Moon hold sway.

The winner of this tournament will select from a list one personality of his faction who shall be chosen by the Moon to bear the new Obsidian Hand. The dark powers commanded by this artifact will elevate its bearer to new levels of influence throughout the seedy underbelly of Rokugan.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Candidates:
The following are the characters players may choose to receive the Obsidian Hand at the European Championships 2008. Players must choose from the Clan with which they win the event.

Crab Clan
Hida Genichi
Hida Sozen
Hida Tsuburu
Kuni Daigo
Yasuki Jinn-Kuen

Crane Clan
Asahina Beniha
Daidoji Gempachi
Doji Koin
Kakita Kensho-in
Naoharu

Dragon Clan
Kitsuki Nagiken
Mirumoto Katsutoshi
Mirumoto Kenzo
Mirumoto Yozo
Togashi Hogai

Lion Clan
Akodo Hachigoro
Akodo Sadahige
Akodo Shinichi
Ikoma Tatsunori
Matsu Daichi

Mantis Clan
Chutaro
Kitsune Ryukan
Tsuruchi Ayame
Yoritomo Buntaro
Yoritomo Daishiro

Phoenix Clan
Asako Bushiken
Isawa Umezo
Masakazu
Shiba Jouta
Shiba Rae

Scorpion Clan
Bayushi Yumita
Shosuro Adeiko
Shosuro Toson
Soshi Korenaga
Soshi Tishi

Spider Clan
Chuda Kyuwa
Daigotsu Eiya
Daigotsu Kaikou
Goju Zeshin
Michio

Unicorn Clan
Horiuchi Rikako
Iuchi Ietsune
Moto Hideyo
Shinjo Xushen
Utaku Tama


Date: October 3rd-5th
Place: Karlsruhe, Germany
The European Championship: Temples of Victory, Part II
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Unicorn
Dragon
Crab
Scorpion
190 Players

Renaul Angles
Peters Gegerly
Johann Sliva
Scharwin Farnsuch


Story Point: A temple to the moon will be built in Unicorn lands.
Fiction: Fires of the Heart






Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

The tumult in the Celestial Heavens is completely unprecedented in Rokugan, for never have the divine entities of Tengoku risen up and demanded that the delicate balance, established at the beginning of time and changed only in recent years by the actions of man, be restored to its previous state. Now, two dragons battle against the mortal interlopers Yakamo and Hitomi, determined to expunge the stain of mankind from the Heavens' highest ranks. Whatever the outcome, the shugenja and monks of Rokugan know that they must pay proper deference and respect to the victors, for to do otherwise could spell ruination for all they hold dear.

The winner of this tournament will have a temple erected to the victorious entity not previously selected at the South American Championships, either the Sun or the Moon, within his clan's lands. Either the Temple of the Victorious Sun or the Temple of the Victorious Moon will be the first of its kind, and will become the primary site of worship for the entity in question throughout the Empire.


Date: October 3rd-5th
Place: Karlsruhe, Germany
The South American Championship: Whispers of the Dying Moon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

Total:
Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crane
Mantis
Crab
Crane
Unicorn

Unicorn
Mantis
Crab
???

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon

Mantis
Scorpion
Dragon

Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon

Crab
Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crab

Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
Unicorn

Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion

Phoenix
Dragon
Unicorn

62 Players
Jeronimo Ayla Rocha
Jordan Uy
Walbert Ibarra
Pedro Miranda
Alex Damian
Patrick Mishima
Ariel Alvarez
Alvaro Trieli

Tadeu Saldanha
???
Luiz Socrate
???

Jordan Uy
Robert Almgren
Bruno Carvalho
Joaquin Javier

Danilo Nakamuro
Robert Almgren
Anne Neves
???

Anderson Rosa
Shosuro Akita
Carlos Bustamente





Conrado Cotomacio
Alex Damian
Bruno Carvalho
Walbert Ibarra
Luiz Socrate

Anderson Rosa
Jordan Yu
Bruno Carvalho
???
???










Story Point: Tsuruchi Etsui will hear Hitomi's last words.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part III
Card: Whispers of the Dying Moon




















































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Lady Moon, ever an enigmatic and wrathful entity, has been challenged for her position atop the Celestial Order by the Obsidian Dragon, a truly divine entity. Only one can hold the position of Moon, however, and the struggle between the two will leave one the victor, and one the defeated. The defeated will fall to earth, shattered and broken, and be discovered there in their last moments by a single mortal, who shall hear secrets unlike any ever heard by mortals, and receive a final blessing.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living personality currently aligned to his faction. This individual will be present at the side of the defeated as they breathe their final breath, and learn the secrets they have to impart before they passes on, as well as receiving their final blessing.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Date: September 20th-21st
Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil
The South American Championship: Temples of Victory, Part I
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Mantis
Dragon
Spider
Scorpion
34 Players
Alex Demian
Robert Almgren
Renato Ferreira
Eric Onuki

Story Point: A temple to the Sun will be built in Mantis lands.






Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

The tumult in the Celestial Heavens is completely unprecedented in Rokugan, for never have the divine entities of Tengoku risen up and demanded that the delicate balance, established at the beginning of time and changed only in recent years by the actions of man, be restored to its previous state. Now, two dragons battle against the mortal interlopers Yakamo and Hitomi, determined to expunge the stain of mankind from the Heavens' highest ranks. Whatever the outcome, the shugenja and monks of Rokugan know that they must pay proper deference and respect to the victors, for to do otherwise could spell ruination for all they hold dear.

The winner of this tournament will have a temple erected to one of the victorious, either the Sun or the Moon, within his clan's lands. Either the Temple of the Victorious Sun or the Temple of the Victorious Moon will be the first of its kind, and will become the primary site of worship for the entity in question throughout the Empire.


Date: September 20th-21st
Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Revered Sensei
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1st:
Sportsman 2nd:
Theme Deck 1st:
Theme Deck 2nd:
Best Attire 1st:
Best Attire 2nd:
Furthest Traveled 1st:
Furthest Traveled 2nd:
Total:
Unicorn
Crane
Crane
Scorpion
Crane
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
51 Players
Pablo Rojo
Dimas Miura
Heraclio Sanchez
Oscar Hernandez
Heraclio Sanchez
Francisco Gallego
Sotirios Apostolou
Adrian Amoros
Adrian Amoros
Fernando Arsuaga
Sotirios Apostolou
Pablo Rojo

Story Point: Shinjo Hanari will found a new monk sect.
Fiction: Letters and Bios
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VI












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The wish of every honorable samurai is to perish in the service of his lord. For many, however, that end never arrives, and instead they seek honorable retirement within the ranks of the Brotherhood of Shinsei, venerable scholars and seekers of enlightenment. When a samurai enters the monastery, he surrenders his name and all his worldly trappings, taking on a new name both to symbolize his new purpose in life, and to avoid bringing dishonor to his family through what may be a life of inactivity. Some, however, find greater destiny in their new life than ever reached in their old.

The winner of this tournament may select any Clan War era personality affiliated with his clan. Spider Clan players may pick Shadowlands personalities, with story team approval, who will found a dark monk family. This personality must not be one known to have been killed. Instead, this personality will be featured in a new fiction, and be revealed to be the founder and head of a new sect of the Brotherhood of Shinsei. This sect will be designed with the assistance of the winner, and be based on the personality of the selected samurai. Cards referencing this sect may appear in future expansions, and the sect will receive a Basic School in the role-playing game as well as a full write-up on its background.


Date: September 13th-14th
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Winner's Choice: Dragon*Con
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Lion
Crab [Damned]
Dragon
Crane
6 Players
Robert Pursell
Erin Macheski-Preston
P.J. Dwyer
Jeremy Sumerlin

Story Point: Doji Nobuhide and Ikoma Asa will
marry for love.
Fiction: Gifts




This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: August 29th
Place: Dragon*Con, Atlanta, Georgia.
Court of the Amethyst Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Furthest Travelled 1st:
Furthest Travelled 2nd:
Sportsman 1st:
Sportsman 2nd:
Theme Deck 1st:
Theme Deck 2nd:
Clan Attire 1st:
Clan Attire 2nd:
Total:
Mantis
Dragon
Crane
Unicorn
Dragon
Crab
Dragon
Dragon
Spider
Unicorn
Crab
Crab
18 Players
Nick Jones
Howard Hooven
Patrick Green
Kelly Hoesing
Howard Hooven
Jared Noble
Jeremy Jones
Howard Hooven
Mason Crawford
Mike Colson
Scott Rixson
Jared Noble

Story Point: The Mantis will host the court
of the Amethyst Champion
Fiction: A New Empire, Part I












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Yoritomo Yoyonagi is the Amethyst Champion, an individual empowered by the Imperial families of Rokugan to oversee the activities of any court she chooses, and to travel anywhere in the Empire she wishes to attend them. While some have speculated that the Imperials created the position solely to sow discord between the Great Clans, the fact remains that the Amethyst Champion is now unquestionably one of the most powerful courtiers in the Empire, and she is preparing to hold her court.

