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Adventures in Rokugan $29.99
Publisher: EDGE Studio
by Tracy [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/16/2024 09:05:43

I think that there is a lot to work with in this book and that a lot of the gripes that many folks seem to have with it are with a.) the direction of D&D 5e itself and b.) the fact that it's "not my L5R." It's NOT L5R. That's the point. If you're familiar with D&D 5e and you want a system you know with Rokugan flavor, Adventures in Rokugan is perfectly serviceable. If you want L5R, then... play that.

This isn't just a Rokugan setting for D&D, though. The classes and other player options are unique to this book, and they do a good job of helping you root your character into the world of Rokugan. Some mechanics are a little clunky and take some getting used to, but for the most part, they succeed in capturing the spirit of the setting while allowing players to build from what they already know. There's also nothing stopping you from using other D&D 5e content if you want to, say, crank the magic up higher by allowing players to play sorcerers or have their Courtier take a few levels in Bard.

That said, there isn't a ton of content to help GMs form campaigns. There's a short adventure at the end of the book, but that's about it. There are sections about adventure themes and sections about the great clans, their lands, and some of the things that could be going on there, but Adventures in Rokugan is kind of sparse when it comes to clear adventure hooks. This might not be a problem if you're a GM who is adept at homebrewing campaigns out of basically nothing, but newer GMs or those who are accustomed to having modules to guide them might struggle with navigating a new setting AND new mechanics AND new classes AND new rules without something more to guide them.

It's also worth noting that early iterations of this book were RIDDLED with errors (particularly in the class sections), and there are still some wonky errors that need to be fixed. This is less of a problem if you purchase it digitally here because the digital copies get updated with errata, but it does mean that you should check periodically to see if a new version is out.

Overall, there's a lot to like about Adventures in Rokugan. Is it crazy high-fantasy D&D? No. Is it samurai drama-filled L5R? Also no. It's kind of its own thing that uses L5R as a guideline for a D&D adventure. If that sounds cool to you, you'll probably find a lot of material in this book worth having and trying out. If not, well, D&D and L5R are right there. Enjoy.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
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