The winner of this event will earn the privilege of hosting the court of the Amethyst Champion, the most prestigious and influential court that is convened outside of the Imperial Court during the non-winter months. Even if only briefly, the Emerald and Jade Champions will be in attendance, granting the winning clan the extraordinary opportunities afforded by such close contact with the Empire's most powerful personages.


Date: August 30th
Place: MAGECon South, South Sioux City, Nebraska
Gencon UK: The Jeweled Smith
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Crab
Lion
Crab
Crab
Lion
Scorpion
Spider
Unicorn
Lion
Spider
Crab
52 Players
Salman Barakat
Aaron Boyhan
Ben Palmer
Eoin Burke
John Hick
Ben Palmer
Jon Butler
Alex Jones
Andrea Civiera
Phil Comer
Anthony Doornesbosch
Salman Barakat

Story Point: A member of the Kaiu family will
become the Jeweled Smith.
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Jeweled Champions of the Empire, Emerald, Jade, Amethyst, Ruby, and Topaz, are among the most well-known and influential samurai in all of Rokugan. Each commands considerable, if different, resources, and each can draw upon the assistance of any number of individuals affiliated with the Imperial bureaucracy, as well as with the Great and Minor Clans. The only complication is that, with such a diverse staff at their disposal, the results can sometimes be uneven, and this can negatively impact aspects of the Champions' duties.

The most powerful of the lot, the Emerald and Jade Champions, have decided that this is unacceptable. Together, the two have sought out and recruited a single blacksmith, one of the most talented in all the Empire, to oversee the work of those who produce the weapons and armor that these men give their subordinates, both as a badge of their office and to enact their duties. This individual shall be perhaps the most powerful and influential blacksmith in the Empire, and shall be responsible for overseeing the creation of weapons carried by the Imperial Legions, the Jade Legion, the bodyguards of the Amethyst Champion, and more.

The winner of this tournament will determine choose the family of his faction from which this blacksmith will come, and may select a name to give this personality. This individual will appear in the storyline of the Legend of the Five Rings, and may also receive a personality card at some point in the future.


Date: August 28th - 31st
Place: Gencon UK, Berkshire, England
Winner's Choice: Gencon UK
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Crane
Crab
Unicorn
32 Players
Salman Barakat
Ben Palmer
Aaron Boyhan
Martin Provoost

Story Point: A member of the Crab will receive the
Master Steel honorific.
Card: Hida Suteru




This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: August 31st
Place: Gencon UK, Reading, United Kingdom.
Gencon Indianapolis: Light of the Sun
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Main Tournament:
Lion
Crab
Unicorn
Scorpion
Crane
Unicorn
Spider
Unicorn

Mantis
Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn

Dragon
Dragon
Spider
Crab

Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider

Dragon
Unicorn
Dragon

Lion
Dragon
Scorpion

Scorpion
Unicorn
Unicorn
Lion
Lion

Scorpion
Mantis
Mantis
Scorpion
Crab

Dragon
Lion
Mantis

Phoenix
Lion
Scorpion

184 Players
138 Players
140 Players
Case Kiyonaga
Aaron Boyhan
Jon Palmer
Stephen Franklin
Chris Russell
AJ Valle
Dan Dineen
Jason Aken

Josh Gaydos
Josh Jonas
Justin Ownby
Leon Phillips

Les Allen
Marie Wessels
Luis Cuimarges
Salman Barakat

Amanda Martyn
Matt Dalen
Dave Laderoute
Mason Crawford

Val Parmley
Leon Phillips
Marie Wessels





Matt Tyler
Dawn Parson
Stephanie Dane
Brandon Smith
Lief Paulson

Matt Tyler
Kerisate
Kerisate
Rick Heinz
Salman Barakat












Story Point: Matsu Benika will wield the new Jade Hand.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part II
Card: Hand of the Jade Dragon
Card: Matsu Benika (Experienced 2)





















































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Even as the Heavens pass judgment on the folly of man, the victorious Sun gazes down and finds that there are those among the wicked and the disobedient who are truly faithful. From among these few, from the ranks of those who revere the Celestial Order and the Mandates of Heaven, the victorious Sun shall choose one to bear its blessing: the new Jade Hand.

The winner of this tournament will select from the below list one personality of his faction who shall be selected by the Sun to bear the new Jade Hand. Powerful almost beyond comprehension, the Jade Hand will prove to be an incredible asset for the clan whose hero carries it onto the field of battle.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.

Candidates:
The following are the characters players may choose to receive the Jade Hand at GenCon 2008. Players must choose from the Clan with which they win the event.

Crab Clan
Hida Benjiro
Hida Daizu
Hiruma Kaikawa
Kaiu Jurobei
Kuni Umibe

Crane Clan
Daidoji Akagi
Daidoji Yaichiro
Doji Chitose
Doji Toyoaki
Kakita Noriko

Dragon Clan
Kitsuki Ryushi
Mirumoto Narumi
Mirumoto Satobe
Togashi Ieshige
Togashi Masujiro

Lion Clan
Akodo Itoku
Ikoma Otemi
Kitsu Ineko
Matsu Fumiyo
Matsu Benika

Mantis Clan
Moshi Kalani
Moshi Kiyomori
Moshi Minami
Yoritomo Fushou
Yoritomo Yashinko

Phoenix Clan
Asako Juro
Asako Masamichi
Isawa Kimi
Isawa Mizuhiko
Shiba Miiko

Scorpion Clan
Bayushi Chikayo
Bayushi Kosugi
Bayushi Muhito
Bayushi Ryuzaburo
Shosuro Aroru

Spider Clan
Daigotsu Keigo
Daigotsu Sahara
Daigotsu Susumu
Kishida
The Quelsaurth
Tetsuo

Unicorn Clan
Akasha
Moto Akikazu
Moto Yong-tai
Shinjo Seihan
Shinjo Turong


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: Forgotten Lore
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Dragon
Ratling
Ratling
Dragon
53 Players
Aaron Boyham
Daniel Wheeler
Mike Johnson
Chris Stevenson

Story Point: The unheard story of Togashi
Yoshi will be told.
Fiction: The War of Dark Fire, Part VII
Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 5 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This event was held in the Legacy format.

The Empire of Rokugan is rife with tales of heroes. Over the past century, so many world-changing events have taken place that some stories have been lost in the clamor. Now, one of those forgotten tales has been recovered. The winner of this tournament may select any one Clan War era personality from their faction. That personality will be featured in a fiction detailing a previously untold story of their exploits.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Duel
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Lion
Crane
Lion
Scorpion
61 Players

Lon Schlittenhart
Brian Fox
Eugene Tanaka
Rick Heinz


Story Point: Akodo Seiichi will win a duel
to the death against a Crane personality.
Card: Akodo Seiichi (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 5 military points.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.
Crane will receive 2 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This event was in the booster draft format.

The samurai of Rokugan are a hot-tempered lot, and when a dispute between two cannot be resolved in any other fashion, a duel is the formal means to settle such matters with absolute finality. The final match of this tournament will allow each finalist to select any one non-experienced, non-unique living personality currently aligned to their faction. The two personalities will duel, and the winning deck will determine the winning personality. After the final match is concluded, the winner may decide if the duel was to first blood or to the death.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Imperial Yojimbo, Part II
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:


Dragon
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
63 Players


Mike Petke
Ben Cumming
Geoff Bergh
Jesse Wallace



Story Point: Togashi Kazuki will be
Miya Shoin's Yojimbo.
Card: Togashi Kazuki (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Crab will receive 1 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Like his friend and mentor Seppun Kiharu, the Miya family daimyo Miya Shoin has come to see the value in creating closer bonds between the Imperial families and the Great Clans, if only to undo some of the damage done by the Lady Otomo Hoketuhime prior to her death. In an attempt to create such a bond, Shoin has chosen to invite a worthy samurai from the Great Clans to serve as his chief yojimbo, in hopes that doing so will build not only an understanding, but friendship between the Emperor's heralds and the men and women who serve in his clans.

The winner of this tournament may select any one non-experienced, non-unique, tournament legal personality from their faction. This individual will be invited and accept the invitation to become the chief yojimbo for Miya Shoin, the Imperial Herald. Clan Champions and family daimyo are not eligible to be selected. They have too much do to!


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Jade Magistrate
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Lion
Lion
Crane
Lion
63 Players
Matthew James
Greg Durant
Joel Krakow
Lon Schlittenhart

Story Point: A Lion personality will
join the Jade Magistrates.
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 7 military points.
Crane will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This is a sealed deck event.

The Jade Magistrates are the eyes and ears of Kuni Daigo, the feared and respected Jade Champion of Rokugan. At his command, they travel the Empire in search of any who might have violated the Emperor's laws regarding proper use of magic, and investigate whispered rumors of forbidden arts, such as the dreaded blood sorcery, maho. The winner of this tournament may select any one non-experienced shugenja currently aligned to his faction. That personality will receive an appointment to serve with the Jade Magistrates, and will be a trusted vassal of Kuni Daigo himself.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
A New Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Scorpion
Unicorn
Lion
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Phoenix
Scorpion
Unicorn
42 Players
Walbert Ibarra
Christopher Garin
Alberto Munoz
Joaquin Rivas
Cristobal Nunez
Fernando Lobos
Cristobal Nunez
Israel Ordonez
Bruno Carvalho
Juan Caceres
Bruno Carvalho
Christopher Garin

Story Point: Morito will be killed and replaced with another Morito
Fiction: War Amid the Shadows













Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The winner of this tournament will have the chance to select any one currently existing Minor Clan. Either through death or retirement, the Championship of that clan will become vacant, and the tournament winner will have the opportunity to help select the new Minor Clan Champion. This may either be an existing character already affiliated with the Minor Clan, or it may be a new character created by the winner to take the place of the previous Champion.


Date: July 26th
Place: Santiago, Chile
Lost Legends
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Most players:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Unicorn
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
Crab
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Crab
Crab
Lion
42 Players
AJ Valle
Jeremy Schauer
Jim Werner
Jesse Anderson
Nick Moran

Leif Paulson
Ben Hill
Justin Solarski
Mike Brost
Shawn Riley
Laura Harvey

Story Point: The Unicorn will find the remnants of the Tanuki Clan.
Fiction: Into the Mountains
Fiction: Preparations, Part III












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The winner of this tournament will have a chance to create a new legend in Rokugan's history. A member of the winning clan will discover the tale of a lost Minor Clan, born and destroyed sometime in the distant past of Rokugan, never to return.

The winning player will be able to work with the story team to create the name, flavor, and theme of the lost Minor Clan, and while the clan will not appear in the CCG (which is to say that they will not recieve personalities, but there will be cards revealing the clan's existence, complete with the winner's name in an attribution), it will receive full treatment in the RPG.


Date: July 26th
Place: Gnome Games, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Masterpiece
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn
Unicorn
Crab
Spider
Lion
Scorpion
Lion
Spider
Lion
44 Players
Jeff Williamson
Steve Lawson
Evan Hixon
Jack Fair
Eric Harms
Slowemir Bres
Mason Crawford
Laura Harvey
Audrey Visga
Daniel Walters
Mason Crawford
Laura Harvey

Story Point: The Crab will create a great masterpiece.
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VI
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 1 economy point,
1 politics point and 1 knowledge point.
Crab will receive 4 military points and
1 spirit point.
Spider will receive 3 economy points and
3 knowledge points.
Scorpion will receive 3 politics points and
1 military point.
Dragon will receive 2 military points.
Unicorn will receive 1 military point and 1 spirit point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Once every few centuries, a piece of artwork is created that has such beauty, such relevance, that it becomes the talk of the entire Empire and enters its creator into the annals of history. Many of the early works of the Crane Clan's founders fall into this category, as does the recently, tragically destroyed jade statue known as The Council. The winner of this tournament will have one member of his clan create an object of such beauty that it will capture the Empire's attention and permanently place his name on the lips of those who speak of the arts throughout the history of Rokugan.

The winner of this tournament will be able to supply AEG with a photograph of anything. It can be a portrait of a person, a landscape, a building, or anything else that he just happens to like very much. This picture will be given to one of our artists and be used to create the art for a card in coming set. If the winner sends a picture of himself, that picture will be used for a personality card. If a landscape is sent it, it might become a Region or Holding. A building might become a Holding or even a Stronghold. Whatever the subject matter, it will become a permanent part of L5R in whatever manner the winner prefers.


Date: July 19th
Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Winner's Choice: Johannesburg
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Dragon [Muketsu]
Mantis
Shadowlands
Scorpion [Muketsu, Maho]
10 Players
Marie Wessels
Albertus Meyring
Mark Fouche
Garth Behrman

Story Point: Kitsuki Ryushi and Bayushi Saya will
marry for love.
Fiction: The Heavens' Command
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VIII



This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: July 12
Place: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gencon Australia: Whispers of the Dying Sun
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Legacy 1st (4M):
Legacy 2nd (2M):
Legacy 3rd (1M):
Legacy 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

LARP Player 1st (12P):
LARP Player 2nd (8P):
LARP Player 3rd (4P):
LARP Player 4th (2P):

LARP Clan 1st (12P):
LARP Clan 2nd (8P):
LARP Clan 3rd (4P):
LARP Clan 4th (2P):

RPG Best Players (1P):
















RPG Best New Players (1P):











Total:
Legacy Total:
Mantis
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
Crab
Crane

Crab
Lion
Mantis
Spider

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Lion

Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Spider

Lion
Spider
Dragon

Phoenix
Scorpion
Crab

Dragon
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion
Phoenix

Spider
Crane
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crab

Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion

Phoenix
Scorpion
Crab

Unicorn
Lion
Scorpion
Crane

Unicorn
Lion
Crane
Scorpion

Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn
Crab
Lion
Dragon
Mantis
Unicorn
Mantis
Crane
Crane
Dragon
Unicorn

Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crane
Crane
Lion
Crane
Mantis
Crab
Crab
Unicorn
Mantis
44 Players
32 Players
Richard Chan
Carl Harris
Shane Pheeney
Martie van der Leest
Dan Juleff
Michael Hill
Daniel Chlebowczyk
Tarl Cowley

Dan Juleff
Brent Steeves
Richard Chan
Charles Thorp

Jon Butler
Calvin Kelley
Lincoln Hely
Chris Bridgeman

Calvin Kelley
Lincoln Hely
Jason Parravicini
Damien Hennesey

Brent Steeves
Damien Hennesey
Bryn Smyrna-Jones





Calvin Kelley
Charles Thorp
Dan Juleff
Lincoln Hely
Patrick van Rooyen

Charles Thorp
Tarl Cowley
Jon Butler
Brad Hackworthy
Jason Parravicini

Lincoln Hely
Brad Hackworthy
Jon Butler





Tim Wilson
Lisa McOrist
Martie van der Leest
Glenn Richards






Toby McGrath
Chris Earl
John Lambert
Nathan Weston
Brad Hackworthy
Elizabeth Corsair
Tarl Cowley
Lisa McOrist
John Lambert
Zorro Smith
Robert Anderson-Hunt
Gareth Roberts
Katie Brown
Glenn Richards
Wayne Russel
Belinda Smith

Toby McGrath
Martie van der Leest
Chris Earl
Hayden Tunncliffe
Katie Brown
Connan Bruce
Hayden Tunncliffe
Gareth Roberts
Colin Roy
Floyd Roberts
Richard Willis
Steve Joans


Story Point: Moshi Amika will hear
the last words of the dying Sun.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part I
Card: Whispers of the Dying Sun

































































Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 13 politics points,
4 economy points, 1 spirit point and
8 knowledge points.
Scorpion will receive 32 politics points,
10 economy points, 4 military points,
4 spirit points and 4 knowledge points.
Crane will receive 15 politics points
and 1 military point.
Lion will receive 18 politics points,
1 economy point, 2 military points and
5 spirit points.
Mantis will receive 4 politics points
and 14 military points.
Unicorn will receive 28 politics points
and 6 military points.
Crab will receive 5 politics points,
8 military points, 2 spirit points and
3 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 10 politics points,
1 military point, 3 spirit points
and 1 knowledge point.
Phoenix will receive 6 politics
points and 8 spirit points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Lord Sun has been challenged for his position by the Jade Dragon, and one shall be cast down from the sky by the victor of this titanic struggle. One fights for the right of the conqueror, the other for celestial balance. Even as the power of the defeated fades, one shall fall to earth and shatter the mountains. Broken and dying, their divinity will dissipate even as mortality rushes in for their last moments. Regardless of who falls, however, the defeated entity will have knowledge beyond the ken of mortals, and knows secrets that can scarcely be contained by the mortal mind. Those who find the fallen in their final moments shall hear these secrets, and be the recipient of a final blessing.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living personality currently aligned to his faction. This individual shall be at the side of the defeated as he dies, and shall be privy to secrets never before heard by mortal ears as the former celestial entity utters his final words.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Date: July 3rd-6th
Place: Gencon, Brisbane, Australia
Gencon Australia: The Imperial Yojimbo
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Mantis
Crab
Scorpion
Crab
34 Players

Richard Chan
Daniel Chlebowczyk
Dan Juleff
Shane Pheeney


Story Point: Tsuruchi Mochisa will be
Seppun Kiharu's Yojimbo.
Fiction: The Heaven's Command
Card: Tsuruchi Mochisa (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Mantis will receive 4 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.
Crab will receive 3 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Otomo Hoketuhime, Lady of the Otomo and the unquestioned, ultimate authority of the assembled Imperial families, is dead, murdered by an assassin even as she resumed power over the Imperial Court in the city of Toshi Ranbo. Months before her death, Hoketuhime had taken as her yojimbo Hiruma Todori, daimyo of the Hiruma family and one of the students of the lost Hiruma techniques. Many among the Imperial families had hoped perhaps that this would be an opportunity to establish a closer bond between them and the Great Clans, but sadly that was not to be; Todori's resentment over being compelled to serve was clear, and Hoketuhime took no steps to conceal her enjoyment over his consternation.

Now, in the wake of her death, the Imperials realize more than ever that they must build bridges with the Great Clans if they are to have any hope of surviving. Seppun Kiharu, the aged daimyo of the Seppun family and the master of the Brotherhood of Shinsei's Order of Ten Thousand Temples, now seeks a yojimbo among the ranks of the Great Clans. Unlike Hoketuhime, however, Kiharu seeks someone with whom he can establish a rapport, perhaps even friendship, and to whom he can pass on some measure of his wisdom before his impending retirement. If he is successful, he reasons, then perhaps he can ensure that his family will continue to prosper even if a new dynasty takes the throne in the coming months.

The winner of this tournament may select any one currently legal, non-experienced personality to receive the invitation to serve as the chief yojimbo for Seppun Kiharu. Clan Champions are not eligible to be selected. Family daimyo will be considered if the winner requests it, but may be declined.


Date: July 5th
Place: Gencon, Brisbane, Australia
The Mouzaka Championship: A Fork in the Road
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Highest Attendance:
Total:
Crab
Unicorn
Scorpion
Lion
Phoenix
Lion
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider
Dragon
Scorpions
42 Players
Panos Georgopoulos
George Proikas
Nikos Tsetelis
Antonis Panagiotopoulos
Dimitris Giannakis
Maria Zavaliadou
Sotiris Apostolou
Robert Almgren
Sotiris Apostolou
Tolis Koutsikos
Robert Almgren


Story Point: Kaiu Taru will be approached by
Muzaka and will receive a vision of impending disaster.
Fiction: Letters
Fiction: The Burning Wall, Part II
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 1 military point and 1 spirit point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point,
3 knowledge points, 3 politics points
and 1 economy points.
Dragon will receive 3 economy points
and 1 knowledge point.
Spider will receive 1 politics point.
Phoenix will receive 3 spirit points.
Crab will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Fortunes are fickle, mysterious creatures.

Every year, the Fortune of Enigmas, Muzaka, takes human form and walks among the people of Rokugan, never revealing his presence until he finds the one person he seeks. When he finally selects the one person that he wishes to speak to, Muzaka challenges them to a friendly game of riddles, or perhaps a puzzle. The nature of the contest varies every year, but it is always some manner of enigma. If the individuals declines, the Fortune moves on to find another, and the subject never realizes that he has had a brush with divinity. Few refuse, however, for something about Muzaka compels others to participate in his games, no matter how dire the circumstances otherwise. For those who defeat the Fortune in a simple game, the truth is revealed, and Muzaka offers a prize to the victor: a chance to glimpse events that have not yet taken place.

Sometimes the vision is of great things yet to come, and the responsibility for ensuring that this comes to pass falls upon the winner of the duel.

Sometimes the vision is of terrible things that will befall a family, or a clan, or the entire Empire, and the only one who can prevent these things is the winner.

The vision is a burden, and has destroyed more than one winner in the centuries since Muzaka began his strange games. What the ultimate purpose is, none can say, but the simple fact of the matter is that no one who encounters the Fortune is ever the same again.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-unique personality currently affiliated with his faction. That character will be challenged to a duel of games by Muzaka, the Fortune of Enigmas. The winner may choose whether the personality sees a vision of great things to come, or of impending disaster. Either way, it will be the duty of that personality to try and steer the course toward or away from the events of the vision.


Date: July 5th-6th
Place: Athens, Greece
Website: http://l5r.gr/mouzaka/index.html
Tale of a Hero
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Most Represented:
Total:
Spider
Crab
Crab
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Spider
38 Players
Alex Wong
Kellen Walker
Alfred Dong
Doruk Ozaydin
Ken Kama
Azver Hussain
Chris Armstrong
Ken Kama
Joe Frazier
Robert Fulkerson
Azver Hussain


Story Point: The Spider Clan will get a new Paragon.
Card: Daigotsu Gahseng


Race for the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 1 military point, 1 spirit
point, 1 politics point and 3 economy points.
Dragon will receive 3 spirit points, 1 knowledge
point and 3 politics points.
Crab will receive 3 military points and
3 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 4 military points
and 1 economy point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire of Rokugan is a land filled with stories. The men and women who dwell there entertain one another, and their children, with stories of heroes long since passed on. It is not only a means of entertainment, but a demonstration of respect and reverence for one's ancestors. It is as much a part of life as breathing or eating. Some tales have become so common, so well-known, that they are the stuff of legend. Heroes from the dawn of the Empire, or the Clan War, are known to virtually everyone in the Empire. Others are less well-known. And other still have yet to be told.

Now is the time for a new tale.

The winner of this tournament will have the opportunity participate in designing a new personality in an upcoming expansion for the L5R CCG. The winner will be able to choose the name of the new character, write an art description, choose one profession for the character (courtier, samurai, or shugenja), and select a flavor trait for them if they wish (such as "Master of Pain" or "Fist of the Khan," to use two previous examples of a flavor trait). Some restrictions will be imposed upon family/occupation combinations. For instance, there are very few Hida courtiers and no Hida shugenja.


Date: June 29th
Place: Dublin, California
Test of the Onyx Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Phoenix
Lion
Dragon
Mantis
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Crab
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
39 People
Benjamin Pattou
Anthony Lawrence
Barry Kunz
Evan Dunn
Barry Kunz
Matt Tyler
Matt Dalen
Josh Griffis
Matt Tyler
Matt Dalen
James Dunning
Dennis Karambelas

Story Point: Isawa Fosuta will be the Onyx Champion.
Fiction: Champions
Card: Isawa Fosuta (Experienced)

Race for the Throne:
Dragon receive 1 Military point, 3 Spirit points,
3 Knowledge points, 1 Politics point and 3 Economy points.
Scorpion receive 1 Economy point, 3 Politics points,
and 1 Spirit point.
Phoenix receive 4 Military points.
Lion receive 2 Military points.
Mantis receive 1 Military point.
Crab receive 1 Knowledge point.


Race for the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

At the head of the dark lord Daigotsu's sinister Spider Clan armies stands a single figure: the Obsidian Champion. Ruthless beyond all comprehension and completely devoid of mercy or compassion, the Obsidian Champion is the ultimate fulfillment of the true Spider philosophy: rule of the strong by domination of the weak. The current Champion, Daigotsu Hotako, formerly known as Yoritomo Hotako, has proven time and time again that the position is hers by strength of arms. Of the many who have challenged her for the position, none have survived. The only man who might possess the skill necessary to unseat Hotako sits at her right hand, utterly loyal to her. He is Daigotsu Fumiaki, the Chief Shireikan of the Spider armies.

But who shall sit at the Obsidian Champion's left hand?

Daigotsu has commanded that military domination is not sufficient for the Spider's ultimate plan to succeed. If victory is truly to be theirs, then the Spider must not only hold the Empire, but transform it as well. Toward that end, the Obsidian Champion has commanded all who seek to serve her as chief shugenja to participate in a grand tournament. The victor shall be responsible not only for the corruption of the Empire, but for converting the weak-willed fools of Rokugan to the worship of the Dark Kami, Fu Leng. This individual, this Onyx Champion, shall be the mouthpiece of a god in a hostile Empire, a voice of reason that leads the sheep of Rokugan to the true light of Fu Leng's grace.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-experienced personality of their faction who is no longer legal in the current environment. Champions and family daimyo are not eligible to be selected for this prize. The chosen individual will be revealed to have converted to the Spider Clan, and will rise to the position of Onyx Champion, serving the Obsidian Champion and the dark lord Daigotsu as one of the Spider Clan's most powerful individuals.

Winning this tournament with a pure deck will not have an impact on the result. Regardless of the status of your deck, by winning with your chosen faction you are condemning a member of that clan to service among the Lost.

Choose carefully.


Date: June 21st
Place: West Babylon, New York
The Blessings of P'an Ku
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Mantis
Lion
Crane
Lion
Crab
Lion
Scorpion
Lion
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
54 People
Matt Butterfield
Jesse Anderson
Anthony Manes
Nick Jones
Val Parmley

Leif Paulson
Dave Laderoute
Anthony Manes
Dave Laderoute
Erin Ross
Myke Clark

Story Point: Hidekazu will become a Unicorn Clan Samurai.
Fiction: Into the Mountains
Card: Moto Chiang (Experienced Hidekazu)



Race for the Throne:
Unicorn will receive 4 military points.
Lion will receive 1 military point,
3 spirit points, 3 knowledge points and
3 politics points.
Mantis will receive 2 military points.
Crane will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Somewhere in the Empire, a madman sits in the darkness and laughs. His name is Hidekazu, or perhaps it is not. He is not certain, nor does he care. Hidekazu professes to be a disciple of P'an Ku, although no one can say for certain if that is true because no one knows exactly what P'an Ku is. Some believe it was a ruse used by Fu Leng during his first war against the Empire. Others believe it was a dragon that unmade itself rather than fall to corruption. There are as many myths as there are men who care to spin stories of the creature and its fate, whatever that may be. Most dismiss Hidekazu as a fool and a madman. Others agree that he is a madman, but not a fool, and they wisely keep away.

Divine or insane, Hidekazu has abilities that no one can comprehend. In the name of his possibly dead god, he will infiltrate the ranks of a Great Clan and spread his particular brand of insanity.

The winner of this tournament may choose to have Hidekazu become a member of his clan, replacing a low level member of the clan and hiding himself among their ranks. The winner may also choose what manner of role the madman will play within the clan, and gain an additional point for the Race for the Throne in the process. If Hidekazu is a samurai, the clan gains one additional Military point. If he is a courtier, they gain a Political point. Monk gains a Spirit point, merchant an Economic point, and Shugenja a Knowledge point. Hidekazu will receive an experienced personality aligned to the winner's clan that will have the keyword in question.

However, the winner may instead choose to have Hidekaze join the ranks of a different clan. If this happens, he may still choose what type of personality Hidekazu will be, and the clan that he joins will lose one point in that Sphere. Hidekazu will still receive an experienced version that will be aligned to the clan of the winner's choice.

What effect will Hidekazu have on the ranks of the clan he joins?

No one knows.

Yet.

But we will find out on during the summer solstice in the Bay of Green Coral.


Date: June 21st
Place: Gnome Games, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Magecon Koku Auction
Results Story Effects:
Winners:
Nick Moran
Jon Paulson
Paul Thorgrimson
Card: Matsu Akuto
Card: Togashi Akagi
Card: Hida Togeriso

Attendees of MageCon South will be able to bid koku in order to name a personality to be printed in an upcoming set.


Place: MageCon South, South Sioux City, Nebraska
Kotei 2008: Race for the Throne
Story Effects:
Fiction: Words and Deeds II Lion: Kill an enemy general (Shinjo Shono)
Fiction: Words and Deeds III Unicorn: Kill an enemy general (Akodo Bakin)
Fiction: The Battle for Sunset Tower Crane: End the life of a Lost (Megumi)
Dragon: Sunset Tower
Dragon: Dark Covenant of Fire
Dragon: Book of Fire
Crane: Hostage from the Dragon
Fiction: Acts of Virtue Crane: Favor from Bayushi Sunetra
Fiction: In Search of the Inferno Lion: Kudo
Mantis: Tsuruchi Sho joins the Jade Hand
Phoenix: Tear of Lady Doji
Phoenix: Journals of Isawa Tsuke
Crab: Ship of jade
Fiction: Small Gains Scorpion: Secrets of the Black Lotus
Scorpion: Zakyo Toshi
Unicorn: Moto Akikazu to study with the Phoenix
Unicorn: Shiro Morito
Spider: Warning from Asahina Sekawa
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VII Crab: Monopoly on tea
Crab: Imo Hana Mura Sake Works
Fiction: Worthy Souls Lion: Kyuden Miya
Fiction: Of Past and Future Lion: Knowledge of Ratling history
Lion: Uninhabited island
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VIII Unicorn: Favor from Asako Bairei
Scorpion: Scrolls lost to the Lying Darkness
Fiction: Champions Scorpion: Chief magistrate of Toshi Ranbo
Crab: New martial arts style (Tanujitsu)
Crab: Jade cache
Scorpion: Imperial spouse for Bayushi Tsimaru
Fiction: Visitors Unicorn: Shinjo Dun to study at the Akodo War College
Crane: Kakita Nakazo to study at the Akodo War College
Lion: Legion of Two Thousand
Lion: Toku Torid-e
Lion: Mizen Mura
Fiction: Into the Mountains Unicorn: Favor from Yasuki Jinn-Kuen
Fiction: Intervention Mantis: Dragon Guard City
Mantis: South Hub Silk Works
Mantis: Koeru Mura
Fiction: Gifts Dragon: Hostage from the Crane
Fiction: All Things Have a Price Phoenix: Bloodsword
Fiction: Preparations, Part I Scorpion: Rebuild a famous temple
Scorpion: Library lost in Otosan Uchi
Fiction: Preparations, Part II Unicorn: Commune with an ancestral spirit (Iuchi)
Fiction: The Heavens' Command Lion: Favor from Otomo Hoketuhime
Lion: Imperial Librarian
Crane: Shiro Usagi
Fiction: Shadows in the Forest Scorpion: Winter Court
Fiction: The Topaz Championship Unicorn: Question of an Oracle
Fiction: The War of Dark Fire, Part 11 Spider: Establish a northern outpost
Card: The Fingers of Bone Spider: Establish a northern outpost
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire IV Scorpion: Koutetsukan
Scorpion: Book of Air
Fiction: Glory of the Empire II Dragon: Lost naga temple


Location Date Choice 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kotei Cruise, Florida. [17 People] 2/16 Kudo Nick Moran (Lion) Ben Henderson (Dragon) Jeremy Bloyd (Dragon) Lorie Henderson (Phoenix)
Dublin, Ireland. [38 People] 3/1 Doji's Tears Kay Stattmueller (Phoenix) Michael Verditiore (Lion) Salman Barakat (Crab) Aaron Boyhan (Unicorn)
Green Bay, Wisconsin. [104 People] 3/1 Take a Crane political prisoner Evan Hixon (Dragon) Dave Seefeldt (Crane) Howard Hooven (Spider) Kyle Otte (Dragon)
Dublin, California. [75 People] 3/1 Imo Hana Mura Sake Works Karl Prince (Crab) Alfred Dong (Mantis) Craig Hopkins (Phoenix) Joe Bartolick (Crab)
Toulouse, France. [86 People] 3/1 Kyuden Miya Hervier Loic (Lion) Nicolas Dufau (Lion) Dolle Florent (Lion) Duthu Sebastien (Spider)
Madrid, Spain. [130 People] 3/1 Kill an enemy general in battle. Victor Diaz (Unicorn) Gerard Torras (Lion) Carlos Saez (Unicorn) Heraclio Sanchez (Crane)
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. [68 People] 3/14 End the life of a Lost member of the clan. Danny Swartz (Unicorn) Jonathan Dunaj (Scorpion) Rob Huber (Scorpion) Dustin Smith (Lion)
Douglasville, Georgia. [90 People] 3/8 Sunset Tower Chris Stevenson (Dragon) Robyn P (Crab) Jason Aken (Crab) David Reed (Lion)
Karlsruhe, Germany. [77 People] 3/8 Zakyo Toshi Marcus Finger (Scorpion - Onis) Christian Horstkoetter (Unicorn) De Ruyck Romain (Unicorn) Lukas Vogelgsang (Crane)
Wroclaw, Poland. [76 People] 3/8 Secrets of the Black Lotus Michal Rapacz (Scorpion) Jakub Klusek (Scorpion) Marcin Zyga (Unicorn) Lukasz Ziemba (Dragon)
Brisbane, Australia. [32 People] 3/8 Emperor's first Winter Court Martie van der Leest (Scorpion) John Pope (Crane) Adam Fry (Crane) Chris Harvey (Lion)
Sebastopol, California. [60 People] 3/8 Chief magistrate of Toshi Ranbo Tristan Muntsinger (Scorpion) Craig Hopkins (Phoenix) Sean Donnelly (Spider) Doruk Ozaydin (Scorpion)
Calgary, Canada. [51 People] 3/22 Legion of Two Thousand Jonas Solberg (Lion) Jerrod Moore (Crane) Patrick Naayer (Unicorn) Case Kiyonaga (Crab)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. [20 People] 3/22 Favor from Bayushi Sunetra Pedro Miranda (Crane) Enram Omar (Lion) Anderson Rosa (Mantis) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. [46 People] 3/23 New martial arts style Case Kiyonaga (Crab) Jerrod Moore (Crane) Andy Huynh (Unicorn) Matt Rose (Scorpion)
Budapest, Hungary. [42 People] 3/29 Shiro Usagi Ysarion Deichl (Crane) Michael Verdefiore (Lion) Scharwin Farnusch (Scorpion) Lukasz Ziemba (Dragon)
Santiago, Chile. [46 People] 3/29 Koutetsukan Walbert Ibarra (Scorpion) Oscar Cooper (Phoenix) Alberto Salazar (Crane) Jorge Matar (Scorpion)
Cincinnati, Ohio. [98 People] 3/29 Imperial librarian Chris Finger (Lion) Jason Aken (Dragon) Kenny Jones (Lion) Paul Ashman (Scorpion)
Tacoma, Washington. [67 People] 4/5 Hero joins the Jade Hand Josh Gaydos (Mantis) Anthony Dingman (Dragon) Greg Byrne (Lion) Greg Wong (Dragon)
Manhattan, Kansas. [87 People] 4/5 Dark Covenant of Fire Chris Nicoll (Dragon) AJ Valle (Unicorn) Chris Dreyer (Spider) Jason Aken (Dragon)
Valencia, Spain. [132 People] 4/5 Journal of a former elemental master Gustavo Caperan (Phoenix) Pablo Rojo (Unicorn) Juan Palomo (Scorpion) Alberto Vazquez (Dragon)
Manila, Philippines. [52 People] 4/5 Shiro Morito Mark Guillen (Unicorn) Roy Umali (Unicorn) Alain Hortillosa (Crane) Irvin Amores (Unicorn)
Pretoria, South Africa. [17 People] 4/5 Lost Naga temple Robert Almgren (Dragon - P) Gerhardus Klopper (Mantis - JH) Amy Brehm (Lion - P) Russell Goldman (Scorpion - P)
Gatineau, Quebec. [39 People] 4/12 South Hub Silk Works Steven Collin (Mantis) Dustin Smith (Lion) Wedge (Dragon) Andrew Findlay (Crab)
Colorado Springs, Colorado. [55 People] 4/12 Jade cache Drew Allen (Crab) Chris Pepe (Lion) Paul Merchant (Scorpion) James Matthews (Phoenix)
Sheffield, United Kingdom. [79 People] 4/12 Owed a favor by Yasuki Jinn-Kuen. Aaron Boyhan (Unicorn) Eric Hoath (Scorpion) Jon Butler (Dragon) Eoin Burke (Crab)
San Diego, California. [People] 4/12 Find a lost Bloodsword Craig Hopkins (Phoenix - P) Eric Boehm (Lion - T) Joe Frazier (Dragon - P) Ben Pollock (Scorpion - P)
Sao Paulo, Brazil. [39 People] 4/12 Kyuden Seppun Andre Martins (Unicorn) Diego Bianchi (Mantis) Jeova Neto (Lion) Galileu Paolo (Crab)
Lyon, France. [People] 4/19 Recover scrolls lost to the Lying Darkness Laurent Simon (Scorpion) Pierre-Emmanuel Bureau (Crane) Salman Barakat (Crab) Laurent Lepvrier (Crane)
Wellington, New Zealand. [19 People] 4/19 Kill an enemy general Chris Bridgeman (Lion) KC Wong (Unicorn) Lincoln Hely (Scorpion) Hamish Thomsen (Phoenix)
South Sioux City, Nebraska. [107 People] 4/26 Toku Torid-e Chris Fuchs (Lion) Daniel Walters (Lion) AJ Valle (Unicorn) Andy Tate (Unicorn)
Rio Rancho, New Mexico. [32 People] 4/26 Book of Fire Chris Pepe (Dragon) Paul Merchant (Scorpion) Marty Lund (Lion) Isaac Cynova (Mantis)
Moscow, Russia. [24 People] 4/26 Warning from Asahina Sekawa Danila Hmyl (Spider) Anton Tamarov (Mantis) Alexander Khlobystov (Dragon) Artem Fomichev (Dragon)
Capital Federal, Argentina. [27 People] 5/3 Student at Akodo War College. Alberto Mora (Crane) Javer Espana (Phoenix) Jorge Matar (Scorpion) Diego Vergara (Dragon)
Brussels, Belgium. [82 People] 5/3 Imperial spouse for Bayushi Tsimaru Laurent Lepvrier (Scorpion) Andreas Ljubisic (Crane) Faber Van Kraanen (Crane) Nicolas Fortune (Crane)
Athens, Greece. [46 People] 5/4 Hostage from the Dragon. Hermes Pirlis (Crane) Nikos Apostolou (Dragon) Haris Prokopiou (Lion) Panos Georgopoulos (Crab)
Rockville, Maryland. [88 People] 5/17 Kill a Lost clan member. Joe Maiden (Crane) Robyn P (Crab) Barry Kunz (Dragon) Dan Seeley (Mantis)
Selangor, Malaysia. [20 People] 5/17 Question from an Oracle. Jason Chew (Unicorn) Ahmad Kamal (Phoenix) Jeremy Ooi (Lion) KC Har (Phoenix)
Fort Worth, Texas. [78 People] 5/17 Knowledge of Ratling history. Marty Lund (Lion) Trevor Nerpel (Dragon) Scott Rixson (Crane) Dan Jacobson (Crab)
Chilliwack, British Columbia. [47 People] 5/17 Establish a northern outpost. Andrew Ornatov (Spider) Leon Phillips (Unicorn) Patrick Naayer (Unicorn) Roger Morrison (Scorpion)
Paris, France. [129 People] 5/17 Student at the Akodo War College Christian Horstkotter (Unicorn) Faber van Kraanen (Lion) Reda Lounis (Dragon) Samuel Benies (Unicorn)
Evansville, Indiana. [76 People] 5/24 Commune with an ancestral spirit. Jason Aken (Unicorn) Hayes Hunter (Lion) Daniel Walters (Lion) Brian Fox (Crane)
Long Beach, California. [54 People] 5/24 Rebuild a famous temple. Tristan Muntsinger (Scorpion) Kele Mendell (Crab) Luke Hoang (Crab) Andrew Flynn (Unicorn)
Aldershot, United Kingdom. [60 People] 5/24 Monopoly on a clan export. James Pratt (Crab) Paul Moore (Lion) Ben Palmer (Lion) Neil Robbins (Lion)
Collinsville, Illinois. [119 People] 5/31 Owed a favor by Otomo Hoketuhime (dead) Hayes Hunter (Lion) Chris Nicoll (Crane) Jason Aken (Unicorn) Matt Kreideweis (Crab)
Antelope, California. [88 People] 5/31 Mizen Mura Case Kiyonaga (Lion) Ohmy Fasuduani (Crane) Chris Cappelletti (Phoenix) Anthony Dingman (Dragon)
Sevilla, Spain. [66 People] Student to learn from the Phoenix Jose Luis Tagarro (Unicorn) Julio Reina (Scorpion) Sergio Angel (Lion) Jorge Cabrejos (Shadowlands)
Nuernberg, Germany. [90 People] 6/7 Ship of Jade Salman Barakat (Crab) Faber van Kraanen (Lion) Marcus Finger (Lion) Ysarion Deichl (Crane)
Melbourne, Australia. [20 People] 6/7 Dragon Guard City Richard Chan (Mantis) Carl Harris (Unicorn) Sam Groom (Crab - Jade Hand) Leigh Gregurke (Scorpion)
Portland, Oregon. [59 People] 6/7 Previously uninhabited island. Carlos Matos (Lion) David Winner (Crane) Mike Petke (Dragon) Case Kiyonaga (Lion)
Maumee, Ohio. [72 People] 6/14 Book of Air Andrew Vought (Scorpion) Dan Sacco (Dragon) Paul Ashman (Dragon) Adam Mollan (Scorpion)
Thunder Bay, Ontario. [36 People] 6/14 Library lost in Otosan Uchi Mike Clark (Scorpion) Brandon Smith (Phoenix) Steven Collin (Mantis) Eric Gardiner (Unicorn)
Anchorage, Alaska. [21 People] 6/15 Koeru Mura Wesley Kreger (Mantis) Joe Desimone (Crane) Nick Keyuravong (Phoenix) Jared Inghram (Mantis)
Orem, Utah. [29 People] 6/21 Favor from Asako Bairei. Michael Tunes (Unicorn) Zack Cameron (Crab) Greg Wong (Dragon) Randy Gustman (Scorpion)
Note: Koteis with dates that are bold or italicized have not yet been added to the points totals.
Clan 1st Place (Pure/Tainted) 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Total Points
Lion 10 13 12 5 108
Unicorn 10 7 8 6 83
Scorpion 10 5 6 11 78
Dragon 5 6 10 9 67
Crane 5 10 5 6 66
Crab 5 4 5 8 50
Phoenix 3 5 3 4 37
Mantis 4 4 2 3 35
Spider 2 0 3 1 15
Shadowlands 0 0 0 1 1
Note: Koteis with dates that are in bold are missing information. Koteis with dates that are in italic are complete, but have not yet been added to points totals.

Key:
BH: Black Heart of the Empire
DL: Allegiance to the Dark Lord
DLF: Dark Lord's Favor
S: Personalities with the Shadowlands Trait
G: Shadowlands gold
BS: Bloodsword/Shamesword
C: Other cards
T: Tainted with unknown cards
F: Fate cards that give the Shadowlands Trait
P: Pure


As winter's last breath fades in the face of spring, the Great Clans look at one another with unabashed hostility. The Winter Court of 1169 taught the samurai of Rokugan but one thing: no man can be selected to sit up on the throne. If there is to be an Emperor, the throne must be taken. With even long-standing alliances strained by the events of the winter, the Great Clans now seek to consolidate their power base, as each takes steps to ensure that their vision of the next dynasty comes to pass, rather than that of their enemies. Resources previously considered unimportant now command the attention of multiple Clans, and the scramble for power has begun in earnest.

On the horizon, the coming storm continues to grow stronger.

During the 2008 Kotei season, the Great Clans are attempting to seize as much power and resources as they can in hopes of placing the next Emperor on the throne. Toward that end, they are taking control of previously unaligned holdings, each one adding something new to their array of resources to be used against their enemies. For each victory during the season, the winner will select one holding or event for their Clan.

The following holdings or resources are available to be chosen beginning with the first Kotei tournament of 2008. At the season's half-way point, additional items will be added to the list for each sphere, ensuring that the prizes for the latter half of the season will have the same allure as those during the first weeks.

Militaristic

* Creation of a new martial arts style (Winner picks the name!)
* Dawn Tower (Location) – One of two towers that guard the Emperor's Bay near the ruins of Otosan Uchi, the Dawn Tower holds great value in terms of guarding West Hub Village.
* Destruction of the Forgotten Sons bandit organization
* Kill an enemy general in an upcoming battle
* Koutetsukan (Location) – The largest and most extensive shipyards in the Empire, Koutetsukan aids in the production of vessels for the Mantis, Crab, Crane, and Phoenix Clans, but swears allegiance to none.
* Loyalty of the Legion of 2,000
* Owed a favor by Bayushi Sunetra
* Shiro Heichi (Location) – The ruined home of the now-extinct Boar Clan, and the home of a mysterious group of spirits called the Shokaki Dogu.
* Shiro Ichiro (Location) – The revitalized home of the Badger Clan, this fortress guards the unoccupied northwestern border of the Empire from all intruders.
* Shiro Morito (Location) – Home to the militant Ox Clan, Shiro Morito sits in the northern regions of Dragon Heart Plain and guards against both the yobanjin tribes to the north as well as stands watch over the ruins of Shiro Chuda.
* A personality from your clan is allowed to study at the Akodo War College.
* Your clan establishes a military outpost beyond Rokugan's northern border.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Fire, a treatise on war and swordsmanship penned by Kakita Tsuken, the Keeper of Fire.
* Gain the loyalty of a troupe of veteran ronin to safeguard your Clan's ancestral estate.

Political

* Appointment as Chief Magistrate in Toshi Ranbo
* Host the first Winter Court of the new Emperor
* Kudo (Location) – A very productive farming village, Kudo is a hotbed of Minor Clan activity and a point of contention among several clans, including Hare, Fox, and Sparrow.
* Kyuden Miya (Location) – Home of the Miya family, Kyuden Miya is also home to one of the greatest stables outside the Unicorn provinces, and one of the most extensive historical records currently in existence anywhere in the Empire.
* Kyuden Seppun (Location) – A great temple and fortress, the home of the Seppun family is important not only to the Imperial families but the Brotherhood as well.
* Mizen Mura (Location) – This village guards the border between the Crane and Imperial lands, and is an important holding to the Seppun family.
* Owed a favor by Otomo Hoketuhime
* Political Hostage taken from a clan of the winner's choosing
* Toku Torid-e (Location) – The Monkey Clan's most important holding, this is the home of their ruling family and the center for their magistrates, who serve the Emperor directly.
* A personality from your Clan is allowed to study at the Doji Courtier School.
* A personality of your choice (pending Story Team approval) receives an Imperial spouse.
* Your clan gains possession of the Book of Air, a treatise on politics and diplomacy by Mirumoto Masae, the Keeper of Air.
* Your clan successfully mediates a dispute between two minor clans.

Spiritual

* Choose a Hero to gain membership in the Jade Hand
* End the life of a Lost member of your Clan
* Dangai (Location) – This small monastery is a center of study and enlightenment for the Brotherhood, and sees visitors and pilgrims from all across the Empire.
* Discover one of Lady Doji's Tears
* Discover one of the lost Dark Covenants of the Elements
* Owed a favor by Seppun Kiharu
* Rebuild a famous temple lost in a war
* Shinden Osano-Wo (Location) – The largest temple to Osano-Wo, the Fortune of Fire and Thunder, this temple is home to the most militant of all monastic orders.
* Shiro Usagi (Location)
* Sunset Tower (Location) – The second of two towers that guard the entrance to Emperor's Bay near Otosan Uchi, the Sunset Tower is a symbol of vigilance and purity to the entire Empire.
* A personality from your clan is allowed to study the ways of the kami with the Phoenix Clan.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Void, a treatise on philosophy and theology penned by Asahina Hira, the Keeper of the Void.
* A member of your clan will commune with an ancestral spirit from the Dawn of the Empire.
* A garden in your clan's lands will become known as the perfect sand garden, maintained by the Brotherhood.

Knowledge

* Ask one question of an Oracle
* Build and host the new Imperial Histories
* Discovery of a Shrine to a forgotten Fortune
* Discover the secrets of a lost Naga temple
* Locate the journals of a former Elemental Master
* Location of one of the lost two Bloodswords
* Owed a favor by Asako Bairei
* Recovery of the contents of a library lost in Otosan Uchi
* Secrets of the Black Lotus Smuggler Cartel
* Vyakarana (Location) – A partially rebuilt Naga city, a portion of Vyakarana is occupied by Unicorn troops with the blessings of the serpent men. The remainder of the city, however, is unoccupied, and quite close to essential Unicorn holdings.
* Your clan will discover the true, complete history of the Nezumi race, perhaps the only such copy in existance.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Water, a treatise on scholarly pursuits and the mythology of the Empire penned by Doji Jun'ai, the Keeper of Water.
* Discover a cache of lost scrolls believed to have been consumed by the Lying Darkness.
* A member of your clan will receive an enigmatic correspondence from Asahina Sekawa, the long-missing Keeper of the Five Rings, containing an important warning.

Economic

* Controlling interest in the preeminent tailor of Toshi Ranbo
* Dragon's Guard City (Location) – Once an essential component of trade from Otosan Uchi to the northern Empire, Dragon Guard City sits within Treacherous Pass, and remains a vital trade point for all exports from the revitalized Hub Villages.
* Establish a monopoly on one of your Clan's exports
* Imo Hana Mura Sake Works
* Koeru Mura (Location) – Despite its small size, Koeru Mura is home to exceptionally fertile farmlands and constantly produces crops in excess of what is required for its needs and taxes, and sells its excess to various Minor Clans each year.
* Owed a favor by Yasuki Jinn-Kuen
* Seizure of a cache of jade from smugglers
* Services of the Empire's most skilled silversmith
* Southern Hub Village Silk Works
* Zakyo Toshi (Location) – The so-called “Pleasure City” is a haven to vice and corruption, but is also an incredibly lucrative holding that produces wealth far in excess of its size each year.
* Your clan discovers a lost shipping vessel from the Ivory Kingdoms, blown far off course, its crew long dead and its hold full of jade.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Earth, a treatise on minimalism, resources and the management thereof penned by Kaiu Sugimoto, the Keeper of Earth.
* Certain members of your clan secretly sponsor a smuggling ring operating within your enemies' lands.
* Your clan will establish a formal holding on a previously uninhabited island a short distance from the Islands of Silk & Spice.

NOTE: The choices do NOT confer additional points in the Race, the categories are simply to assist in understanding of their meaning and influence on the Clans.
Winner's Choice: North Carolina
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Scorpion
Scorpion
Spider
Crab
17 Players
Stephen Franklin
Joel Curtis
Michael Higgins
Robyn P

Story Point: A Scorpion Clan Personality will receive the Kuroiban honorific.





This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: February 16th
Place: Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Favor of the Imperial Storyteller
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1st:
Sportsman 2nd:
Theme Deck 1st:
Theme Deck 2nd:
Best Attire 1st:
Best Attire 2nd:
Furthest Traveled 1st:
Furthest Traveled 2nd:
Total:
Crane
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Mantis
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
64 Players
Thomas Pecqueur
Julius Van Der Steen
Gael Schmidt-Cleach
Simon Lapierre
William Marcelli
Owen Michaud
Julien Harquet
Alain Morange
Stasinos Karampatsos
Alain Morange
Stasinos Karampatsos
Ivan Kalatchev

Story Point: The Crane Clan will receive the favor of the Imperial Storyteller.
Fiction: Acts of Virtue



Race for the Throne:
Crane will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Crab will receive 1 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military, politics and knowledge point.
Mantis will receive 3 economy, politics and spirit points.
Lion will receive 1 economy and spirit point.
Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Three points for first place and one point for second place in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

The so-called Imperial Storytellers are an odd lot, but much beloved by the people of Rokugan. Most come from the ranks of the Miya family, but storytellers from the Otomo and even Seppun are not unheard of. Elderly and no longer able to serve in their previous capacity, these samurai instead travel the Empire, visiting the courts and villages of the Great and Minor Clans and sharing stories of valor from the Empire's history with its people. Samurai greatly appreciate the exceptional storytelling skill of these men and women, and the peasants savor any form of entertainment, much less from kindly old samurai who favor them with gifts in the process.

The outcome of this tournament will determine which Great Clan will receive the favor of one of the eldest Imperial Storytellers. The old man will spend a year traveling among the people of that land, bringing glory and honor to their heroes and Champions with his stories, and bringing peace and happiness to the peasants. The Storyteller's presence will doubtless have a significant effect on the clan's attempt to gain the throne.

The winner of this tournament will gain the unprecedented right to ask one favor of the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team. Obviously, all requests are subject to approval, but could include any number of possibilities. Examples of appropriate requests include the following:

1. "Could you write a fiction starring (My Favorite Character!)?"
2. "In the next expansion, could you name one character (Name Here!)?"
3. "Can the next Scorpion fiction feature the origins of Deception's Veil Dojo?"

And so on! Examples of inappropriate requests (which will be instantly denied, and the winner will be asked to supply a new request) include:

1. "Will you bring (My Favorite Character!) back from the dead?"
2. "Will you make (My Favorite Character!) the Clan Champion?"
3. "Can you make (My Favorite Character!) the Emperor if the clan wins the Race?"


Date: February 9th-10th
Place: Starplayer, Paris, France
Winner's Choice: Long Island
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Phoenix
Mantis
Unicorn
Phoenix
12 players
Ben Pattou
Evan Dunn
Ben Raisher
???

Story Point: A personality from the Phoenix will save a personality from the Unicorn.
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VIII





This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: February 10th
Place: West Babylon, New York.
The Blood of Champions
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Lion
Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon
Spider
Spider
Spider
Crane
42 Players
Brian Yoon
Craig Hopkins
Tristan Muntsinger
Karl Prince
Stephanie Dane
Denis Holiday
Dawn Parsons
Paul Change

Story Point: Akodo Shigetoshi will have a child.
Fiction: Words and Deeds, Part I


Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 2 military points.
Phoenix will receive 1 military point.
Spider will receive 1 spirit, politics and knowledge point.
Crane will receive 1 economy point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 2 military points for first place and 1 for second. One additional point in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

For over a thousand years, the blood of the Kami has reigned in the Empire of Rokugan. Though interrupted, the bloodlines of Hida, Doji, Togashi, Akodo, Shiba, Bayushi, and Shinjo have never lost the powerful influence they wield in the world of mortals. It is the duty of all samurai, particularly those who bear the name of a god, to see to it that their line continues. Unfortunately, decades of war and strife have ended many bloodlines without heirs, making those that continue all the more important, for only those with the blood of Champions are truly fit to rule the Empire.

The winning faction of this tournament will discover that their Champion is to have a son or daughter, ensuring that their line will continue uninterrupted for another generation. The winner may choose the gender of the child, and can determine whether or not that child has the gift that will allow them to speak to the kami when they come of age in the course of time.


Date: February 9th
Place: Irvine, California
Winner's Choice: Newcastle
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Dragon
Crane
Phoenix
Dragon
17 Players
Chris Davenport
Mark Armitage
James Pratt
Chris Gardner

Story Point: A member of the Dragon Clan will win a duel against a member of the Crane Clan.
Fiction: Gifts





Note: This was a sealed deck tournament.

This will be a Winner's Choice tournament. In a Winner's Choice tournament, the event will be sanctioned for a storyline effect, but no specific result will be determined in advance. Instead, a list of potential storyline effects will be provided, and the tournament winner may choose any result they wish from the list. These effects will be somewhat broader than other tournaments, and will hopefully allow the winner's deck to play a greater role in fleshing out the result.

The prize list for Winner's Choice tournaments is not static. Many results will be removed from the list completely after they are selected by a winner. Others will be removed if they spend a certain amount of time on the list without being selected. Still others may only be selected a finite number of times before being removed from the list permanently. Note that these choices do not guarantee the creation of a card in the game.

The prizes currently available for these tournaments are as follows:

Artist: A personality from the winning faction will create the next great work of art, one that will captivate the entire Empire and distract them from the horrors of war.
Battle: A member of the winning faction will distinguish themselves in glorious combat against the faction's enemies.
Discovery: The winning clan discovers a new cache of resources in their lands. This discovery will either help them directly or create new trade opportunities.
Duel: The winner may choose a character from his faction who will be involved in a duel with the second-place faction. The winner may choose whether his selected character wins or loses the duel in question.
Hero: The winning clan has a personality who discovers a group of bandits and dispatches them single-handedly. He or she gains the trust and respect for the local villagers who could be of assistance to him or her at some point in the future.
Honorific: The winner of the tournament may select one flavor trait (such as Moshi Mogai's Master of Pain or Ikoma Itagi's Lion Clan Philosopher) to appear on a personality of the winning faction in a later expansion. This choice is subject to Story Team approval and will be closely scrutinized.
Marriage: The winning clan has a personality marry someone from a clan of his or her choice. The winner may decide if it is a political marriage or a 'love-match.'
Rescue: A personality from the winning faction saves a personality from the clan of his or her choice. This does not forge an alliance between the clans, but it does create a bond between the two personalities.
Tournament: The winner gains the right to host a Winner's Choice tournament. This is subject to approval and will depend upon whether or not an appropriate venue is available.
Treasure: A lost artifact from centuries past is discovered. The winner may choose either the identity of the character from their faction who discovers it, or the treasure that is discovered. The Story Team has veto authority on either of these.


Date: February 3rd
Place: Newcastle, United Kingdom.